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VIOLENCE AND LEGALITY 2013 (the text)

Violence, ever since the appearance of ‘legality’ and parliamentarism, has not only continued to play a historical role but is today, as in previous periods, ultimatly the mainstay of dominant politics. The state in its entirety is predicated on violence. Its military organization and its mechanisms of control and suppression in themselves constitute hard proof.


When a ‘free citizen’ is forcefully and against his will incarcerated in a narrow and uninhabited place, and when he is kept there for a stretch of time – everyone can understand that this is an act of violence. But from the moment this action takes place under the provisions of a unified book called Penal Code and that place is designated as the ‘Corinth Closed Residential Center for Migrants’, it is instantly transformed into an act of peaceful legality. If a man is forced, against his will to systematically kill fellow humans, commits an act of violence. But once this is designated as ‘military service’, the “good citizen” imagines himself breathing in the air of legality. If a person is deprived part of his property and income against his will, no one would argue with this being an act of violence. But from the moment the theft is designated as ‘direct tax collection’, it becomes merely the application of the law.

Τhe political violence of those in power, grows on the financial ground of exploitation. What manifests before us as legality is nothing other than the violence of the dominant class raised in advance to the status of an imperative. From the moment, however, that the various acts of violence were defined as obligatory rulings, the situation becomes reflected in reverse in the thinking of the law-makers and of the opportunist socialists: ‘law and order’ are depicted as independent creations of ‘justice’ and state violence as a mere consequence, i.e. as legal ‘sanction’.

According to the ‘logic of the reformists’, while those in power rely for their every action on violence, only those who are subjected to it should denounce once and for all, the use of violence in their struggle against the system which oppresses them. ‘Legality’ gives to the violence of the dominant class the seal of an all-powerful, societal imperative.


Violence is and will remain the ultimate means of overthrow and transformation, the ultimate yardstick of competitiveness, whether latent of manifest.

Not the love of violence nor revolutionary romanticism, but hard historical necessity is what prompts the organized, oppressed social strata to prepare for violent clashes, sooner or later, with those in power, because inevitably their endeavors will be in conflict with vital interests of the powerful. Considering parliamentarianism as the exclusive means of political struggle is no less disorienting and, basically, reactionary, than acquiescing to general strikes or roadblocks as the only means for the struggle.


The concise understanding of the need for the use of violence, both in the various stages of political struggle and in the final overcoming of power, is a prerequisite because it is just that understanding that lends force and decisiveness to the peaceful and legal battles and actions.

If the forces of overthrow and transformation decided to relinquish in advance and once and for all, the use of violence, if they attempted to force the masses to bow before the dominant legality, then all political struggle, in the parliament, in the unions, in local arenas, would by that token be ruefully bankrupt, and would, sooner or later, be replaced by the unbridled sway of reactionary violence. [plot]

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VIOLENCE AND LEGITIMACY 2013

SALON DE VORTEX in ART ATHINA/ Platforms Project @ Art-Athina
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Yiannis Grigoriadis and Yiannis Isidorou presents>>>>>>

In Art Athina 2013 we will be presenting our new project titled “VIOLENCE AND LEGITIMACY 2013″.

Using a text which belongs to the archaeology of revolutionary practices as a starting point, we propose a condensed representation of contemporary metropolis: Descend and the gaze towards the sky, the crevices, the dark signs on the bright world of rationalism, the calculation of decay, the accumulation of material “truth” and its despotism, the revolutionary product and its consequential depreciation.
Revealing narrations, volatile actions, gestures and expeditions
to chart and record the inescapable urban web.

SALON DE VORTEX στην ART ATHINA

Ανιχνεύσεις. Αποκαλυπτικές αφηγήσεις, άστατες δράσεις, χειρονομίες και εξορμήσεις αποτυπώνουν και καταγράφουν στο αναπόδραστο δίχτυ της μητρόπολης.
Ο Γιάννης Γρηγοριάδης και ο Γιάννης Ισιδώρου παρουσιάζουν το νέο τους έργο στην ART ATHINA από τις 16 ως τις 19 Μαΐου με τίτλο: ΒΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΝΟΜΙΜΟΤΗΤΑ 2013!

Γύρω από ένα κείμενο που ανήκει στην αρχαιολογία των ανατρεπτικών τακτικών, αναπαριστούμε συνοπτικά την πραγματικότητα της σημερινής μητρόπολης.
Το βλέμμα προς στον ουρανό, οι ρωγμές, η κάθοδος και τα σκοτεινά σημάδια στον λαμπερό κόσμο του εξορθολογισμού, ο υπολογισμός της παρακμής, η συσσώρευση της υλιστικής “αλήθειας” και ο αυταρχισμός της, το επαναστατικό της προϊόν και η επακόλουθη απαξίωση του.

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Το “Platforms Project @ Art-Athina”  επιμελείται η Άρτεμις Ποταμιάνου.
Στόχος του είναι να χαρτογραφήσει τις διάφορες καλλιτεχνικές ομάδες, κολεκτίβες, πλατφόρμες και ανεξάρτητους χώρους τέχνης καλλιτεχνών με όχι εμπορικό χαρακτήρα, που δραστηριοποιούνται τόσο στην Ελλάδα όσο και στο εξωτερικό με αντισυμβατικούς τρόπους, επιτυγχάνοντας αναπάντεχους διαλόγους πάνω στην τέχνη, συμβιώσεις και συνεργασίες.

Πληροφορίες εκδήλωσης:
Γήπεδο Tae Kwon Do (Κλειστό Π. Φαλήρου)
Μωραϊτίνη 2, 10445, Π. Φάληρο

Διάρκεια έκθεσης: 16 – 19 Μαΐου 2013

Ημέρες και ώρες λειτουργίας:
Εγκαίνια έκθεσης: Πέμπτη 16 Μαΐου: 19:00 – 22:30 (είσοδος μόνο με πρόσκληση)
Παρασκευή 17 Μαΐου: 14:00 – 21:00
Σάββατο 18 Μαΐου: 12:00 – 21:00
Κυριακή 19 Μαΐου: 12:00 – 21:00

Τιμές εισιτηρίων:
Γενική είσοδος: 7 €
Μειωμένο: 5 € (παιδιά κάτω των 12 ετών, μαθητές, φοιτητές, μέλη του Επιμελητηρίου Εικαστικών Τεχνών Ελλάδας, άτομα άνω των 65 ετών)

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