Nyctivoe, Faces of Death | Dimitris Lyacos, Fritz Unegg
Entering the installation, the visitor is led by the voices to investigate the dark space within; once drawn in, she confronts a sequence of images - faces seen from different angles as they fall within the spectator's ambit then fading back into the darkness as the spectator moves towards the point where she believes she has heard another voice.
The Nyctivoe installation, from Dimitris Lyacos's book of the same title, invites exploration of a space where two interpretations of his text come together: the auditory, theatrical dimension of the work in the tradition of psychological realism, with scattered classical nuances, is set against the savage even grotesque primitivism of Fritz Unegg's sculptures - in the tradition of art brut - creating a strange counterpoint. The spectator wonders if these very different worlds can communicate, or even form a unity, through the interpretation of the same text - or if, in the end, they lead in different directions, their paths crossing in the context of this installation only provisionally.
The installation was produced by the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Text: Dimitris Lyacos
Sculpture: Fritz Unegg
Text translated from the Greek: Shorsha Sullivan
Directed by: Piers Burton-Page
Technical presentation: Motivation Sound Studios, London
Sound engineer: Chris Szendeffi
The cast: Patience Tomlinson (Nyctivoe), Nick Boulton (Legion), David Timson (Narrator), Chorus: Anne Rosenfeld, Elaine Claxton, Sarah Belcher, Rosalind Shanks
Sponsors: Austrian Embassy in Athens
Municipality of Ilion
Opening: Monday, October 4, 2004
Duration: 4 - 24.10.2004
Hours: 14:00 - 21:00
25 A.Metaxa Str., 106 81