2007 / About Cyprus



Για την Κύπρο…, Επιμέλεια Γ. Καζάζης, Π. Σιάγκρης, Ε. Χατζησάβα, Σπίτι της Κύπρου, Αθήνα (Κατάλογος), κείμενο καταλόγου Νίκη Λοϊζίδη
About Cyprus…, Curators G. Kazazis - E. Hadjisavva - P.Siagris, House of Cyprus, Athens (catalog), text of  catalogue Niki Loizidi



2005-6 / Airports






Airports


An airport is a location where aircraft such as airplanes, helicopters, and blimps take off and land. Aircraft may also be stored or maintained at an airport. An airport consists of at least one surface such as a runway, a helipad, or water for takeoffs and landings, and often includes buildings such as hangars and terminal buildings.

Larger airports may have fixed base operator services, seaplane docks and ramps, air traffic control, passenger facilities such as restaurants and lounges, and emergency services.

A military airport is known as an airbase or air station.

The terms airfield, airstrip, and aerodrome may also be used to refer to airports, and the terms heliport, seaplane base, and STOLport refer to airports dedicated exclusively to helicopters, seaplanes, or short takeoff and landing aircraft.

(Source : Wikipedia)

Fear


Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of pain. Psychologists John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that fear is one of a small set of basic or innate emotions. This set also includes such emotions as joy, sadness, and anger.

Fear should be distinguished from the related emotional state of anxiety, which typically occurs without any external threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.

Varieties


Fear can be described with different terms in relation to the degree of fear that is experienced. It varies from mild caution to extreme phobia and paranoia. Fear is related to a number of additional cognitive and emotional states including worry, anxiety, terror, horror, panic, and dread. As an individual emotional state, fear can affect the unconscious mind, where it can become manifested in the form of nightmares. Fear may also be experienced within a larger group or social network. In this way, personal fears are compounded by social influence to become mass hysteria.

Terror is an acute and pronounced form of fear. It is an overwhelming sense of immediate personal danger. It can also be caused by perceiving the object of a phobia. Terror may overwhelm a person to the point of making irrational choices and atypical behavior. Paranoia is a term used to describe a psychosis of fear. It is experienced as longstanding feelings and perceptions of being persecuted. Paranoia is an extreme emotional state combined with cognitions, or more specifically, delusions that one is in danger. This degree of fear may indicate that one has changed his or her normal behavior in extreme or maladaptive ways.

Common fears


In a 2005 Gallup poll, a national sample of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15 were asked what they feared the most. The question was open ended and participants were able to say whatever they wanted. The most frequently cited fear (mentioned by 8% of the teens) was terrorism. The top ten fears were, in order: terrorist attacks, spiders, death, being a failure, war, heights, criminal or gang violence, being alone, the future, and nuclear war.

Causes


People develop specific fears as a result of learning. This has been studied in psychology as fear conditioning, beginning with John B. Watson's Little Albert experiment in 1920. In this study, an 11-month-old boy was conditioned to fear a white rat in the laboratory. The fear became generalized to include other white, furry objects. In the real world, fear can be acquired by a frightening traumatic accident. For example, if a child falls into a well and struggles to get out, he or she may develop a fear of wells, heights (acrophobia), enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), or water (aqua phobia).

Although fear is learned, the capacity to fear is part of human nature. Many studies have found that certain fears (e.g. animals, heights) are much more common than others (e.g. flowers, clouds). These fears are also easier to induce in the laboratory. This phenomenon is known as preparedness. Because early humans that were quick to fear dangerous situations were more likely to survive and reproduce, preparedness is theorized to be a genetic effect that is the result of natural selection.

The experience of fear is affected by historical and cultural influences. For example, in the early 20th Century, many Americans feared polio, a disease that cripples the body part it affects, leaving that body part immobilized for the rest of one's life. There are also consistent cross-cultural differences in how people respond to fear. Display rules affect how likely people are to show the facial expression of fear and other emotions.

(Source : Wikipedia)

2004 / Columbine High School



Το πρωί της 20ης Απριλίου 1999, δυο νεαροί αμερικανοί, ο δεκαοκτάχρονος Eric Harris και ο δεκαεπτάχρονος Dylan Klebold, πήγαν στο σχολείο τους, το Columbine High School στο Littleton των ΗΠΑ, εφοδιασμένοι με όπλα και χειροβομβίδες. Σκότωσαν 12 συμμαθητές τους και έναν καθηγητή. Τα περισσότερα θύματα βρέθηκαν στην καφετέρια του σχολείου. Όλο το περιστατικό καταγράφηκε από κάμερες κλειστού κυκλώματος.

Βομβαρδιζόμαστε συνεχώς από εικόνες βίας, αλλά ταυτόχρονα και από εικόνες lifestyle. Η αντίθεση είναι σίγουρα μεγάλη. Τα συναισθήματα ποικίλουν, αλλά από όποια πλευρά και να το δούμε, υπάρχουν και τα δυο τόσο έντονα, ούτως ώστε καθίστανται αναγκαία.
Το ίδιο το γεγονός αυτό - του Γυμνασίου Columbine - είναι τόσο σημαντικό, άρα και ικανό να καλύψει ακόμη και τη λάμψη ενός παγκόσμιου συμβόλου. Το video ξεκινά με τους Μίκυ και Μίνι σε διάφορες φιγούρες. Τρέχουν, στροβιλίζονται, χρώματα αναβοσβήνουν.

Τελικά γίνεται party ή μακελειό;


Η μουσική από τους Manhattan Transfer στο τραγουδάκι "My Cat Fell In The Well" (1983), τους συνοδεύει ανέμελα αλλά ταυτόχρονα και πιεστικά. Το τραγούδι διηγείται με χαρούμενο τρόπο την δραματική ιστορία μιας λαμπερής γάτας-star που έπεσε σε ένα πηγάδι και την ανησυχία της ιδιοκτήτριας της μέχρι να την βρει. Ξαφνικά η μουσική σταματά και κάνουν την εμφάνιση τους τα πρόσωπα των άδικα σκοτωμένων παιδιών, που πίστεψαν στην αφθαρσία στην ανεμελιά και την αθωότητα του Μικυ ή του οποιουδήποτε Μίκυ, καλύπτοντας τον.
Στο τέλος έρχεται η ανακούφιση για μας τους υπόλοιπους, με την επανεμφάνιση του Μίκυ και την επιστροφή της μουσικής.

Το θέμα - ζήτημα, δεν μας αφορά πλέον. Αποκλείεται ποτέ αυτό να συμβεί σ' εμάς.
In the morning of April 20, 1999 two young Americans, 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, went to their school, the Columbine High School in Littleton, USA carrying guns and hand-grenades. They killed 12 of their fellow students and one teacher. Most of the victims were in the cafeteria of the school. The whole incident was recorded on closed-circuit TV.


We are constantly inundated by images of violence, and at the same time by images of lifestyle. The contrast is certainly great. Sentiments vary, but whichever way we look at it, both kinds exist so vividly as to be indispensable.
The event of Columbine High School, is so important in itself as to eclipse even the shine of a global symbol. The video starts with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at various poses, running and twirling amidst flashing colours.

Is this a party or a bloodbath?


The music form the song "My Cat Fell In The Well" (1983) by Manhattan Transfer accompanies them, carefree yet also persistent at the same time. The song tells in a cheerful way the dramatic story of a glamorous starcat that fell down a well, and its owner's distress until it was found. Suddenly, the music stops and the video shows the faces of the unfairly killed children, those who believed in the carefree innocence of Mickey Mouse or any other Mickey Mouse.
For the rest of us relief does come in the end, as Mickey reappears and the music starts playing again.

The issue is nolonger our concern. This could never happen to us.


Mickey, Mickey where are you?, Video-animation, duration 3'25", 2004









2004 / Domestic Alien




"Domestic mobile phone Nokia 6600 at Kaufman's house, Bear Run, Pensylvania, by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright"

...In George Kazazi's painting the domestic supremacy of Kauffmann's popular Fallingwater, which bears Frank Lloyd Wright's signature is juxtaposed with an expressionless reclining female body outside the protective borders of home. The alienating self-complacency of the famous house is in contrast with the pathogenic atmosphere of public life. In a way, it seems like one state is a precondition for the other...

Group show curated by Kostis Velonis, 2004, (Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre)

2001-2002 / Els Hanappe Underground Gallery




Els Hanappe, Ιστορικός Τέχνης, από το Δελτίο Τύπου της ατομικής έκθεσης του Γιώργου Καζάζη στην Γκαλερί Els Hanappe Underground, Ιούνιος 2001

Οι μεγάλου μεγέθους πίνακες του Γιώργου Καζάζη είναι πολύχρωμοι, ελκυστικοί και πληθωρικοί. Το θέμα τους παραπέμπει άμεσα στη χλιδή και την αιθέρια ατμόσφαιρα των διαφημίσεων, όπου το αντικείμενο αποτελεί αφορμή για εικόνες που αποπνέουν άκρατο καταναλωτισμό, αντικατοπτρίζοντας τη σύγχρονη μανία για την καινοτομία, την υπερβολή και τη σωρεία νέων 'τάσεων'.

Ο καλλιτέχνης παίρνει εικόνες από περιοδικά και από το Ιντερνέτ, τις επεξεργάζεται, τις προβάλλει μέσω υπολογιστή και τις αποτυπώνει σε λείες ακρυλικές επιφάνειες. Τα πλούσια διακοσμητικά σχήματα από τα σχέδια και τα χρώματα που επιτάσσει η σύγχρονη μόδα αντιπαρατίθενται με κομψά τεχνολογικά προϊόντα. Η τεχνολογία, που άλλοτε ήταν προπύργιο της λειτουργικότητας, έχει στραφεί σε πλήθος ελκυστικά αλλά περιττά αντικείμενα, τα λεγόμενα 'gadgets'.

Αυτή η αφθονία χρώματος, γραμμής, σχεδίου και υφής φέρνει τη διαφήμιση στο προσκήνιο και παρωδεί τη σχεδόν απόλυτη τελειότητα που στην πραγματικότητα είναι δυστυχώς απρόσιτη στους περισσότερους ανθρώπους. Αναρωτιέται κανείς ως πού μπορεί να φτάσει αυτή η μετατροπή της ζωής μας σε ένα σύνολο αξιών με αυξανόμενη αισθητική αλλά ταυτόχρονα ρηχών και επιφανειακών. Οι χαρούμενοι πίνακες του Γιώργου Καζάζη εξυμνούν τον νέο ηδονισμό, σχολιάζοντας παράλληλα την κοινωνική διάκριση ανάμεσα στους 'έχοντες' και τους 'μη έχοντες'.

Els Hanappe, Art Historian, from the Press Release for the individual show of George Kazazis at the Els Hanappe Underground Gallery, June 2001

The large size canvases of George Kazazis are colorful, attractive, and superfluous. Their subject matter directly refers to the sleekness of advertisements and their ethereal quality wherein the object becomes an excuse for a depiction that breathes excessive consumerism, reflecting the current obsession with never-ending trends, hype, and novelty.

Images have been lifted from glossy magazines and the Internet, manipulated and projected with the help of a computer, and transferred into smooth acrylic surfaces. The rich and decorative patterns borrowed from designs and colors as imposed by the current fashion scene, are juxtaposed with stylish technological items. Technology, once a prime example of functionality, has turned into a series of desirable but redundant objects, so called "gadgets".

The resulting luxury of color, of line, of pattern, and of texture, takes advertising to the top and parodies its near perfection that in reality sadly bypasses most people. One wonders how much further we can go to turn our lives into an increasingly aesthetic but also shallow and superficial set of values. George Kazazis' joyful paintings celebrate a newfound hedonism, while all along questioning this newly created class division between those who can afford and those who cannot.

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