The Turmoil Revisited: The Greek "Case" as a Cast of the Disoriented
A historical record on the onomatology of the Ministry of Culture of the Hellenic Republic: in 1971, the military junta in Greece created the Ministry of Culture and Sciences; in 1985, it was changed to the Ministry of Culture; from 2009 through 2012, it was the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; and currently, it is called the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports. Is this not the ultimate tribute to transdisciplinarity, a term so celebrated in the international art world today?
Analyses of the current Greek crisis center on the link between the country’s financial viability, Europe’s future, and, in turn, the implications of the union’s crumbling member states for the global market. The shrinkage of the welfare state paralleled by an emboldening of the police state, the increasing of fascism and organized criminal actions against immigrants, what might be best understood as a “para-state,” are facts considered effects of the financial crisis. This can be seen as a result of the financial porn that we have been fed after 2010 and which has been made exotic and alienated from its original context that is in actuality political: the democratic decline and new or obsolete modes of exercising power.
How is it possible for this state and its semi-cultural ministry to bring about a “democratic” or “dialogic” image in an international art event, when the same government tries to oppress all forms of self-organization, such as the violent closing of squats and the arrest of its participants, the closing down of radio stations, websites, and so on?Yota Ioannidou