Monday, January 31, 2011

Monsters Inc.

I shoot the lights out
Hide till its bright out
Whoa, just another lonely night
Are you willing to sacrifice your life?

My eyes more red than the devil's
And I’m about to take it to another level
There you go again, ain't nobody as cold as this
Bought the chain that always give me back pain
F-ckin up my money so yeh I had to act sane.

Kanye West

Water From A Vine Leaf

And you start swimming and swimming
And swimming, and swimming
And you never stop swimming until you reach the ocean
And you're swimming into the sunset without me

And I find myself suddenly waking up
And there are four young girls
Giving me water from a vine leaf
Just dropping it onto my tongue

Nothing more.

Beth Orton

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The End

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again
Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand
In a...desperate land

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
It hurts to set you free
But you'll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die
This is the end

The Doors

Lost In The Crowd

Should I offer up my hand
And save a wish for once
For all of us
And should I offer up my hand
And lay the guilt on myself
So it's easier , to not stay.

Because I found you in your corner
I pulled you out of the clouds
You left in such a hurry
Your face got lost in the crowd

Should I open up my eye's or just ignore who you are
And what you could have been
And should I open up my eye's and make believe you will change
So it's easier to not stay, to not stay.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

I walk a lonely road

 I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I'm the only one and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

Green Day

Michalitsiano’s Dreams

"Nikos Michalitsiano’s painting exhibition, “Dreams”. The artist is showing work created from 2004, part of which was previously exhibited at the Hellenic Center of London.

Dreams are the painter’s source of inspiration in his latest works where he alters or strengthens the impression of space in proportion to the human figure and the need of the synthesis. Michalitsianos creates thus a dialogue between reality and fiction.

His works have two scales and two levels reminding a theatrical scene: the model, in smaller scale, naturally lighted, and the space created by the painting narration, presented as the image of the imaginary in large scale. Light plays an essential role in his work as it intensifies the theatrical sense.

The artist works on wood and fabric, while in his latest work he adds PVC using its painted transparency to give a perspective on a two level synthesis."

until  05-February-2011@ Zoumboulakis Galleries

Like a rolling stone

Nobody’s ever taught you how to live out on the street,
And now you're gonna have to get used to it.
You say you never compromise
With a mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say, “Do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel ?
How does it feel ?
To be on your own ?
With no direction home ?
A complete unknown ?
Like a rolling stone ?

Bod Dylan

Friday, January 28, 2011

Man 2 Man


Talkin', talkin' to the people
Tryin' to get them to go your way
Tellin' lies, not to worry
That we won't be led astray

So blind, unsignified
Your opponents always lying
Think about the mistakes you make

If you have a plan wager
If you have a plan
If you've got a master plan

You're the man

Marvin Gaye

In Search of Lost Time


In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past (French: À la recherche du temps perdu) is a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust. His most prominent work, it is popularly known for its length and the notion of involuntary memory. The complete story contains nearly 1.5 million words and is one of the longest novels in world literature.

The role of memory is central to the novel, introduced with the famous madeleine episode in the first section of the novel and in the last volume, Time Regained, a flashback similar to that caused by the madeleine is the beginning of the resolution of the story. Throughout the work many similar instances of involuntary memory, triggered by sensory experiences such as sights, sounds and smells conjure important memories for the narrator and sometimes return attention to an earlier episode of the novel. Although Proust wrote contemporaneously with Sigmund Freud, with there being many points of similarity between their thought on the structures and mechanisms of the human mind, neither author read the other.


 A Greek radio-show inspired from the book "In Search of Lost Time"
producer: Thanos Stathopoulos 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Shall Take It Anyway

Senses sometimes do compromise us
I shall take it anyway
This light you hand me out is blown
I shall take it anyway

You say there is no war between us

You're wrong so just lead the way
I don't care about those wretched lies
I shall fake it anyway


And nobody lives here
And there is no pain here

Poni Hoax

I walk the straight line

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine,
I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I'll admit I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine,
I walk the line

Johnny Cash

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Street Spirit (fade out)

Rows of houses all bearing down on me
I can feel their blue hands touching me
All these things in all positions
All these things will one day take control
And fade out again and fade out

This machine will will not communicate these thoughts
And the strain I am under
Be a world child form a circle before we all go under
And fade out again and fade out again

Cracked eggs dead birds
Scream as they fight for life
I can feel death can see it’s beady eyes
All these things into position
All these things we’ll one day swallow whole
And fade out again and fade out again.


Stones, politics

Nikos Arvanitis - Stones, politics

gallery  a.antonopoulou art                           duration10/01 -12/02/2011   

"The recent work of Nikos Arvanitis, currently on display, comprises multi-edged natural landscapes, three-dimensional rocky mountains, flat volumes, and small “stone” sculptures. Through his work, Arvanitis suggests a contemporary visual allegory for the character of politics as formed in the societies of our era. It is an era marked by the decline of the 20th century political narratives, the disillusionment of grand social visions, and the dismantle of the related ideological and imaginary structures..."

"...In his approach, Arvanitis utilizes various aesthetic practices, techniques, and media so as to materialize the gray zones wherein the virtual and the real, the rational and the irrational, the partial and the whole co-exist. In this manner, he interprets the post-political situation he is concerned with. His method is of all-embracing as well as meticulous observation. He intends to transform a visual approach to a viewpoint of social criticism. Arvanitis's take on the negative prefix “non” of the non-place does not amount to a denial but rather to an affirmation driving to “the production of the new” "

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Damián Ortega

Damián Ortega’s work explores specific economic, aesthetic and cultural situations and in particular how regional culture affects commodity consumption.

He began his career as a political cartoonist and his art has the intellectual rigour and sense of playfulness often associated with his previous occupation. 

He creates sculptures, installations, videos and actions inspired by a wide range of mundane objects, from golf balls and pick-axes to bricks, rubbish bins and even tortillas, all subjected to what has been described as Ortega’s characteristically “mischievous process of transformation and dysfunction”. 

In Cosmic Thing (2002), one of his most celebrated works, Ortega disassembled a Volkswagen Beetle car and re-composed it piece by piece, suspended from wire in mid-air, in the manner of a mechanic’s instruction manual. 

The result was both a diagram and a fragmented object that offered a new way of seeing the “people’s car” first developed in Nazi Germany but now produced en masse in his native Mexico. 

In Spirit (2005), Ortega constructed a series of architectural spaces using recycled materials which, when viewed from above, spelt out the letters of the work’s title, playing with the idea of optical and physical illusion.
Damián Ortega was born in 1967 in Mexico City and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 

The Independent: 
Each day he took inspiration from a newspaper; whether a news item, a photographic story or graphics selected from local, national or international press which he translated into a physical interpretation, be it a sculpture, installation, proposition or prototype for a future project. The works made over this period have become both a sculptural chronicle of this period of time – and a dynamic reinterpretation of the notion of an art commission. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Who is watching the watchmen?


Corrupt, you're corrupt,
and Bring corruption to all that you touch.

Hold, you’ll behold,
And be holden for all that you’ve done.

And Spell, cast a spell,
Cast a spell on the country you run.

And risk, you will risk,
You will risk all their lives and their souls.

And burn, you will burn,
You will burn in hell, yeah you’ll burn in hell.

And our freedom's consuming itself,
What we've become is contrary to what we want
Take a bow.



(born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English musician and actor. As a producer and a musician, he is noted for a dark, rich and layered sound and a whispering sprechgesang lyrical style.

Culturally, Tricky encourages an intertwining of societies, particularly in his musical fusion of rock and hip hop, high art and pop culture.

Tricky was born in Knowle West, Bristol, England. His father left the family before he was born and his mother, Maxine Quaye, committed suicide when he was only four. He named his solo album after her - Maxinquaye - and once said that though he hardly knew her, he feels like she's speaking through him with his words

He spent his youth in the care of his grandmother, who often let him watch old horror movies instead of going to school. At 15 he began to write lyrics. At 17, he spent some time in prison because he bought forged £50 notes from a friend, who later informed the police. In an interview, Tricky said: "Prison was really good. I'm never going back" 

Eventually he met DJ Milo and hung out with a sound system called The Wild Bunch, which by 1987 evolved into Massive Attack. He received the nickname 'Tricky Kid' and at 18 he became a member of the Fresh 4, a rap group built from The Wild Bunch. He also rapped on Massive Attack's acclaimed debut album Blue Lines

In 1991, before the release of Massive Attack's album Blue Lines, he met Martina Topley-Bird. Some time later she came to his house, and mentioned to Tricky and Mark Stewart that she could sing. Martina was only fifteen years old, but her 'honey-coated vox' impressed them and they recorded a song called "Aftermath" (though The Face '95 mentions that the first song they recorded together was called "Shoebox"). Tricky showed "Aftermath" to Massive Attack, but they were not interested. So in 1993 he decided to press a few hundred vinyl copies of the song. He cut it directly off of the tape, so that the song is basically "just bassline and hiss". Finally, a white label got him a contract with Island Records and he started to record his first solo album.

Tricky left Massive Attack to release his debut album, Maxinquaye. The album was a massive success and Tricky was catapulted to international fame, something he was notably uncomfortable with. This was because the impact of his album truly set the stage for trip-hop within the United Kingdom. Tricky was able to do so much with his music by incorporating different musical genres in his sound, but ultimately making sure he made the overall product his own. In fact, the Maxinquaye album review by the Rolling Stone magazine read, "Tricky devoured everything from American hip-hop and soul to reggae and the more melancholic strains of 80s British rock." It is important to note that Tricky paid tribute to early hip-hop artists whose music was, and still is, influential in the hip-hop scene. He also incorporated commercial pop music into his music, and by combining early hip-hop and pop samples in his music, he found a way to appeal to both audiences, which rarely happens. 

Tricky found it difficult to cope with the huge success of Maxinquaye and he subsequently eschewed the laidback soul sound of the first album to create an increasingly edgy and aggressive punk tinged music that echoed his personality as he became more erratic and unreliable.[citation needed]

In 1996, Neneh Cherry and Björk appeared as guests on his second album Nearly God. The opening number was a cover of the Siouxsie and the Banshees pre-trip-hop song "Tattoo" that had previously inspired Tricky when he forged his style.

In 2001 Tricky appeared on the Thirteen Ghosts soundtrack with the song "Excess" which (briefly) features Alanis Morissette during two of the choruses. In 2002 that song also appeared on the Queen of the Damned soundtrack.

Studio albums
  • Maxinquaye (1995) #3 UK
  • Nearly God (1996) #10 UK
  • Pre-Millennium Tension (1996) #30 UK, #140 US
  • Angels with Dirty Faces (1998) #23 UK, #84 US
  • Juxtapose (1999) (with DJ Muggs and Dame Grease) #22 UK, #182 US
  • Blowback (2001) #34 UK, #138 US
  • Vulnerable (2003) #88 UK
  • Knowle West Boy (2008) #63 UK, #147 US
  • Mixed Race (2010) #118 UK

 Athens Live 22-01-2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011



or in other words
Artists + Graphic Designers

"Τhe exhibition aims to highlight the role of individual groups within the larger experience of social life and to create a space where two groups of artists and two art practices may coexist and engage in dialogue with one another.

Contemporary design –the visual expression of collective identity– and contemporary art –the expression of an inner quest for personal identity– are brought together in an exhibition featuring original, stereotype-free work."

by: The QW3RTY Team

at: Ileana Tounta Conteporary Art Center

until: January 29 2011


In a way it reminds me the "Design Walk", a mini version of it.