43---------- OIKOUMENE (2012)

The name Oikoumene refers to the distinction the ancient Greeks made between the known and the unknown worlds. The known world, Oikoumene, was surrounded by river Okeanos, later for ocean.

The work depicts a fortress-like island in the middle of this ocean. The walls are built in concentric circles, creating an onion-like system of closures and openings surrounding an empty centre.

Looking at the installation as a whole, the observer can adopt two opposite points of view: a direct aerial perspective of the ideal architecture or an indirect, low panorama view circling the perimeter of the structure, transmitted through the real time camera and manipulated with cgi-effects.

The two "suns" on the wall correspond with this dichotomy: a golden disc etched with the map of the known world and its black negative, an incomplete frottage replication.

Installation view at Volta 8, Basel, 2012 >>

(C) Iconoclast 2012