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Theo prodromidis
Towards the production of Dialogues On The Market Of Bronze and Other Precious Materials
Experimental fiction | 2K | color | 16'0'' | Greece | 2013
The video installation “Towards the production of Dialogues On The Market Of Bronze and Other Precious Materials” has as a starting point of reference Bertolt Brecht’s The Messingkauf Dialogues, a theoretical work in a dialectical form that dates back to 1939 and was written in four different versions in a period of four years but remained incomplete. The work situates a reinterpreted version of Brecht’s work, connected to the socio-economic circumstances regarding contemporary society and the implications that these may cause, in the structures of a monetary policy, and its reverberations in the cultural sphere. Based on Brecht’s four nights’ structure the artist aims to provoke correlations regarding two structures, the structure of politics and the structure of finance using their architectural form and specificities as a visual starting point. The work motivates the viewer to contemplate all the above elements in a manner that the aesthetic experience of viewing it produces a platform for the critical engagement of the spectator with the socio-political signifiers that are presented. Theo Prodromidis’s video installation has a specific social context, to collective and private experiences as a consequence of politico-economic and political-cultural locations that are densified in a narrativized, critical and poetic process. Katerina Nikou, co-curator of AGORA text for the guidebook of AGORA, 4th Athens Biennale, Greece
Theo Prodromidis born in Thessaloniki in 1979, lives and works in Athens, Greece. He studied Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster and was awarded an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2007, in London, UK. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals such as Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, 4th Athens Biennale, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Kunsthalle Athena, Ileana Tounta Art Centre, Werkleitz zentrum für medienkunst, Contour Mechelen, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Tramway, Glascow, Centre Pompidou, Fondazione Merz, Museum of Cinema, Thessaloniki, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art i.a. He has been awarded with European Media Artists Award (EMARE), 2008 and Onassis Foundation Award, 2006.