Light through the Ruins

A performance highlighting the neo‐pagan, gnostic and spiritualist features of neo‐fascism

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Hell As Pavillion at Palais de Tokyo Review:

“Hell As Pavillion at Palais de Tokyo demonstrates the diversity of modern Greek culture and the confusion that lies in its identity. A play on words –between ‘hell’ and the Greek Hellas –the event is an unexpected trip through the Hellenic and, by extension, European psyche. The selection of live performances and screenings, alongside an exhibition, provide the spectator with a global perspective of a society in crisis.

Roaming through the exhibition one stumbles upon a video-art piece called The Black Circle. It combines recordings of live performances by art duo KavecS, as well as footage from the streets of Athens; religious symbols, football fanatics ranting about politics. It pieces together a representation of the confusion of identity that reigns over contemporary society. These images question our ability to have a united identity and to combine our cultural and historical background with the new world order where even the terms of masculinity and femininity are put to the test. During their live performance, artists Vana Kostayola and Kostis Stafylakis, role-play as a frustrated and emasculated man, a woman mocking him for his frustration, while anarchists, or their look-alikes, propose a solution in National Anarchism. They interrupt their rantings as if all this is an elaborate rehearsal and not the actual performance. The video is perplexing, at times chaotic and confusing, i.e. a perfect depiction of the European predicament, not as depicted on mainstream media but as felt by the people living under this stressful period of upheaval.”


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The 8th Black Circle Declaration: Light through the ruins. Ο Μαύρος Κύκλος στην έκθεση Art as Pavilion, σε επιμέλεια Νάντιας Αργυροπούλου, στο Palais de Tokyo, Παρίσι, 2013.

Οι KavecS συμμετέχουν στην έκθεση Art as Pavilion, στο Palais de Tokyo, με δύο έργα. Παρουσιάζουν το βίντεο Black Circle Documentary στον εκθεσιακό χώρο και νέα περφόρμανς, στα πλαίσια του Μαύρου Κύκλου, στη σκηνή του Palais de Tokyo. Με τίτλο Light through the ruins (φως μέσα από τα ερείπια), οι μασκοφόροι του Μαύρου Κύκλου μιλούν σαγηνευτικά για διάφορες σχολές μυστικισμού που επηρέασαν τη συντηρητική και πρωτοφασιστική σκέψη, τη «λατρεία της παράδοσης». Ο λόγος και το οπτικό υλικό αντλεί από τον πρωτοφασιστικό μυστικισμό των Julius Evola και Rene Guenon.