What Slips Into an Image
Text and stills from Hellenic National AudioVisual Archive (Water´s blessing ceremony in Piraeus. 06/01/1972)
I search for the building within different archives of moving images. I navigate within the logic of the specific archives. Ex: Append ~ to words for approximate search. Use "" around the phrase for exact match:
Via the archive, I search the past for traces of the structure that I have just seen by the harbour of Piraeus, near Athens. I uphold the idea of memoric images and their potential of appearing in the future. Abstracting new narratives within existing material.
0 search results.
At some point (as a symptom of no result) systematic and logical searching techniques are replaced by random flipping through the archives: This is when the building appears.
Its reviled in the background when one abandons the logic of the archive.
Present, yet never the intention of the image. It is in the frame, but has evaded the logic of sorting the events within a certain representation of the past. It rests somewhere in the gap between what is simultaneously portrayed and not portrayed, archived and not archived; both documented and neglected. A building supposed to be a landmark remained instead in the state of an unfinished ruin. A Ghost. Silently telling the stories of the society that surrounds it.
It precedes itself as something one does not want to document. The image becomes not only a representation of historic events, but also acts like a mirror in relation to a ghost, revealing the withdrawal of what we think is still there. As a way of reading history from the backgrounds of the images, which conduct it.
If the Piraeus Tower could speak, it would say: ”I access the image through my volume and size. I slip into the frame as the camera moves or pans to the side to capture life around me. The image does not take me - I take the image”.