NeMe and The Department of Communications and Internet Studies of The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) present Q.E.D., a selection of six documentaries and artists skype based presentations screened in the Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre on the 11, 12 and 13th of October 2013.
Q.E.D. (Quod Erat Demonstrandum), an abbreviation which signals the completion of proof or simply ‘it has been proved’ is an appropriate title for the current crisis in Cyprus together with all collateral events taking place which are described by the media as “unprecedented” catastrophe. This description reflects the Cypriots’ tendency to forget other adversities that have occurred in recent history. Although Cypriot banks have never before collapsed, the living memory of a large number of the population can return us not only to the events of 1963 and 1974 but also the crisis of the tourist industry and the crash of the stock-market, all of which, in various degrees, had immediate and devastating effects upon most people.
The current bank crisis was foreseen by many, both in Cyprus and abroad, and was a subject of discussion as far back as 2007 when the so called Global Financial Crisis instigated by the US housing market collapse impacted many countries. In Cyprus there was either an over confidence or false optimism among the population, reinforced by the media which overwhelmingly published statements about the strengths of the economy recalling Marshal McLuhan’s observation that “all media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values” (1964). The selected documentaries expose vital truths about our world as well as offer methods of critical analyses regarding the many inappropriate decisions made on our behalf.
Reinterpreting Rahm’s statement “Never let a serious crisis go to waste” (2009), Yiannis Colakides (NeMe) and Angeliki Gazi (CUT) have selected six documentaries and artists talks which generate the urgency of the much needed discussion and evaluation of the process by which we can determine the value rather than the price of lives referencing the “construction and transmission of meaning” (McGuigan 2004) interpreted by cultural parameters and not the tools and concepts of economics. Unfortunately, ‘it has been proved’ that this vital concern has been ignored by the imposed austerity measures, not only in Cyprus but several other EU countries, whose cost benefit analyses, at this point in time, are only calculated in monetary terms.
Yiannis Colakides, Angeliki Gazi
- 11 Oct 2013 – In defense of Institutions
- My Name Is Janez Janša (directed by Janez Janša)
- Janez Janša Q&A
- Steve Kurtz presentation
- Strange Culture (directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson)
- Steve Kurtz Q&A
- 12 Oct 2013 – The failures of Institutions
- Paul Vanouse presentation
- !Women Art Revolution (directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson)
- Lanfranco Aceti presentation
- Wonderful Macroeconomics (directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos)
- Yorgos Avgeropoulos Q&A
- 13 Oct 2013 – Corporations
- The Corporation (directed by Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott, written by Joel Bakan)
- Joel Bakan Q&A
- The Yes Men Fix the World (directed by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno & Kurt Engfehr)
In the videos bellow – captured and edited from the skype based sessions during the event – Joel Bakan responds to audience questions regarding “The Corporation”; Yorgos Avgeropoulos regarding “Wonderful Macroeconomics”; Steve Kurtz regarding “Strange Culture”; Janez Janša regarding “My name is Janez Janša”; and Steve Kurtz, Lanfranco Aceti & Paul Vanouse present some of their art projects. All videos are in English except Yorgos Avgeropoulos which is in Greek.
Special thanks to our speakers, the IT department of the Cyprus University of Technology, Helene Black, Christiana Solomou, Melina Andreou, Alexis Andreou and the generosity of the producers and directors of the screened documentaries.