Monthly Archives: May 2011

The infamous state of exception

31 March 2011: Discussion on Giorgio Agamben’s essay “The State of Exception” at Punto ES

Despite the fairly prevalent criticism against Giorgio Agamben’s notion of the state of exception, the concept still seems to exert an undeniable fascination, giving way to a series of mis-readings and appropriations in art contexts that speak to the trope’s imaginary (if not actualized) potential. In fact, only a few days before artist Chryse Tsiota suggested “The State of Exception” among other texts as potential reading material for our meetings, I remember coming across the notion in an essay written by a group of feminist artists who seemed to be using it as a means of reformulating the idea of the other. While I have to confess that I had thus far avoided the text despite its widespread appeal and influence, mistakenly believing that it was on its way out, it yielded a surprisingly productive discussion around current issues and concerns.   Continue reading

Collective Initiatives & Public Interventions – public discussion, March 19 2011

Societe Anonyme’s first public event took place on Saturday, March 19, at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the Museum’s Project Space series of events. Even though it was a warm, sunny Saturday (which usually hampers the audience’s will to be stuck in an auditorium for two and half hours), the enthusiastic turnout of a public eager to participate in the discussion proved that the subject and list of speakers were both interesting and timely.

The conference, entitled “Collective Initiatives and Public Interventions”, included interventions by: Spiros Pengas (Municipality of Thessaloniki – Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education and Tourism), Yiorgos Papakostas (President – Department of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Aris Stilianou (Adjunct Professor of Political Philosophy – Department of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Apostolos Kalfopoulos (architect, curator, Lecturer – Department of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dynamo Project Space), and Marios Spiroglou (Director, founder of Sfina). Continue reading