The artistic projects of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival this year explore the theme of displacement, and this Saturday an interactive audiovisual installation will be installed in front of the House of Cooperation: the deconstruction of the serpent’s egg. Artist Twenty-Three, researcher Elena Vasiliou and Andreas Economides with a background in music technology raise questions about travel practices.
Their installation, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., is inspired by Bergman’s film The Serpent’s Egg (1977). It is set up in the form of audiovisual material based on interviews with Cypriot refugees and immigrant communities. These mixed stories seek to contribute to the temporary deconstruction of an immigrant’s identity as an “enemy”.
“Keeping the above in mind,” explains the creative team, “we present an audiovisual installation with material that we collected during an interview process with people who have lived through resettlement experiences. and displacement. We interviewed six people; a person who is Turkish Cypriot, born in Limassol but moved to the north and now returned to the Republic, a person who is Greek Cypriot was born in Famagusta and took refuge in Limassol and Larnaca, a person from Yemen, a person from Congo, person from Syria. Their maintenance is the material on which the installation will be based.
“These individuals shared with us their experiences which are best understood in a spectrum rather than a binary, their experiences had a complexity that is important to record: they talked so much about racism and how the system class as second- class individuals, but also talked about how they tried to find alternatives to tackle violence and institutional prejudice. Individuals or communities who, institutionally or as ordinary citizens, were in solidarity with them had an important place in their story.
Their project is a co-created experimental approach, set in public space that focuses on immigration by exploring visual languages and immigrant narratives through an interactive soundboard. The installation raises questions about the practices of displacement and human action in the current socio-political situation in Cyprus and explores how migrants are forced to transform their ways of being through displacement. The Serpent’s Egg Deconstruction aims to delve into the stories and practices of immigrants and explore the ways we view displacement in relation to citizenship, memory, history, ethnicity, and coexistence.
Snake Egg Deconstruction
Audiovisual installation as part of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival. October 9. House of Cooperation, Nicosia. 10 am-10pm. www.bufferfringe.org