Studio 14: The Birth of Tradition
with Cathy Gere and Dimitris Papanikolaou

6:30 pm
Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), Vassileos Georgiou B’ 17-19, Athens

During the long century of conservative intra-European peace (1815–1914), Nietzsche wrote The Birth of Tragedy, or: Hellenism and Pessimism, his first mature work as a philosopher, where he invented a method that looked to the deep past for clues about the near future. In this way, he wrote in the voice of a neo-Greek prophet of modernity learning from the Hellenic world. The Birth of Tradition unfolds an original stratigraphic approach, revealing how the Hellenic ideal that emerged in northern Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was a complex creation: both a place of inspiration and a site of conquest. Disclosing this ambiguity within the incommensurable world of the past, from the matriarchal theory about the cult of Ariadne to the Afrocentric view of Greek origins, from the identification of Bronze Age Crete as the pre-Oedipal phase of the whole white race to the image of archaeological sites constructed by European travelers over past centuries, we define the invention of traditions based on outlandish reconstructions, acts of recognition, outright forgeries, improbable authenticity, and false memories in the modern age.

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Deep in the sea there is a puffer fish…

with Cathy Gere and Yannis Almpanis

July 27, 2017
6:30 pm, Fridericianum

Conclusions, someone said, should always be temporary. The research of Studio 14, constructed in an irregular way through continuous detours and refusing to find shape in a final result, continues in Kassel the collective investigation started in Athens, suggesting new entries still to be narrated…


Studio 14: Greece: a (non-) European Country
by Yannis Almpanis

During a recent Eurogroup meeting, some European finance ministers allegedly told Euclid Tsakalotos that, while he may be right in protesting against the terms imposed by the IMF, he will ultimately have…


Studio 14

Studio 14 is a research and a workplace driven by a multiplicity of different subjects; capable of giving rise to certain configurations; a process involving the fields of art, education, and politics; and oriented towards the forms of knowledge that circulate and are produced in those fields…