The designed exhibition is the main outcome of the MAREBOX Residency Programme Water Weighs: Tracing underwater memory, the sea’s life and its corporality and involves 10 installations of artworks that are jointly used to communicate the relationship between the European cultures and the Mediterranean Sea.
The main purpose of the designed exhibition is to raise public awareness on important issues that plague the Mediterranean over time (environment, migration, social cohesion, etc.). Through their works, the artists revealed unique stories of trade, war, migration, cultural and natural heritage, degradation of the marine environment and myths of the past.
The visitors can watch short films, walk between fabrics, listen to sound compositions with sounds from the sea, and admire sculptures and impressive digital works of art through Virtual Reality applications.
So far, all the exhibits received very positive comments, while the compositions of works with both natural and digital elements were particularly impressive and aroused the interest and admiration of most visitors.
Throughout the exhibition, questionnaires are distributed to visitors where they can express anonymous views, impressions and suggestions, thus contributing to the improvement of the exhibition in the future.
Water Weighs – Οι Στοχασμοί της θάλασσας interactive exhibition was successfully completed on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, gathering positive comments from the visitors who passed by the Emilios Riadis building of the Thessaloniki International Fair – HELEXPO.
The opening of the exhibition was completed with great success on Sunday, October 17, 2021. A world premiere of 10 installations by 22 artists was hosted with the central theme of the Mediterranean Sea and the precious but fragile underwater environment to be a timeless capsule that connects the past, present and future.
More than 250 people visited the exhibition, including students from the University of Macedonia, postgraduate students from the Department of Rural Surveying Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, members of the Infinitygreece Youth Organization, as well as German students from the Hellenic-German Youth Foundation as part of a student exchange program.
The Water Weighs exhibition vol. 2: EMERGENT STRATEGIES FROM THE DEEP, hosted at SAVVY Contemporary art space in Berlin, from November 14 to November 28, 2021, was completed with great success.
The invited artists and participants of the MAREBOX Residency joined the opening of the Exhibition on 13th of November, showcasing their work and forming artistic discussions with other invited artists and guests. During the evening, a live music performance by Marque Gilmore (artist, MAREBOX participant) enhanced the festive atmosphere of the opening. The exhibition received more than 500 visitors in total.
On November 28th, the closing of the exhibition was accompanied by a listening session by Leila Bencharnia (artist). The closing event also served as a dedicated reflection time on the sea’s challenges, with a focus on migration and crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.
The last step of the MAREBOX exhibition, “Water Weighs – corporalità sommerse”, opened in Cosenza (Italy), on the 20th of December 2021 and will close on the 30th of April 2022. It is curated and organized by 3D Research Srl, the Italian partner of the MAREBOX project.
The exhibition is hosted at the 2nd floor of the Bocs Museum, a historical building located in the city centre and dedicated to the artworks produced during the Artistic Residencies carried on at the BocsArt complex, not far from the Museum.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday morning, from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00. It is also possible to book a guided tour for free, through a special platform developed by 3D Research. At the opening event, took part about 40 people. No big ceremonies were possible because of the Covid restrictions but a ribbon-cutting ritual took place, after a speech by 3D Research and two representatives of the Municipality of Cosenza. After that, the participants had the chance to visit the exhibition, guided by the curator.
Until now, a very positive reaction has come from the visitors, commenting that it is an original show for the city of Cosenza.