“One”, A Letter to Eternity

A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude

Magic realistic mosaic tale of a personal quest and voyage of the individual, to arrive at a sacred space: the alchemy of the heart. A poetic quest of timetravel, so does the shaman, healer as well as ‘magician’, living in times of hyperintelligence and cybernetics.

Encompassing a human chain  of ‘sculpted’ imagined journeys over generations of myths created, exploring the concept of healing, belonging, the power of myth and alternative future vision. “As above, so below”, living sculpture-in-motion, Gaia’s astronauts co-create A Letter of Eternity, an entangling Odyssean tale unfolds following the celestial map of indigenous Andean cosmology, crossing dimensions of time through the lens of the camera, and that of shamanism.

In the desertland, with eyes and machines directed at the infinite Universe, an entangling ‘Odyssean’ gaze creates yet another tale of Land peoples and Sea peoples, where indigenous cosmology maps out our skies since ancient times, the shaman roams to places we cannot reach. Mankind, creator of myth, is on an everlasting quest for eternity.

Cartography of concealing, unveiling, nurturing, forgetting, remembering, healing and seeking for answers the origin of life: Following the celestial map of indigenous Andean Cosmology, we become witness of a choreographed collective procession of people and their proper intimate magic rituals, crossing dimensions of time. As stories migrate, so do people. Change and migration lies at the heart of civilisation and the cycle of perpetual and eternal change: the ‘condition humaine’.

Infused with a historical gaze, creating yet another myth of the ‘condition humaine’ in the 21st Century, inspired by Andean cosmology, Egyptian- and Hellenistic influences from Antiquity to Classicism, as during the Renaissance art, esotericism, mathematics and alchemy infused the age of science and the industrial revolution, until present times of climate change and that of hyperintelligence, both evolving at high velocity.

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*Inspired by Greek tragedy, archaeology and the Phoenicians’ ancient maritime routes, connecting the Levant to South-East Europe and North-Africa, the idea’s inception and first visual research took shape during a three month artist-in-residence at Ashkal Alwan, from March 1st – June 1st 2016, in affiliation with the Mondriaan Fund in The Netherlands. In October 2019 the Netherlands Film Fund allocated a startsubsidy, with as aim furthering the initial concept for a filmplan of “One”, A Letter to Eternity.

*Images, ‘ A Prelude'(research 2016), don’t reflect the filmproject in its new concept

Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude (2016)

*Images, ‘ A Prelude'(research 2016), don’t reflect the filmproject in its new concept

Stills from filmrushes, are a first study ‘ A Prelude’ for ‘A Letter to Eternity’ (2016, Lebanon). Directed by Ilse Frech. Cinematography and Camera: Talal Khoury and Ilse Frech. Music: Tony Elieh and Sharif Sehnaoui.

With special thanks to Elwan, Tony alias ‘Cloudly’ and his friends, Sarah Nahas and Mahmoud Merjan (Beirut), and many dear others with whom I collaborated to research and create these first filmrushes.

Project

Magic realistic mosaic tale of a personal quest and voyage of the individual, to arrive at a sacred space: the alchemy of the heart. A poetic quest of timetravel, so does the shaman, healer as well as ‘magician’, living in times of hyperintelligence and cybernetics.  Encompassing a human chain  of ‘sculpted’ imagined journeys over generations of myths created, exploring the concept of healing, belonging, the power of myth and alternative future vision.

“As above, so below”, living sculpture-in-motion, Gaia’s astronauts co-create A Letter of Eternity. An entangling Odyssean tale unfolds, following the celestial map of indigenous Andean cosmology, crossing dimensions of time through the lens of the camera, and that of shamanism. Infused with a historical gaze, inspired by Andean cosmology as well as Egyptian- and Hellenistic influences, from Antiquity to Classicism.

Creating yet another myth of the ‘condition humaine’ in the 21st Century, we witness a choreographed collective procession, of people and their proper intimate magic rituals, taking place. “One”, A Letter to Eternity will be a hybrid interdisciplinary umbrella project, to be realised as triptych, consisting of film- and visual art.

 

 

 

 

A cartography of concealing, unveiling, nurturing, forgetting, remembering, healing and letting go.

In the desertland, with eyes and machines directed at the infinite Universe, an entangling ‘Odyssean’ gaze creates yet another tale of Land peoples and Sea peoples, where indigenous cosmology maps out our skies since ancient times, the shaman (healer as well as ‘magician’), roams to places we cannot reach. Mankind, creator of myth, is on an everlasting quest for eternity.

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