Despina Zacharopoulou’s Performance at the Southbank Centre / Marina Abramović Institute Takeover

04.10.23 @ 00:00

Southbank Centre

Despina Zacharopoulou presents her new five-day long durational performance Dokimi/Essay/Essai, as part of the Marina Abramović Institute Takeover at London’s Southbank Centre, 4-8 October 2023.

Dokimi/Essay/Essai continues Despina Zacharopoulou’s ongoing research on performance art as a form of [inhabited] philosophy, and on philosophy as embodied praxis and method. The artist invites the audience to enter the performance space one person at a time, after they sign a contract where they declare in advance and in writing how much time they wish to stay inside the performance space. In so doing, the artist’s main goal is to investigate the conditions within which one can philosophize. These conditions will not be predefined in any way but will emerge during the performer-audience encounter. Thus said, the work’s title Dokimi/Essay/Essai comes to express this very dimension of the project as an experiment, a test, an exercise, an attempt but also an examination, in the way that Foucault, using the term essai, attempted to express the possibility of change via the thinking that takes place within parrhēsiastic games.

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