Kosmas Nikolaou (ARTWORKS Fellow 2018) presents Choir and Manoeuvre, at Villa Bologna, in Malta. Kosmas, is the recipient of the Roberto Cimetta Fund Valletta 2018 Mobility Funding.
Choir and Manoeuvre is a site-specific intervention in the gardens of Villa Bologna, inspired by the archaeology and the history of Malta. Choir and Manoeuvre is a meeting with the genius loci. The starting point for the intervention is the question of the Maltese Temples. The artist is looking at the mega structures and their relation with the landscape; their orientation and their enigmatic alignments with the celestial bodies. Other references are the Mediterranean flora and fauna, and the colonial past of the island. The spectacular gardens of Villa Bologna are the setting for a storytelling encounter. Sounds, voices and histories amplify our relationship with the location and they offer visitors the opportunity to be part of an imaginary scenario and discover the secret life of the garden. The story will be told on-site through a guided tour to temporary, imaginary structures.
Choir and Manoeuvre is part of Transformer, a multifaceted, two-year project presented by Blitz, Valletta, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.
Transformer is supported by the Multi-Annual Support Grant, Arts Council Malta and is part of the Valletta 2018 - European Capital of Culture Programme.
Sound design: Marios Vitis
Sound engineer: Thomas Gounaropoulos
Translation / proof reading: Ioanna Gerakidi
Brochure: Chrysanthi Koumianaki
Performer: Mohamed Ali (Dali) Agrebi