Here are some recently discovered b/w photos of the performance, taken by Nicolas Ioannidis. For more information on the performance see gallery and texts sections.
Also, regarding the same performance, here is a link to my contribution (as blanco estira nuestro (+), hermana Hélice) to the Dictaphonia microcassette compilation, vol.2 on Hal Mcgee’ s Haltapes from 2009. This two-minute piece was recorded during the performance rehearsals. The first part is a slowed down recording of the bells drone in the last part of Conduit no.2,along with the rehearsing room’ s ambience. On the second part, apart from airplane sounds (from .oeur), you can hear the horse bells tied to Electra’ s feet, ringing while she walks.
You can listen to this here
Black pen & engravings on prepared surface w/ applied gold leaves. See Gallery & Text sections for more information on the performance
woman : Maria Electra Papathanasopoulou
For the theoretical text handed to the audience before the performance, see texts section.
The video was kindly captured, edited & uploaded by Thanasis Chondros & Alexandra Katsiani
15cm X 16cm, PAPERBACK BLACK COVER W/ SILVER INK
BILINGUAL EDITION (GR/EN) ON EDITIONS FARFOULAS, ATHENS GREECE
The collection small hand of bronze, a cycle of 24 brief poems accompanied by 14 blue ink paintings, is a geometry of elements from Socrates Martinis’ personal mythology, which until now was manifested partially in his published soundworks (changing pseudonyms, titles, texts, symbols, images, sound) and in his sole performance act (Position lines within an afternoon movement, reference to the painting Girl running on a balcony by Giacomo Balla) presented at the international festival Art Athina 2009. Socrates Martinis’ writing, minimal and quite pictorial, stretches out on the surrounding space to find stable points for the Idea to be tied to, folds within and then unfolds again, in a dialectical feedback between in and out. The existent space-time and the inner atemporal scenery, as two communicating vessels, become the background of the deconstructed projection of a myth based on the archetypes of light, cyclic motion, the erotic interplay and death.
The same person who is working as Nixilx.nijilx, Blanco Estira Nuestro and Helice Peid is working as Socrates Martins and for his 7″ he took the title of a painting by Rene Margritte from 1937. On these pieces he plays ‘field recordings and objects’, but all of this highly obscured through extremely lo-fi transformations. It seems like captured on a cassette (or perhaps a whole bunch of cassettes), which add a low resolution to the material. It moves low over the surface of sound and is truly obscure record, but also a captivating one, I think. Maybe because one doesn’t have a clue what’s going on here, it leaves lots of space to contemplate about that. A record that poses more questions then the answer it gives. Which I guess if you call yourself Socrates Martins is the whole idea. Beautiful obscurity.
by Frans de Waard
This greek sound artist works under various names, but this may be his actual moniker. The sounds here are highly processed electroacoustic events created from impossible-to-peg sources. The surface shifts between various levels of out-of-focus, but it’s hard to tell if you’re listening to a baby crawling around in an elevator or bacon sizzling in a pan, and then everything changes. It’s a gorgeously dislocational effort and well worth investigation for those with a taste for vertigo.
by Byron Coley