A Monument to the Time: Tower of Winds

The Horologion of Andronikos

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The works which are presented here are an insight into a multimedia project about the Tower of the Winds in Athens, consisting of 15 subject areas. Based on pen and ink drawings. The topics are structured as follows:

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Content

I. The Head – The Architect
II. The Territory – The Place
III. The Body – The Building
IV. Physiognomy – Octagon
V. Headdress – Triton on the rooftop
VI. On the skin – The time
VII. On the skin – The traits of the Winds
VIII. Behind the skin – Where the Winds meet each other
IX. The Blood – Clepsydra “Water thief ”
X. The Heart – Armillary sphere in the Winds
XI. The corpus occupied by the Christians
XII. The corpus captured in the Ottoman Empire
XIII. Diagnoses: Expeditions during the time
XIV. Anatomy: Rediscovered by Stuart and Revett
XV. Adoption and Adaption

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The focus is on the drawings. In addition are music compositions and photo collages to select chapters. To bring the history of the building to the audience, texts were written in the form of a Greek stage play. The artistic work with the building began out of pure curiosity and ended with a heart project.

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The whirling Horologium
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / Triptych: 122cm x 86cm  +  122cm x 86cm  +  122cm x 86cm

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I.      The Head – The Architect   [exerpt]

left: Andronicus the Architect
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

right: Andronicus the Astronomer
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

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IV.      Physiognomy – Octagon  [exerpt]

Eight in the infinity
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 122cm

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VI. On the skin – The time [exerpt]

left: Sundail of South Wind Notus
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

right: Sundail of East Wind Apeliotes
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

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left: Sundail of West Wind Zephyrus
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

right: Sundail of Northwest Wind Skiron
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

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[exerpt from a serie of 8 sundails]

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VI. On the skin – The traits of the Winds [exerpt]

left: Accompanied by a gloomy sky: Eurus coming from the direction of Eos with rain and humid air in the coat
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

right: Breath of the Summer End and Autumn Beginner: Notus, Storm god with heavy rain, wrapped in dark clouds
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 61cm

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[exerpt from a serie of 8 winds]

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IX.      The Blood – Clepsydra “Water thief ” [exerpt]

Clepsydra: From the Grotto of Pan to the Winds II
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 122cm

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Clepsydra: From the Grotto of Pan to the Winds III
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 122cm

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XII.      The Corpus – Captured in the Ottoman Empire [exerpt]

Coming to rest
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / 86cm x 122cm

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This echo carries the memory of the whirling Dervishes in the Winds. Resting in oneself, lingering in the tower, the melody appears and than disappears into the endless nothing immediately when the contemplative moment is overtaken by the present time. What remains is the view of the Mihrab carved into the wall towards Mecca.

Composition and Photocollage: Echo of the Dervishes 3:00
Pump organ, Fieldrecordings, Synthesizer

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Spring. Summer, Autum, Winter during the Ottoman Empire
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper / Polyptych: 122cm x 43cm + 122cm x 43cm + 122cm x 43cm + 122cm x 43cm

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XIV.      Anatomy – Rediscovered by Stuart & Revett [exerpt]

Stuart and Revett
Drawing with Dip Pen / Ink on Paper / Triptych: 122cm x 86cm  +  122cm x 86cm  +  122cm x 86cm

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During my research, I had the feeling of climbing a tree. The higher I climbed the more ramifications I recognized. On each branch sprouted more branches that developed limbs and side branches, where I followed on. I climbed through time, space, science, philosophy and mythology. And I realized: this building is a monument to science and time. The world should know what type of time-monument can be found below the Acropolis!

I felt like the Don Quixote of time. While the pen turned into my horse Rosinante, my life partner turned into Sancho Panza, who occasionally reminded me that there is no past and no future without the present.

[excerpt from the foreword]

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