Oasi Space For Visual Experimentation
Rolling hills, forests, and ocean views form the landscape pictures of classical art. Still, every day we encounter soundscapes, cityscapes, mental landscapes, mediascapes and ideologies structured by careful (and often forceful) historical scaping. The list goes on. In the broadest sense, interpreting sensory stimuli is automatically creating recognizable scapes from abstract ones.
Artists are always shaping the environment, making new scapes, new vistas, and ideas. Scape is related to the Old Norse “skapa,” which means to create, and it has survived in that form in the modern Nordic languages. In “Re-scaping,” artists from all over Europe – Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Cyprus – recreate their surroundings in various ways and examine the multitude of scapes that make up our world. “Re-scaping” is in part a continuation of “Scaping,” an exhibition made in Leipzig last autumn.
Every act of scaping requires chipping away, reorganizing, or adding material to create something new. But what does it mean to re-scape, then? Does one strive for improvement, the difference for difference’s sake, or rather a philosophic repetition in the Kierkegaardian sense, staying on the path so as not to stray? We didn’t have any expected problems that change the fluently retheme of our project. The only thing that changed from the initial idea was the weakness of the Limassol Academy of Fine Arts department which could not embrace our idea for lectures and workshops with the student community as we had originally agreed.
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