SPATIAL ATARAXIA – Sacrosanct ’s Performative Interventions
Written by Yiannis Pappas
The title of the master thesis “Spatial Ataraxia” purpose to a metaphor (gr: transport, transmission or allegory) for the ascetics (gr: discipline, education or practice) and the epiphanies (gr: knowledge, revelation, surface). The aim of this artistic research is to highlight the characteristics of the physically and the spiritual connectivity of the body and its environmental coexistence in order to achieve self-healing and its transcendental divinity.
The analysis of the place identity which seeks to present the case of the sacred space of the Great Lavra Monastery (founded 972 A.D) through participatory observation, discourse analysis and mapping a range of physical and mental elements, suggests the empirical and effective emotional spaces that focus on the individual and collective ataraxia. Throughout participant observation, discourse analysis, mapping a range of physical cartographies and performative juxtapositions, is attempted the virtual rationalization of sacred spaces and lament practices.