1st work of an ongoing research
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 area 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 and (mis)interpretations into a web of ambient sounds.