Organised under the umbrella of ASFA BBQ, the Athens School of Fine Arts yearly performance festival, the Garden of Dystopian Pleasures is a showcase of performance, talks, workshops, screenings etc on notions of post-truth cultures and the return of reactionary propaganda. The two years that have passed since asfaBBQ’s utopian second installment, have brought humanity to a postmodern dead-end of unapologetic misinformation and have given birth to the alt-right, the coolest fascist movement the world has seen in decades.
With the unimaginative left being unable to respond and identity politics having been appropriated by the bad guys, the world can’t help feeling that it experiences a regression to a pre-WW state or an acceleration towards an even greater catastrophe. Is there a way forward and out of this mess? Can we rethink identity politics? Can we repackage hope as sexy? Can we assist fake-news trolls to their self-destruction? The Garden of Dystopia Pleasures looks at ways of dissecting and digesting the enemy, through overidentifying with monstrosities of post-truth society and reevaluating the politics of (guilty?) pleasure.
All performances and talks are free entry.
Curators: FYTA & the Ministry of Post-Truth
Additional curation: Alex Demetriou, Sozita Goudouna, Macklin Kowal, Themistoklis Pantazakos
ASFA BBQ director: Vassilis Vlastaras
Production assistants: Alex Demetriou, Nikos Georgiou, Lykourgos Porfyris
Glam Slam! team: Anastasia Diavasti, Nikos Georgiou, Athanasios Anagnostopoulos
Homepage photo by Paris Tavitian
Homepage photo performers: Kangela Tromokratisch, Nikos Georgiou, Anthi Kougia & Smaragda, Eggs & Legs, Polina Evangelou, Despina Sevasti, Space Manifesto, Konstantinos Vakidis, Manos Bazanis, Markos Rovilos, Ksilokati is better than Acropolis, Fil Ieropoulos