“The rhythm of the world has altered within me:” The absurd and the magical perceived as real through Literary Performance
Kostas Gemenetzis, psychiatrist-psychotherapist, Angela Dimitrakaki, writer, associate professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh, Thomas Symeonidis, writer, translator. Pavlina Marvin, director of the Literary Performance Festival, moderates the discussion.
THE HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE
Having a line from the poem “My Spectrum” (“To fasma mou”) by Georgios Vizyinos as its title, the 3rd Literary Performance Festival at the 17th Thessaloniki International Book Fair seeks to explore on stage the absurd in literature as a vehicle of accurate expression and truth. Performance is one of the most innovative artistic expressions that brings to the forefront the importance of the moment, interacts with literature and captures mental states that could be described as borderline experiences. Through these we are exposed to the equally beneficial and dangerous properties of the human contradictions, that are expressed uniquely through the absurd or even by the paranoia in literature.