Artist-in-Residence program
Heraklion, Crete / Greece
April/May 2017

During my period of time at ResidenceSEA, I created a documentary archeological project of Cretan cultural identity by chronicalling contemporary social and habituary human behaviors and by immersing myself in the latticework of the island and it’s inhabitants. It was important for me to go beyond the border of easy space and make efforts to ingratiate and explore – to learn the stories of real individuals, from the supermarket to the sea.

One can explore the foremost areas, but it was important for me to make efforts to get lost, so to speak, and to talk to local strangers and absorb their stories and their perspectives. In this case, I made a point to walk around every corner of city and village I could manage. I would often also go to the bus station, to listen to the destination of travelers, local and beyond, or asking a stranger where to go, and then simply grabbing a ticket to see where I would end up, and to listen and learn. My project was able to flourish spontaneously this way, and I gathered stories, emotions – both political and passionate, artefacts, pictures, text, video, dreams. I collected these elements as treasures and transformed them, some by an actual scientific crystalization process, many as they were discovered naturally, and incorporated them into a multi-media installation as well as a cultural time capsule of demographic culture and a further journey to the understanding of identity.

­Capsule Archetyp
Kalium Aluminum Sulphate crystalized seahorse, crystalized Sea Urchin, local Cretan fauna, prayer candles, Cretan talisman, sand, found bird, hazard tape, local Cretan newspapers, fishing net, high heel, condom, peanut, interference paint, crystalized artichoke plant, fishnet tights, fishing lure, crystalized starfish, gifted letters, baseball cap, local Cretan oranges, travel itineraries, geographic maps, plastic cups, neon black light, spray paint, ouzo, glass vitrines, holographic glitter, interference pigment, 2017.