We Are The Manufacturers_Press Play and Indebt Youself
The bolts of fabric in the installation We Are The Manufacturers_Press Play and Indebt Youself come from a previous work titled “PRODUCTION! PRODUCTION! PRODUCTION! The Design of Debt“. The bolts of fabric relate to a transaction between the artist and a Greek Textile Export company. By means of that transaction, the artist creates a debt as a work of art. Stylianidou ponders with critical irony, the meaning and the construction of artistic value: in the context of the specific work-in-progress, the debt is equated with the work of art itself: the debt is the artwork, its medium and its materiality – as it is continuously being transferred from the institutional organiser to the artist, from the artist to the artwork and hence to space and also to the viewer herself. That debt, impossible to repay, is set into constant motion, becoming transformed and hybrid. In the installation Stylianidou reactivates in a new context, disused materials and working tools from a greek textile export company which, as a result of the crisis, operates at reduced capacity.
All of the materials of the installation (bolts of fabric, voice, text, working table, tires, straps) are organized in space on the basis of a strict but at the same time flexible musical score. The work proposes a process of expanded writing which incorporates and connects voice with rhythm, the flow of sound with materiality and with the text.
Special thanks to: Trikoplex S.A. and Eythichios Agathonikos.