E.KA.TE Variations is the culminating event of Claire Nichols' residency at E.KA.TE / The Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts, Nicosia – a collaborative audio-visual performance with musician Sakari Laurila.
In this iteration of the Variations series, Nichols created a continually evolving sculptural ecosystem responding to the industrial make-up of the city of Nicosia. Across the Variations series, she uses materials that are discarded, and have a sense of being caught in a temporal loop between abandonment and future potential. Here, these materials include sawdust, flour, construction mesh, cast concrete, roof tiles, mirrored glass and torches. Each material carries a sense of its past life and function, but also holds an other-worldly quality in its visual and auditory tactility. Many of these materials do not have one set form: they are piles of sawdust or flour that can be dispersed, netting that can be deformed, mirrors holding transitory reflections, and torch light that creates temporary shadows. They offer the possibility of an evolving relationship; moveable graphic and geometric configurations that open up an abstract space of possibility.
This performance saw Nichols’ evolving sculptural compositions come to life as projections on the walls of the gallery at E.KA.TE, in a live improvised dialogue with musician Sakari Laurila, who plays the electric guitar.
Film by Pavlos Vrionides