AEMILIA PAPAPHILIPPOU Salt Testament 1987 [S] - x +

CN: PaAe1987salt

MT: DVD (03:20)

ED: 2/3

DN: Ms. Aemilia Papaphilippou - 2007

CM: Aemilia Papaphilippou's Salt Testament examines the conceptual dimension of the issue of energy as primordial material, which is transformed into visual data. It begins with chaos in the form of televisual noise, which is an entropic phenomenon of technology. There, from within chaos is born the head of man in the form of the 'Mycenaean Mask', which gives the feeling of emergence from light. This mask - just like the ancient one - is the threshold between the rising of life and the submersion of death. With the head as point of reference, man begins to trace the flesh, the solidity of matter, and the relationship between opposites; black & white and light & darkness. The real matter at issue is consciousness, the web conscience which is born through technology. Salt Testament ends in the scream, which is the tracing of the inner dimension and therefore the externalization of speech.

Salt Testament was exhibited first in the group exhibition 17+1 that was organized by Medusa Art Gallery in the Municipal Gallery of Athens in 1989, was selected to be exhibited in Marseilles as part of the Youth Biennale of Mediterranean Countries in 1990, while later in the same year it was exhibited again at the Municipal Gallery of Athens. In the video-installation version of Salt Testament in 1989 a monitor is half buried in a tomb of salt, pregnant with light, which from the entropic noise is transformed through breaths and self-tracing into a scream of consciousness.

[Megakles Rogakos 10/2007]