Jani Christou
(1926–1970)

Jani Christou, archival materials, installation view, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Athens, documenta 14, photo: Stathis Mamalakis

Jani Christou, archival materials, installation view, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Athens, documenta 14, photo: Stathis Mamalakis

Jani Christou, archival materials, installation view, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Athens, documenta 14, photo: Stathis Mamalakis

Jani Christou, archival materials, installation view, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Athens, documenta 14, photo: Stathis Mamalakis

Jani Christou, archival materials, installation view, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Athens, documenta 14, photo: Stathis Mamalakis

Jani Christou, archival materials, installation view, Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Athens, documenta 14, photo: Stathis Mamalakis

“Metapraxis is concerned with breaking through the barrier of meaning of a single medium, whatever that medium may be. Whenever that happens, that is music. That can be in any medium, providing metapraxis can occur. Music can be silent.”

—Jani Christou, Thoughts (December 13, 1969)


“… the term ‘lunar experience’ is man’s fundamental awareness or feeling of life as a dynamic system of recycled patterns, plus his elemental fear of a non-renewal of any one of those patterns—a fear which is made worse by the additional menace of an eclipse threatening the overall process during every stage of its operation.

Now we have come a long way since man’s prehistory, having travelled down paths of the spirit and down paths of the mind to get to where we are today. But all our achievements really do seem to add up to so much litter along our journey through history, monumental irrelevancies, because all the indications are that maybe we have not really been travelling at all, or perhaps, yes, a round trip, back to square one, looking up again at the moon in a dark sky, wondering whether it will be renewed after being swallowed up by the dark, and all the time afraid of that constant menace—very real now—a sudden and total eclipse.”

—Jani Christou, Thoughts (1968)

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