HOME-on-the-move-and-in-place: towards a strategy of emancipation

03- street installation: the Wall on the move

Paper presented at the workshop: “Dislocating Agency and Moving Objects”, ASCA, Amsterdam, 17-19 April 2013


This paper presents ‘the Restoration of a Wall’ an art-project that follows the transformations of the accumulated home objects of a migrant (myself) and it examines how these transformations could change notions and practice of Home. This process -and this paper as part of it- strives to apply such a change in a more relational and collective way.

The project stems from the presupposition that value and meaning are inscribed on objects and that they participate in turn in the construction and perception of our reality and the self. In the course of time, the project as the material manifestation of Home, adopts various forms and formats. This shift from one form to the other, from one context to the other, becomes a simulation of migrations. These migrations of home and of home-objects raise issues of individual consciousness, aspiring to contribute to an identity-’migration’ towards self-emancipation. /////


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HOLISTIC HALLUCINATIONS: Ways for Objects to become Subjects

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Paper presented at the summer school “Lost Objects”, NICA, University of Amsterdam, 8-9 June 2011

Interdisciplinarity as a key notion of the School. For more info about the call and the program click here.


This paper presents my research of how objects become things and subjects that ‘do’ and ‘are’ and that can form a basic matter of thought, discussion, investigation… Presenting two of my projects in relation to objects, I discuss the ways objects contribute to our reality and subjectivity. One of these projects refers to economic, social, political emotional, affective and other codes and value systems inscribed on them while the other investigates the communication potentials of these codes as well as their limitations.

My effort to perceive at once the different, contradictory ingredients of meaning and value inherent to objects, is like trying to see a 3d image through its printed 2d form. I assert that interdisciplinarity tries to achieve such a holistic perception of the world. That explains why this term is per definition positive and it has no negation. That is why, it starts having religious or godly characteristics. In my striving for such a holistic overview, I am careful about hallucinations of apocalyptic visions and at the same time, fascinated with the magic hidden in objects. /////


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DIGITAL AND ANALOGUE RECORDINGS as repository of memory and vehicles of interjection


Paper PRESENTED AT ‘Post-Autonomia’ conference,

SMART Project Space, University of Amsterdam,

By M.Karagianni & V.Semou, Amsterdam 2011


/////ABSTRACT: In this paper we argue for an art practice that is autonomous in terms of its mode of production and we examine the re-enactment and appropriation of recordings as one of the artistic methods of resistance.

Our case studies refer to the practice of 2 artistic-political collectives: the Mountain Theatre in Greek resistance to nazis occupation in the 40′s, and the contemporary art collective BLW in California. In the former case, guerilla fighters took part as amateur actors, the appointed time schedule of each performance was adjusted so that most people could join, while the play was adapted to illustrate personas found in the villages for integrating a revolutionary message within everyday life. In the latter, the collective involves the memorization of significant recordings in the history of radical media speeches by inviting audience members to publicly re-enact them. Through this practice, the artists recover the power of speech in a culture where oral competence is displaced by media forms.

Inspired from the above mentioned practices, our discussion in the paper shifts to our own practice and experience as artists within the contemporary milieu of activism in the Netherlands. Digital and analogue recordings of previous actions join the live broadcasting of the voices and demands at protests that address social problems, such as housing shortage and budget cuts. Unlike the saturation of media archives that stay inactive for passive viewing/ listening, the re-use of our recorded material and live stream during protests show the continuation of the struggle that can result in the empowerment of peoples’ engagement.

[For more information about the call and the program of the conference click here.] /////


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