‘The atlantis project‘ started as a playful video project on the theme of a fictive search for utopia – atlantis. But, I suddenly discovered, in that playfulness, that the material in a way depicted my own quest for an absent father during my upbringing where the lack of belonging to the Greek heritage and later on also the process of defining the roles of daughter and father. The encounter with the Swedish and Greek culture led me to the conclusion that using art was the most honest way approaching our contemporary identities. This project will bring forward two perspectives; a story told by my father as a documentary and my story told through video collage technic.
The project is an ongoing process and the process will be presented in spring 2020 as part of Destination: 24th Febr, 23rd March, 27th April, 18th May hosted by Atalante in Gothenburg.
Recorded in San Francisco, Aegina, Athens & Gothenburg. Video and sound Benedikte Esperi ©.
Jan 31 work in progress part 1 (scroll to 45:15 min) presentation of ‘The atlantis project’ vimeo AtalanteLAB
atlantis COLLAGE research 2020
atlantis DEPARTURE research 2020
atlantis RED / SUNRISE research 2020
‘Atlantis (Ancient Greek: Ἀτλαντὶς νῆσος, ”island of Atlas”) is a fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato’s works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges ”Ancient Athens”, the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato’s ideal state in The Republic. In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the known world, supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato’s concept of a state.The story concludes with Atlantis falling out of favor with the deities and submerging into the Atlantic Ocean.
Despite its minor importance in Plato’s work, the Atlantis story has had a considerable impact on literature. The allegorical aspect of Atlantis was taken up in utopian works of several Renaissance writers, such as Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis and Thomas More’s Utopia.On the other hand, nineteenth-century amateur scholars misinterpreted Plato’s narrative as historical tradition, most famously in Ignatius L. Donnelly’s Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. Plato’s vague indications of the time of the events—more than 9,000 years before his time—and the alleged location of Atlantis—”beyond the Pillars of Hercules”—has led to much pseudoscientific speculation. As a consequence, Atlantis has become a byword for any and all supposed advanced prehistoric lost civilizations and continues to inspire contemporary fiction, from comic books to films.
While present-day philologists and classicists agree on the story’s fictional character,there is still debate on what served as its inspiration. As for instance with the story of Gyges, Plato is known to have freely borrowed some of his allegories and metaphors from older traditions. This led a number of scholars to investigate possible inspiration of Atlantis from Egyptian records of the Thera eruption, the Sea Peoples invasion,or the Trojan War.Others have rejected this chain of tradition as implausible and insist that Plato created an entirely fictional nation as his example,drawing loose inspiration from contemporary events such as the failed Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415–413 BC or the destruction of Helike in 373 BC.’