Grexit on Tour; a dialogue on currency, community and crisis


Grexit on tour is an attempt to open up the discussion on the current sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone. The dominant reading proposes that the financial imbalances that are heartrending the Europian Union are an outcome of the imbalances between the developed countries of the north and the “lazy” south. The intention is to re-enact the dialogue about crisis, community and currency in  the often forgotten cities of Central and South East Europe. The performance consists of two parallel monologues, framed by video documentation in Berlin and Athens, artworks on the relations between the Drachma and the Euro, and local media reports about the crisis.


The performative lecture Grexit on Tour, draws upon the research project Icongraphies of the Drachma; Speculation on Symbolic Value, a collaborative project among, artists, theorist and designers on the function of currency as an identity forming currency. The project was awarded the Vilém Flusser Award for artistic research by the transmediale festival and the University of Fine Arts in Berlin (UDK) in 2012, and was selected by the Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist for his Greek conversation MarathonMarathon at the Museum of the Acropolis in 2010, as one of the most representative Greek initiatives in contemporary art.

Grexit is a project by Georgios Papadapoulos. At the Budapest performance, he is joined by Hungarian artist Szacsva y Pál.

Georgios Papadopoulos combines economics and philosophical analysis with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. He holds a Master in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and is pursuing a PhD at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Between 2008 and 2009 Papadopoulos was a researcher at the theory department of the Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht, and iIn 2012 he was awarded theVilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research. His last book, entitled Grexit, assembles an archeology of the current financial crisis in Greece and the European Union.

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