ρεi Start story

ρει Start Story) is the visual narrative of the art project
ρει Start (pronounced restart), by Greek artist Marianna Lyra set in a deserted garage, actually an iconic building of the 1920’s, whose past history was uncovered while creating the project in situ.
Fusing past and present in a transformative journey the film takes us through time, space, the artworks and the history of the building itself.
The starting point is a painting (1995) depicting a scene in an imagined city where twelve characters seated around the family dinner table are struck by lightning.
By re-activating the frozen scene and giving them a new lease of life, the artwork follows the trajectories of these characters as they are launched out of the canvas into 3 dimensional space in search of a new existence.
Through the interaction of paintings, sculptures, installations, digital prints, audio-visual animations, light and shadow, sound and live performance, a story of displacement, migration, loss, remembrance and renewal emerges.
The title ρει Start, a play on the Greek verb “ρει”, meaning “to flow”, found in the Heraclitean axiom “All is flux, nothing stays still” and the English word “start”, reflects the essence of the artwork, which is to bring the creative flow of universal time into the present need for renewal.

  • Marianna Lyra
    Director
  • Takis Anagnostopoulos
    Director
  • Kostas Ntanis
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 18, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Shooting Format:
    Fullhd 1920x 1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Marianna Lyra, Takis Anagnostopoulos

Born in London, she studied History of Art and Italian at Sussex University (1972-1975) and Sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome (1975-1980) with sculptors V. Crocetti and M. Tzobanakis. She is a visual artist whose interests in the moving body, music, voice, dance, and mind and body techniques have complemented her art projects. In her most recent shows she approached sculpture and the visual arts in relation to movement, song, audiovisual techniques, sound and the spoken word bringing them together through live performance and in collaboration with other artists. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.

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Director Statement

I have always felt that all artistic expressions start from one centre, the creative process, and ray out; interceding and interacting. The idea was to document space and artwork in its various fascets and in the process to create a film which would stand independently evoking its own narrative and poetic essence.