19 Apr 2014

ISOTITA @ Dayz of Glory

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/thewhole-shebang
cave diet ( Yiannis Kotsonis, Danae Stefanou) http://cavediet.bandcamp.com/
virilio (Dimitris Papadatos / KU, Korinna Triandafylidis)
Yorgia Karidi & Georges Jacotey fight for “ISOTITA” http://yorgiakaridi.tumblr.com/, http:// www.georgesjacotey.info/
Zombie Penguin And The Glory Holeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSPYnjd5jdg

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.


17 Apr 2014

Unhack my Heart

Unhack my Heart (Performance), Thursday, April 24 at FOKIDOS, Fokidos 21,Ampelokipoi, Athens.

"Your love is like a giant pigeon, crapping on my heart" - Phoebe Buffay

I didn't notice all the feelings. I might have to dig up a few. Take a sip of the lost bitterness. Love goes but love comes again.

A year ago, I wouldn't even use that word. Now, I enjoy being at the mercy of my delusions. I'm avoiding conclusions.

I'm trying to make something out of all these little unfortunate demises. Moderating my sensitivities no more, letting them flow. Living without you.

Content I'm over you.


15 Mar 2014

Greek Love

My bit from G & K: Expiration Date NOW, a performance collaboration with Kimmo Modig at FROWN, in Athens, February 8, 2014.

Press release:

Performance transcript:

13 Feb 2014

Magic Lantern Presents: TECHNOLUST

Technolust, curated by Faith Holland. Cable Car Cinema & Café, 204 South Main StreetProvidence, RI. Thursday, February 13 at 19:00.

Technolust is not whispering sweet nothings to your OS all night. Technolust is the stir in your body when you run your fingers along a perfectly smooth metal curve. Technolust is the sensation of softly tapping rounded plastic buttons with your fingers. Technolust is battery-powered pleasure. Technolust is the thrill of viewing beautiful sets of pixels. Come with your laptop, smart phone, personal device, thumbdrive, or significant other to a special program of technoeroticism this Valentine’s Day Eve.

Featuring: If I Had a Hammer from Real Video Trilogy by Bobby Abate, Kustom Kar Kommandos by Kenneth Anger, Soc Net Vogue by LaTurbo Avedon, (If I can sing a song of) Ligatures by Abigail Child, Lift Off by Martha Colburn, Oh Sussana by Dafna Ganani, No No Nooky TV by Barbara Hammer, Light Petting and Heavy Petting by Faith Holland, Big Mouthed Sissy by Georges Jacotey, Take Off by Susan Mogul, Still Life (Betamale) by Jon Rafman, Afternoon Delight, Dreaming of Machines, and Queering Pluto from Laborers of Love by Stephanie Rothenberg and Jeff Crouse, Filmography by Matthew Underwood,Webcam Venus by Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia.

Big Mouthed Sissy by Georges Jacotey, 2013, digital video, color, sound, 3:49 minutes
In this video, George Jacotey performs for a webcam by opening his mouth in different places in front of the static camera. Each pose his mouth strikes suggests a different sexual scenario. His lips are digitally traced in fire, conflating pleasure and danger.


31 Jan 2014

Expiration Date: Now

G and K: EXPIRATION DATE NOW (Performance), Uber-collaboration w/ Kimmo Modig. Saturday, February 8 at FROWN, Ag. Eleousis 14 & Protogenous, Monastiraki, Athens.


G and K will do the last performance art piece of Athens. After this, it’d feel pointless to stage another one.

When G and K figure out how to do something, they stop doing it. Perfection and craftmanship both mean nothing to G and K.

G and K don’t care about ideas, either. That’s a whole different generation, many decades ago, who did that. G and K do not want to bore you with ugly conceptual pieces.

The artistic practice of G and K is not performance-based. It’s “moving on”. Since that is what G and K do.

G and K like something and then they don’t. There are no idols or artists or values held in high regard forever.

Tomorrow, G and K might not even be into moving on anymore. The next time Georges sees Kimmo, Kimmo might be passé.

G and K are lone wolves who travel in groups only when traveling in groups is the next cool thing.

“We’re the worst”, G and K thought at first. But no. Artists with moral principles are the worst.

Art is immoral. There are so many other things one can do, like to have sex, take drugs, play with Xbox One, cook with friends, work for charity, help your grandmother.

You really only need to understand this part: when you choose to come and see G and K performing, you’re not doing any of those things.


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