Public Lecture: Phoebe Giannisi “Chimeric Poetics” / 21-02-2017

Chimeric Poetics

Ancient greek poetry provides us with certain poetic performance prototypes, i.e. the walker/passer-by (wanderer or shepherd) and the poet-animal (cicada, nightingale). What is the relationship in between the surrounding, material conditions, such as architecture, territory, and weather, and embodiment of the performing subject?

This lecture will present architectural/poetic projects of the author and their relationship to ancient greek poetics. The aim is to reconstruct certain ways of becoming other as means to investigate also the limits of experience and representation.



Born in Athens. Poet. Architect (NTU Athens). PhD on Archaic Greek Poetics- Poetry and Architecture (Universite Lyon II- Lumière). Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Thessaly. Lives in Volos, Greece. A Humanities Fellow at Columbia University (2016).

Her work lies at the border between poetry, performance, theory, and installation, investigating the connections between voice and writing with body, place, and memory. In 2010 she was co-curator for the Greek Pavilion of the 12th International Architecture Venice Biennale. In 2012-13, her poetic installation, TETTIX, was exhibited at the Museum of National Art (EMST), Athens, and in 2015, she presented the installation AIGAI_O: THE SONGS, (with Iris Lycourioti).In 2016 she performed the lecture/performance Nomos_The Land Song in New York.

She has published 6 books of poetry and 2 theory monographs (Classical Greek Architecture: The invention of the modernity (Flammarion, 2004) and

Récits des Voies. Chant et Cheminement en Grèce archaïque (Jéme Millon, 2006)



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