Today’s article Thursday 9/4/20 in the Eleftheros Typos newspaper.
Marina Abramović and the quarantine
In one of her famous perphormans Marina Abramović and her then husband oulai, sat back still, with their hair tied for 16 hours.
This totally impressive action taught with its symbolism. The message of stillness fed a number of questions. What did the two visual want to say? Stillness was entrapment, was it an end or a new beginning, a new start?
Oscar Wilde used to say art guides life. If we accept this position, then we can through the action of the oulai-Ampramobits, try to see under another perspective the quarantine. Not to see her as a lock but as a creative stillness.
What does that mean? It means that we are going home, not a house, but we stay at home actively and with optimism. That is, apart from being able to solve some practical issues of everyday life that we raised before, due to obligations, we can also stay mainly company with ourselves. We observe it, we analyze it, we analyze it and of course we think how to correct it.
It is certain and we have already found that some will say that they will have fallen into depression, others that their “system” is being reduced so that they can not then save their energy, others that they will reduce pensions and salaries and so much more. No matter how much someone is involved in them, the point is, not to be turned into a synōmosiologia or a are. As cool as possible, to interpret our “stillness” as a starting point for a new beginning. For a route we will be as careful as the brain.
Not to see “Motionless” as a stagnation.
If we expect others to surprise us then there will be no progress. “Motionless” as in religions or philosophy to become our cleansing, so that more elaphreis with greater stamina and energy we can start a new life.
There is no power in the system if we turn stillness as a starting point as we do with long distance runners as we know at the track games.
Our new start to re-make us active citizens, human rights agencies, but also obligations, Active Patriots, who will defend with a clear mind our country, the environment, our cultural identity, our national roots.
Our new start, to push us to respect ourselves and others, respect for different and allogenous, to push us to become contenders for the best conditions for our health, to support the weak, to develop a strong sense of solidarity, Become Active citizens, active contenders for economic justice, social balance, refusal of the injustices.
So much we can do using the creative stillness of karantinas. From stillness to come our dynamic for passion towards life, not for refusal and passivity. To re-activate our humanity, dream, personal and social improvement.
The virus is offended as the responsible doctors say to our respiratory system. That is, it’s insults our life mechanism. That’s why we want to beat him. Following the hygiene rules proposed by doctors, we simply listen to the rules of science. But we don’t stay there, we don’t stay still trapped. The opposite of stillness we are preparing, to find a new breath, a new dynamic of our lungs and respiratory mechanism, which we always had in us and now due to conditions she woke up and found it.
Let us not just listen to the poor people who often forget the inner and inner needs of people. Let’s listen to both the artists and spiritual people who know how to master the mechanisms of fertile aulótētas and intellectual fertility.
Let’s open our ears to art, let’s open our hearts to it. And let us remember the words of the great poet Fernando Pessoa who said that, the fact that art always continues to exist, is the proof that life alone is not enough.
Demosthenes Dabbetas Professor of philosophy of art, poet, visual artist.