Wikiverse with Toni Sant

Rakel Vella, photogrammetry of a slab 2021

Stefan Nestoroski [Water]

flatpack riddle sculpture, maltese limestone and lime, standard brick dimensions 2021, to be found on manoel island until further notice

Temporary.Show brings together a loose collective of artists for ad hoc experiments. These include a combination of Participants who are open to collaborate, formal Collaborators who can run workshops and interventions across our peers, and Contributors who can share more specific resources and experiences.

this slab doesn't even weigh 1MB





staying afloat

Hold on to the air in your pockets / 

There is a boulder at rest just across the Mina tal-Foss, locals can identify the boulder with the great storm of 1982. A few more boulders stand in your path on the way to the grandharbour. They are also identified by great storms in our lifetime. This includes minor but historical gale force winds, such as the one which swept over the Bush-Gorbachev Summit in the year of 1989, as well as a viral hurricane, such as lovinmalta's rendition of Xemxija and fish sprouting out of its shoreline in March 2019. 

Ths narrative aims to investigate our relationship to a force majeure. Rather than stay passive and complicit with forces beyond our control, be it politics, climate or otherwise, the intention is to first, identify our place among others, such as your immediate community, and then go on to develop our personal reach with the making of an object of art as a catalyst.

The residency brings together the work of Johannes Buch and Aidan Celeste. They will use their skills in publication to revisit and curate a narrative with contributions from experts in  heritage and maritime, as well as collaborations with other artists. This research will be used to contextualise their personal interventions around the Grandharbour, and focus on its relationship to great storms. How do we deal with such a radical force of nature? How does it shape our values and engagement?

The project takes place under the guise of a reading room in the Residency Space at MUZA. It will be the main site for the artists to engage their immediate community, and invite them to contribute through workshops, events, as well to present the design of a new site-specific intervention. this includes a close collaboration with Clive Vella (Airwars, UK) and Rakel Vella (https://r4k.club/), as well as contributions by Joanne Causon Deguara (Geologist, University of Malta), among other experts from maritime and heritage.

Supported by 
Heritage Malta, MUZA
Arts Council Malta, Project Support Scheme, Research


Josephine Mamo w/o Emanuel, 2, alley 1 ,Valley road Birkirkara



Reported that during todays heavy rains, a great flood of water forced open the door of her premises carried away Lm 250 in local notes and Lm 40 worth of clothing belonging to different persons and caused damages to furniture. GS230




oH buoy,

Moghod rapport tat-temp, u moghod tkun barra fix xita


Vincent Scerri of Paul 5A Alley 3, Providence Balzan 


Gs230 C.Briffa

Reported that during todays heavy rainfall, a great flood of water pased through his garden and damanged a great number of flowers, pots, plants, trees, and killed a quantity of his poultry.

signed: Yes(no)


visit ^^&. 2826, POL.5244/5' W.2301/51/3/ M3011/51


George Farrugia 13 ta’ Ottubru 2012  ·  MARINE ONE landing with U.S. President George Bush Senior at the FREEPORT that memorable ( and stormy) day in 1989. Quite a treat seeing it all from the comfort of your own living room.




Notes from Casa Lucrezia, Isla, October 2019.

If left untreated and in the wild, saltwater is carried on by waves beating against a cliff and eats its way through the stone up until it falls back into the water. This process is visible in the outermoast part of the archipelago, whereby, a jagged edge, colloquially known as 'Munxar', forms a thin strip of land marked by harsh winds sawing at its tip.

Galdies, C. (2011). The Climate of Malta: statistics, trends and analysis 1951-2010. National Statistics Office, Malta. 

The presence of the surrounding water mass shapes significantly the climate of the Maltese Islands.The general weather is often cooler and more humid than what is experienced in inland areas of larger land masses. The high thermal capacity of the sea also reduces large fluctuations in the ambient temperature of the islands. But the presence of surrounding warm waters during the end of the summer season is a source of major weather instability when colder air migrates into the Central Mediterranean, thus creating areas with heavy thunderstorms and intense precipitation.

Advances of continental tropical air into the Central Mediterranean after a cold spell can give rise to active warm fronts, sometimes producing very active cumulonimbus clouds, copious rainfall and thunderstorm over the Maltese Islands. A period of sirocco in the Central Mediterranean, sometimes lasting for many days, often follows the first autumnal invasion of cold air.

Helmreich, S. (2015). Fluid Frontiers, Historicising Seas and Marine Life: Old Waves, New Waves. The White Horse Press, UK.

World War Two brought waves into relief as strategic entities, as oceanographers sought to predict wave action to smooth the amphibious landings of allied troops in Europe and Asia. In 1942, Scripps scientists Harald Sverdrup and Walter Munk were asked by the Oceanographic Section of the Army Air Force Weather Directorate to work on wave forecasting. Their report, Wind, Waves and Swell: A Basic Theory for Forecasting, published in 1943, ‘found that the size of waves did not depend solely on wind speed but was also affected by the size and shape of the body of water over which the wind blew (the fetch) and the length of time that the wind had been blowing (the duration)’ (Schlee 1973, 306; see also von Storch and Hasselmann 2010).


fatal accident

insp: E.G> Gencini Gs230 C Briffa

At about 2.30 pm. A day which Lija Bus No 1990 was being driven by Paul Borg 49 years of. St. michael of no3 alley 1, st ro&*()_ B'Kara through Msida Road toawards B'Kara during the heavy rainfall on arriving halfway it developed engine trouble and while stalling...any the rainwater which was some feet high and which was passing down mannarino road and severl by-st^&* pushed it sideways - the a passenger ^&*... jupmped out and these two wer carried away by the current of water; sciluna got clear of water , &(Ibeing draged halfway down to msida, Galea was however picked up dead in msida.

two other %^& cars namely ^&13222, belonging to mrs brookes of modern imperial hotel, sliema and car no: 11712 of mr HE malloi of 195, tower road sliema, which were staionary at msida st. B'kara wrer also pushed away by the current damages, weecaused to both vehicles G.S.230

The movement is characteristic of a seesaw, a fishing rod, among other objects used to catch an object by throwing it's weight from one side to another. It feels playful, and its simple movement can mesmerise. 

Who's catching who in this play of forces ? 


 Is Samuel fishing for waves, or are the waves fishing for Samuel ?


Dimeo, N. (2016). The Memory Palace, A Washington Monument.  



  • If you want the story of the construction of the actual Washington Monument, you could check out John Steele Gordon’s book.

Cassar, J. Torpiano, A. Zammit, A. Cassar, JA. Micallef, A. Zammit, T. (2017). Proposal for the nomination of Lower Globigerina Limestone of the Maltese Islands as a "Global Heritage Stone Resource" 

Build Up Ideation with 
Rakel Vella
Kiet Bonnici
Sam Ciantar

Geo Location with Clive Vella

Limestone is a sedimentary rock, composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams and molluscs. Its major materials are the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3).