6 April 2021
The 3rd Waste/d live-event was a discursive online event that took place in the frame of the program p o s t documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies, featuring Elena Loizidou, Reader in Law and Political Theory at the School of Law, Birkbeck College & artist Vangelis Vlahos.
Vangelis Vlahos presented two videos, the first Objects to relate to a trial (the door) (2020) is about Aggeliki Spyropoulou, a university student sentenced to 28 years in prison for her involvement in a 2015 attempt to blow up part of Korydallos Prison in Athens and free the imprisoned members of the urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. The project appropriates a found video, recorded by security cameras in late 2014. The short video shows Aggeliki visiting the offices of a chemical company to purchase a large quantity of nitromethane, a fuel used frequently in motorsports and by model hobbyists, but which can also be combined with other chemicals to make bombs. The second video This event has now ended (arrest Nov. 15, 2016) (2021), is based on a found 42-second video, shot by a mobile phone, which records an arrest in Exarchia neighbourhood in Athens, during violent incidents between police and anti-authoritarians on the occasion of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Athens on November 15, 2016.
Elena Loizidou contributed her timely reflections on Politics, Art, Mutual Aid – issues she deals with in her most recent work. Drawing from Peter Kropotkin’s 1902 book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution (2009), she traced connections with the artistic practice of Vangelis Vlahos and the rise of mutual aid initiatives during the pandemic, which challenge the foundations of disciplinary and bio-political power and provide us with hope that perhaps another world is possible.
p o s t documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies is a cooperation between the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens (ASFA) in the frame of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).