My intention is to create a machine that is always running like a treadmill which is a common piece of fitness equipment.
My work is referring to the Greek mythological figure Medusa and her relation to Donna Haraway’s contemporary notions about the female body. The concept of a feminist posthumanist theory of cyborg is a rejection of rigid boundaries, notably those separating “human” from “animal” and “human” from “machine.” I am focused on the myth of the primordial figure of Medusa, the Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with animal features who was always depicted running. My intention is to create a machine that is always running like a treadmill which is a common piece of fitness equipment.
I wanted to recreate my ‘’ancient‘’ Greek version of a gym, in a post-network era where there is a continuously moving belt bearing the patterns of meanders which symbolize the solar system, as well as the Gorgon’s gesture as is commonly depicted in ancient Greek pottery. Other parts of the treadmill are of a more interactive nature such as the hair which produces a sound when is touched. This piece of machinery constitutes a fetish version of the female body and how it has been represented throughout history.
The spoken words of the video is a poem by Sappho, who is one of the first women poets in the world that her poems speak a lot about lesbian love. This poem described the man’s role as an intermediary figure designed to highlight Sappho’s love for the girl by juxtaposing the strength of Sappho’s emotional reaction with his impassivity. Also, some part of the spoken words is from the story of Medusa and the video itself is inspired by parts of the primordial myth and the ‘’monstrous’’ female body. I am exploring how these myths created around femininity and masculinity from the ancient years till now and which the contemporary notions are.
My main focus is on the part of the myths which are not known, like how Medusa becomes a monster. Medusa was originally a beautiful maiden, but because Poseidon had raped her in Athena’s temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa’s to a monster and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. I am exploring how these myths created around woman and femininity from the ancient years till now and how this conception have changed in the nowadays patriarchal environment. I am influenced by theories of Donna Haraway’s about the woman body and the woman monster. The concept of a feminist posthuman theory of cyborg is a rejection of rigid boundaries.
I am influenced by my hometown which is in Arcadia in Greece, which was known in Greek mythology as an untouched wilderness, home to the nymphs. It was a version of paradise, though only in the sense of being the abode of supernatural entities and not an afterlife for deceased mortals.