In the context of TBEX Europe 2014 held in Athens, Emilia Bouriti showed her workTime Space Energy. Consisting of a site-specific installation and performance, theproject explored the notion of the human body as a living sculpture.
The performance took place in the old retorts of the Athens Gasworks factory, wherethe floor and metal elements of the building vibrate with industrial energy. The bodythrough a constant interchange between movement and stillness interacted with thesurrounding space. As the artist mentioned “the body absorbs the cosmic andindustrial energy and transforms them into a dynamic field of action.”
The performance was a further development of Rudolf Laban’s theory of movementand investigated the multiple shapes and energies of the moving body in connectionwith space and time. According to this context, the body creates dynamic formswhich illustrates as well as bridge the distance between space and time.
As the artist said: “The body creates a dialogue with the surroundings by ‘unfolding’the different planes, and thus redefines its relationship with time and energy. Thebody, functioning as both transmitter and receiver, attracts through an alchemicalprocess cosmic forces which transforms it into a ‘body of light’.”
Concept, Installation & Performance: Emilia Bouriti
Curatorial Assistance: Dimitra Tsiaouskoglou, art historian
Emilia Bouriti is a choreographer and visual artist. Her practice brings togetherperformance and installation art and is mostly site specific. She occasionally teachesat Fontys University in Netherlands, in the Department of Music Science and Arts atUniversity of Macedonia, and conducts seminars on Performance in Athens School ofFine Art. Her work has been shown in Greece and abroad: ELIA Vienna, Grand ParadeBrighton, Special Event at A Thousand Doors exhibition at Gennadius Library,Warsaw Festival, Patras 2006- European Capital of Culture, Municipal Gallery ofAthens, Aeschylean Festival, Municipality of Athens Festival etc. She has officiallyparticipated in the Japanese project “2005 EU-Japan Year of People-to-PeopleExchanges”.
Source: Press Release