Alexandros Vasmoulakis—Study For a Riot videoJuxtapoz // Friday, 17 Dec 2010
Ever since we profiled Greek artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis in the magazine, people have been telling us that they really like the work. We were caught by how grand his building-sized pieces were, part of that great generation of European street artists who are really capturing size and scale. Alexandros just created a fantastic short video, "Study For a Riot," based on the recent riots in Athens and the rest of Greece.
Alexandros wrote this of the video, which is very important to understand the context:
During 2010, Greece came under the supervision of IMF and EU. The fear of poverty and financial recession has built up a feeling of social unrest. Memories of the Greek riots of 2008, according to the media, have created the expectation in Greece and abroad, of a new, more violent riot.
Influenced by this atmosphere, we created in a deserted ceramics factory in Athens a series of actions during May 2010. At the time we wanted to give form to feelings intuitively provoked by the signs of unrest we received from all around us. We used the objects that were plentifully scattered in the ruins of the factory: red powder, ceramics, wood and ropes. We installed sculptural structures and we recorded, on video, short collision-scenes. Red powder represented the outcome of every human violent act. The deserted industrial setting was used as a metaphor for the financially devastated country. The multiple-screens structure of the video is a reminder of the surveillance cameras used by the police. The sound was recorded live during each of the actions.
We doubt the efficiency of violent rioting and search for a new way. Essentially we have found nothing yet, however, we enjoy searching.