Written by Fotini Stamatelopoulou

“This specific piece reveals a reflection on how the human body could be adaptable to different environments and what would happen if there were countless possibilities of adaptation, and omnipotence of the environment surrounding the human body and the human relationships. Could this serve as a safe and empowering condition for human evolution or is it just a fun fantasy narrative case? Some of these questions are based on the scenarios of the sci-fi scene of the ’60s and’ 70s, from Stanislaw Lew to Octavia Butler. Utilizing descriptions, scenarios, and images of the future as reflected in such readings, I began to develop a composition on how the body and its movement, the social and emotional representation of the self, could not be mobilized by the human initiation but mainly from external and environmental factors”.

A guidebook on being anything is a site-specific work of science fiction which combines movement, moving image and sound design. It is an adventure of probabilities, aspirations and fears for the future. Three observers, on an intergalactic journey, observe three different conditions of existence and versions of adaptation. This guide draws on curiosity, excitement and fear for the new, as we find them in the science fiction movie scripts of the 1960s and 1970s but the aim is to create the ideal science fiction script. A voyage to distant galaxies, to the Ocean of Solaris and to future images.

A guidebook on being anything was performed for the first time at the premiere of MIRfestival, Athens, November 2018 as a site-specific work at Ciné Palace in Pagrati, one of the oldest cinemas of Athens, established in 1923.

https://we.tl/t-2vxGM7Rw4I  (link photos)

https://vimeo.com/305318580 (short reel)

https://vimeo.com/314369006/e6be3e55f8 (part of the short films)

A guidebook on being anything, Fotini Stamatelopoulou, Courtesy of the artist
A guidebook on being anything, Fotini Stamatelopoulou, Courtesy of the artist
A guidebook on being anything, Fotini Stamatelopoulou, Courtesy of the artist
A guidebook on being anything, Fotini Stamatelopoulou, Courtesy of the artist
A guidebook on being anything, Fotini Stamatelopoulou, Courtesy of the artist