Explosion of Speech, Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, 30 Jan, 2015

Swedish artists duo Bigert & Bergström will present the first of their series of performances “Explosion of Speech,” that starting from Thessaloniki will later take place in various cities around Europe and result in a film. 

"A fiery paean to the importance of free speech and the power of poetry, the work follows a common thread – a burning fuse – that winds through Europe leaving a burnt-out trail of text in its wake. Words become sentences, evolving into a collective poem created by a group of poets from the cities through which the burning fuse passes. The work evokes words of flame, burning with anger over such topics as financial inequality, unemployment and growing xenophobia. But it also contains bright sparks of hope and love as this cut-up poem takes shape through the use of gunpowder and matches.” (B&B) The first verse of the poem will be contributed by Thessaloniki-based author Alexandros Aimoniotis.

The event is curated by Lydia Chatziiakovou, ArtBOX.gr, during the first public presentation of Artecitya, a Europe-wide project bringing together artists, architects, town planners and citizens to re-create the cities we want to live in, organized in Greece by Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, www.artecitya.gr.


Studio Bigert & Bergström

Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm


Mats Bigert
+46 708 57 86 52

Lars Bergström
+46 708 57 86 53

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona


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