ISOTITA (performance collaboration w/ Yorgia Karidi) @ Dayz of Glory, Thursday, May 1st, Chrisostomou Smirnis 17, Tavros, Athens.
Openshowstudio presenting an one off audio and visual art event at a large warehouse and its yard (http://youtu.be/
ojBYRAh56CQ), in the post industrial area of Tavros, Athens, on Mayday 2014.
Text-chronicle by Johannes Nilo, a Swedish curator living in Switzerland, a stranger in town.
Concept, visual exhibition organization: Sofia Touboura and Pavlos Tsakonas
Audio live organization: Yorgia Karidi
Extra Conjugale (Irini Karayannopoulou+ Sébastien Marteau), Nana Sachini, Pavlos Tsakonas, Panos Papadopoulos, Yorgia Karidi (aka Dona Kont), Toula Ploumi, Stelios Karamanolis, Sofia Touboura, Theodora Malamou, Maria Lianou, Vaggelis Hoursoglou(aka Woozy), Irini Bachlitzanaki, Eva Mitala, Giorgos Stamkopoulos, Stavro Christo Vlachakis, Thanos Tsakonas, George Tourlas, Margarita Bofiliou, Ioanna Gouzeli, Eleni Bagaki, Amalia Vekri, Antigone Theodorou, Paki Vlassopoulou, Stefania Strouza, Kathrin Freytag
the whole shebang! (Natassa Giannaraki, Alexandros Alexandridis)https://soundcloud.com/
cave diet ( Yiannis Kotsonis, Danae Stefanou) http://
virilio (Dimitris Papadatos / KU, Korinna Triandafylidis)
Yorgia Karidi & Georges Jacotey fight for “ISOTITA” http://
Zombie Penguin And The Glory Holeshttps://www.youtube.com/
Abstact from Johannes’ Nilo text, a chronicle of his strange contact with Greek reality, which he met through art, during an awkward visit in Greece.
"[...] The street in front of the gallery is crowded. We hear about a concert in a record shop just a few blocks away and decide to go there. It is 11 pm and still very hot. I am thirsty and walk down the street looking for somewhere to by water. Suddenly I hear shootings and almost get overrun buy riot police in clash with whom? I decide to walk back to the concert which continuous undisturbed in peace.
The ambiguous title «Dayz of Glory» is well-chosen. The verb «daze» means to numb, to distract and confuse, to paralyse, and to glare or to blind. The twist in the spelling of «days» undermines the romantic and the prospective nature of «Glory». As Walter Benjamin says in his Arcades Project: «Every epoch not only dreams the next, but while dreaming impels it towards wakefulness. It bears its end within itself, and reveals it—as Hegel already recognized—by a ruse. With the upheaval of the market economy, we begin to recognize the monuments of the bourgeoisie as ruins even before they have crumbled.»
Johannes Nilo is a Swedish art curator and critic based in Switzerland.
*Openshowstudio is a contemporary art project space and platform. Founded on 2010 by Sofia Touboura, visual artist and sociologist, it has since been presenting collaborative experimental projects on a national and international level.
**the pattern on the event flyer is a typical petty bourgeoisie (lower middle class) tent and balcony chair pattern, extremely dominant around Greek urban environment in the '80s, which was the decade following the fall of dictatorship and restoration of democracy, as well as the beginning of the "fat cows age" of contemporary Greek history.