© maria paschalidou 2012
The video Symposium presents a staged action-picnic held at the archaeological park of the Plato’s Academy in September 2012. For the realization of the action, members of art and social collectives were invited to participate as ‘dinner guests’ in the staged picnic. The toys in the video are usually circulated by street vendors, the so-called “foreigners”, in the streets of Athens and other public gathering places such as cafés, restaurants, etc. The texts shown in subtitles are excerpts from the work of Albert Camus “The Stranger”.
The video creates a space for a contemporary symposium that discusses the absurdity of ‘togetherness’ and ‘otherness’. It displays meeting points for imagery and literacy narrative referring to the ‘familiar’ and ‘unfamiliar’, the ‘present’ and ‘absent’, the ‘domestic’ and ‘otherness’.
Onassis Cultural Center, Visual Dialogues 2012, Academia Platonos, Athens,
December 5, 2012 – January 6, 2013. Curator: Marilena Karra