Nothing More Permanent Than Temporary

Sometimes Archaeology Dreams of Itself II: Future Relics


The luminous Past can only sustain a shred of Future Relics”

In 1424, Venetian cartographer Zuane Pizzigano stretched the imagination of the still unexplored Atlantic Sea and drew an island with seven cities in his nautical charts, he named it Antilia.

Throughout the 15th century the mysterious land was never found but eventually gave the name to the Caribbean archipelago, Antilles.

In 1940, the armed vanguard of the Third Reich invaded the Netherlands. As a consequence, Dutch authorities commanded to seize all of the German ships sailing the Seven Seas. A few days later, a Nazi boat was sunk by his own captain to avoid its captivation in the Dutch colony of Aruba; the suicidal german mastered a ship named SS Antilla.

In 2018 the shipwreck is among the most visited underwater sites in Aruba.

Exploring the historical and mythical connections of the Atlantic Triangle generated by the axes Antilia-Antilles-SS Antilla, Baratto & Mouravas compile pieces of this ongoing research. Employing their practice of Archaeo-Dreaming the artist duo aims to re-articulate past present and future into a blend of time. Future Relics reveals an experiential quest which materialises as unknown cartography and space of imagination; a historical labyrinth becomes an immeasurable utopia.