Athens, my love (2011)

video-performance, duration 6: 45 min

This video documents an improvisation-based performance with a videotape. I firstly destroy the videotape with my hands and then I start to improvise with body movements. In my encounter with the videotape, the aim is to produce sound, rhythm, image.

This performance was initially conceived as a response to the 2008 Greek riots started on 6 December 2008, when Alexandros Grigoropoulos (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γρηγορόπουλος), a 15-year-old Greek student, was killed by two special officers in Exarcheia district of central Athens. The killing of a young student by police resulted in large protests and demonstrations, which escalated to widespread rioting, with numerous rioters damaging property and engaging riot police with Molotov cocktails, stones, and other objects. The main concept of this art piece concerns being creative after having abolished old values and principles that are not useful and functional anymore. This performance is related to the respective socio-economic situation in my home country as well as in Europe. I would like it to be a positive answer to the sentiments of anger and despair that overwhelm the Greek citizens nowadays. By destroying the videotape and making of it a new object/ objects and, most important, by having the pleasure of creating and the awareness to discover different ways to vision an object not focusing on it’s functionality. ‘Athens, my love’ would like to foster a debate around the necessity to re discuss the foundaments of the economic and social system in Europe.