'The City / Game 1' (2007)

‘The City / Game 1’, Video Stills, 2007

2007 – 2 mins – stereo sound – DV
(Shot in miniDV in Athens in 2007)

Commissioned for Karaoke Poetry Bar presented by Intothepill.net with the support of the 1st Biennale of Athens, November 2007

The emblematic centre of Athens, Monastiraki, becomes the terrain for the acting out of a somehow sinister childish game – the collection of cigarettes butts from the dirty pavements. As the lonely performer arranges the butts on the floor seemingly unaware of the actual city surrounding her, the melancholic narration of the poem ‘City’ by C.P. Cavafy points to another internal city, to the conflicts within. The butts on the floor are both traces of our futile interventions and of the boarders we create. Poem sourced from the book C.P. Cavafy ‘154 Poems’ translated by Evangelos Sachperoglou, Athens, 2003.

Direction, Production, Camera, Editing and Sound – Aikaterini Gegisian