In use – mooring, at sea – eloquent wit

Routines of observation and action reveal a vocabulary of the shoreline: watery borders with living edges, relative allotments, topographical proclivities constantly challenged by the dynamics of withdrawing, growing and colliding of water in these border areas; a mystique of things found here, which shows itself in functional objects, amassed accidentally on improvised docks; tense behaviors specific to such proximity to an edge – protection, hospitality, hostility.

An initiate of the waterfront, the guide is the Amphitryon of the shore to water relation, leading newcomers on the water, presenting their subjective maps to arbitrarily-intimate groups in small boats; they guide through narrow canals, through history and fishing, preach about love and - technically precise - express worries about the unpredictable contours of the water.

On the shore you practice the crossing of a border. The dock is a middleman: not shore – not water, prepared for waiting and mooring, a suspended construction which contains and alleviates the tension of passing from one medium to another specific to edges. Here, different maneuvers can be formulated:

Buffering – floating tamer, prevents collision
Knotting – durable binds, practiced for centuries, reversible in an instant
Mooring – stabilizing from afar, mediates by maintaining movement within a short distance

buoyant amalgamites,
compounds of depth

airy bits to care for edges,
fabric, well stretched

it catches, it gathers
it keeps, it entangles

protecting organ-objects
inside the pile, alluring
The Pile
changes its temper:
shelter, not trap

it receives - protective behavior
it does not catch, it does not smother

it receives
in warm weave
and warm and free

The project questions, poetically and conceptually, the configuration of a limitrophe space bounded by water, through a series of objects and installations generated by writings, visual and sonic material, collected during yearly trips to the Delta.

In covering this space, several constitutive notions are considered: the particularities of waterfront aggregates or the roles of guides through a historical or mythological lens – tourist guide, initiate, sherpa responsible with orientation and survival, creature or anthropomorphic entity accompanying souls in the passing to other worlds.

Partners: Muzeul Apei, Asociația Cetățean de Traian, Minitremu

With the support of:

This artistic creation was produced with the support of an Energie! Creative Grant awarded by the Municipality of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects, within the Power Station component of the National Cultural Programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023".
The material does not necessarily represent the position of the Center for Projects and the latter is not responsible for its content or how it may be used.

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În uz acostare, în larg elocvență mucalită

În uz acostare, în larg elocvență mucalită