The mole and the city, ROI Synoikismos Chalandri Athens 2023

The mole and the city, ROI Synoikismos Chalandri Athens 2023



The mole and the city, ROI Synoikismos Chalandri Athens 2023


 The other’s stage, Drakopoulos Park Athens, 2023 



Giorgos Papadatos, The other’s stage, Where the wild things grow 2023







Giorgos Papadatos, The other’s stage, Where the wild things grow 2023


 THE CIRCLE COMMUNITY , Eight notes on a collective

ritual, 2022


Eight notes on a collective ritual

An interdisciplinary research project by Counterpublics on the collective rituals "Kykles" and "Kangelari" of the communities of Tzoumerka, as an example for the study of the transformations and transition processes from the performative action to the creation of protocols that define the community and create the public space.
An extended decoding of the field records, archival, bibliographic and empirical evidence that define the conceptual scheme circular dance - community - subcommunities - identity politics - public space.

With the support of Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage
and Intercultural Issues, 2022




A video essay by Counterpublics (Constantina Theodorou and Giorgos Papadatos), 2022
Part of the research project “ Energy as commons “ consisting by an ongoing theoretical research, an installation, workshop and a video essay, firstly presented in HKW as part of New Alphabet – Commonings 2022.

The video essay, starting from the title reference to the utopian radical practice of Superstudio «12 cautionary tales for Christmas» , explores through a concept mapping the issue of commoning and sharing renewable energy recourses, activates imaginaries about energy sharing rituals, social -spatial implications of energy as a common resource, and raises issues of climate justice, energy communities protocols and governance. Rather drifting through concepts than following a linear narrative structure, “Seven cautionary tales for energy commons” combines short performative actions with, archival footage, text and narration by Elinor Ostrom, Silvia Federici, Ivan Illich, Ashley Dawson and others.




 Giorgos Papadatos, Big red stage for minor action, 2021

Giorgos Papadatos, Big red stage for minor action, Soft Protocols, Counter Publics, 2021    

Giorgos Papadatos, Big red stage for minor action, Soft Protocols, Counter Publics, 2021

 Vocabulary of Washing

 Giorgos Papadatos, Vocabulary of washing, 2021




Minor Rituals 2021


Giorgos Papadatos, Minor Ritual 1, Public Graveyard,  Kerameikos, Athens,  2021


Giorgos Papadatos, Minor Ritual 1,  Public Graveyard,  Kerameikos, Athens,  2021










Stages for minor actions 2019

Stages for minor actions, wood, photo prints, fabric, dimensions variable, 2020

No-one has ever lived in the past. No-one will ever live in the future. The present is
the form of all life.

With this aphorism, the A60 in Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville epitomizes the supremacy of totalitarian power that occurs through dehistoricization, through the collective loss of the ability to organize the past and the future, through the rupture of being as a historical continuity and a future possibility.

The present is the form of all life, photo print, canson paper, 20x30cm,2020
This is how the rule and hegemony are established, in solid modernity, as introduced by Bauman.

Solid modernity excludes potentiality, it envisions only final solutions. Of course in the case of Alphaville the final solution is positive with the triumph of poetry.

In liquid modernity, on the contrary, the present is an intermediate, the shaping of power relations happens through a constant negotiation; it is a constant failure and at the same time a constant pursuit. With this as a starting point, the installation negotiates the concept of the intermediate time-space.

Stages for minor actions is a recent “chapter” of an ongoing project Notes on a Transitional Monument (2012-) launched with a collaboration with Société Réaliste. Its basic conceptual axis explores the constituents of the concept of a monument as a statement of power. It seeks to minimize and undermine them by focusing on the paradoxical relationship of the terms transition-monument.

It is spatially materialized through site-specific installations consisting of fragments, random finds, photographs and texts organized in flexible and unstable modular structures. In each new assemblage of them, the memory of the former is partially reconstructed, as a comment on history, as a continuous construction.

In this version of the project, the "transitional monuments" are stages using the dual meaning of the word in English, (performative platform) and (step of a process). They are accompanied by visual instructions that have the role of incomplete, allusive scores, scripts for possible (or not) action.

The final form of the installations is therefore under negotiation until their final viewing, but also during the exhibition, in an attempt to explore the intermediate space, the transition space that the conflict opens up, which itself constitutes a monument in and of itself that is constantly in the process of becoming.

Giorgos Papadatos, The present is the form of all life,  wood, photo print, sting, 20x30cm, 2020

Notes on a monument to unintentional profoundness 2018

Giorgos Papadatos , Everything saved must be lost , (Memorial on accidental profoundness) , wood ,fabric , photo , folders , dim variable , 2018

Giorgos Papadatos, Everything saved must be lost , installation, wood,  textile, alluminium, dimensions variable, 2018 detail


Notes on an outcast monument 2017

The main conceptual axis in the artistic practice of Giorgos Papadatos is the exploration of the human condition and the ways it is determined by the mix of social and historical institutions.

Papadatos makes a caustic comment on the arbitrary, often contradictory logic behind the concepts of authority, economy, functionality and productivity. Using various media, the artist builds ephemeral structures, undermining and ultimately deconstructing the notion of monumentality and by extension that of authority.

Eschewing all manner of lyrical approach, the form of his installations tends towards rationalism. He does not seek to charge the viewer emotionally. His installations often work as a grid in which space not only interacts but becomes part of the in-situ artistic intervention. In this way his works act as an arbitrary, non-functional and non-habitable platform, demonstrating and censuring the conventions of the concepts under scrutiny, reorganising their forms or creating ecosystems with the potential for intermediary or transitional experiences, social spaces and historical intermissions.

His Transitional monuments series is a project in progress since 2012, consistent in its conceptual field and method of production.

The final form of the artist’s installations often remains negotiable until their final viewing. They have been shown in different versions and thematic approaches that constitute chapters in the same story and adapt themselves to the in-situ circumstances. The comprise photographs, drawings, small sculptures, fragments and adaptable wood structures that operate in a modular way. Texts and aphorisms often convey an ironic, metaphorical mood in the works of Papadatos and are directly linked to historical events by way of critiquing what transpired. A typical example from the series is the Notes for a banished monument, in which the phrases written on shards from vessels make a clear reference to the practice of ostracism in ancient Greece. The work traces the oxymoron in the fact that while contemporary society needs and extols critical thinking as a narrative, at the same time it neutralises and ostracises it as a practical possibility.

The works in the Transitional monuments series act as latter-day, ephemeral ‘popular’ monuments without the ‘heavy’, ‘fixed’ form of historical monuments that are symbols of institutional leadership. Clearly referencing Zygmunt Bauman (Liquid Modernity, 2000), these fragile structures criticise and subvert the monumental expressions of power in an attempt to explore the intermediary, transitional space.
Artemis Potamianou, Theorimata, Deductive and Axiomatic systems, AICA - EMST 2018
Translation from Greek Tony Moser
Giorgos Papadatos, Notes on an outcast monument 2017

Transitional monument for the future (Repubblica di Napoli in grayscale) 

Giorgos Papadatos, “ Transitional monument for the future (Repubblica di Napoli in grayscale), 2016

The work is an altar-monument (altarino) dedicated to a city-circumstance in which I happened to traverse one of my three youths and to which I have no wish to return.

The monument is aesthetically optimized. Without the baroque realisms which this city deserves (grey is perennially safe and never ludicrous).

And naturally is is transitional and ephemeral like all honest monuments.

It moves between two basic principles.  The text by Paolo Virno The horror of homelands and part of the film Youth by Paolo Sorentino, who is the same age as me, where the double appears of the retired Diego Maradona, a monument of himself, doing soccer practice with time's ball and answering that he belongs not to youth but to the future.

So, then, using as tools the concepts of monument-youth-horror of homelands, with the aid of the deified Diego Maradona and with the help of the small oxymorons which make up our present, the work aspires to function subversively, even ironically, in relation to the concepts of return-memory-homeland- pubescence etc and think of the future which is the homeland of us all.
Giorgos Papadatos, Nice Athens, Feb 2016

Giorgos Papadatos, “ Transitional monument for the future (Repubblica di Napoli in grayscale), 2016
Giorgos Papadatos, “ Transitional monument for the future (Repubblica di Napoli in grayscale), 2016

Radical Resort L.t.d

Giorgos Papadatos, Radical Resort L.t.d, 2014

Five square meters for all

Giorgos Papadatos, five square meters for all, 2014

Giorgos Papadatos, five square meters for all, 2014

Giorgos Papadatos, five square meters for all, 2014

Notes on a transitional monument

Giorgos Papadatos, notes on a transitional monument, photocopied portrait of Jürgen Habermas ,wood,cord,photocopy, 30x25x20, 2013


Giorgos Papadatos, notes on a transitional monument, photocopied portraits of Noam Chomsky,wood,rock,tend etc 2012

Giorgos Papadatos, notes on a transitional monument, photocopied portraits of Ranciere,Chomsky,
notes on Iridanos river, 2013

Notes on trapping

Giorgos Papadatos,notes on trapping, (Balibar with bow trap),32x15x5,2011

Notes on trapping, 2009,
cyclopedia Iovani 1979 pages, print,
dim 20x20

 Notes on trapping 1B, 2010
 35X50 cm
 marker on paper

Thinking system with mouse trap, 2010
Dim 70X30X15 cm
wood, print, metal mouse trap

Noam Chomsky – David Barsamian, Propaganda and the public mind, 2001
Cornell Capa, Old prospector with bear trap used for trapping, 1947

Bear trap, primitive deadfall instructions

Siberian bow trap

vietnamese human traps

The houses of the guards of water, air, fields etc
( a mausoleum for illuminism )

The house of guards of the flights (after Dennis Oppenheim),
marker on paper,
dim 50X70 cm, 2011

The house of the guard of water, 2009
Wood, print, roofmate
Dim 90x80x35 cm

Houses of guards, 2009
Marker and pencil on paper
Dim 50x70 each

Marcel Raval: CLAUDE-NICOLAS LEDOUX: ARCHITECTE DU ROI 1736-1806. Paris: Arts et
Metiers Graphiques, 1945. First edition.
Plan of the ideal town of Chaux, surrounding the royal saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

Yona Friedman, Spatial City, 1960
Frank Lloyd Wright, Sketches for Boadacre City, 1932
Paul Maymont, Ville Flottante, 1960