PCAI collection artists Hypercomf in collaboration with Norwegian composer and performer Maja S. K. Ratkje and Ergon Ensemble, will be presenting their new performance titled ‘Pytheas Travels’ at Onassis Stegi from 13 to 15 October 2023.

The title of the performance refers to the historical journey of Pytheas the Greek—the Columbus of antiquity—where in 325 BC sailed north from Marseilles to a place he called Ultima Thule, the mythical island, to reach the “frozen seas.” Unable to extend the exploration of the mythical lands of Northern Europe, Pytheas returned to the Mediterranean to document his legendary journey in a manuscript titled “On the Ocean” which vanished forever in the great fire of the Library of Alexandria.

“Pytheas Travels” is a staged audiovisual simulation of the experience of being on board a passenger vessel, traveling from the Mediterranean to the Northern Seas. It is a maritime story, an imaginary journey, and a critical insight into the mass tourism industry and its consequences on environmental, cultural, and societal structures.

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Image credits: Hypercomf, Pytheas Travels, still image. Courtesy of the artists.

Activity aligned with Goals 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17