CULTURE

Hypnos Project. A User's Guide

Beetroot in conversation with Hypnos Project exhibition curators, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis and Theophilos Tramboulis What happens to the body during sleep? How do we spend one third of our lives? During sleep our most secret and repressed self emerges. At the same time, our body becomes vulnerable. The Hypnos Project is…

Technical Assistance, or how the case of Jan Fabre is not unique

Despina Biri While the saga surrounding the appointment of Jan Fabre as artistic director of the Hellenic Festival ended abruptly on Sunday, with the appointment of Vangelis Theodoropoulos [in Greek] as Fabre’s replacement, the issues it brought to the fore are not unique either to culture or even public policy more…

Next stop: Utopia

A documentary on occupied BIOME factory    Interview of Apostolos Karakasis       “The objective was to observe in detail the epic story of certain individuals crashed by the crisis, along with all the contradictions and tragicomic aspects of the reality”   “The movie outlines the portrait of a…

Social Waste: A history of the punk scene in Athens

Recently, the book “Social Waste”(Aprovleptes Ekdoseis - roughly translated as “Unpredictable Publications”) by Giannis Kolovos, was released. The history of the Athens punk scene, 1979-2015, is an exceptional addition to the -probably small - bibliography on young people's subcultures, but also more generally on the social history of the Metapolitefsi,…

2016: Censorship in the National Theatre of Greece

National Theatre Director, Stathis Livathinos, and the Nash equilibrium   Despina Biri   In game theory, the Nash equilibrium is a solution concept of a non-cooperative game involving two or more players, in which each player is assumed to know the equilibrium strategies of the other players, and no player…

Penelope Petsini: Memory and Oblivion: Photography interpreting Greek cultural and collective memory

Penelope Petsini   Recent years have seen the rise of widespread interest in cultural and collective memory and their relation to questions of power, representation and identity. Within Greek scholars, the acute historiographic debate on Greece's 'troubled past' –namely the 1940s, and particularly the German Occupation and the Civil War–…

This is not Greece: Stories of A Crisis.

Hamburg, 7-8 of August In its discussion of the Greek financial crisis, the German media has spread distorted images of the Greek people. Newspapers and TV shows analyze the Greek mentality without including any Greek voices. In this special on THIS IS NOT GREECE the focus is not on discussing…

P. Petsini: Documenting the Greek Depression

The crisis narratives Penelope Petsini   Since the global financial crisis, Greece has been a regular feature in European media, displayed as one of the hardest hit EU countries, a place with skyrocketing debt, mass unemployment and crippling austerity programmes being forced upon it, resulting in heightened social tension amongst…

Yannis Hamilakis: Archaeo-Politics in Macedonia

Yannis Hamilakis On Monday, six days before the general election, the Greek Ministry of Culture published a preliminary report by the osteo-archaeological team studying the skeletal remains found in the mound of Amphipolis in northern Greece. The bones were found in November, since when there had been a lot of…