Digital Video (28 minutes), sound
Framed digital prints with glass taken from the Cyprus Museum storage windows, 60x49cm. Images from ceramic restoration laboratory of the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.
The work Time After Time develops through the recording of circular time, its main axis being the movement of light on the Cyprus Museum installations. The process begins from the storage spaces, created during the 1930s to meet the growing storage needs of the archaeological collection. A series of light-recordings point to a relationship between the museum and the public, where the backstage scene of the museum becomes just as significant as the foreground. At the same time, certain accidental discoveries in the museum´s photographic archive acquire special importance, for instance, an old polka score by music teacher Dina Mascalchi, entitled “The English Occupation of Cyprus”*, briefly appearing in the film as a sound interlude.
During the process of recording the movement of light, the everyday maintenance and conservation work by the employees, and the study of the photographic archive, the work brings forth a new dimension of time inside the spaces of the museum. Moreover, it re-negotiates the public’s relationship with the normal functioning of the museum, which now emerges as a stage on which the archaeology of a place unfolds.
The investigation continues inside the photographic archives of the pottery workshops, selecting images taken during the ceramic artefacts´ conservation process. Through this observation, the ways in which the archaeological process is documented, as well as the conditions through which the visitors interact with the antiquities of a museum, become transformed.
*“The English Occupation of Cyprus” is performed by Clio Papadia.
"Treasure Island", Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus. September 2014
6. The Director of Antiquities may, with the approval of the Governor, from time to time, by notice in the Cyprus Gazette declare any object building or area which he considers to be of public interest by reason of the historic, architectural, traditional, artistic or archaeological interest attaching hereto be an ancient monument and shall at the same time declare whether such monument shall be added to the First or to the Second schedule to this Law, as the case may be.
3 […] In a recent conversation, the attorney General informed me that in the draft bill he has now substituted for the word “area" in the list of objects susceptible of being scheduled, the word "site”, which he does not consider to cover the case of Famagusta.[…]
The word ‘site' (which appears in cl.2 of the Bill) is the correct one. One speaks of a “historic site” not of a “historic area”. By a slip I put “area” in cl.6 but have since rectified this. The fact that the Director Of Antiquities has construed the word “area” as enabling him to declare the whole town as an ancient monument sufficiently indicates its inappropriateness. The next thing he would be doing, I suppose, would be to schedule the whole island as an ancient monument.