These contemporary artworks explore the creative act; the journey from exodus to realisation.
Though the critical locus of the project is the destruction of the cosmopolitan city of Smyrna in 1922, Altar’d Lament is a pantheon for Neo-rebetes.
Masonik embarked on a pilgrimage to Piraeus and Athens to confront rebetiko; a cultural form that can be simultaneously fragile and resilient, both comforting and threatening. Out of this experience a collection of artworks were created that fuse sculpture, photography, video, music, original vinyl recording and laser cutting.
The installation has also included many live musical performances by Masonik, both in Greece and Australia.
A Refuge for the exiled, the tradition altered creating a narrative to an open-ended underworld. So was created this Unorthodox Amanes Altar.
Recorded Live In Athens 15th January 2014 - Previously unreleased
Basil Psanoudakis - Turntables, Laptop & Bass
Paul 'Pax' Andrews - Saxophones & Bass-Clarinet
Wheldon Thornley - Keyboard
Georgia Balabini - Vocals