The Black Book of Fyta, Nefeli Publishing, 2017
ed. Athanasios Anagnostopoulos & FYTA
The conceptual art duo FYTA (mean. plants in Greek), in collaboration with Queer Ink and Nefeli Publishing, publish a volume with a selection of newly commissioned essays and creative texts on the political and the notion of radicalism in contemporary art. The Black Book of FYTA, edited by Athanasios Anagnostopoulos and FYTA (Foivos Dousos & Fil Ieropoulos), is a bilingual publication (English/Greek) produced with support from Buckinghamshire New University.
The book is not just a description of FYTA’s work but presents a series of academic and creative texts by theoreticians, artists, poets and botanologists. The texts investigate topics such as the impact of the strategy of the commons in the art field, the practice of overidentification, the gendered antagonisms, the psychoanalytic angle on contemporary art, the possibility of epistemological critique through performance, the notion of conceptual songwriting and finally, the botanological parameters of FYTA’s work.
Authors: Kostis Stafylakis, Athanasios Anagnostopoulos, Peter Cant, Nikos Vourdoulas, Rahul Rao, Manos Bazanis, Sofia Eustathiou, Sevasti Pantazakou-Biti, Sofia Bebeza, Margarita Athanasiou.
ΦΥΤΑ (meaning: plants) is a conceptual audio-textual performance and curation duo. Some of the central concerns of FYTA are: a rethinking of notions of the ‘radical’ in political art, the debunking of myths of hellenism and hellenic influences in the Western canon, the relationship between underground grassroots art movements and art institutions and the queer art of failure as a somatic expression of resistance. FYTA have curated a number of (usually performance-based) shows working closely with the Athens queer community, as well as produced their own artefacts, ranging from music albums, fauxcumentaries, poetry and installations.
Number of Pages: 194
Kostis Stafylakis – Life with FYTA - a prologue
Athanasios Anagnostopoulos – FYT-ean separations, anti-art and other tales from the Real Nature
Peter Cant – On Plants: Thoughts on FYTA
Nikos Vourdoulas – FYTA: Conceptual Song Writing
Rahul Rao – Critique in hysterical times
Manos Bazanis – A fragmented herbarium: a p[ot]ataFYTical enquiry into the realms of FYTA
Sophia Efstathiou – Performance & philosophy of science: Trashfiguring epistemic cultures through the performance art of FYTA
Sevasti Pantazakou-Biti – 10+1 Reasons to Listen to LIST-EN
Sofia Bempeza – Dissenting Participation: The art of failure and the power of confrontation
Margarita Athanasiou – 14 Days In the Life of a Spicy Pizza: A study on folie a deux
Selected FYTA Works