Waste of History – Studio Visit (2013)

In this performance lecture Margarita Tsomou presented documents of the occupation of Syntagma Square by the aganaktismenoi (the outraged) during the protests in front of the Greek parliament in Athens in 2011. YouTube videos, sounds, quotes, posts, leftovers were framed as ‘waste of history’ in Walter Benjamin’s sense; media and performative traces provided a double testimony, about the nature of the struggles for Real Democracy and about their own constructedness. To present the multiple perspectives of the heterogenous protesters, Tsomou set up five different performance stations on stage at Kampnagel through which she led the audience station by station. Margarita Tsomou, Waste of History – A Studio Visit, 2013, Hamburg