Stelios Hadjithomas presents his debut EP release ‘Var Martialis’ on June 1st 2017.
With ‘Var Martialis’, Hadjithomas explores the nature of poetics and pushes its boundaries, transforming prose and verse to voice, sound and noise, ignoring the inherent boundaries of paper.
Using the mind as a site, Stelios Hadjithomas delivers a sound installation which converses esoterically with the listener’s extant knowledge and fantasy. His debut digital release consists of his five-part –unpublished – poem ‘Elon Musk Wants to Send Us to Mars’ performed by a speech synthesizer, and a bonus track. In a sharp tone, he gives ‘instructions’ to the Martian ‘spacewalkers’ and imagines a fictitious native plant as an ally of the future settlers.
The red planet has been a source of inspiration for many, and a subject of extensive research and argument in recent decades. Hadjithomas’s work asks us to imagine the way anthropomorphic technology would record our efforts to conquer a new frontier and ultimately succeed in inhabiting another planet.
While using the real and the staged interchangeably, his writing and style is influenced by the 20th century futurist movement, and cinematic, visual culture. Like Grotowski’s plays, or Tarkovsky’s films, his poetry is more intuitive than logical or linear, and attempts to present life as a dream, or a version of a dream: abstract, yet at the same time evocative and descriptive.
Official website: https://stelioshadjithomas.com
Var Martialis Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI1_rAyxPUA
About the artist
Stelios Hadjithomas (b. 1990, Cyprus) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans, and experiments with, genres and mediums. He mainly works with text, speech, sound, and new media. His art seeks to mediate conscious/unconscious narratives, question the existential, and confront the nihilistic. His poetry has been published in various literary journals online and in print in Ireland and the UK, and he is currently seeking a publisher for his debut poetry collection. ‘Var Martialis’ is his first standalone work to be released to the public.