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weak monuments

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WeakMonuments_builtEvent 7

aristide antonas, alexios dallas, filippos oreopoulos


back side of autopsy photograph


Urban Essay - Collection of finds / towards an impossible representation of the city through some of its criminal acts



H έκθεση επιχειρεί να επαναδιατυπώσει σκέψεις για το ρόλο ή τη θέση της αρχιτεκτονικής και του έργου τέχνης στον τρόπο που μπορούν να δρουν μέσα στην πόλη. Βασικό γνώρισμα της προσέγγισης αποτελεί η οργανωμένη διείσδυση σε χώρους υπαρκτών αρχείων. Αρχεία που καταγράφουν τους φόνους σε διάφορα επίπεδα έχουν εξετασθεί με προσοχή από την (ασταθή και συνεχώς επαναπροσδιορίσιμη) ομάδα αρχιτεκτόνων Κτιστό Συμβάν που επιχειρεί την προβολή κάποιων ευρημάτων των αρχείων και παράξενους φωτισμούς τους.

Η έκθεση παρουσιάζει έτσι με ιδιαίτερο τρόπο αποσπάσματα από το υλικό των αρχείων σαν να επιμελείται το υλικό των αρχείων με όρους έργων τέχνης. Ακόμη παρουσιαζονται χαρτογραφήσεις της πόλης σχετικές με τη σκηνογραφική της δυναμική κατά την πραγματοποίηση  φονικών πράξεων.

Παράλληλα σειρά σχολιαστών κλήθηκαν να καταθέσουν τις σκέψεις τους για το θέμα. Η συνύπαρξη σημαντικών ιστορικών φόνων της Θεσσαλονίκης με πεζούς καθημερινούς φόνους αποτελεί βασική στρατηγική κίνηση που μπορεί να ερμηνεύει την ίδια την πόλη και τις περιοχές της σήμερα και εχθές.


Weak Monuments is a show prepared by the Built Event group with the ambition to describe a city out of some crimes that took place in its public space. Thessaloniki is a city marked by famous murders; it is also an ordinary modern town where a lot of "insignificant" criminal acts take place. The aim of this Built Event's show is to pose the question of murder in an urban level. For this reason an intrusion in public archives recording the murders is undertaken. The archiving of murders has an interesting role in the modern city context. A particular way of "forgetting" structures the modern city fabric; a modern city functions with an immoral determination to forget its crimes. “Forgetting” can be described as a complex urban strategy: it functions with classifications, stratifications, rationalizations and archive elaborations. The strategies treating the traumatic events of the city could be shown as constitutive elements for the urban fabric.

 The term "κτιστό συμβάν" (ktisto symban = "built event") was first introduced in this group works in order to describe a particular field of works, that could not be described as a procedure and neither as the procedure's traces: a built procedure (a theatrical preparation), a work of tracing, and some random resultant traces were considered as equally important parts of the same theatrical approach to "places" and "facts". A workshop and the workshop’s results, are the core of the work. An open archive is created. The show is only an extraction of this archive, proposed in a particular place: this time it will be the Bar Association of Thessaloniki.

WeakMonuments_BuiltEvent7 challenges the idea of murder (the event par excellence) as an archived function: archiving the murderous city events is considered here as an urban constructive strategy: a city is shaped as a particular reception of its murders. Placing and recording mark the city’s repetitive rhythm. A city is usually conceived as a platform for events; WeakMonuments_BuiltEvent 7 inverts this description: what if the city was the receptacle that is programmed to receive first and foremost those events? What kind of distortion would we get if we undertake such an inversion particularly in Thessaloniki, a city of so many modern famous murders?  




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