arctic: memory of past atmospheres – becoming echoes of the void

Every itinerary comprises three parts:
The first part consists in the artist’s journey itself. The concept of the journey is defined by Maria Rebecca Ballestra as a research method in which she physically and psychologically confronts conditions of the environment, therefore she explores and experiences possibilities of diverse viewpoints and processes.
The second part is formed of an artistic production indicating the insights, experience and research result Ballestra made during the journeys.
In the third part is invited a researcher to contribute with a written text regarding the geopolitical or anthropological contexts of the corresponding desert.




the journey: Greenland

The Arctic is a polar region located in the northernmost part of Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of  Alaska (US), Northern Canada, Finland, Greenland (Denmark) Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover, with predominantly treeless permafrost-containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.

The Arctic region is a unique area of Earth’s ecosystems. For example, the cultures in the region and the Arctic indigenous peoples have adapted to its cold and extreme conditions. In recent years, Arctic sea ice decline has been caused by global warming. Life in the Arctic includes organisms living in the ice, zooplankton, and phytoplankton, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals, plants and human societies. The Arctic land is bordered by the subarctic.


the artwork: echoes of the void

The artworks series of this desert journey takes its name from the project title as for Maria Rebecca the arctic experience identifies best the sensation and core idea of the project: the awareness of the human position in and in front of nature.

The series Echoes of the Void consists in 10 photographs juxtaposed by sound compositions scored for the images by artists Wen Chin Fu, Ciro Perrino, and others.