It was a site-specific installation that took place on a tree in a coffee shop of the village of Selassia. The tree became the agent of cultural information and storytelling using the recording media, in order to tell stories about the past and present of the village, using moving images, photos and sound.
On the branches of the tree, a video projection mixed textures with images from the village, being the first visual contact with the installation for the audience from far away.
When people started to get closer to the tree, several little black boxes placed on the trunk, showed photos of Selassia’s windows. As they were getting really close to those boxes, the audience could listen to various stories told by the Selassia’s inhabitants themselves coming out of the boxes.
One of the black boxes showed a video where Selassia, its inhabitants, and their customs as well as the surrounding area were the main character.
The sonic enviroment, made only with sound recordings taken from an olive tree and from the soundscape of Sellasia, was constantly coming out from all over the tree.
The main goal of this project was to interact with the inhabitants of Selassia, by including them in the work and make of them, their history and their way of living the central theme of this work. We wanted to get close to Selassia’s inhabitants, to knew them and them to knew us. Let them knew that every year a group of artist from all over the world goes to the village and become their neighbours for a while. We wanted to interact with them and encourage them to participate in our work because we believe people and stories are important to an art work takes place. Also, to explore how an object of nature, a tree, can be transformed into a storyteller using the recording media and the possibilities the recording medium provide as a starting point for artistic creation.
Stories of a Tree was made at Koumaria Residency
Sound Design: Panos Amelides
Photography and Video: Clara Bianchi
Video and Electronic: Gwenn Joyaux
With the collaboration of: Ian Hattwick, Marco Zaccaria
Boxes were made by: Guy Joyaux, Jérôme Nicolas
Camera + Sound: Clara Bianchi, Gwenn Joyaux, Kelopatra Korai, Michael Tebinka, Shahir Krishnaswamy
Edition + Postproduction: Gwenn Joyaux