quick notes on “Here’s to my sweet Satan” (Eramian, Volks 2016)

I enjoyed this.
I never read the exhibition text which I saved and later handed to someone to read, and then lost. The exhibition broke me away from the by-now accepted instinct to go to the text first. In this case, I walked through a landscape of concrete and displaced stone amidst the local art-scene, while keeping myself from anything but empirical observation. I let myself delightedly investigate the darkroom with the Beatles on loop. I was too excited to see Yiannis and Andreas, and I had a nice conversation with Katherine Nikita, later putting the argument to the wonderfully unintimidated Savvas that it may well be that the effect of ‘these things’ [their art-politics] is contained in their sociability.

I’ve been thinking of satanism as the intentional and politically valuable –let’s say reverse psychological– advocacy / recasting of the abject. I like the example of the satanist in a suit, where the satanist/performer is adopting corporate culture in order to identify it with a hell, to point at it’s problems. The satanist is casting themselves in a way that is horrific to a baseline socio-religious imagination: they are not advocating for a turn to darkness, they are not trying to make satanism acceptable by wearing a suit, they are pointing at the hellishness of the suit: Eramian is pointing at something hellish. Creating a Hell, at Volks: casting Volks (with its connection to the car industry) as a hell. Maybe in our acceptance of the concrete, in the 16 tons of stone / in this case a type of creative labour where the artist identifies with an alienated condition of production that only pushes him further into debt [and creates this particular type of sociability], in the frustrated promise of sunlight inhibited by copyright (this is a breach I would encourage EMI to take seriously), and ultimately

links
Panayiotou M. (2016) in Phileleftheros
http://www.philenews.com/el-gr/politismos/518/342010/piter-eramian-heres-to-my-sweet-satan

The exhibition is accompanied by a book that I couldn’t buy.

Ευάγγελος Λοϊζίδης: ΜΙΑ ΜΑΚΡΟΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΗ ΘΕΩΡΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΚΡΙΣΗΣ

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Ο κ. Μ. Σαρρής στο συμβάν του Γραφείου Προγραμματισμού στις 12 Μαΐου 2007.

Το Σαββατοκύριακο 11 και 12 Μαΐου 2007 εξελίχτηκε σε ξενοδοχείο ένα πρωτόγνωρο για την Δημόσια Υπηρεσία συμβάν. Το προσωπικό του Γραφείου Προγραμματισμού, Γενικός Διευθυντής, Διευθυντές και Λειτουργοί, κάτω από έναν εμψυχωτή αναζητούσαν την πορεία που έπρεπε να πάρει το Γραφείο ενόψει σημαντικών αλλαγών στο ρόλο του. Αυτή η αλλαγή ήταν η απομάκρυνση του Προϋπολογισμού Ανάπτυξης του κράτους από το Γραφείο και ανάληψή του από το Υπουργείο Οικονομικών, αυτό θα γινόταν το 2008. Continue reading

not a review of Genders & Power 2016

I write in English out of habit, and I’m thinking that the festival was wonderfully flexible linguistically, and I think this speaks of its character in other ways as well. I was impossible to agree with all of the things discussed, but differences came up alluringly, and in kindness. The perspectives and the voices presented were broad, and in a sobering way removed from the arts. I’m sure the next one will be even more diverse, and impactful — Syspirosi atakton’s programming and moderation were wonderfully humane/grounded/awake/free) — and as a very low budget experiment by and in non-corporate collectivities, I think it is already given the academy a run for its money as far as meaningfully communicative conferences go.

Re Aphrodite will have a Sunday morning (Dec 11th) meet at the municipal park 11am, thinking about this among other things. We’ll bring lemonade despite the cold, as well as our own mix of herbal tea, which we will offer to spike.

Ευάγγελος Λοϊζίδης: ΜΕΡΙΚΑ ΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΥΓΕΙΑΣ

Κάθε λίγο και λιγάκι δημοσιεύεται η κατάρρευση του δημόσιου συστήματος υγείας, η κατάρρευση του τάδε νοσοκομείου ή υπηρεσίας, οι μακρές λίστες ασθενών, η αυτονόμηση νοσοκομείων, η συνεχώς αναβαλλόμενη εφαρμογή του Γενικού Σχεδίου Υγείας (ΓεΣΥ). Όλα τούτα τα δημοσιεύματα, εδώ, θα προσπαθήσουμε να εξηγήσουμε ότι αποτελούν επιφανειακή αντιμετώπιση πολλών καταστάσεων στον τομέα της Υγείας. Θα κοιτάξουμε τα θέματα βασικά από πλευράς Υποδομής και από πλευράς Οργάνωσης δημόσιων και ιδιωτικών υπηρεσιών Υγείας.

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