On the Surplus Value of a Dream

The Greek pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale is hosting History Zero, by Stefanos Tsivopoulos, a film in three parts accompanied by an archive of texts and images. The film depicts the experiences of three

Stefanos Tsivopoulos and the Fiscal Uncocious

Think of capital’s endless mutability. Fixed machinery, cost-saving technologies, credit card accounts, immaterial financial instruments, hyper-fast digital trades, commodities that are useful, useless, or

Recalling the Archive

“We do not remember, we rewrite memory as much as history is rewritten.”
(Chris Marker, Sans Soleil, 1982)

Are archives places of remembering or rather of forgetting? Does their

The Art of Ambivalent Memory

Stefanos Tsivopoulos, son of political refugees, was born in 1973 in Prague. He lives and works mainly in Amsterdam and New York. His family experience of forced dislocation and migration due to

The Politics of Identification

Stefanos Tsivopoulos and the social mechanisms of representation
The Scene and Repetition “To begin with”, says Foucault in Discipline and Punish, “the soldier is someone who can be

Past Imperfect

Over the last couple of years Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ video-based work has consistently explored the relationship between reality and its representation, as well as the limits between fact and fiction, the

Arte e Critica

How do we narrate history? When Man wants to transmit a social condition to his time, report an event that has happened, recall a political plan and when he wants to do this for those coming after him, what kind of


Mnemosyne Was a Greek Muse. Greek mythology has it that Mnemosyne, the muse of memory, was the mother of the other muses, thus making her the parent of all the arts. A whole humanistic genealogy was built up on the

A Picture Worth Thousands of Words

I've been getting some curious letters in the post. They are from a friend who has peculiar taste in stationery. Instead of using paper, he writes on the back of fading black and white photographs. These are not

Re-inventing the Dispositif of Art

In an early diagnosis of the Americanized way of life Theodore Adorno states in a critical, rather pessimistic account, which still remains a valuable comment on contemporary lifestyle, that we currently experience

Metropoils M

Stefanos Tsivopoulos is not an artist with a large ego. Indeed, if there is a single gesture that characterizes his practice, it is one of withdrawal. He establishes a framework or a set of parameters, and then steps

Destroy Athens

The multi-faceted arrangement of Stefanos Tsivopoulos’ video installations-—from the selection of actors and the mise-en-scène instructions to the texts and the final presentation