Tactics Against Antiquity: Contemporary Ancient Messene

Tactics Against Antiquity: Contemporary Ancient Messene

Peripatetic Performance

Materials: Text, portable loudspeaker, bespoke VLF receiver, RF analyser, hydrophone, field mixer, geiger counter, silence.
Duration: 45'

Realised at Ancient Messene, GR 2018. Commissioned by Tuned City and the Onassis Cultural Center

Image: Ancient Messene, GR 2018 by Stelios Pantazopoulos

As a Greek, I always had this uncanny feeling that I am not allowed to live in the present

Tactics against Antiquity probes the making and unmaking of intra-personal and extra-personal place-hood, history, and memory. Inspired by the ancient practice of  ‘peripatos’ – both as a political act and as a strategy for epistemic inquiry – the artist leads a walk through the ruins of ancient Messene, presenting the audience with audio documents of, and with creative responses to, his own personal (un)makings at play. Tactics against Antiquity draw on found audio, folk traditions, abstract sound synthesis, dark ecology, politicised narratives, transgressive audioscape juxtapositions, tactical silence, speculative ethnography, and real time exploration of various acoustic, electromagnetic, and geophysical phenomena in-situ, in this way intending to bring forth a post-historical and meta-phenomenological perspective of the ‘contemporary’ ancient Messene.

The artist’s performance t-shirt has been designed by Bend.

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Alexandros Drymonitis

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Alexandros Drymonitis

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Alexandros Drymonitis

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Stelios Pantazopoulos

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Helen Kavouki

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Alexandros Drymonitis

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Alexandros Drymonitis

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Stelios Pantazopoulos

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Stelios Pantazopoulos

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Stelios Pantazopoulos

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Stelios Pantazopoulos

Tactics Against Antiquity, Ancient Messene, GR 2018 photo by Stelios Pantazopoulos