November 28, 2018

Do our bodies have memories?

Petros Aronis


FROST OF HEAT is a montage of hate and love, despair and hope, decadence and growth, oppression and freedom, or as the title suggests coldness and heat. The video is an effort to explore the relationship between the mind and the body in dealing with trauma. The video showcases the power of habit and growing comfortable in uncomfortable situations since even after one heals psychologically from trauma, their body has still to recover. I decided to express this through a distinct visual language with specific choices of movements, colours, outfits and natural landscapes because the spoken language has the effect of concealing the truth behind words or lead to misunderstandings.

FROST OF HEAT can be understood more effectively through the following poems:

I know this island has crushed me,
In ways that I will never mend
Or totally understand.
This goddamn island
Will always pursue me
In every step that I take.
I can’t hope for anything.
No ship, no sailor, no self.
No nothing.
All that has been destroyed in me here,
Will stay destroyed anywhere else
In the world.

-Frost of Heat, Petros Aronis, 2017.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

-Fire and Ice, Robert Frost, 1920.


Director/Editor: Petros Aronis
Performance: Grigoria Metheniti
Soundtrack: ‘The White Lady’ by Kristof from the album ‘The Oracle’
Graphics: Adam Motloch