(di Simone Perotti)
“Narrow-mindedness and double identity are the two main topics running through contemporary modern Greek literature, in particular in most recent times”.
Maurizio De Rosa looks like an intellectual of the old days, cultured and learned as well as sensitive and perspicacious, actual witness of contemporary Greece.Add a comment Add a comment
36° 46.014 N - 24° 36.660 E
July 24th, 15:00 local time
”Just few words aboard Mediterranea, lots of tears of emotion, silence. It swam with us and we did with it. An hour long. Then it swam quickly to the bottom of the sea. As if to take leave of us and we let it go. We are grateful for the pure joy it gave us. It did not flee. It stayed with us. An hour long. Up, down, up, down, with us. An hour long. It measured around 80 cm long and 40 cm wide. Light, calm, placid but quick when necessary. In the morning we had left Karavostasis bay in Folegandros heading for Milos, when we decided to pass the night in Monolysis. The place is beautiful, crystal-clear water, a first layer of white rock and a second one of dark volcanic rock originated by later eruptions. Kimolos and Milos islands just before us. All of a sudden two Greek men on a tiny motorboat shouted “Caretta caretta…camera camera”. We took the underwater camera and the boat’s tender, as fast as possible, we dived, the tender floating off (it’s all right, intact) for a good reason. We saw it, we got closer, someone with mask and flippers, and the dance began. That evening on board we celebrated.”
The words are by Giuliana, the Rais in command of Mediterranea last July, describing the surprising encounter with a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).
After months sailing and carrying out scientific projects, Mediterranea is landing at Athens on August 30th. In Athens it will be moored for a month to get in touch with the Hellenic cultural community, that warmly welcomed the invitations sent over the last few months thanks also to the valuable cooperation of Professor Silvana Vassilli, cultural attaché of the Italian Embassy in Athens and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens.
Mediterranea does not sail for the sake of knowing the Mediterranean Sea, of experiencing the sea and carrying out scientific experiments. At least not only for that. The aim of the expedition is meeting the Mediterranean culture. Intellectuals, writers, artists to talk and dialogue with, to draw out a "Mediterranean thought" as a means to face present times and the serious decline of this area and of the whole world in the second decade of the third millennium.Add a comment Add a comment
Mediterranea Project: this Manifesto was released by the scientific, cultural, nautical expedition sailing across the Mediterranean on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the European Union.
The semester of the Italian Presidency of the European Union starts today and Simone Perotti, captain of the scientific, cultural and nautical expedition Mediterranea Project, presents the Mediterranean Manifesto, a range of proposals to think about, ponder, discuss and work.
"This is a great opportunity – Perotti says - It is an opportunity even for those who do not believe in politics and institutions any longer. But any step forward, any opportunity can turn out to be useful".
Some opportunities only come once, we shall size them.
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"The most unfathomable, indefinable thing about the Mediterranean is this atmosphere, the set of light, colors, the white.. in the Mediterranean, the white is a different color. Then there are the noises, the air, the quality of the green, the infinite blue shades of the sea. The architecture, even the memory of history and culture. However, after putting together all these things we have not said anything of the Mediterranean".
The place is the island of Kythira, the bay is Kapsali, with the twin gulfs, the dominant position of the castle, the lighthouse at the top of the hill and a spectacular representation like an amphitheater with Mediterranea and the island of Chitro as background. In these waters of thousand shades of blue, it is said to be born Aphrodite, goddess of the beauty and the love. In this atmosphere of light and colors the Mediterranean appears, with its "indefinable passing of nature into history and art" (Claudio Magris), its being "a thousand things together" (Fernand Braudel), a word that evokes infinite meanings and, therefore, "a place where the names are not enough and you cannot place everything."
Simone Perotti, in the video, tells of this necessary inability to define and the need to return to live and "feel" the Mediterranean as an inner state and a place of no-alienation. A video full of words, images, colors and the singing of the cicadas, which evokes the typical Mediterranean atmosphere.
Here is the written text of the video "Words (and cicades) on the Mediterranean.Add a comment Add a comment