Gregorios Pharmakis

The Electrician, the Museum-owner & the Agonist, 2010

Αctors: Aristide Antonas, Ernestina Karystineou Efthimiatou,  Roula Kouvara, Panos Kouros

Three persons (an electrician, a museum-owner and an agonist) are active in Patras during the same period. The material from their actions organize three parallel chronologies.

The electrician

The person of the electrician is formed by works of caring of and repairing the electricity network in the informal refugee camp in Patras (1998-2009). The electrician provides data for an archive constituted by the technical description of the network, the tactics of stealing electricity from the nearby electricity posts, the accidents and damages.

The Museum-owner

The person of the museum owner is constituted during the keeping of his small private museum where he constructs and displays precious stones. His museum is in Aroe neighbourhood (Folois 8, Street) in Patras. The museum owner provides elements of an archive for the curating of his museum, which is measured and drawn. The museum-owner speaks on a recorder and presents in detail his plans and ideas on precious stones and on the travels that are necessary for their discovering. He gives technical details on how the space of the museum was broken, on robberies, and on specific findings of precious minerals inGreeceand abroad. He explains the ways of cutting.

Τhe agonist

The person of the agonist is formed during the creation of an archive of written statements and political positions that are published in leaflets or posters. The printed material are distributed in multiple copies or posted on the walls. The activities of the agonist take place in Parartima (Annex), an occupied autonomous space in the centre of Patras.

Τρία πρόσωπα (ένας ηλεκτρολόγος, ένας μουσειάρχης και ένας αναρχικός-αγωνιστής) δρουν στην Πάτρα στην ίδια χρονική περίοδο.  Υλικό από τις δράσεις τους οργανώνει τρία παράλληλα χρονολόγια.

Ο ηλεκτρολόγος
Το πρόσωπο του ηλεκτρολόγου συντάσσεται από τις εργασίες επιμέλειας και κατά καιρούς επιδιόρθωσης του ηλεκτρολογικού δικτύου στον καταυλισμό μεταναστών της Πάτρας (1998-2009). Ο ηλεκτρολόγος παρέχει στοιχεία για την τεχνική περιγραφή του δικτύου, για τη στρατηγική εκτροπής του επίσημου ηλεκτρικού ρεύματος από τις κοντινές κολόνες, για τα ατυχήματα και τις βλάβες.

Ο μουσειάρχης
Το πρόσωπο του μουσειάρχη συντάσσεται κατά τη  διατήρηση του μικρού ιδιωτικού μουσείου όπου κατασκευάζει και εκθέτει πολύτιμους λίθους, στην τοποθεσία Αρόη (οδός Φολόης 8) της Πάτρας. Ο μουσειάρχης παρέχει στοιχεία για την επιμέλεια του μουσείου το οποίο αποτυπώνεται και σχεδιάζεται. Ο μουσειάρχης μιλά μπροστά σε μαγνητόφωνο και παρουσιάζει με λεπτομέρεια τα σχέδια και τις ιδέες του για τους πολύτιμους λίθους και για τα ταξίδια που είναι απαραίτητα για την εύρεσή τους, δίδει τεχνικές λεπτομέρειες για τους τρόπους παραβίασης του μουσειακού χώρου πολύτιμων λίθων, τις κλοπές, συγκεκριμένα ευρήματα πολύτιμων ορυκτών στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό, επεξηγεί τους τρόπους κοπής.

Ο αγωνιστής
Το πρόσωπο του αγωνιστή συντάσσεται κατά τη δημιουργία ενός αρχείου διατυπωμένων αιτημάτων και πολιτικών θέσεων καταγεγραμμένων σε φυλλάδια ή αφίσες. Τα έντυπα διανέμονται σε πολλαπλά αντίτυπα ή τοιχοκολλώνται. Η δράση του αγωνιστή έχει ως επίκεντρο τον χώρο του «Παραρτήματος» στο κέντρο της Πάτρας, ενός υπό κατάληψη αυτοδιαχειριζόμενου χώρου.

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Gregorios Pharmakis is constituted as a person when acting within the circumstances of a closed framework: a bus, an exhibition, an organization, etc. it is there that the person’s face can be shaped, as a shared fantasmatic figure. Pharmakis is somehow identified to the invisible ghost of this non-consciously structured community. The person’s figure could be seen as a semi-conscious, irresponsible network function. Pharmakis acts in situations that are at the same time recorded and immediatly published. The plural person is identified with actors working in different situations in cities and in on-line actualizations. Hidden communities are in the center of every Pharmakis work; the works in their perpetual redefinement are shaped in always non-finished blogs, wiki pages, pools of documents in internet communities, etc.

  1. I would definitely be the Agonist

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Archive Public
A research art project.

Within the flexible limits of archival art today, Archive Public practices archival art as intervention in public space, questioning the dominant hegemony and allowing for possibilities of solidarity actions. It aspires to the creation of a broader productive collaboration network triggered by two theoretical research assumptions and an open body of works which tries out archival interventions in conflicting urban situations, in Patras and other european cities.

The first phase of the work developed theoretical propositions and art projects in Patras, Greece. It was realized with the support of the C. Carathéodory research program at the University of Patras. An edited volume, Archive Public. Performing Archives in Public Art. Τοpical Interpositions, documents this first phase of the project, and is available from Cube Art Editions.

The book includes theoretical hypotheses on archival practice in contemporary art, art works that were specifically created for the project, as well as an anthology of essays by contemporary thinkers who elaborate on particular issues of the archive in relation to the public sphere and theories of democracy, the notions of institution and instituting practice, interventions in the shifting urban condition, the philosophy and archaeology of media as well as the global flows of migration and media. Interventions focus on the urban and social condition of Patras, as it is influenced by a translocal dynamics which produces interrelations with other localities.

Participating artists: Yota Ioannidou, Maria Konti, Gregorios Pharmakis, Lina Theodorou, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Vangelis Vlahos and Nayia Yiakoumaki.
Texts by Arjun Appadurai, Ioannis Chorianopoulos, Wolfgang Ernst, Boris Groys, Elpida Karaba, Panos Kouros, Oliver Marchart, Gerald Raunig and Saskia Sassen.

This multiuser weblog has been set as a working, exhibition and archival platform for the participants, to actuate different forms of collaboration. We plan to bring together theoreticians and practitioners from different cities and localities who are working on similar issues of archiving and intervention in the public sphere. We are seeking projects and theoretical works relevant to the Archive Public topics, as well as feedback texts responding to the art projects as they develop.

To submit a text or a project, please write at archivepublic{at}upatras{dot}gr

Panos Kouros-Elpida Karaba

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