As individuals, we find ourselves in a life struggle of self-definition. Understanding through our identity everything that surrounds us, by comparing, assimilating, accepting or rejecting. It is an ever-evolving aspect of each and every one of us, being influenced by our context, decisions and the comprehension of things. But how do we behave when we feel repressed or constantly observed through a judgmental lens?
Melodia approaches this matter, the moment when we choose not to utter certain things, as we find them susceptible to criticism, politically incorrect, or even painful to share. Attempting to deal with the unsaid, a paper-tape opens a channel for the individual voice through an encouraged conversation with the passerby. People are lured to express deep thoughts, using the paper as a neutral space on which letters are later perforated. Empowering the use of the words while also setting them free, the music box mechanism decodes this tape, translating the collected thoughts into a melody played back to the city and its people.
μελωδία started as part of the collective project Edge.Piraeus (Kastela Art Center- Greece, April 2017). It evolved around the understanding of a complex reality where we are all vulnerable to scrutinization, making inhibition part of a common social behavior. Although the project was inspired in Greece, as one of many of the countries that speak loud about our contemporary socio-political situation, it addresses the building-up social discontentment that concerns us all. An alternative way to deal and understand the possible causes that feed global waves of nationalism and violence.