POLITEIA MMXIV

POLITEIA MMXIV 2013-2014

This project was developed during my stay in Ireland and Greece. It is based on Plato’s work Politeia (The Republic), and more specifically on the second Book referring to how the society is established based on the necessities of life. POLITEIA book II
Socrates: “The Republic is born according to me because everyone of us is not able to fulfill his needs by himself but he misses a lot. Our needs force us to resort to the help of others that also resort to the contribution of some others....”
" P O L I T E I A MMXV " is addressing the following questions: What are the needs of current societies? How do we produce a culture based on collective/shared concerns?
The aim of " P O L I T E I A MMXV " is not to see the ancient work as a manual of good governance in modern society as most of the governments described in Plato's work have little in common with the regimes in modern democratic states. Instead " P O L I T E I A MMXV " goal is to create a new perspective in which we can look at reality, that results from the individual experience of citizens.

CRISIS TO DECIDE EVENT

I invited a cross of participants from global activism, academics, artists and architects to exchanged their collective experiences of the current crisis. The purpose of this dinner-event was that together with all the participants we collectively returned to the Greek origin of the ancient Greek word 'crisis' and its original definition of to judge, think, distinguish, explain, qualify and to decide. The dinner event refers also to the "symposium" that was a significant event for the ancient geek aristocracy to debate and discuss. During the event the experimental animation 'Argo' was shown.The film is a combination of 3d animation and super 8 film and took its name from the Greek myth 'Jason and the Argonaftes'. The film shows a reversal of the myth where modern Argo is submerged and the survivors are trying to escape. Argo is focusing on the state of Being Trapped. This is a state many people are in and can not escape from it. This is a phenomenon that I saw in Greece but also in other societies where austerity measurements were applied. The movie is very much inspired by computer games. That is to be seen in the technique, aesthetics, the narratives as well as the warfigures added to it such as a sub-marine and a warship.
This project is realised with the help of art centre Common Ground, Rialto Development Association Ltd, Dublin Council, The arts council, 468 Art residency, Municipality of Elefsina and the help of family and good friends

The work consists of

1) An installation with one large stone and 70 smaller ones. On the large stone there will be the text of Plato’s second book 'The Republic' engraved in it. Next to the stone there will be a series of small stones with texts on them that are based on the outcomes of the ‘Crisis-to Decide’ event that was earlier organised at the Common Ground artist residency and Municipality of Elefsina, Greece. This installation is the ECHO of the participatory events.
2) New Cultural Symbols National flags are potent patriotic symbols with varied wide-ranging strong military associations due to their original and ongoing military use for interpretations. In this Installation I try to focus on the messaging use of flags in order to suggest a series of new symbols that go beyond the patriotic and military uses. The installation consists of 19 flags representing 19 different values such as democracy, transparency, creativity, solidarity, flexibility, participation and others that were discussed during the crisis event. The new symbols are inspired by the flags of the 19 member countries of the eurozone. I used the old national flags taking in consideration their original meaning and transformed them to new contemporary symbols that all together represent one big entity.
Argo, 3d animation + super 8. The film was shown during the crisis to decide event The film took its name from the Greek myth 'Jason and the Argonaftes'. The film shows a reversal of the myth where modern Argo is submerged and the survivors are trying to escape. Argo is focusing on the state of Being Trapped. This is a state many people are in and can not escape from it. This is a phenomenon that I saw in Greece but also in other societies where austerity measurements were applied. The movie is very much inspired by computer games. That is to be seen in the technique, esthetics, the narratives as well as the warfigures added to it such as a sub-marine and a warship.

Argo, 3D animation and Super 8 movie, 3m45