Daniela Medina Poch ■

Intersecting Mediterranean(s)


Intersecting Mediterranean(s)
from the Perspective of its Regional Rivers
Multi-media installation and two channel video performance 4x5x3m, 50” and variable dimensions, 14” In collaboration with Elizabeth Gallón Droste Calabria, Italy and Berlin, Germany, 2021
Marebox Project: 3D Research, Atlantis Consulting
and SAVVY Contemporary The Laboratory of Form-Ideas

Exhibited at: Emergent Strategies from the Deep,
SAVVY Contemporary The Laboratory of Form-Ideas,
Berlin, Germany october 2021
curated by: Binta Daw, Elena Agudio and Cecilia Bien
BoCs Museum, Cosenza, Italy, December, 2021-April, 2022

The waters of the present are a living archive of the relations it sustains with humans and more than humans in a range of entangled temporalities. They contain information about the places and bodies with which they have been related. Which are the myths, stories and imaginarias of the Mediterranean that are currently being woven together?

Under a western gaze of the planet, the Mediterranean, as its name indicates, was conceived as a center of the known planet. As a fluid space, it has been a projected surface of contested and disputed futures through which systematic violence has been effectuated by privileged nations towards different life forms.

Transforming heterogeneity into homogeneity, the Mediterranean(s) and its life flows have been appropriated by the western european world as commodities. Guided by the question, what is currently at the center and what deserves our urgent attention, we seek to contribute to displace the eurocentric gaze of the Mediterranean. To echo some of its overshadowed histories, we approach the Mediterranean(s) sea in plural as a salty water body mass that connects a network of sweet water bodies of rivers which flow into each other, navigating borders and coasts, reaching depths and surfaces. As an interconnected body with multiple agents –human and more than human– cooperating and configuring its waterscape. Our aim is to contribute to a wider re-assemblage of the identities and imaginaries around the Mediterranean cultures in its plurality.

Intersecting Mediterraneans(s) is composed of two pieces which are in dialogue. The first piece Intersecting Mediterraneans(s) from its Regional Rivers I is an installation which involves 36 m fabric and a multichannel audio series.

The second piece, Intersecting Mediterraneans(s) from its Regional Rivers II is an audiovisual installation which involves two video performances, presented separated from one another and played in loop.

Intersecting Mediterraneans(s) from its Regional Rivers I is a research piece that aims to recognize the systematically invisibilized imaginaries of the Mediterranean and to explore the latter as a complex region.The fabric acts as a receptive membrane which carries memories, myths, relationships and affects that nourish the mediterranean. The fabric is thus activated by the intersecting voices from the Po, Isonzo/Soča, Neretva, Cem Cijevna, Düden, Kishon, Nile, Medjerda, Chelif, Moulouya, Ebro and the Rhône rivers, amongst others. Intersecting Mediterranean(s) aims to acknowledge the specificities of contexts and life flows that nourish the Mediterranean.

Intersecting Mediterraneans(s) from its Regional Rivers II are two video performances in which, guided by a long textile, Daniela and Elizabeth descend the Lao River reaching the Mediterranean Sea in Calabria, Italy. The textile gives visibility to the current, setting the direction and manifesting the pace. The textile connects and carries both Daniela and Elizabeth, furthermore, the textile bonds the river and the ocean, and becomes a living archive of this encounter.

On the audios the following female voices have contributed:

Boushra Adi
Martha Ardila
Shiran Berkobich
Zahra Berramdane زهرة بنرمضان
Abla Eloudghiri
Lucía Gallón
Juditt Gatt
Miriam Gatt
Francisca Hartmann
Lea Mijaçika
Dina Mimi
Francesca Onagro
Ivana Papic
Lara Tabet
Kaliroi Tsolakidou
Blanca Utrillas

Audiovisual support: Lara Tabet
Audio assistance and editing: Álvaro Villalobos
Video editing: Samuel Chalela

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