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“The lump sum grant”

“Check Out”

Foto by G. Nikolakopoulos

The latest “fashion” in the network media is the “check in” activity..
Users tend to inform their contacts and not only, on their wherebouts, specifically when it comes to venues such as bars, restaurants, clubs etc. Without realizing and due to the inner need, reinforced by the Capitalist mehodology, for “public approval”, individuals act as “advertisement units” and the notion of “lifestyle” passess through internet platforms and of course the smartphone. Instead of checking in why not checking out, not through the creation of antithetical realities, but by antagonistically confronting the “musts” imposed systemically, with a fundamental disputation of Capitalism and it’s strategy.

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“Window Series I”

Photo by G. Nikolakopoulos

In Athens’ city center there is a number of abandoned properties related to the Neoclassical movement.
Most of them are ramshackles, each one with their own history.
Still they are exhaling the aura of a past which was never progressed but burried under the concrete blocks, imposed by the false interpretation of modernism the later years.
I like these neglected houses. They got something. A possible future which was never part of the architectural “innovations” in Athens.
I have decided to start a number of works using the sealed windows…

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“Existential Equilibrium”

foto by Solonas Malkas ENG GR

thanx to Mara Motaki, Elisabeth, Peter and Bill, Fotis and George

Digital editing Argiro Papathanasiou

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“M” 2013

photo by G. Nikolakopoulos

What makes a univocal society of desire demonstrate a
turnover to populism? Well not a universal one but watching the news somebody
could easily think “they all are fascists over there”

I am wondering who isn’t though?

What does this term stand for?

Is it a political theory ?

I recall Anti-Oedipus authored by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

In the preface edited by Michel Foucault in a few lines one can comprehend the deeper schizophrenia of capitalism which could be
entitled as the actual core of absolutism

…“fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing
that dominates and exploits us.”…


On the other hand a film by Fritz Lang. The “M” released in 1931.

The scene of Beckert’s
monologue in the kangaroo court set by “the people” unveils the reality, as
later on is concentrated in Elsie’s mother phrase “All of you”…

We all are responsible
for such demonstrations of social extremity, regardless of the social class.

I know it’s difficult to
accept this system’s injustice -I can’t- but notions like this are of minimum
tightness and can easily be relativized.

What could we do? Legitimize
the existing political status quo and disregard extremities thus feeling happy
and carry on? I would suggest claiming no representatives as such and
reinstitute democracy by not accepting a constitution that serves the high rank
but one for the multitude.

This work is dedicated to Fotis Diplas a homeless guy we met that night.

1. Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari “Anti-Oedipus” (orig. 1972) , Preface (page XIII)

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