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The Constellation of Ibiza

Zoe-Maria Osborn

Any story ever told will be interpreted differently by the different individuals which experience the telling, creating an infinite number of mental images which will never exactly align, but nonetheless will retain the essence of the story from which they sprung. Stories told about places allow these places to live in the imagination with this ‘truth’, even if their form is not accurate to reality.

In Ibiza, I wrote short stories and poems about the places we visited, and identified the words within the prose which captured the essence of those places. By extracting these essential terms or lexemes, rearranging them together and assembling them by meaning into groups headed by an ‘Arc Word’, I created the briefs for ten follies to be placed back into the landscape of Ibiza at the locations which had inspired the original writing.

These follies later took on additional layers of use and meaning as places from which to stargaze and especially watch meteor showers, as a result of Ibiza’s dark sky. My personal interest in physics at both the astronomical and particle scales inspired research into cloud chambers, particle scattering, entropy and the composition of meteorites to inform the forms and functions of several of my follies, whilst others became deeper rooted in the original stories.

The result is a mismatched collection of entities which can be read singularly by their individual meanings, like stars in the sky, or as a group with an overarching concept and story when linked on a map; a constellation.