The City / Game 1 (2007)

Single Screen Video
Standard Video, colour, stereo sound, 2 mins
Shot on miniDV in Athens in 2007
Commissioned for Karaoke Poetry Bar presented by with the support of the 1st Biennale of Athens, November 2007

Monastiraki, the emblematic centre of Athens, 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 borders we create. English poem translation sourced from the book C.P. Cavafy ‘154 Poems’ translated by Evangelos Sachperoglou, Athens, 2003.

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