“One”, A Letter to Eternity

A magic realistic mosaic tale, of a personal quest and voyage of the individual, roaming the skies, desert and hinterlands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, connecting the Southern and Northern hemisphere, where protagonists endure many lessons via encounters with ‘strangers’, to arrive at a sacred space: that of the alchemy of the heart.

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 as magician roams to places we cannot reach. Mankind, creator of myth, is on an everlasting quest, for eternity.

An entangling ‘Odyssean’ tale unfolds, infused with a historical gaze, creating yet another myth of the ‘condition humaine’, in the 21st Century witnessing a choreographed collective procession of people and their proper magic rituals taking place, crossing dimensions of time, inspired by Egyptian- and Hellenistic influences from Antiquity to Classicism. Following the celestial map of indigenous Andean Cosmology, in connotation with the Phoenicians’ historic maritime route, we become witness of a choreographed collective procession of people and their rituals, crossing dimensions of time.

Departing from the Phoenicians’ historic maritime route, with which debuting the project since its inception in 2016, archaeologists’ and historians’ finds confirmed that in ancient times stars did help to navigate one’s journey at sea, both Egyptian and Hellenistic influences in the Mediterranean basin from Antiquity to Classicism, resurge during the Renaissance where art, esotericism, mathematics and alchemy infused the age of science and the industrial revolution, until present time of climate change and hyperintelligence, both evolving at high velocity.

“One”, A Letter to Eternity, encompasses a human chain of ‘sculpted experiences in time’, of myth; a tale of people’s imaginitive journeys over generations. Evoked and told by locals living in present times, be their personal (his)story narrator of heroism, tragedy or the ultimate expression of love, tolerance, sorrow or compassion, the latter lies at the heart of the idea, an experiment perhaps resulting in embrace – Pietà alike: A living sculpture in motion, with Gaia’s austronauts co-creating A Letter of Eternity. Cartography of concealing, unveiling, nurturing, forgetting, remembering, healing and letting go. As stories migrate, so do people. Today’s migrants are the new settlers: Carriers of Hope. Migration lies at the heart of civilisation and the cycle of perpetual and eternal change: the ‘condition humaine’.

 

 

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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.

October 2019 the Netherlands Film Fund allocated a startsubsidy for the first development phase of the hybrid filmproject “One”, A Letter to Eternity, intending to be developed and realized during the forthcoming years (2021-22-23).

Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude
Filmstill, A Letter to Eternity - A Prelude

Stills from filmrushes, 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 in Beirut, and many dear others with whom I collaborated in order to research and to create these first filmrushes.

Filmstill, - A Prelude, with Najwa Miled (Tunisia)

Still from filmrushes, second study ‘ A Prelude’ for ‘A Letter to Eternity’ (2018, Tunisia). Directed by Ilse Frech. Cinematography and Camera: Ilse Frech. Cast: Najwa Miled. Poetry: Samir Farhani.

This study – and first orientation visit (2018), has become subject of a new experimental documentary film on ‘Exile and Belonging’, as a red thread and theme, throughout my work, in connotation with the Tunisian Jasmin Revolution and the Arab Spring; as of present in research (due date 2022-23).

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“One”, A Letter to Eternity, is a magic realistic mosaic tale, of a personal quest and voyage of the individual, roaming Gaia’s rough landscape, where the Mediterranean Sea since long connects the Southern and Northern hemisphere, connected through stories and timetraveling the skies, desertland, urban dwellings and roaring waters, protagonists endure a many lessons via encounters with the ‘Other’ as leitmotif – so called strangers, to arrive at a sacred space, that of the alchemy of the heart.

An entangling Odyssean tale unfolds, infused with a historical gaze, creating yet another myth of the ‘condition humaine’, in the 21st Century witnessing a choreographed collective procession of people and their proper magic rituals taking place, crossing dimensions of time, inspired by indigenous Andean Cosmology, and Egyptian-Hellenistic influences from Antiquity to Classicism.

“One”, A Letter to Eternity, displays a human chain of ‘sculpted experiences in time’, of myth, a tale of people’s imaginitive journeys over generations. Evoked and told by locals living in present times, be their personal (his)story narrator of heroism, tragedy or the ultimate expression of love, tolerance, sorrow or compassion, that of an experiment perhaps resulting in embrace – Pietà alike. A living sculpture in motion, with Gaia’s austronauts co-creating A Letter of Eternity.

 

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 as magician roams to places we cannot reach. Mankind, creator of myth, is on an everlasting quest, for eternity.

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