2015, Syros. Video, color, audio, 5 min., HD.

DARK HORSE results from a collaboration between Barbara Marcel and Alice Dalgalarrondo during an artistic residency on the Greek island of Syros. The residency was organized by the Greek artistic collective Campus Novel and occupied an old monastery in the island, currently base of Syros Institute, resulting in an one month group exhibition between July and August 2015. Artists and theorists from Greece and abroad were invited to think over the particular topology of lighthouses in order to shed light on a series of issues concerning architecture, industrial archaeology, notions of networks and grids, as well as territoriality and fluidity. The starting point for the research is the lighthouse located on the island of Didimi -or Gaidouronisi- near the port of Ermoupolis, in Syros. The specific lighthouse is the first one to be built by the modern Greek state and it was chosen as a knot of an extended lighthouse network. Taking the Lighthouse as its primary cultural artifact, the video dialogues with the excess of information distributed within the political context of the country in the summer of 2015, during Grexit referendum.

© 2021 Barbara Marcel