Endless Hours at Sea, 2014, 2016
Video, sound and light installation, water, stainless steel, aluminium, mechanics, LED light and air
Collection of the Artist
Endless Hours at Sea is an exploration of the tempestuous emotional and psychological relationship humankind has with water. Seas and oceans have often been regarded as territories to be charted and conquered. Yet to actually voyage on watery expanses is to exist in a liminal space: always a ‘somewhere’ between leaving and arriving, and a ‘nowhere’ forever surrounded by ever-changing waters and weather conditions. This multimedia installation brings together material Atienza recorded from four oceanic journeys on cargo ships, and immerses the viewer in the constant state of flux that characterises life on board these vessels. As more than 400,000 Filipinos work ‘overseas’, this is an artistic journey that also finds echoes in the experiences of many of her countrymen. Endless is ultimately a work that reverberates close to home for Atienza – almost all of her family is involved in the maritime industry, including her grandfather who was a lighthouse keeper.