at Farewell, Kunsthalle Athens
in collaboration with
The performance took place on the 13th and the 14th of June 2011, at Kunsthalle Athena, as part of the exhibition-performance Farewell, curated by Marina Fokidis and Themis Bazaka for the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2011. The work performed on those two days comprised of 7 actors, 524 books and magazines, 1 overhead projector, 1 slide projector, 1 video projector, 1 laptop, 1 printer and sound. The collaboration between Aggeliki Papoulia, actress and founding member of blitz theatre group and Theo Prodromidis, artist and film-maker, produced 524 new sentences by using the method of Tristan Tzara on a collection of 524 books that were given to the artists as a response to their call for printed material that is relevant and important in formulating the discourse of the politics of the Left. The work was inspired by both the history of the premises of Kunsthalle Athena that functioned as a school and a marxist magazine’s offices and the Syntagma Square events of June 2011. The 7 actors in turns assembled and archived the collected books, produced sentences, prepared the layout for a book, transfered the sentences onto 35mm slides depicting the space of the performance, took breaks while watching Jean Luc Godard’s La Chinoise (1967) and delivered a selection of the new sentences to the audience of the rest of the exhibition/performance at the premises of Kunsthalle Athena.