Performance at Demosion Sema

Public Action at the context of the project Reveries du Promeneur Solitaire by Hariklia Hari

Promenade IX: Demosion Sema; Public Reading of Pericles’ Epitaph (Thucydides, II.34-46)

..”We cultivate refinement without extravagance and knowledge without effeminacy;

wealth we employ more for use than for show, and place the real disgrace of pover

ty notin owning to the fact but in declining the struggle against it. [2] Our public men have,

besides politics, their private affairs to attend to, and our ordinary citizens, though occupied with the pursuits of industry, are still fair judges of public matters; for, unlike

any other nation, regarding him who takes no part in these duties not as unambitious but

as useless, we Athenians are able to judge at all events if we cannot originate, and instead

of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in theway of action, we think it anindispensable preliminary to any wise action at all. [3]“….

On March 1rst, 2013, at 21.45 we realised the public reading of the funeral oration of Pericles at Demosion Sema; the site where it is considered to be initially pronounced. The reading was based on the History of the Peloponnesian War, Book Two, by Thucydides (translated by Eleftherios Venizelos). It was performed with the contribution of Orizontas team, artists and random passers.

The performance was registrated and enriched at the Temporary office for the study and the registration of the “findings” of the reverie at the exhibition space of Orizontas gegonoton autoorganized team (88 Kerameikou str) at the context of the exhibition “Greece No Problem”