A liaison to a life no longer ordered from above

A liaison to a life no longer ordered from above is a work and a project by the artist Clara J:son Borg that was co-created together with the artist and dancers Aris Papadopoulos, Christina Karagianni, Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Aspasia Giannoulaki, Markella Ksilogiannopoulou,
Christos Fousekis in Athens June 2021. During four weeks the group met and explored ideas around urbanity and urban life trough conversations, movements and writing. The result of this research was reworked into a screenplay and filmed in the suburb Nea Ionia in Athens.

In A liaison to a life no longer ordered from above Aris, Christina, Stella, Aspasia, Markella and Christos share experiences of their urban life in Athens. They talk about their strategies of how they engage with the urban on a street level, how Aris goes for walks to enable him to make op new stories about the city, how Aspasia’s fictive contemporary urban goddess persona is a way to empower her to protect herself from male harassment in the streets and Christina who her walks been acknowledging the cities vertical heretical structures through listening to the languages that are spoked on different levels in buildings. Their conversations also include their recent experience of being in a long, controlled lockdown during the covid-19 pandemic. Stella talks about how moving or roaming in the city became a way to be invisible and bypass the police and how the common sense around how to be in the urban needed to be renegotiated. The group discusses ideas about public and private spaces that the urban holds and the way that the urban infrastructure allows them to have and create friendships. Throughout the film, the group also investigating the urban space and the suburban architecture through chorographical scores which they name tempeling. These scores are a way to challenge the old Greek idea that a temple is an image of a perfect male body. The temples that the groups create start from their own bodies, their own physicality and can exist of movements, touch or sound.

  • Clara J:son Borg
    Director
  • Aris Papadopoulos
    Writer
  • Christina Karagianni
    Writer
  • Stella Dimitrakopoulou
    Writer
  • Aspasia Giannoulaki
    Writer
  • Christos Fousekis
    Writer
  • Yellow Brick
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Netherlands
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Language:
    English, Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Athens
    Greece
    December 10, 2021
    European Art Gallery premier
  • Malmö
    Sweden
    December 21, 2021
    Swedish Art Gallery premier
Director Biography - Clara J:son Borg

Clara J:son Borg is a Swedish artist based in Rotterdam (NL). Her artistic practice is directed towards ontologies surrounding the human body, its performance strategies and political subjects. By a non-representational movement practice and speech acts, she lets her works exist within a boundary area where human vulnerability intersects with political and social forces. She understands her work as an invitation to observe elements of interhuman relationships, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies.

Clara holds a BA from HDK Steneby (SE, 2012) and a MA from The Piet Zwart Institute (NL,2016). Her work has been showed at Jönköpings Läns Museum (SE), LCI Melbourne (AUS), Yellow Brick (GR) and Now&After Int’l. video festival (RUS). In 2018 she was awarded the Young Talent Grant, Mondriaan Fonds and in 2019 the Studio Grant, Jönköpings Landsting.

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