Dry heat on your body. Bronze grasses and rocks, cactae, aloe vera. Concrete, asphalt, and marble, the Cycladic Landscape is both rural and urban: the Aegean Archipelago, south-east of Athens, extends into the city hills.
Through navigation, our westernized sense of perspective has established a common horizon, simplifying islands as visual spots at the surface of the sea. Islands are not exotic entities alone in the sea waters. Islands remain interconnected with the mainland and each other, from the top of the mountains to the hidden topographies of the sea bed: a myriad of creatures and non-organic matter which lives in constant symbiosis with water; tectonic plates, fossil fuel pipes, and data cables.
kyklàda.press is a small imprint, a series of texts resonating with phenomena in the Aegean Archipelago. kyklàda.press is a publishing project in Athens, driven by a trans-disciplinary group of artists, exploring critical and experimental positions in writing. With each volume in this series, we are slowly forming a catalogue of liquid forms of modernity: corporeal bodies – historical and actual, real, and imaginative.
key words: island topographies, archipelago culture, experiences in landscapes, urbanism, historical (dis)continuities, queer culture, gender equality, non-patriarchy, travel and tourism narratives, corporeality and poetry.