”No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” — John Donne.
In the words of John Donne we are all little pieces of the bigger picture. We differentiate in our appearances and cultures yet we still share similar experiences and the same emotions. It was from this idea that spurred the birth of the MMOV? project.
On January 1st, 2012 the project by artist Markos Aristides Kern kicked off in the Sahara desert with his team. Driven by the curiosity to connect humans through creative methods, the project combined the contrasts between harmony and disharmony as well as mixture of the natural and unnatural.
With the challenging natural conditions, the MMOV proved as a huge advantage as the conventional method of mapping was not possible in the desert allowing the team to really explore the boundaries of art. Projections included the New York skyline on the rocky mountains and bringing Venice to the desert to list a few. Although we differ in skin color and separated by our culture and religions, these barriers disappear when we are joined together sharing the same experiences, this is displayed through the contact that the team shared with the local acquaintances in various situations of art discovery.