Caroline Ferreira le 3 octobre 2016 à 09:42
Are you enjoying Stockholm ? I hope you are settling well. I’m sure you’re going to have a great time there!
Sorry for the slow reply, i’ve been quite busy, will tell you about it.
There are no connections in my mind whatsoever between the two « grève » actually. The weird thing is grève when I hear it and it’s about tide, I think it’s a beautiful word, very poetic and when I think strike, no more!
What I found so interesting in your practice, is that it’s a totally ongoing practice, I love the way you seem to always start with an idea you got from your last project, and from that point, you go to the next like a « dérive » as we would say in France, a beautiful one obviously. So from the Tara boat in the North Pole when you saw at the end of your journey a lighthouse, to Alexandria lighthouse to now beachcombers and the Greek island of Symi. It’s like you are following a path that’s opening before you and leads you to new things. I wonder how you see that for yourself, is that weird or exciting ?!
Also what will be your next steps for finishing the project ? Are you going to travel again or are you done, at least for the time being ?
To finish, we were listening folk music and Bonnie Prince Billy, the new Bon Iver album has just been released, it’s not so much folk anymore but i love it nevertheless:
Caroline Ferreira le 21 septembre 2016 à 16:13
send you this beautiful song by Bonnie Prince Billy, Ebb Tide!
Caroline Ferreira le 10 septembre 2016 à 13:00
Thanks a lot for your message. And sorry I missed your birthday :-(
When I watched your film about your project and heard this word
« beachcomber », i had not clue what it meant actually.
I just googled it to find a French translation and on the French Wikipedia,
they say the translation is « batteurs de grève » which is at the same time
quite beautiful (grève means strike but is also a beautiful word for tide)
and not understandable at all for French speakers i guess – you would say
to someone « je suis un batteur de grève » i can easily imagine the look of
perplexity on their face!
Wikipedia says also that the « batteur de grève » is a classical figure in
the 19e century of the adventurer who is looking to get rich through their
exploration of the pacific. And they say that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
a book about one – « Ebb-tide » (never heard of that book).
We are quite far from your definition of beachcombing but i guess the
common point is that both are looking for treasures!
And the funny thing as well, is I just read the description of
the »Ebb-tide » story and it’s about three beggars in Papeete who steal a
ship with a cargo of champagne but at the end realise that it’s not
champagne but water!
So it’s not messages in bottle but still a story of bottles carrying in a
way a lot of hope!
I was wondering how you came upon that subject and also heard of this
island in Greece with this saint apparently whom you can send messages in
bottles ? Once agin you would think that this « practice » would be completly
extinct by now and I found it quite incredible to see that it’s not!
Caroline Ferreira le 24 août 2016 à 19:46
I’m super happy to start this conversation with you. I hope you are well.
I’m coming back from two weeks holidays in Crete, in a very remote place and it feels strange to be back in town with so many people around.
It was a nice coincidence to be introduced to your new research on messages in bottles sent at sea and beachcombers, right before going on holidays in this place where the sea is so present and essential.
I was again impressed by how you manage to plunge directly into a subject and extend it towards so many directions while staying within it at the same time.
I wasn’t really aware of this beach combing practice that i discovered watching the film you sent me but i find it very touching and at the opposite of our digital and globalized world.
I was reading this article about these 4.8 million Lego pieces fallen at sea in 1997 and that keep coming back on the shore following the oceans and tides.
The strange thing is that many of these Lego pieces were nautical-themed, so ironic, is it ?
I don’t know if you see things like that, but i find that this new research carries a lot of nostalgia and at the same time irony in it. Do you see that as well ?