Modern Greek Seminar | Stefanos Tsivopoulos’s documentary-fiction Eleusis
The Modern Greek Seminar at the University Seminars Program
& The Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University
invite you to the screening of Stefanos Tsivopoulos’s documentary-fiction Eleusis (2012)
To be followed by a discussion with the director, Stefanos Tsivopoulos
respondent Soo-Young Kim (Columbia)
The event is co-sponsored by Columbia’s School of the Arts
Stefanos Tsivopoulos studied fine arts in Athens and film in Amsterdam. His work considers the rift between state-controlled discourses over the past and individual memory and draws on archival materials to present films with poetic and allegoric undertones. This emphasis on the historical archive as art is also reflected in his recent photographic essay Archive Crisis. Shaking Up the Shelves of History (JapSam 2015), which depicts the story of Harry Truman’s statue in Athens, the establishment of the headquarters of Greek Broadcasting, and the assassinations carried out by the urban guerillas of November 17. Among the many places in which his work has been presented, Stefanos’s films have been shown in the ICSP in New York, the British Film Institute in London, the Centre Pombidou in Paris and the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 in which he represented Greece with the project History Zero. For Columbia’s Modern Greek seminar Stefanos will be showing three short films from his project Elefsis that was originally presented in Elefsina, Greece in 2012.
Soo-Young Kim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia. She holds a B.A. in Classics from Harvard University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. At Columbia she is a Lead Teaching Fellow at the Center for Teaching and Learning and a co-organizer of the workshop series Farther Afield: Anthropology Beyond Academia. Her research examines how the future is brought into being as an object of knowledge, activity, and concern in the present. In her dissertation she takes up this question in contemporary Greece, examining the intersection of the future and the economy in domains such as forecasting, investment, and insurance.