3rd Athens Biennale 2011
23 October – 11 December

All MONODROME events take place at Diplareios School, Theatre Square.

* The schedule of events and time-based projects of the 3rd Athens Biennale, along with the programme of the talks series under the title MONODROME DEBATE are regularly updated. You may follow updates on this page and on Facebook and Twitter.



The Angelo Foundation - Fantasy Plot Generator
Saturday 22 October, 18:30-20:30
Sunday 23 October, 19:00-20:00
Saturday 5 November 17:30-19:00
Saturday 3 December, 19:30-20:30
Sunday 11 December, 19:00-20:00

Fantasy Plot Generator is a new hybrid project by Angelo Plessas. Stories that are created randomly by a website ( are animated on a stage by actors. Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL:
Participating actors: Babis Galiatsatos, Natassa Giannaraki, Afroditi Kleovoulou, Giorgos Kyriakou, Athina Mathioudaki, Nikos Maramathas, Andreas Mariolas, Electra Nikolouzou, Maria Panourgia, Alkistis Poulopoulou, Maria Tzani

We Never Closed
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Diplareios School, 3rd Floor

A multifarious project hosted by the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME, presenting performances every Saturday and Sunday and hosting various guest artists every Friday, on a stage that functions both as a platform for the events and as an ongoing installation.
"We Never Closed" was the famous motto of Windmill Theatre, a variety and revue theatre in Great Windmill Street in Soho, London. The motto refers to the fact that the theatre remained open and performances continued throughout World War II, even at the height of the London Blitz.

Entertainers and performers, musicians, athletes and artists are invited to enact a series of actions on a wooden stage. The construction of the stage constitutes a reaction to 'emergency' and a pretext towards regaining an artistic commitment similar to practices of Russian Agit-prop. The crowd and the individuality, History within the condition of the here and now, improvisation and the construction of the live image, are some of the key-points of the performances. The aim is to achieve a coordination of all parts, a coordination with memory narratives that could possibly generate a "synastry" that will instigate once again the revolutionary spark.

Action #1: Kronstadt
Saturday 22 October, 19:00-22:00
Sunday 23 October, 15:00-18:00
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October, 17:00-19:00
"We are all radiant in Kronstadt. The proudest of geographies": Three-hour performance of the poem "Neolithic Nocturne in Kronstadt" by Nikos Karouzos, on the song "At last I’m free" by Robert Wyatt. Participating actors: Nikoleta Daphnou, Syrmo Keke, Kostas Koutsolelos, Anna Tzakou, Giorgos Tsamis

Guest #1
Antonis Vathis 4x4=16
Friday 28 October, 16:30-20:30

Antonis Vathis, invited by We Never Closed presents 4x4=16 [four fully full hours]

Guest #2
"Masturbation and Intolerance: a story of love and Standup", a performance by Thomas Tsalapatis
Friday 4 November, 18:00-20:00

Performance on the absurd and its manifestations in everyday life: as aggression, as stupidity, as routine, as politics. Surrealist marches, dead animals, worn out hippies, Oscar Wilde, Nietzsche, elephant seals and a semi-naked beautiful man.

Tableau #2: Public Enemies
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November, 18:00-20:00
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 November, 18:00-20:00

Two actors take poses and improvise inspired by the original photographs of Bonnie and Clyde, found in their hideout in Joplin, Missouri in 1933, and also by the film of the same name by Arthur Penn from '67. At the same time, a musician composes & performs music for Bonnie Parker's poem "The Trail's End", parts of which Serge Gainsbourg included in his song "Bonnie and Clyde".

Participants: Dimitris Pleionis, Aris Siafas, Despoina Chatzipavlidou
Production and direction collaborator: Manos Tsichlis

Guest #3: Secret Action
Friday 11 November, 19:00

Action #3: This is the place Gentlemen
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November, 18:00-20:00
Actress Mary Lucy reads Alexandros Papadiamantis’ short story “The Dead Traveller”, within the setting of an installation.

Sunday 27 November, 18:00-20:00
A journey of voice and guitar improvisations, powered by the search for romanticism, in a city desperately seeking to wear different clothes. Participants: Marios Tsagaris & Akrivi Kollia

New Forms of Life presents: Political Therapy
Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 November, 16:00-18:00
Sunday 27 November, 14:00-18:00
«Do you feel tired, confused, exploited, or paralysed?
Is your life trapped by shadows and work?
Do you dream about sleep? Do you sleep through life?
Are your thoughts the only freedom you have?
NFoL will try to help. Free political therapy*.

*Political therapy refuses all authority, and offers you nothing except yourself.»

The project is kindly supported by


Action #4: In my house! (the crowd) // Dans ma maison! (la foule)
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December, 18:00-20:00

"What I fear most is becoming 'a poet'...
Locking myself in the room gazing at the sea
and forgetting..."
Katerina Gogou

A performance / improvisation for three musicians and a small crowd.

Participants: Melina Tanagri, Aris Siafas, Louiza Sofianopoulou, Syrmo Keke, Anna Tzakou, Vassilis Noulas, Manolis Tsipas, Sofia Simaki

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December, 17:00 onwards
A celebratory extravaganza true to "the-show-must-go-on" spirit of the project, that will include a series of performances and excerpts from past weeks' presentations. The stage will host all members of We Never Closed, all their collaborators and other guests.

Lucky PDF
Sunday 23 - Sunday 30 October

A one week live broadcasting production, directly from Diplareios School. Live studio activity will be hosted on a stage, specifically designed for the project, and leading up to a video-work/playlist that will be developed around Greek and international news, the Athenian protests since 2008 and the worldwide crisis.
Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL:

The Public School in Athens
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL (TPS) is an alternative independent educational project that was initiated in 2008 as an artistic project and has gradually grown to a worldwide educational network. Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL:

"A Very Brief Introduction to State Management Failure", Presentation by Ben Vickers
Thursday 27 October, 19:00-21:00
Ground floor exhibition space at Diplareios School

"Possible Currency Zones of the Future...", Presentation by Ben Vickers
Friday 28 October, 19:00-21:00

Ground floor exhibition space at Diplareios School

The Public School in Athens @ MONODROME & XYZ Outlet
Alternative exchange systems and social economy initiatives: a practical introduction
Co-ordination: Giorgos Papadopoulos
Α cycle of four talks moderated by Giorgos Papadopoulos, examining the subject of social economy and alternative exchange systems (Local Exchange Trading Systems – LETS) both as viable alternatives of goods and services distribution and as political actions of resistance to the logic of the «free» market and monetary relationships. The first talk involves the presentation of Giorgos Papadopoulos’ first book «Notes Towards A Critique of Money» and it will take place at XYZ Outlet, 8 Perdika St., Metaxourgeio on Tuesday 8 November. Three more talks will be presented at the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME (Diplareios School) as sessions of The Public School in Athens (, part of the project Word of Mouth, curated by KERNEL.

1st Talk: Tuesday 8 November, 20:00-21:00
Money and Desire - XYZ Outlet#21: Book presentation: "Notes Towards a Critique of Money". An analysis of money and value from a Psychoanalytical and Post-Structuralist perspective

2nd Talk:
The Public School in Athens,

Community and Value: Introduction to alternative exchange systems and social economy initiatives - basic notions and theoretical problems
Wednesday 9 November, 19:00-21:00
Diplareios School

3rd Talk: Resistance and Adjustment: Alternative exchange systems and social economy initiatives – study cases (Argentina Credito and Ithaca Hours)
Wednesday 16 November, 19:00-21:00
Diplareios School

4th Talk: Need and Utopia: The potentialities and the limits of social economy initiatives
Wednesday 23 November, 19:00-21:00

The Public School in Athens @ MONODROME hosts The Mobile Art School Residency of the Liverpool School of Art and Design: Counter-Public Spheres
Residency Workshop: Tuesday 22- Thursday 24 November
Public presentation & discussion: Thursday 24 Νovember, 19:00-21:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor
The Mobile Art School is part of Liverpool School of Art and Design's Fine Art Public Platform 'The Future of the Art School in Society'. Through a series of discussions, debates, films, photographs, writings, drawings and online/offline Psychogeographical drifts, the Mobile Art School will be formulating and asking questions about the possibility of political and artistic Autonomy today.

The Mobile Art School Athens will be taking place at MONODROME within the context of «The Public School in Athens» (part of the project «Word of Mouth», curated by KERNEL). It consists of a critical collaboration between Staff and Students from the Fine Art BA (Hons) Programme at Liverpool School of Art and Design, the Athens Biennale, AllArtNow (Damascus) and Grizedale Arts (Coniston).

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"The Turk inside me and other similar stories", by Maria Sarri
Tuesday 29 November 2011, 19:00-21:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

"The Turk inside me and other similar stories" is an attempt to instigate an open workshop on issues related to the concept of "otherness". The participants are invited to contribute images, stories and texts in order to create an archive, while a certain "dramaturgy" is to be unfolded throughout the meetings. The workshop proposes a research into the discrimination clichés found in language and every-day behaviour. Identity issues such as suggested by the law, literature, art, theory and personal experience will constitute the research material.
The workshop's form and content is dependant on the participant's contribution.

Series of seminars: "The Condition of the Post-Fordist City: The paradigm of Athens", by Platon Issaias

Seminar No.1: Labour and the City
Sunday 4 December, 19:00-21:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

Τhe relationship between labour, capitalistic development and contemporary metropolitan phenomena: The series of seminars will explore the condition of the contemporary city as it has developed under the influence of the post-Fordist mode of production. Within this reality, the city constitutes a "constant" factory, a territory of "limitless" possibilities of production and of exploitation of the labour force in its primal state.

Seminar No.2: "The categories of the Post-Fordist City"
Tuesday 6 December, 17:00-19:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

Τhe categories under which becomes possible to explore the reality of the post-fordist city and to propose patterns of struggle and resistance within and against it.

Seminar No.3: "The paradigmatic value of Athens"
Wednesday 7 December, 19:00-21:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

The specifics of the city of Athens contextualize the latter within the theoretical discourse as a paradigmatic yet particular and idiosyncratic case of metropolitan milieu.

Τhe relationship between labour, capitalistic development and contemporary metropolitan phenomena: The series of seminars will explore the condition of the contemporary city as it has developed under the influence of the post-Fordist mode of production. Within this reality, the city constitutes a "constant" factory, a territory of limitless possibilities of production and of exploitation of the labour force in its primal state.

Yota Ioannidou and Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, AULA INTERGALACTICA
Thursday 27, Friday 28 & Sunday 30 October, 18:00-19:00
Diplareios School

A performative lecture in three parts, comprising of archival material on the Bagua massacre, the 9-hour movement and the life of Maria Pantazi. Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL:

Georgina Kakoudaki and 4Frontal, Aristophanes – The Birds : A rock show for young audiences
Sunday 30 October, 16:00-18:00

Saturday 26 November, 14:00-16:00
A rock show for young audiences, on the utopia of a better life. The Birds 'carry' the political, ethical, metaphysical and environmental issues in Aristophanes’s play to a contemporary setting. The show is also presented at the Theatre of Neos Kosmos as well as in other non-theatre settings, particularly in Secondary Schools, aiming to open up dialogue with the urban environment and the active viewers of the show.
Direction - Adaptation: Georgina Kakoudaki
Choreography: Patricia Apergi
Costumes: Dimitra Liakoura
Music: Spyros Pantazis
Actors: Apostolos Koutsianikoulis, Eleni Koutsiouba, Giorgos Mataragkas, Panos Topsidis

YELP Danceco.
Performance of the YELP Danceco. company for the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME. Choreogaphy by Mariela Nestora in collaboration with dancers Mary Fofi Anestou and Ioanna Apostolou.

YELP Danceco.’s presentations for the 3rd Athens Biennale MONODROME focus on the subject of sacrifice, while drawing also from Nijinsky’s work.

"Exactly what I wanted" was Sergei Diaghilevs (director of Ballet Russes) statement after the premiere of the ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps", choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, with music composed by Igor Stravinsky, in 1913 in Paris. "Le Sacre du Printemps"was Nijinsky’s only second choreography after "L'apres-midi d'un Faune", yet its premiere ended in one of the most famous audience riots and changed ballet’s history.

Action 1: Exactly what I wanted -1
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November, 19:00-20:00

Action 3: - what I wanted - 3
Friday 11 November, 18:00-19:00
Space of We Never Closed, Diplareios School, 3rd Floor

Action 0: Exactly - 0
Exactly - 0
Sunday 13 November, 19:00-20:00
Diplareios School, Ground Floor

Action +1: "Exactly what I wanted -1/+3/0/+1"
Saturday 10 December, 20:00-21:00
Sunday 11 December, 18:00-19:00
Diplareios School 1st Floor
Based on "The Rite of Spring" (Le Sacre du Printemps) by Igor Stravinsky.

Lindsay Seers, Monocular 2
Wednesday 9 Νovember, 17:00-19:00, in five cycles of 20 minutes each
Space of We Never Closed, Diplareios School, 3rd Floor

Lindsay Seers' work for the 3rd Athens Biennale, titled "Monocular 2", is a live performance and a film. The film is projected onto two spheres - at times these seem to refer to eyes, then platonic forms and at other times cosmological particles which are entangled. The narrative is about a person with two different coloured eyes, an aberration that occurred genetically through the character’s sibling/twin being absorbed into one egg in the womb. Through this character that carries a stream of alien DNA, an existential tale unfolds. The divided character struggles to understand the situation of her life. The meta-narrative of the work is about how the medium of film mirrors and creates ontological problems for the human subject, generating a new truth.

Ida-Marie Correll, ACHTUNG / ATTENTION
Friday 11 November, 19:00-20:00
Diplareios School, Ground Floor
Ida-Marie Corell is a multimedia artist living and working in Berlin, she will present a musical performance for the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME.

Performance and workshop from the High School of Art, Gerakas with the participation of pupils from the 2nd years of the High School and the Senior High School.
Saturday 12 November, 14:00-17:30
Diplareios School, Ground Floor

Original costumes from recycled and re-used materials. Creations designed and constructed by the Art Department pupils of the 2nd year of the High School and the 2nd year of the Senior High School. Through this project the pupils comment on the ephemeral aspect of fashion declaring indirectly their interest on the environment.

Costumes presentation performance: "Garments of the Future", 14:00-15:00
Costume construction art workshop: "Creative routes", 15:30-17:30

Art Workshop: Varvara Spyrouli, Marina Maravelaki
Participants: Pupils of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of High School and of the 2nd year of Senior High School and the following Art teachers: Varvara Spyrouli, Elpida Panonidou, Marina Maravelaki, Konstantina Bolieraki, Tzimis Efthymiou, Korina Prevedouraki, Eleni Pavlichenko.

"LEAK" Intervention
Saturday 12 November, 18:00 onwards
Sunday 4 December, 18:00 onwards
Sunday 11 December, 18:00 onwards

Venice Biennale 2001, Francis Alÿs takes part with his work "The Ambassador", which comprises of releasing a peacock in the streets of Venice. The "LEAK", starting from the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011, lets loose an intervention aiming to spread in the city of Athens. The LEAK comments on the notion of the contemporary performance, entwines with it, and doubts, like its curators, what it means to be a viewer.
Without this performance being a work of art per se and without it being anything without an audience, the "LEAK" challenges our circulation within the spaces of the Biennale venue in Diplareios School, and the way we move within them.

Leaking…: Nefeli Ananiadi, Venia Andreou, Fryni Vrettou, Konstantina Giasemidou,Nadi Gogoulou, Georgia Laskari, Chara Kotsali, Androniki Marathaki, Chrysanthi Badeka, Maria Papachristou, Ioanna Paraskeuopoulou, Mety Panagiotopoulou, Loutsianna Papadaki,Elena Stayropoulou, Theano Vasilaki

Daily Lazy presents: Christian - Time Hunter, performance
Saturday 12 November, 19:00-19:30
Diplareios School, Ground Floor
Time Hunter is a performance by the artist Christian that brings together painting with object manipulation- the juggler and the painter become one. The performance hero travels through space and time via a creative maquette, the "shield of reflection".

Bay-O-Bam Agency, Travel and Recruitment Agency for Greece and Australia
Saturday 19 November, 16:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

The taboo of immigration has now collapsed. The saturation of the Greek (and European) economy means immigration is almost inevitable, a “monodrome” for parts of Greek society, particularly its youth. However, instead of treating immigration as a necessary evil, one could look at it as radical “de-grounding”, converging to the creation of a multitude. Contributing to the questioning of negative stereotypes relating to uprooting and immigration, the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME hosts in its venues one of the most experienced and specialised  travel and immigration agencies in Greece. Bay-O-Bam Agency offers you realistic solutions and helps you discover living and work opportunities in Australia.

Makis Malafekas, "Notes on a contemporary novel"
Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 November, 17:30-18:00, 18:30-19:00
Diplareios School Auditorium
Slideshow & recitation of the «Notes on A Contemporary Novel». For the heroic dive of the text into the mire of reality and its return to the bay of Art.

"Poster Engineering: A brief introduction to the propaganda valve"
By MirrorMachine, member of Phrixos
Friday 25 November, 19:30-21:00

A narrative that takes us through the mechanics of visual communication, focusing on poster design, a journey to the themes and questions posed by the 'optical devices' and the flaneurs of Athens.

Presented within "The Public School in Athens", part of the project "Word of Mouth:, curated by KERNEL.

Word of Mouth: Badlands Unlimited presents Phaedrus Pron by Paul Chan
Thursday 1 December, 18:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

Published by Badlands Unlimited, "Phaedrus Pron" is an artist book created by Paul Chan. Originally released in electronic format as a PDF, Phaedrus Pron was produced by applying one of Chan's customized and freely-downloadable computer fonts on an English translation of Plato's famous dialogue "Phaedrus" - a dialogue on art and eros, between Socrates and young Phaedrus. The result is the formatting of the original text's letters into transcribed erotic movie vocals. Highlighting the dialogue’s implicit sensuality, this simple gesture renders Phaedrus Pron into a hybrid between written and oral language.
In collaboration with Chan, Badlands Unlimited presents a theatrical adaptation of "Phaedrus Pron" that animates this idiosyncratic and abstract dialogue.

Actors: Yorgos Tsamis (Phaedrus), Antonis Vathis (Socrates)
Installation/stage design: Andreas Angelidakis

Presented as part of Word of Mouth, curated by KERNEL (Pegy Zali, Petros Moris, Theodoros Giannakis).

Orizontas Gegonoton & Art Bank present:

Orizontas Gegonoton [Events Horizon]
Friday 2 December, 10:00-21:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

The contradiction has lately spiralled out of control. We - demoted to being viewers of the televised image, or often playing the role of protagonists within it, free tv ratings sponsors as indignant citizens - we unwittingly sustain the vicious circle of a self-fulfilled prophecy: "We are in a crisis as a result of a deterministic command" - "We are collectively guilty and we must be punished". The served spectacle of the crisis contains a fundamental discontinuity: it insults all independent will, it destroys the antibodies of thought.

Orizontas Gegonoton calls for an all-day action of "popular" work-therapy, including a series of attempts to "liberate" television appliances from their toxic role. Video artworks will be presented contributing to the ritual of the action that will be recorded throughout. The end-result is expected to be a large-scale installation of artworks, constituting a collective statement.

Live music by FIZZ4 (19:00-21:00)

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 December, 16:00-21:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

Currency and exchange value are historically linked to economic phenomena, people’s psychology, state power and art. The production of currency by active artists brings the artwork closer to the public, outside of conventional exhibition spaces.

The artists of Art Bank, having worked feverishly for two years under adverse conditions (weather, financial, emotional ones and others), managed to produce currency/art works, presented and exchanged within the 3rd  Athens Biennale. At the same time, there will be a call for artists, businesses, professionals and individuals to participate in the exchange network of Art Bank.

During the operation of the bank in MONODROME, there will be a screening of the video: "Art Bank: Art against the brutality/opposite of power", by Theofanis Konstantinou

Participants: Anastasia Kapiniari, Aphrodite Goula - Jewellery Art Worker, Aphrodite Karamanli, Yiannis Antonopoulos, Despina Pantazi, Diamantis Staggidis, Dyonisia Michali, Eleni Polychronatou, Ellie Chousou, Kimon Aksaopoulos, COSMOCHAOS-Jewellery Art Worker, Litsa Mousouli, Maria Apostolopoulou, Maria Doukaki, Maria Liakou, Marios Paschalis, Betty Tsigarida, Fotini Aleksopoulou

Conversation:  …"1 art cash >= 22 eggs >= 10 euro"... Can we co-formulate new correspondences of currency and exchanges, in order to cover our needs? Offer and demand via support networks.
Saturday 3 December, 19:00-21:00
Diplareios School Auditorium

Participants: Members of Art Bank and Orizontas Gegonoton, Giorgos Papadopoulos - economist and artist, creator of the Drachma Project, Dimitris Tsakilidis - sociologist, Aleksandros Noussias - lawyer, Nikos Bogonikolas - mathematician and founder of the "Social Currency Ovolos" and others

LuckyPDF – FREE GALAXIAS Screening
Thursday 8 December, 18:00-21:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

LuckyPDF present the latest version of their participative video-project titled "FREE GALAXIAS". For the production of the video the London-based collective invited a network of contributors to prepare footage from a shot-list that was edited at a special-designed studio within the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME exhibition space. LuckyPDF are currently working with the footage in London, sending updated edits back to Athens incorporating new contributions and continuing conversations.

Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL:

Aristide Antonas The Pending Text
Friday 9 Sunday 11 December 2011
Diplareios School Ground Floor

The new edition of the project "The Pending Text" by architect and writer Aristide Antonas will be installed at Diplareios School ground floor. "The Pending Text" is a series of successive dated versions of a novel under preparation. The unfinished versions of the untitled text, which is being written in Athens, are printed in the form of volumes since the 2nd of September 2011.

Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL:

Supermarionetta & Omada Epta – "ANAMONES [WAITING]"
Friday 9 December, 18:00-19:00
Diplareios School Ground Floor

An in situ performance dealing with the notion of 'waiting', without being able to ever see the outcome. Faces are passive, entrapped in their immobility, comfortable in their panic. The performers expose their most private moments in a public waiting space, identifying with it and moving through it like ghosts, while the viewers/passers-by experience their own actual waiting.

Direction and costumes: supermarionetta
Performers: Eleanna Apostolaki, Aggeliki Bozou, Michalis Georgiou, Nikos Georgiou, Valli Ioannou, Thanos Kosmidis, Sofia Liakou, Vicky Mastrogianni, Marios Panayiotou, Vaggelis Papadakis

Floater Magazine Athens Audiograms
Saturday 3 – Sunday 11 December
Online project and Diplareios School Ground Floor

Floater Magazine presents the online issue "Athens Audiograms", a series of speeches that where recorded during the autumn of 2011. Five scientists and theorists talk about Athens during the financial crisis, while extracts from recent newspaper magazines are being read out loud. The recordings will be also presented through an installation at the Diplareios School ground floor and on the web site of Floater Magazine.

Meet the team of Athens Audiograms and friends over some informal talk and refreshments on Friday 9 December, between 18:00-20:00

Part of WORD OF MOUTH, curated by KERNEL:

Friday 9 December, 20:00-21:00
Diplareios School Basement

MOHAMMAD are ILIOS, Coti K & Nikos Veliotis and they have been operating since 2009. Their music is a monolithic pounding of sonic inter-modulation and dark melodies. They will present a version of the song "Ase me na Figo", especially for the 3rd Athens 2011 Biennale MONODROME.

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Nikos Charalambidis’ "Carnival Pause" event
Saturday 10 December, 11:00-17:00
Diplareios School Auditorium

The "Carnival Pause" event is part of the parallel events taking place within the framework of Nikos Charalambidis’ multifarious project titled "Carnival Pause". The event comprises of a programme of talks and screenings relating to the concept of the installation presented as part of the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME, as well as Charalambidis’ wider practice.

The nomadic character of H.A.M. (Hollow Airport Museum), an alternative Fine Art School founded by Charalambidis in the abandoned Nicosia Airport, Cyprus, is expressed through the inclusion in the project of a  typical animal breeders' hut from the village of Syrrako (Epirous, Northwest Greece). The hut instigates a research process examining the nomadic way of life of the Vlachoi people, presented during the event through dramatized scenes and re-enactments.

In parallel, the element of "voyaging" incorporated in the role of the tutors of the School and their unusual educational and teaching methods is related to the screening of Yiannis Nikolaidis’ documentary "The Teacher's Dream". The rest of the presentations will make references to similar itinerant and nomadic issues and also extend to a re-examination of the notion of the Museum and the role of the artist – curator.

For more information on "Carnival Pause", please click here.

11:00-12:00 Screening:"The Descent and the Ascent of the Animal Breeders of Syrrakos", documentary, 50’, directed by Yiannis Nikolaidis. Screened for the first time, as part of the "Carnival Pause".

The cycle of the adventurous and strenuous life of the poor animal breeders of Syrrakos village, the origins of which go far back in time.

12:15-13:00 "Daydreams of a Lonely Walker", Hariklia Hari, talk

An ongoing journey via a subjective experience and observation of the landscape and a careful study of the "spirit emanating from locations ".

13:00-13:45 "I call it Phantasiometric Ec-stasis", Nadia Aryropoulou, talk

13:45-14:30 "Contribution, collaboration  and co-authoring: the identity of the artist in negotiation", Alexios Papazacharias, talk

14:45-15:15 Screening: "The Teacher’s Dream", documentary, 25’, directed by Yiannis Nikolaidis. Screened for the first time, as part of "Carnival Pause".

A dance instructor aged 95, forgotten by everyone and bypassed by the times, re-lives in his imagination, during New Year's Eve of 1988, the dancing and the fun he had with his students in the good old days, until he suddenly realises that it was all a New Year's Day dream.

15:15-16:15 "Art and/or Politics? A foreward to the strategy of over-identification". Giorgos Tzirtzilakis, 10 mins talk, followed by the screening of the documentary "Art and Politics", part of the television series "Sites of Life-Sites of Ideas". Script-Direction: Giorgos Keramidiotis, Scientific Consultant of the episode: Kostis Stafilakis, Production: ERT3, 2010, duration 45’

16:15-17:00 "Over the corner we met Iolas: the possibilities for a Museum", Philopappou Group, talk & discussion

Hilton Athens supports Athens Biennale
Kostas Bassanos, participating in the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME, exhibits a series of works at the lobby of Hilton Athens. Courtesy the artist and Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center


Talk: Jens Haaning presents his work
Sunday 23 October, 17:00

Diplareios School Auditorium

Jens Haaning was born in 1965 and lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work focuses on the analysis of the structure of today’s modern society and how the dynamics of the various forms of power manifest and express themselves within that same structure. Some of the key themes of his artistic pursuit are immigration, categorisation, racism, intercultural dialogue and the exchange between global capitalism and local trade. Through a calculated process of exchange, Haaning's works bring to light the economies and forms of co-existence that result from the circulation of goods and the migration of peoples. Haaning’s exchanges usually involve a displacement, such as the temporary relocation of a factory employing immigrant workers into the museum ("Middelburg Summer 1996", 1996), or take the form of a counter-productive transaction, such as the swap of streetlight bulbs between the cities of Kassel, Germany and Hanoi, Vietnam ("Kassel - Hanoi (light bulb exchange)", 2002).

Jens Haaning has had recent solo exhibitions as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s "The Street" off-site project, London (2008), the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (2008), FRAC, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2007) and Wiener Secession, Vienna (2007).

His work has been shown extensively in numerous museums and international exhibitions including U-TURN, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2008), the 4th and 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2002 and 2006), the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005) and Documenta XI, Kassel (2002).

"Financial crisis and Modern Greek History" Panel discussion with Antonis Liakos, Effie Gazi, Dimitra Labropoulou, Alexis Fragiadakis
Friday 4 November, 18:00

Diplareios School Auditorium

How is the Greek Crisis related to History? A series of 'crises' of the Greek state and identity have been recoded since the 19th century, what are the new elements that we experience within the contemporary condition? Four historians discuss with the public at the Auditorium of Diplareios School. Part of the MONODROME Debate programme of the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME.

Antonis Liakos, University of Athens
Effie Gazi, University of Peloponnese
Dimitra Labropoulou, University of Athens
Alexis Fragiadakis, University of Economics

Talk: Anna Dezeuze "Some Observations on Precarious Art since the 1990s"
Thursday 10 November, 18:00

The current economic crisis is the result of the acceleration and expansion of post-fordist capitalism in the last two decades, which has led to a growing awareness of the increasing precarization of European and North American societies. Looking back at this period Anna Dezeuze will map out some of the ways that artists have responded to these social and economic shifts by developing practices that could be described as precarious. While precursors for these types of practice can be found in 1960s and 1970s art, Dezeuze argues that precarious works developed since the 1990s reflect the changes that have occurred in the intervening decades, while refusing to embrace either melancholy cynicism or escapist naivety. The vital question of whether, and how, an ever more intelligent capitalism can be outwitted, has never appeared more urgent than today.

Anna Dezeuze is an art historian currently working on a book titled "Almost Nothing: Precariousness in Contemporary Art since the 1960s". She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Manchester and at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and is a teaching fellow at the Université de Genève. She has edited "The Do-it-yourself Artwork: Participation from Fluxus to New Media" (Manchester University Press, 2010) and published essays on a number of 1960s practices, including assemblage and the work of Hélio Oiticica, as well as writing in magazines such as Art Monthly and Mute.

The talk will be held in English.

Talk & Open Discussion: Augustine Zenakos, "Are We at War? Culture under the State of Emergency"
Friday 18 November, 19:00
Diplareios School Auditorium

What is the "State of Emergency"? Is it a tough but pragmatic way to face the Crisis or does it indicate a conflict that shakes the foundations of social conventions? And if the latter is true, what does it mean for the production and administration of culture?

Augustine Zenakos, journalist, art critic, curator and Athens Biennale Co-director, examines cultural management issues that, beneath their methodological appearance, hide a relentless question: which side are you on? He also invites everyone who so wishes to an open discussion on the position of the arts in politics and the position of politics in the arts.

Talk: Charles Esche, "Historical Times: the capacities of an art museum and how it comes to terms with the world today"
Saturday 19 November, 17:00
Diplareios School Auditorium

The talk will first explore the uses of history and how modern times have been constructed, and then look at the potentiality of the art museum and its collections to introduce ways of historical storytelling that release other possibilities into the present. The programmes and policies at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven will be the main concrete examples of these processes.

Charles Esche is a curator and a writer. He is the Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, and the co-director of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books, based at Central St.Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of European art academies. In the last years, he has curated the following biennials and exhibitions: 5th U3 Triennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2010; 2nd Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah, Palestine, 2007 with Khalil Rabah; 3rd Riwaq Biennale2009 together with Reem Fadda,  the 9th Istanbul Biennial 2005 with Vasif Kortun, Esra Sarigedik Öktem and November Paynter and the Gwangju Biennale 2002 in Korea with Hou Hanru and Song Wang Kyung. Before that he was co-curator of "Tate Triennial: Intelligence" at the Tate Britain, London and "Amateur – Variable Research Initiatives" at Kοnstmuseum and Κonsthall, Göteborg, both in 2000. From 2000-2004 he was Director of the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö. Ηis writings include the reader "Art and Social Change" - published by Afterall and Tate Publishing and co-edited with Will Bradley - and they appear regularly in readers, catalogues and art magazines.
The talk will be held in English.

Talk: Kostis Stafilakis in conversation with Thanos Lipovac, "Political messianism from the interbellum until today"
Friday 25 November, 18:00-19:30
Diplareios School Auditorium

A phantom haunts the 3rd Athens Biennale - it is the figure of Walter Benjamin. Following a metaphor proposed by the curators of the Biennale, Benjamin is the messianic thinker who calls us to think on «what is there to be saved» from the new regime period (Metapolitefsi) in Greece. This question is asked at a time when both a violent deconstruction and a refusal of the recent past prevail, along with some last attempt to hold on to reassuring social norms and ideologies that up until now sustained social stability. Our time is not particularly related with the golden era of messianism in the Weimar Republic - the time of Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Ernst Jünger and Carl Schmitt. Nevertheless, we witness the revival of the darkest structures of messianism: ideologies of the «third position», national anarchism, communitarianism, political gnosticism, manichaeistic conspiracy theories, right and left antisemitism etc . How can radical speech move through the Symplegades of these grim ideological formulations? What is the position of psychoanalytic speech within the constellation of contemporary political thought?

Kostis Stafylakis is an art theorist and artist. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts. He holds an MA in Modern Art and Theory from the Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex and an MA in Continental Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy at the same University. He received his Phd from the Department of Political Science and History of the Panteion University of Athens. His doctoral thesis focused on the political discourse articulated by 21st century global art shows and especially Documenta 11. He has published articles and essays in art journals, political science journals and collective volumes. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Thanos Lipowatz was born in Athens in 1943. He studied sociology, psychology and philosophy and he undertook a Phd at the Free University in Berlin where he also lectured. Subsequently he taught at the University of Paris VIII, the University of Oldenburg and the University of Freiburg. He was Professor of Political Psychology at the Panteion University of Athens from 1987 until 2010 when he became Emeritus Professor.
His writings include amongst others: The Denial of the Political (1988), The Psychopathology of the Political (1990), Issues of Political Psychology (1991), Essay on Ideology (with Nikos Demertzis, 1994), Psychoanalysis-Philosophy-Political Culture: Intertwined Texts (1996), Democratic Speech-Psychoanalysis-Monotheism (2001), Envy and Resentment (with Nikos Demertzis, 2006), Essay on Knowledge and Gnosticism (2006), The Name of the father and discontent in culture (2007), Diskurs und Macht. J. Lacans Begriff des Diskurses (1982), Die Verleugnung des Politischen (1986), Politik der Psyche (1998), Der Fortschritt in der Geistigkeit und der Tod Gottes (2005).

Talk: Thomas Elsaesser, "Walter Benjamin, Global Cities and Living with Asymmetries"
Saturday 26 November, 18:00
Diplareios School Auditorium

Thomas Elsaesser challenges in his lecture the image of the city as the key concept of modernity, as we have come to understand it thanks to the work of Walter Benjamin, Georg Simmel and Siegfried Kracauer. He will look especially at “the street” as the site of sociopolitical confrontations during the 20th century, and ask if it is still a viable space of social disruption and political dissidence, now that most major inner cities in Europe are devoted to shopping, tourism and the festival economy, and most of the networks of power are sustained by electronic flows. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film «The Third Generation» and Jacques Derrida’s concept of «auto-immunity» will be points of reference when examining the different regimes of surveillance and the ‘politics of fear’ that always emerge when social injustices, asymmetries of agency and the imbalances of debt threaten the status quo. 

Thomas Elsaesser is a film historian and professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam.  Born in Berlin, he was educated in Britain and has been teaching in European and American Universities since 1972. His essays on film theory, media history, avant-garde cinema and installation art have appeared in over two hundred collections, anthologies and journals.

 His books include: New German Cinema: A History (London: Macmillan, 1989), Fassbinder's Germany: History Identity Subject (Amsterdam: AUP, 1996 – translated into German and French), Metropolis (London: BFI, 2000 – translated into German and Czech), Studying Contemporary American Film (w. W. Buckland, New York: Oxford UP, 2002 – translated into Italian and Japanese), European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood (Amsterdam: AUP, 2005), Terror und Trauma (Berlin: Kadmos, 2007), Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (w. M. Hagener, New York: Routledge, 2010 – translated into German, French, Italian and Korean) and The Persistence of Hollywood (New York: Routledge, 2011)

The talk will be held in English.

Talk: Marie Sanida, "Body MARvellous"
Sunday 27 November, 17:30-19:00
Diplareios School Auditorium

The divided self has lost sense of her body as links to the world are disrupted. «The living being outgrows the vertigo of annihilation only in the ecstasy of procreation» concludes Benjamin in his «One-Way Street», 1928. The New can only be born when the veil of the phantasmagoria created by the commercialised world dissolves. The talk is an approach to dialectical images, to the notion of Enantiodromia, to Eros and his political dimension within the works of art.

Marie Sanida teaches and learns from children since 2002. She studied English Literature and arts in Athens and the University of London, specialising in the period 1890-1940. She curated [E]SC[H]ATOLOGY in Napoli in 2010. She is currently researching Walter Pater and Nietzsche.

Factory Trouble
A cinema event curated by Manuel Ramos
Participants: Manuel Ramos, Dr. Maria Komninou, Georgia Korossi
Friday 2 December, 18:00-20:30
Diplareios School Auditorium

"Factory Trouble" is a cinema event that explores the complex relation between film and the political site of the factory. Through presentations, projections and discussion, "Factory Trouble" explores the intricacy of this relation and re-affirms the capacities of cinema to intervene in the present.

The exclusion of the factory from the visible and of the cinema from the contemporary means of representation are at the core of discourses announcing a new age of digital, immaterial, liquid freedom. The current crisis has put into question these prophetic interpretations. In this momentous context, "Factory Trouble" examines and discusses how contemporary cinema has addressed and also how it has been affected in its forms and strategies by the industrial transformations of the last decades.

The films of Harun Farocki, Straub and Huillet, or Wang Bing are exemplary of a cinema troubled by the distressing inadequacies of representation, by the magnitude of the factory space and by the dissatisfaction of workers with the audio-visual media.

The intention of this cinema event is not to confirm the powerlessness of cinema in regards to the realities of the factory. Very differently, «Factory Trouble» provides a forum to re-think the political capacities of the cinema by bringing together films that make their thwarted relation to the factory operational, manufacturing singular articulations of dissent.

Manuel Ramos will present the "Factory Trouble" project, while showing clips from the following films: Joris Ivens, "Philips Radio" (1931), Chris Marker and Mario Marret, "Be Seeing You Soon" (1968), Surabhi Sharma, "Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories" (2001), Sergei Loznitsa, "Factory" (2004), Harun Farocki, "Workers Leaving the Factory" (1994), Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huiller, "Too Early, Too Late" (1982), Wang Bing, "West of the Tracks" (2003), Hartmut Bitomsky, "The VW Complex" (1990).
Dr. Maria Komninou will perform a review of "Factory Trouble" within the Greek cinema, showing clips from Stelios Tatasopoulos’ silent film "Social Decay" (1932), Theo Angelopoulos' film "Days of '36" (1972), Costas Sfikas’ film "Model" (1974), concluding with the postmodern approach of Alexandros Vranas in his experimental film "Without" (2008).
Georgia Korossi will respond to the German filmmaker Harun Farocki's suggestion on the theme of factory as a sideline in the history of cinema, by focusing on the work of British experimental filmmaker and artist Ben Rivers and his engagement with the marginal and the overlooked. Korossi will present a fragment from Rivers' latest film, "Sack Barrow" (2011), which premiered this year at the Hayward Gallery Project Space and the 55th BFI London Film Festival.

Manuel Ramos is a teacher and researcher in the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research explores contemporary cinemas that make old political names visible and audible again (names such as 'worker', 'people' and 'factory'). He is London correspondent for various art magazines (ArtNotes, Ars) and in the past year he has curated a number of film programmes and events (Factory Trouble, Five Communes). He has published different articles about cinema and the visual arts in peer reviewed journals such as Parallax, The Issues (in Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics), Film/Philosophy, and he has contributed to books such as "The Sarai Reader/Frontiers", pub. The Director-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi 2007.

Dr. Maria Komninou is Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Audiovisual Communication at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens. She acts as Member of the Board of Directors and Program officer of Greek Film Archive and is a member of the Executive Committee of ACE (Association des Cinematheques Europeenes). She has been editor of the series "Image and Communication" in Papazisis publishing and Honorary Research Fellow, School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media of Birkbeck College, in 2005-2006. Her research interests revolve around the Theory of Communication, Political Theory, Film Theory, Gender, Film Archives, and Preservation of Audiovisual Heritage and he has participated in many International and Greek Conferences. Her main publications include: "From the Agora to the Spectacle: the transformation of the public Sphere in Greece 1950-1998", Papazissis 2001, "Entre Olimpo et la tierra, el cine griego", Nueva Revista, No 94, July-August, 2004, pp. 123-155 "Greek film industry: changing trends changing audiences", Proceedings of International Conference New Directions in European Media, November 2004, Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communication- Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. Editor of the revised edition in Greek of the seminal book "Greek cinema, Aglaia Mitropoulou", Papazisis 2006. "European film archives at the threshold of the digital era: museums or data banks?", International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Vol 4, Number 1, 2008, pp. 93-8
Filmography: "Kavala, November '74"(1974), critics award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival 1975, "The Hour of People" (1982), "Antouanette Aggelidi: a portrait", video (2003).

Georgia Korossi is a film critic and curator based in London and Athens. She is a PhD researcher in film and cultural studies and a contributor to "KAPUT" art magazine, "LUX" and "Vertigo". For five years since 2006 she worked as curatorial coordinator at the BFI and she recently managed the digital project of the BFI/BBC coproduction series titled The "Reel History of Britain". Her work looks inside the philosophy and politics of film archives and their curatorial narratives in visual cultures through production, copyright laws, memory and repetition. Specialising in artists' film and video and the digital/mechanical landscape in video and sound installations, her work is concerned with issues surrounding artistic practice and documentary making in relation to the themes of space, time, memory and power. In the past eight years she has collaborated as editor, programmer and artist with a number of projects, galleries and artists run spaces including the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Vilma Gold, The Art Newspaper, VELVET,, This Is Not A Gateway and Photo London.

The event will be held in English.

Architectural Meeting at MONODROME in collaboration with Imagine the City and
Sunday 4 December, 12:00-17:00

Diplareios School Auditorium

Imagine the City

Imagine the City is a "think tank" where ideas, proposals and actions for reshaping the image of Greek cities and their citizens' quality of life are conceived, developed and supported.

Members of Imagine the City are individuals and organizations that research and mobilize a series of issues such as creation and innovation within urban culture, as well as information, participation, and collaboration within civic society. Presentations during the event will outline the framework of Imagine the City, while examining new possibilities with the participation of the audience.


Imagine the City: Between imagination and reality - Mary Karatza, Strategic Designer

The exhibitions "Imagine the City" and civic society participation - Vasileios Ntovros, Architect Engineer, MAA IAAC-UPC

The new online platform - Nikolaos Kotsioris, Civil Engineer presents:


The first section will consist of selected briefs from the ATHENS X 4 architectural competition while in the second section, Guerilla Architecture for Athens, three architectural offices will present their vision and their proposals for Athens through new ideas and also case studies already implemented abroad.

The aim is not only the development of a wider vision for the city by submitting proposals and suggesting possible solutions to agencies and organisations, but also the configuration of practical and realistic proposals towards the creation of conditions that encourage small groups, individuals and everyday citizens to take action – as it is already the case with groups such as ATENISTAS, OUR PARK project and others. The lack of state resources as well as the lack of vision demonstrated by politicians and official institutions mobilize citizens towards developing ideas and self-organisation. Creative efforts that adapt to the current condition encourage us to change what we do not like with actions.



Styliani Daouti, Team Coordinator
Michail-Ioannis Raftopoulos, Team member
George Mitroulias, Team member

Androniki Giannatou

Stella Pantelia, Team Coordinator
Konstantinos Papadimitrakopoulos, Team member
Jordi Barri Segon, Team member

Athanasios Polyzoidis, Team Co-ordinator
Ekaterini - Magdalini Petsiou, Team member

The Open Call ATHENS X 4 was launched by the Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens S.A. (ΕΑΧΑ Α.Ε.), sponsored by the National Bank of Greece S.A. (NBG S.A.) in October 2010, and addressed young architects up to the age of 40. The aim of the Open Call was the search for proposals about the City Block, a basic element of the city. Considering that Greek cities are characterised by small blocks and a dense network of streets, narrow pavements and fragmented green spaces, the aim was the creation of a larger city block (city blocks X 4, ATHENS X 4) that would influence positively the microclimate of an area, the quality of life, the image and also the function of the public space. The brief of the Open Call was to choose freely 4 standard city blocks in various neighbourhoods of Attica with underdeveloped urban landscape (due to: high transferable building coefficients, high density, lack of green spaces, public interest or public usage facilities, or due to old building reserves etc), and also the submission of a proposal for the usage of the "cross", meaning the in-between streets of the blocks, combining them with already existing vacant or open-air spaces.


Participants & Presentations:

Dimitris Karampatakis: "Walking is good for the city"

Giannis Douridas: "Urban Common Sense"

Stephan Buerger & Demetra Katsota: "pxathens"
Buerger - Katsota Architects


Polypolis_SARCHA©2011 social game: A demo video to be presented by the SARCHA associates Ioanna Pothou (MA Urban Design) and Petros Tsitnidis (MA Environmental Design).

Polypolis: a mind shifting role-playing social game

SARCHA (School of ARCHitecture for All)

Not-for-profit founded in 2006 in Athens; it is an expanding open structure with currently 165 associates of various backgrounds in different countries. Its international research programme aims at  systematizing city problems such as, the potential of the un-built condition (Un-built 2008) and the rethinking of the city as a pool of resources to be administered in common (CCR-CityCommonResource 2010-11). SARCHA's pilot study CCR Athens Gerani has been shortlisted at "The Resourceful Architect" competition (the Royal Society of Arts & the Architecture Foundation, London 2011).


The meeting will be addressed by Memos Filippidis and Dimitris Potiropoulos.

Talk: David Adler, "THE CRISES: Arts, economics, and prison"
Saturday 10 December, 18:30
Diplareios School Auditorium

The talk will focus on the paucity of imaginative responses to the Crisis by mainstream arts and economics, in relation to David Adlers' artwork on the US prison photography portrait system exhibited at the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME is exhibiting.  US prisoners have created a unique photography subculture: it consists of photos by prisoners, for prisoners, featuring prisoner created backdrops.  The process is collaborative, and very widespread. Though unknown in "The Free World" (the prison term for life outside) this may the largest photography movement in America. 

Whereas prisoners have been able to respond to their personal crisis by forming a parallel art system, David Adler argues that there has been a strange "under reaction" by financial theorists, and perhaps art theorists as well, and certainly the gallery system, to the precarious conditions that we all experience. He will therefore attempt to tie these seemingly disparate themes together, presenting prison art as just one example of creative responses by populations without financial resources.

David Adler is a documentary producer and writer with a background in both arts and economics. He lives in the NYC and teaches documentary at a women’s prison in upstate New York. He has been researching the US prison photography system since 2006. He is the author of "Snap Judgment" (Financial Times Press, 2009) about behavioral economics and he is co-editor of the anthology "Understanding American Economic Decline" (Cambridge University Press, 1994).  He was educated at Oxford University and Columbia University from which he has an MA in economics.

His arts documentaries include: "The People’s Painting" (BBC2, about the Russian conceptual artists Komar and Melamid), "The Burger and the King" (BBC2, based on his book about Elvis’ cuisine) and "Mafia NY: lifestyles of the rich and dangerous" which was part of an Arte Theme night. 

He is currently creating an art prize focused exclusively on 'late style' painting and older artists, to be known as the "Old Master's Prize", in collaboration with the artists Alexander Melamid and Art Spiegelman.