Eleni Kavouki (GR)

Onomatopoeia is the word that mimics the sound of the object or action it refers to. When you pronounce a word, it will mimic its sound.
›Onomatopoeia‹ is an installation where the audience is trying to capture sounds, using their bodies as instruments. A set of speakers surrounds the installation’s area creating a unique, non-vocal soundscape. The acoustics of the space are revealed through the reflection of sound and a distant speaker. Attempting dialogue, the audience is asked to repeat what they hear on a microphone. The microphone records each participant and all the recordings are sent to a speaker behind the audience, as these new sounds gradually replace the original ambience. A system of communication arises from these two speakers, while the person becomes receiver and sender in the middle of this imaginary audio line.

From urban to the rural landscape, the city of ancient Messene becomes the setting for us to experiment with the contradiction between sound and memory. How do we tend to perceive what we hear? How does the memory participate in our interpretation of sound? The idea of perceiving and reproducing sounds that surround us might give the answer here. Modern life soundscapes meet the Greek polis and its presence through time. History remains and expands while the audience recreates a common environment; a sonic land of vitality.