OVERLAP: Laboratory of Audio/Visual Anthropology

Syntagma Sqaure, the political centre of Athens. Site of many demonstrations against the austerity policy imposed on Greek governments by international creditors, above all the Troika of IMF, European Commission, and European Central Bank. During my recent week-long stay in the city in early May, there were two major demonstrations in the square and the surrounding streets. The metro station Syntagma was closed down both times, whether for security reasons or to make it more difficult for protestors to get there. The German government as the major European power is especially hated by many Greeks, as posters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel dressed in a Nazi uniform and with Hitler mustache make abundantly clear. The soundscape of this video is from one of those demos, the collage of Metro trains reflecting the contradiction between where the country is supposed to go but can't (the mirage of economic growth through cutbacks) and where the country actually finds itself - stuck and not going anywhere. Unlike military power and aggression, economic power remains largely invisible, and its consequences are simply blamed on the victims.

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