A cube of dimensions 160cm on each side was constructed out of found common-place packaging materials, namely plywood and insulating materials such as polystyrene. This waste, which often gets washed up as flotsam on Maltese shores, is usually generated as a by-product of the aquaculture, fishing and shipping industries. It is also testament to the cross-national movement of people in the Mediterranean, alluding to a much wider social and political sphere - namely the plight of refugees. Since the stories of these undocumented travellers often go unheard and unattested, I wished to utilise the notion of these material by-products as 'witnesses' to the lives of the people who came into contact with them.
The trajectory of the floating material also becomes a sort of voyage - one that speaks more to a sense of loss than to the heroic voyages of antiquity. The floating vehicle or vessel was constructed in the form of a cube - a standardised and regular form with modernist connotations. The utopian ideals of the modernist myth are challenegd by the cube's inefficiency as an agent of motion. Sitting within the cube, the voyager is at once trapped and protected by the confines of the vessel, and unable to alter or chart any sort of meaningful course. In this state of suspended motion other stimulants such as light and sound are also reduced, leading to a contemplative state.