wood, leather corset-harness, contrabass strings, black horse-riding helmet, metal, acrylic, and electronic components
“Dithyramb’s idea came about during a discussion I had with a quantum physicist in 2016 to whom I was trying to explain my bodily communication perception with other people. “Dithyramb” is an extension of the body, made out of wood, a leather corset-harness, contrabass strings, black horse-riding helmet, and metallic, acrylic, and electronic components. It is considered a string-based instrument and can be attached to effect pedals, synthesisers, sound mixers, sound cards, and music software.
Dithyramb consists of five main separated parts that are attached to each other:
1. the bridge, which is attached to the wall;
2. the body, including the horse-riding helmet, the tuning peg, and its wooden construction;
3. the skeleton, an adjusted wooden part that contributes the weight of the construction and the applied tension. The skeleton is placed on the back of the performer;
4. the leather corset-harness, by which the skeleton is attached. The corset-harness’ function is to distribute the construction’s weight and the applied tension to a wider surface. The corset-harness is worn by the performer, tightened to the upper body.
5. the neck, contrabass strings connecting the device with the bridge on the wall. The neck (connecting strings) is the part that decides the amount of applied tension and weight.
The performer needs to wear the corset-harness, and allow their body to fall backwards in a diagonal axis (partly hanged), thus creating a force opposing the wall’s direction. To initiate sounds out of the contrabass strings, the performer needs to put an additional force, tension, pulling and weight towards the same direction, opposing the wall. Through body movements and the performer’s weight, dithyramb’s sounds vary in tonality, pitch, timbre, frequency and the producing of tremolo. With body movements, the performer has the ability to initiate and develop pressure fluctuations that travel outward (sound wave) and cause the performer’s body to vibrate and produce different qualities of sound. The sounds created by the performer’s physical weight vary due to some parameters that are introduced by the instrument’s neck choice and its positioning on the wall. The first parameter concerns the height of the instrument’s placement in relation to the performer’s height, and the second concerns the minimum tension (70 kg) that needs to be applied in relation to the performer’s physical body weight. Both parameters, especially the second, concern the amount of force and pulling the performer applies to reach the standard of 70 kg.”
The artwork participated at Solo Exhibition at the Theatre Academy – University of the Arts Helsinki in 2019, at the performance “Mind Split = Siamese Twins” held at Universum Teatteri in Helsinki in 2020, and will participate at BEUYS100 – Social Sculptures held by Goethe Institut Zypern in Cyprus during 2021.