Eight Hours Long Duration Performance Intervention. In collaboration with Marina Abramovic Institute | AS ONE | NEON + MAI An impromptu contemporary “poem” is created by Anastasia Papatheodorou as she wonders about the lightness with which the human brain endures and accepts the most tragic and demeaning events of our times as presented through the media, while maintaining a detachment that is open to the act of forgetting. The artist walks the fine dividing line between information and experience, and sets off down the path of self-awareness. Over the course of eight hours, she acts as a nomad, taking in the sounds, music, and moving image of a projection showing moments taken from the natural world, large-scale events, and the minutiae of daily life; she responds to these stimuli with her body and voice, with poems, songs and prayers. A journey of self-exile into a vulnerability of an emotional, physical and conceptual nature.
Προς Παθώ / I Try
I try incorporates a projected film tour along the streets of contemporary Athens with powerful imagery or recent violent street episodes. The artist performs an improvised interference with the moving image through a poetic voice in an open dramaturgy: What should be contribution, or even the responsibilities, of art and artists during financial crisis often leading to ethical and moral crisis? Can performance be a political act? Can such an action change the state of affairs? The performance took place in Portugal, New York, Athens, Biennale and Kakogiannis theater.
Ευαίσθητη Δημοκρατία / Sensitive Democracy
The stage imitates a gallery room with only a chair, a microphone and two projectors the one connected to a moving camera at is capturing the action in real time and the other one projecting video images. The performance attempts to interfere with the existential misunderstanding of the sexual and political human condition. It provokes the acceptance of bisexual nature of our inner self, leading to the recognition of a woman’s male side and vice-versa of a man’s.
Όταν ο Βλαντιμίρ Μαγιακόφσκι Γνώρισε Την Λίλια Μπρίκ
When Vladimir Mayakovsky Met Lilya Brick
A solo performance incorporating a silent projected film that shows two persons roaming along the streets of contemporary Athens and the burned forests as a result of a major arson in 2009 that deserted all the forests around Athens. Anastasia Papatheodorou performs with an improvised, poetic voice, embodying an interfering relationship with the moving image exploring loss, the lost natural earth, the human love and the lost poetry. Echoes of the city signal every step of the performance, inscribing in the urban and natural landscape sights, actions and emotions.
Γλίσχρασμα / Glishrasma
Incorporates a sliment projected film that shows a woman being in a state of suffering while the artist interacts through improvisation with the moving image, engaging in female gender issues and matters and labor, politics driven by an open set of questions about city life and contemporary issues, ethics, while performing a journey across human memory the materialistic society. Juxtapos Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and Luc Jacque’s March of the Penguins. The performer’s dialogue through images, singing commentaries and live poetry, discretely raises the effects of global warming on the annual march of the emperor penguins, in contrast to the rise of capitalism the global free market which triumphed democratically.
The F For Female
Through a series of paint-likephotographs this video installation consists of a study in emotions on a partially draped woman such as: loss, female fear, pain, shame, fragility, emptiness, embracing yourself and forgiveness. The F for Female is a discussion regarding gynarchy, an emotional study in a state of solitude and a suffering study of a bisexual woman while being in the state of re-defining herself.