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This is a Poem/Afto einai ena Poiima: Graffiti, public space and poetry in the contemporary Athenian cityscape

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While most responses to contemporary Greek cultural production have referenced the ongoing economic and social crises, not as much attention has been paid directly to the art that has arisen directly out of such pressures. This article focuses on one small mode of cultural production, QR Code Poetry, an amalgam of graffiti, poetry and technology. Code Poetry comments on contemporary Greek social and political landscapes and is clearly indebted to larger global political and aesthetic movements as well. The brainchild of artists and poets Theodoros Papatheodorou and Ioannis Dimitriadis, Code Poetry is an art form that critiques neo-liberal ideology and its role in dismantling both the contemporary welfare state and any notion of a public commons. Code Poetry achieves these goals by making city space itself an integral component of the art object itself, suggesting that the relationship between the observer and the artwork must be a politicized one in order to produce any potential critique.
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Keywords: Greek crisis; contemporary art; graffiti; neo-liberalism; poetry; the commons

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Cuny

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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  • The Journal of Greek Media & Culture is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a platform for debate and exploration of a wide range of manifestations of media and culture in and about Greece. The journal adopts a broad and inclusive approach to media and culture with reference to film, photography, literature, the visual arts, music, theatre, performance, as well as all forms of electronic media and expressions of popular culture. While providing a forum for the close analysis of cultural formations specific to Greece, JGMC aims to engage with broader methodological and theoretical debates, and situate the Greek case in global, diasporic and transnational contexts.
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