Chrystal Chanel Lewis | Sophmore | 16 years old | FC: Chanel Iman
Reincarnation | Adikia | Adikia was the spirit of injustice and wrong-doing
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Hailing from London, UK Chrystal is a new addition to Allegory this year. Chris has two older brothers that she is very close to. Growing up in a household where the majority was men, definitely had an impact on Chris. Even though her mother wanted for Chris to be a typical girl who attends pageants, Chris never was one to follow up on this. She has always been a tomboy at heart and much rather chose to get down and dirty with her brothers. They were the ones who introduce Chris to London underground world. She fell in love from the first sight and considers the people back there as her family. Because of her distinct style and looks Chris was scouted as a model couple of years back. Since then, she has travelled the world for quite a bit, exploring new places and stuff. She really misses London at times and takes every opportunity she can to return there. After receiving an invitation from Allegory Chris decided to settle down for a bit, wanting to finish school and have a social life with friends. She made all the arrangements with the agency to make it work. Sometimes, she disappears for a couple of days to do a shoot somewhere but it never influences her academic performance. Being a model isn’t all rainbows and unicorns and Chris keeps herself in shape. Upon arriving at Allegory she joined the track and swimming teams. She easily became friends with Ronnie and Whittier. Chris isn’t afraid of a challenge and never backs down. She can’t stand people who do wrong to others for no particular reason. She thinks that there is too much injustice in the world. „Be the change you want to see in the world” by Aristotle. This is the saying Chris lives by and if she can make an injustice right she won’t hesitate to do so.
The first goddess we will look at is Adikia, the goddess of injustice. She is depicted as an ugly figure on the Kypselos Chest. In this depiction Adikia is being throttled by Dike, the goddess of Justice. In Description of Greece by Pausanias, a description of this image on the Kpselos Chest goes as follows “A beautiful woman is punishing an ugly one, choking her with one hand and with the other striking her with a staff. It is Dike who thus treats Adikika.” In some depictions, Dike is throttling Adikia with a club and Adikia is portrayed as a barbarian woman with tattoos.
I find it interesting that one of the resources I looked at calls Adikia a goddess whereas Theoi.com lists her as the spirit of injustice. Both resources list Dike as a goddess. Personally, I find that fascinating that one can be considered a spirit and the other a Goddess. Not that we are for injustice here, but the thought of the opposites not being equal is a fascinating thought nonetheless.
Ok, gang. It is now your turn. Discuss. Share. Do you think Adikia is a goddess or a spirit? Is her presence being felt in the world or not? Is she just a thought form or does she truly exist? Can you give real world examples of where Adikia has been present?
There is a lot to digest in Ekkehard Ehlers’ Adikia and I mean a lot. First off the glitch ambience of his early works is entirely absent. Outside of the one running ProTools, there isn’t a computer present at all, everything is performed on fairly traditional string and wind instruments along with voice and percussion. The tonal palette has more in common with Polweschsel (whose Werner Dafeldecker contributes) or the recent David Sylvian output. In addition to the instrumental shift, the compositional approach is also fairly radical for Ehlers as Adikia presents itself in the form of a single 27-minute piece with subtle, reflective movements. It’s a concentration of elements that have peaked through in his work before, but are here reformed in a way that I can’t imagine many saw coming. Even for a man with a rich history of pushing his audience out of their comfort zone and refusing to rest on his laurels, this is a very bold statement. Fans of electro-acoustic improvisation and modern composition will definitely take more away from it than those looking for a return of Plays-era Elhers, but anyone up for the challenge is sure to find some rewards within Adikia. - Mike Shiflet, Experimedia