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Excerpts from the Book of Street Verse

Audio Work

 

stefanos pavlakis_EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK OF STREET VERSE_TRIPTYCH WALL_final

 

Medium
Sound
Photography
Sculpture

Duration
16:13 min.

Series
1st work of an ongoing research

Date
2010

In Athens, more than in any other city I know, graffiti has taken the form of a public diary. On  its walls a city contemplates itself. All shades of emotion find their place here, from political rage, calls for solidarity and social action, to reflections on love, life and friendship. They come in short statements, in the form of dada-like scribbles, political slogans, meditative reflections and personal confessions.  As a cultural output this type of graffiti constitutes a significant anti-hierarchical journal of the city.

‚Excerpts from the Book of Street Verse #1‘ was a first attempt to work with this wealth of popular  desires, reflections and demands written on walls in Athens. On a summer night of August 2010 Eli and I walked through Athens’ Exarcheia reading out loud the writings on the walls and spontaneously trying to interpret them in English. What emerged is an audio deríve, that reflects our own mood as much as it transports a feeling of that night, weaving our playfulness, (mis)interpretations into a web of ambient sounds.