The work-in progress with the title Das Kollektiv der Liebenden (People of the South) consists of two performance-videos and one sound piece. It is based on a fairytale on climate change and language which is especially written for the project. The two performative videos display moments of delight during the nocturnal encounters and rituals that the Kollektiv der Liebenden stages once light falls and they can open their mouths.
The two videos and the sound piece interweave performative readings of the fairytale with paralinguistic speech-acts. Employing different tongues, the work shades light on the material aspects of the production of language. In doing so, it manifests both the joy and the restrictions of voice and speaking.
The fairytale goes like this (summary):
The sun's rays, when in contact with saliva, force a chemical compound in the body that causes even the last drop of bodily fluid to leak out abruptly and fatally.
Some bodies spouted in the dark, “those bodies who keep their mouths shut are saved”.
“For real?”
“For real!” Yet for a while. How long can a body hold its mouth?
Well, yes! Breathing yearns for open mouths.
“Open your mouth in the dark!” is the order of the day.
Opening your mouth in sunlight is lethal.
A group of friends flees from the south to the northernmost point of Iceland where sunshine is rare. During the day, in the months when the sun is shining, they live in the belly of a caring whale. At night they come out and only then can they open their mouths.
They delight in nocturnal encounters.
They carefully listen to the of the whales, the water and the air, forging a language that speaks sounds they can make with their mouths closed.
They practice to keep their mouths shut
They don't know if they might be forced to expose their bodies to the sun.
They learn to forget to speak with their mouths open.
As soon as it gets dark, they come out and stage a farewell feast
They come out while the joy of opening their mouths sets in
They dance with the shadows of unheard words

Das Kollektiv der Liebenden_a polyphonic paralinguistic video-performance
HDV, colour, sound
Duration: 17 min 37 sec and 09 min 22 sec
Performers and vocalists: Christina Karagianni, Nefeli Myrtidi, Antonis Antoniou, Marios Chatziprokopiou, Nuri Diakaki, Eleonora Vratskidou.
Kamera / Video and sound Editing: V Franck-Lee Alli-Tis
With a painting titled "My suns" especially created for the project by Maria F. Dolores

Info about the text and the sound piece:
People of the South_a polyphonic sound piece
Duration: 19 min 59 sec
Sound arrangement / Drums / Keyboards / Sound Editing: V Franck-Lee Alli-Tis
Vocals: Oyto Arognos, Christina Karagianni, V Franck-Lee Alli-Tis (Komminuτέρας music gang)
Text: V Franck-Lee Alli-Tis
Proof reading: Maria Petrides and Clémentine Roy
Translation to Icelandic: Kari Ósk Grétudóttir

The work is especially created for the exhibition "From the shore to the mud pool" which took place at Verksmi∂jan, Hjalteyri, Iceland from the 30th of July 2022 to 31th of August 2022.


Short excerpt from the sound piece People of the South