This the vibrational essence of Nowy Port, Gdansk.
CCA Laznia II, (2015)
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art is an art institution with exhibitions of contemporary art, especially concerning the social presence of artists and their involvement in social discourse.
During the artist residency, I collected water samples from different locations in the Tri-City area. I conducted a series related to the Trace of memory in the water. The Martwa Wista is a river, one of the branches of the Vistula, flowing through the city of Gdansk in northern Poland. It got its name when this branch of the river became increasingly moribund.
My work resembles the process of creating a database/library that organizes a range of information about the nature of water. Intriguing results describe visually the energy, aesthetic and emotional image of accumulated water. As part of my research, I teamed up with the Institute of Oceanology in Sopot and Marine Station in Hel being a part of the Institute of Oceanography in the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography at the University of Gdansk.
The imagery, videos, and sound works created for my exhibition Trace in Nowy Port at CCA Laznia are created from the essence of the water remedies from the Baltic. They are a meditation on their pervading effects and how they interacts with the energy of the human body. You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop. The works are a slowing down, a meditative reflection that desires to lull you into the cosmic aspect of this sensitivity.
My first conversation with anyplace when I encounter it, is with the waters, and I go from there.I try and not to research a place before I arrive so I can get a clear undisturbed reading of the land and waters in Nowy Port in Gdansk. There is a lot of history held there. It is a busy industrial port, heavily polluted and it’s where the symbolic site of the first shots of WW2 were shot. It’s also where the Marta Vistula river enters the Baltic sea. I found it curious that when they redirected the river through the city of Gdansk they called it the Dead River. My intention was to set a catalyst of healing in process in the river. Even just the language around it was enlightened somehow, there is no life in this river, no movement in the waters. There was a connection between the people and the waters there in a very sensitive way.
Nowy port water essence holds the most encompassing joy. As an essence, it holds you like a hug and allows your own innate healing powers to take place, for wherever it is that you need.
Nowy Port water essence brings a lightness to your being, it is an instant pink light.
It works to release militant and unloving thought forms, it shines a light on mind programs and repeated thinking of heavy thoughts, it helps your heart to become centered in a state of love. The ultraviolet wavelength works to soothe unresolved behavioral difficulties while helping the body ease pent-up, unexpressed emotions.
This essence can help support the stressful process of moving or re-homing, and can also assist the homeless, or those who choose a lifestyle of roaming and drifting, to feel more supported, stable and connected.
Nowy Port is ideal for those who are drifting from place to place, who have no place to call home, and who feel powerless to direct their lives. It heightens awareness of inner strength, promotes a sense of contentment with the present moment, and encourages peace of mind, even during times of transition and change. The Nowy Port essence helps us create a sense of being at home anywhere on the planet by helping us master the qualities of flexibility and adaptation. It is through an awareness and acceptance of the perfection of each present moment that we are able to access the support and energy we need, wherever we are, and translate this into strength and stability in our daily lives.
It is also for those who live their lives in isolation from others, and who often feel separate and detached from their surroundings and even from the planet. This alienation can be the result of a difficult birth or a weak connection with the birth mother, which led to a lack of nurturing during early childhood. It can help people who have lost their homes for financial reasons, or due to catastrophic events, reclaim their inner sense of belonging and their connection with the planet. This will make it easier for them to find a new place to live or re-inhabit their existing home after the damage has been repaired.
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