© maria paschalidou 2007
The video “That is All…” is a combination of various instances of documentary evidence. It imitates an imaginary/hypothetical news report that is particularly structured in the typical and dominant form of multiple TV News bulletins and the so called windows. The sounds embedded in the video come from the interviews that took place in Attiki Square, where the residents were called to answer the personal question: what would be the most pleasant thing that they would like to hear on the news.
In the video, the sounds of the interviews mingle with the documentation of the public performance I realized in the central square of the area on May 24, 2007 and with the video recordings of the street market of the aforementioned region.
During the performance, I mouthed the words of a text I had written back in 2003, when I resided in Chicago, US. This text unfolds personal mythologies and emotions, various forms of homogenization which are usually engendered by emigration, the utopia of social acceptance of artistic productivity, as well as the adulthood as a process of the loss and the censorship of spontaneity and the irrational game. In the video, this text appears in the form of subtitles.
The video “That is All…” is a site-specific work created for the project Visibility (see curatorial activities).
Diaphanous.tv project, “People Channel”, Jan. 21, 2008
Thessaloniki Cinema Museum, Strange Screen, Oct. 9–13, 2007
Public Act/Performance Visibility, Street Market of Attiki Square, Athens, Saturday 29, September 2007 | Duration of public act: 07:00 a.m. – 14:30 p.m.
Project idea | Coordination | Curatorial: Maria Paschalidou
Visibility Installation, Gallery cheapart, Athens, Sep. 29–Oct. 1, 2007.
Curator: Maria Paschalidou