Remains of French Gothic architectural masterpieces stand in ruins inside the Venetian walls of Famagusta, Cyprus: contemporary evidence of the Ottoman siege of 1571. In the past, people spent time carving detailed images of ships into the exposed frescoes of a church called St. George of the Greeks. They carved between haloes and over the shoulders of saints, leaving no trace of a personal name or purpose; nor is there a way to be sure who made these drawings - or even if they were sailors. But the rigging, depicting ships in use between the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries, also includes details that imply a sailor's set of interests.

In the spring of 2010 I collected these drawings by frottage, and converted them into an animation that, when projected on a wall, frees them from their static origins as graffiti. Each ship sails according to the way it was found: how the sails are filled, and the direction of the hull. No changes were made to the sailors’ drawings.

see the animation
Leaving the Harbor of Haloes Hoak-Doering, 2010

Leaving the Harbor of Haloes was projected in the 54th Venice Biennale (Venice Conservatory of Music), and different versions have appeared in Dresden, Marl (Germany), Paris, Dublin, and the USA.

 

double frame looped projection (8'30")
single frame looped projection (9'50")
drawing, sound and original animation: Elizabeth Hoak-Doering
animation adaptation: Pavlos Papadopoulos