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Μanolis Baboussis,untitled, 2002, b/w photography

Πόσα διαφορετικά ονόματα έχει

το απαραίτητο, το αληθινό, το ουσιώδες

σπατάλη είναι

Tου δημίου η αργία

μέρα δημιουργίας

είναι, η όγδοη ημέρα

μετά την Κυριακή πριν τη Δευτέρα

είναι η επιμέρους άποψη

δώρο του δημιουργού στον κόσμο

η απειλή, η εκτόπιση των άλλων

είναι ελεύθερη η ερμηνεία

επίσης, η ανάγνωση

Υπάρχει χώρος

να γεμίσει με δημιουργία

κάθε εκατοστό μορφής

κάθε χιλιοστό χαρτιού

κάθε πόρος δέρματος

το αέριο της αναπνοής

το στυτικό αγγείο


Μανώλης Μπαμπούσης, 2012

Απόσπασμα από την προσεχή έκδοση,

Mανώλης Μπαμπούσης, Δημίου-αργία, εκδόσεις Futura

Η Μπανιέρα
Baboussi3- Η Μπανιέρα

Manolis Baboussis, untitled, 2006

Ξαπλωμένος στον καναπέ αγκαλιά με τον υπολογιστή δεν κοιμόταν, άκουγε τη νύχτα, τον αέρα, τη δυνατή βροχή, τα βήματα στην οροφή, άκουγε τον Sam McClain, -When The Hurt is Over. Άκουγε τον διάλογο ανάμεσα στην επιθυμία και την παραίτηση, το πείσμα και την απόρριψη, κρυβόταν από τον  θόρυβο,  την αδικία, την υποτίμηση. Κρυβόταν από κάθε πόθο, απ’ όσους τον έκρυβαν, από την ηλικία του.

Κράταγε τον κόσμο ζωντανό στην οθόνη του υπολογιστή. Γέμιζε σχέδια τη νύχτα, τη γυναίκα του με ανησυχίες, τη μπανιέρα ζεστό νερό, έκλεινε τη βρύση ακριβώς πριν το νερό ξεχειλίσει χωρίς να επιβλέπει τη ροή του, χωρίς παιδιά κατανάλωνε χωρίς τύψεις το νερό τους.

Όταν φυσούσε, αναρωτιόταν αν το μεγάλο κλαδί του δένδρου θα έπεφτε πάνω στο αυτοκίνητό του, στην πραγματικότητα δεν τον ένοιαζε, ήξερε ότι δεν μπορούσε να ξανασυμβεί. Αδιαφορούσε για το άγχος του.

Ανησυχούσε για κάθε μορφή αδιαφορίας. Οι ορφανές κριτικές της ημέρας, κάνουν το κακό πέρα; Όχι, το Κολοσσιαίο φιλοξένησε πολλές παρόμοιες χαρές. Η σιωπή δεν συνέβαλλε   στην απόδοση δικαιοσύνης. Συνέχιζαν να επιβάλλουν βίαια την παραβατικότητα στην αρένα με εκκωφαντικό θόρυβο.

Ποιοι θα πετάξουν πέτρες στην αδιαφορία των άλλων για όλους τους υπόλοιπους;

Πότε θα πετάξουν τα έργα τους, στα όργανα της κριτικής; Πότε θα τοποθετήσουν έναν κριτικό μηχανισμό να τους τινάξει όλους στον αέρα;

Τα καλά έργα, ακινητοποιούν τους χαμαιλέοντες ; Οι αγώνες κτίζουν τα καλά έργα; Τα έργα βοηθάνε τους αγώνες;

Αποκοιμήθηκε χωρίς να περιμένει το αύριο την δική του απάντηση.

Mανώλης Μπαμπούσης, 07/07/2017

Babou-City

The mayor presents

Babou-city

he promises a non-city

a 24/7 show-that-never-ends

Even as he outlaws the words

gentrification

moderated traffic flow

pedestrian walkways

traditional coffee houses

black-and-white money

everyone will be amazed

by the number of DJ’s

the locally adjustable microclimate

and sound pollution

the targeted rainfall

He is planning new streets

dirt ones colored ones

one was traced among hills

of Caiaphas’ sand

another its entire length planted with daisies, cypresses

will pass through the ground floors, the houses

through the tables, the chairs

Two rivers run through the city

forming lakes, small islands in their middle

with olives, citruses and plane trees

By means of an order with the new Municipal department

of Communal Forest Delivery (CDF) services

delivery will be made of a park, a whole line of trees

or a single tree

The Mayor wishes for

honest, clean citizens

courteous thieves

timid policemen

smiling half-naked traffic cops

cleaning ladies, dancers, acrobats

He installs Outlets

of Instant Gratification (OIG)

in every corner of the city

only for mornings, the nights

are illuminated by lit up, multi-story

transparent pools, bright screens

in lieu of road signs tell

the story of the streets

Poems are projected

on the road curb

on trees

on mongrel dogs

on rotating spits

on the bodies of passers-by

He promises an atmosphere of Berlin

of Rome neighborhoods, Paris, New York

live strip shows, every fifty windows

giant screens for self-gratification

He establishes the reduction of pollutants

from television shows

through distribution of a free entry-card

into the homes of celebrities

in cooperation with lifestyle magazines and free press

a choice can be had between

a free ride on a jaguar

or a poet of your choosing

animals can be hired for the ride

Lie detectors and ones for ingratitude

ignorance and emotional bias

in all public buildings

and Art Schools,

at the entrances to Airports

everything non-human will be confiscated

Recommended: the establishment of a city area

inaccessible to humans, with shifting boundaries

the infamous Zones of Select Deception (Z.S.D.)

with stable boundaries

The concurrent creation of beaches

for sunbathing around roulette tables

with aging croupiers suffering from Alzheimer’s

so anyone playing against them wins

Also offering the services of YBV

Young Beautiful Volunteers

willing to have no-limits

free sex with the poor elderly

The Launching of MARX Megastores

where one doesn’t pay, on the contrary

gets products, reviews and assets

according to one’s needs

Across the street for the first time open

the multinational Nothing Multiplex (MNM)

where you pay any amount you desire and buy nothing

The upgrading of: digital memory libraries

in the cemeteries of artworks

and of anonymous artists

the engagement of thought

the funding of programs for the deletion

of stupidity irrespectively of origin

the complete abolishment of the trade of suffering

for those who are courteous and easily hurt

The round-the-clock service is launched of IRN

Immediate

Relief

for the Needy

the appropriate personnel is assigned

to adoptions

of every kind of

abandoned

tender

lonely

wounded

separated

screwed up

dreamers

even for one night

Measures are extended

to include fascists

covetous painters

critics whose reviews

fail to mention the address of the exhibition

the date of the works

or why they liked those ones and not Edgar Allan Poe’ s

my aunt she likes Michalis

she said why in a nutshell, and she also mentioned Kostas

At the units of aesthetic recycling

rubbish is transformed into creative energy

Motives are provided for encouraging birds

to fly in our city

the monument is erected of our birds

Motives are moreover provided for mass produced intelligentsia

with corresponding campaigns in hair salons, gyms

engineering shops, service outlets for cars, mechanical equipment

and Art Schools.

The Biennale is instituted of aged artists

and curators as an act of rupture

with the stereotype of an expiry date

the right to participate belongs only

to those who turned 55, by August 31

On every art-show visitor

a photocell is fitted

when he comes near, the artwork ceases

its self-analysis and records what the visitor says

once he moves away, the work continues to speak  on alone

Among the new prizes of Babou-city

is the one for worst architect

with the attendant demolition of his work

for the creation of the best open space

In the parks stone walls have been designed

which will be sitting on chairs

Techniques of familiarization will be taught

with the works of Becket, Artaud, Joyce

with the music of Charlie Parker and Joachim

a strict selection of listeners will take place

after a careful search

in galleries, taverns and political party offices

The Mayor showcases the Association’s Features

the spots of exclusive sound pollution

are enjoyed only by paying associate members

the LVC – Limited Vision Companies

and the IS – Invisible, or Immaculate Seats

the Parliamentarians and lecturers in Higher Education

create home bases for Limited Liability Companies

they take up quarters in the oval square of the Life-Long Directors

in its middle, a water fountain rises in the form of a microphone

also known as The Speaker

Pleasingly crafted   signs are put in place

easily readable, of  every legal trespass

along the entire route of the municipal tours

of the anonymous Monuments to corruption

and the sites of wrath of Babou-city

A national competition is launched for building

a National Museum of Contemporary  Robbery

empty halls will be made available, set up to imprison

whoever enters, then they’ll have food brought to them

Intelligent photosensitive cells in the streets

spy on pedestrians

assess the body weight the age

the countenance, the mood

activate hidden speakers

play a short poem

adopted to the time the traffic

the weather, his walk

In the restaurants it is possible to order

with the food the music you like, just for you

or a particular music with every dish

that also accompanies your feelings about her

In Babou-city it is strictly forbidden

for two Greeks to use English

in the exchanged of postcards

only art invitations in English

there will be Biennale exclusively

devoted to the one artist

his Biennale festival

New services are launched

the Rubber Eraser and the Utterance-Chaser, a service

in collaboration with schools of the arts and technology

specialist historian friends will write up

a portmanteau history

adopted to your personal needs

and to those of your group

names will go up and will be erased

according to customers’ orders

Everyone will have a history complete with dates

On the model of open artists’ studios

is created

the institution of open houses

open bedrooms

kitchens receiving visits

every Saturday noon

one Sunday of the month

the day of the dead is celebrated

by rotation, all residents in a neighborhood

play dead

the rest mourn them

they will come to offer a word or two

a thought for every one

the best ones will be set to music

and entered

in the competition for the Euro dirge

In the newspapers of Babou-city will be reported

as part of the daily news, alongside

the time of sunrise

and sunset

the day the month

the year the moon phase

every day how many

were born

fell in love

split up

made love

and enjoyed it

died on their feet

the TV programs

of the apartment building the square block

the neighborhood

Note in Babou-city

naked doesn’t mean

available or honest

or poor

it is not a requisite feature

of the new identity

even more useful than the assessment

of bashfulness is mentioning the IQ

or at how many degrees one explodes

all the useful and secretive traits

the scale of cruelty

the openness to others

Travel agencies will be set up

offices organizing demonstrations

in other places

In Babou-city

demonstrations will take place every year

only on the second of May, as commemorative

reenactments of a subject determined

every year by a committee set up by the Mayor

On the second of April the truth will be celebrated

on the model of April’s fool

a truth will be spoken by everyone,

the press and the politicians

We will search to find it

in our city

in our beloved Babou-city

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Monumentapolis – Overview and Guide, 2016

Ministries and Government Services

– National Coordination Centre for the Subversion of Ideas
– State Archive of Unjustified Decisions
– National Centre for the Development and Maintenance of the Mediocre
– Central Injustices Archive
– International Centre for the Modernisation of Financial and Art Fraud
– Ministry of Inequality and Asymmetrical Development
– Ministry of the Abrogation of Acquired Rights
– Ministry of Ecological and Natural Disasters
– National Center for the Dissemination and Distribution of Bribes
– Athens School of Fine Prime Ministers (A.S.F.P.M.)
– Athens School of Fine Artists, only for Sculptors, Painters and Engravers (A.S.F.A.)
– Athens School of Fine People (A.S.F.P.)
– Institute for the Protection of Artists from Artists
– Centre of Creative Copying and Plagiarism
– Institute for the Forgery of History and Creative Works
– Bureau of Limitations of Forests, Coasts and Skies

Monuments

– Monument to Interminable Speakers
– Monument to September 11th in the Aegean Sea
– Monument to the Useless
– Monument to the Superfluous
– Monument to the Syringe
– Monument to the Aegean Contractor
– Monument to the Victory of the Rich
– Monument to Losers
– Monument to Corruption
– Monument to Liars
– Monument to the Childless
– Monument to the Disabled
– Monument to the Unemployed
– Monument to the Benefactor
– Monument to the Migrant
– Monument to One Glass of Water
– Monument to Promises
– Monument to Failure
– Monument to the Mortal
– Monument beside other Monuments
– Monument beside the Unknown Soldier
– Monument to Suicide
– Monument to Silence
– Monument to Anonymous Trademarks
– Monument to the Known Soldier
– Monument to Measures
– Monument to Unequal Taxes
– Monument to Noise Pollution
– Monument to the Chameleon
– Monument to Cynical Self-Satisfaction
– Monument to the Unborn
– Monument to Heirs
– Monument to the Victims of Capitalism
– Monument to the Victims of Communism
– Monument to the Victims of Imposed Democracy
– Monument to the Soil
– Monument to Pleasure
– Monument to Air
– Monument to the Wall
– Monument to the Deaf
– Monument to the Blind
– Monument to the Mute
– Monument to Night
– Monument to the Smile
– Monument to Time
– Monument to the 8th Day
– Monument to Sensitivity
– Monument to the End of Endings
– Monument to the Beginning
– Monument to Dialogue
– Monument to Escapees
– Monument to the Unknown Voter
– Monument to Money
– Monument to Honesty

Museums

– Museum of Contemporary Robbery
– Museum of Modern Robbery
– Museum of Destruction
– Museum of Desertification & Loss of Green Spaces
– Museum of the Removal of Important Works
– Greek National Museum of Stolen European Antiquities
– Louis Manol Baboutton Museum
– Museum of Museums
– Museum of Ambition
– Museum of Mediocrity
– Museum of Stereotypes

Important Public Buildings

– The World Bank Bldg.
– The Syndicalist Poets Bldg.
– The House of Collectors of the Same Artist
– The Art Police Society Bldg.
– The Older Artists Biennial Bldg.
– The Same Artists Biennial Bldg.
– The Limited Vision Company offices
– The Tax-evaders Club (over 1.000.000 euros)
– The Tax-evaders Club (over 10.000 euros)
– The Labyrinth Bridge
– The Multi-Pool Glass Building

Public Schools – Universities

– Modern Institute for Fraud ” The Secret School” – founded 1821
– Credit Rating ‘ΑΑΑ, – Dysfunctional and Illogical System for Administration and Education

Academic and Special subjects

– Servitude
– Political and Economic cronyism
– Procrastination
– Opportunism
– Ineffectiveness
– Arbitrariness
– Mismatching
– Non-transparency
– Destruction and Ignorance

Cemeteries

– The Cemetery of Anonymous Artists
– The Cemetery by Future Profession
– The Cemetery of the Soil

Shopping Centers and Malls

– Karl Marx Shopping Center
– Nothing Shops
– Retail Centers for dealers in Philosophical and Scientific Ideas, Gossip and TV News Broadcasts
– Retail Centers for dealers in Slander and Mendacious News Broadcasts
– Aesthetic Recycling Units for the Transformation of Rubbish into Creative Energy

Μonumentapolis Official Holidays

– Truth Day
– Prisoners’ Day
– Losers’ Day
– Demolition Day (for the best Αrchitecture of the Year)
– Day of the Politician with the greatest number of Lies
– Day of the Unknown Swindler
– Day of the Unlimited Vision of Justice (held every 50 years)
– Day of Absolute Silence

Tours – Sightseeing

– Tour of Corruption sites (Green Buses – the Corruption Line)
– Guided tours of big names
– Tour of the City Barricades
– Tour of the City Waterfalls
– Tour of the Labyrinth Bridge
– Tour of the Multistory Swimming-pool Building

Hotels

– The real Acropolis Hill (12 stars)
– for the Birds
– for the Snakes
– for the Relatives

Underground Parks

– Τhe Underground High Park
– Formerly underground Garages

Squares and Avenues

– Indignation Sq.
– Suppression Sq.
– Troika Sq.
-Candidates Sq.
– Directors for ever Sq.
– Av. of the Immortals
– Av. of Cowards
– Av. of Cannibals
– Jealousy Av.
– Forgetting Av
– Indecency Av.
– Politeness Av.
– Brigitte Bardot Av.
– Tax Evasion Av.
– Prosperity Av.
– Bankruptcy Av.
– Compromise Av.
– 2nd Bankruptcy Av.
– 3rd Bankruptcy Av..
– 5th Bankruptcy Av.
– 6th Lifetime Directors Av.
– Sean Connery Av.
– Austerity Av.
– Insolvency Av.
– Evaluation Av.
– Childlessness Av.
– Jealousy Av.
– Oblivion Av.
– Cowards Av.

Μonumentapolis Official Holidays

– The day of Truth
– The day of Prisoners
– The day of Losers

Bus Services

– Bus service for Corruption Sightseeing
– Bus tour around homes of Stigmatised People
– Bus service for visiting Jacuzzis & Home-made Food

Zones

– Inaccessible Zone
– Different Climate Zone
– Noise pollution Zone
– Poets’ Zone
– Even Freer Zone
– Free and Honest Peoples’ Zone
– Zone of Limited Criminality
– Zone of Unrestricted Criminality
– Zone of more People
– Zone of reformed People
– Zone of half-Reformed People
– Zone of People
– Zone of Decent Living
– Zone of Contrition
– Zone of the Strong

Municipal Services

– Noise, Dirt and Jealousy Equal Distribution Service
– Arbitrary Occupation of Public Space Service
– Offices: Development of Chairs and Tables in all Squares, Streets and Buildings up to the Fifth Floor without exception
– Service for Renaming of Streets according to the name of the oldest Bar
– Office for the Finding of Quiet Streets
– Emergency service for reinforcement and development of all-day noise pollution
– Legal Disobedience Service (for other peoples’ laws – except for profit)
– Service for the Cutting Down and Punishment of Mature Street Trees
– Tree Pruning Service for the benefit of Firewood Vendors
– Office for the Transformation of all Parks into Garages, for the support of the Economic Sector

Other Municipal Offices

– Bribe Distribution Office
– Jealousy Office
– New Unpaid Volunteers’ Office
– Office for the Immediate Relief of the Distressed
– Office of Automatic Self-Satisfaction Machines
– Office for the Distribution of Throw-away (Single-use) Gallows
– Municipal Business Office for the Promotion of Friends

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