The Shadow of Sophia
Amongst the lively and the ecstatic of the 21st century lies a strong and disruptive feeling that carries such strength it leaves in tumults of bittersweet and confusion. It is a gap and a longing a memory and an elation. It is Nostalgia. Nostalgia is a journey, and I suppose this particular exploration has become a journey in itself, through exploring and developing I have discovered a project that reflects on Nostalgia in a purely spatial form.
The word has become particularly familiar amongst the generation ‘y’ers’, the fast pace of
life and constant need for consumption has left little time for establishment and acceptance.
This generation longs to reflect and it is aided by social media. The projection of social media as a tool ¬to inject nostalgia however, makes the very act of ‘social media nostalgia’ disingenuous. It is driven and gifted to you via a posed photograph of carefully directed film. It is not a beautifully crafted story that is punctured with imperfections and heightened by the power of the mind to change and manipulate feeling. The new nostalgia does not carry the organic form of the forgotten memory.
Here is where my project begins. In remembrance.
The Shadow of Sophia is a representation of space through the subject of Nostalgia. The sheer explanation is found in her temporal nature. Sophia’s islands situate themselves on the South West coast of Eivissa overlooking the isles of Es Vedra. In this awe inspiring environment the materiality of the spaces change, reflect and develop. The technology of materiality and movement is defined as the islands open up to the forces of nature. The kinetics of nature drag and drift each platform that in turn glisten and mirror their environment. A constant new image generated through the temporal state of the environment.