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Art, Freedom, Censorship

Colloquium at the OCC

8 MAR 2016
17:00
Main Stage
The Onassis Cultural Centre and the General Secretariat for Transparency and Human Rights co-organize a public discussion on the freedom of expression in the arts.
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis. Click here to reserve your seat or get your entrance ticket at the OCC's box office 1 hour before the event.
Once again around the world and in Europe, we are bearing witness to a ‘hardening’ of attitudes concerning the freedom of expression in the arts. Sometimes this is manifested with regard to what is considered ‘obscene’ or ‘blasphemous’. Occasionally it is triggered by the political content of performances, films, or other artworks. Has political correctness reached a point where it has become self-censorship? Is it perilous to incorporate extreme ideas or statements in films, plays, and art installations? Do some people over-identify the artwork with the ideas or the images it incorporates, failing perhaps to grasp the distance between the work of art and whichever statement it incorporates? Who sets the limits to freedom of expression, and how?
 
These issues have recently re-emerged in Greece as well as other countries.  For this reason, we invite you to participate in a public talk on ‘Art, Freedom, Censorship’ at the Main Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre. There, we hope to engage with all these issues at a national level, as well as from an international perspective.
 
The talk is co-organised by the Onassis Cultural Centre and the General Secretariat for Transparency and Human Rights.

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Curated by: Christos Carras, Afroditi Panagiotakou, Costis Papaioannou

PROGRAMME
17:00-18:00 | Speaking of Freedom
Chair:
Costis Papaioannou: General Secretary for Transparency and Human Rights

Speakers:
Vicky Baker: Deputy editor of the magazine Index on Censorship
Nicos C. Alivizatos: Professor of Constitutional Law at the School of Law, University of Athens
John Ralston Saul: President of PEN International (2009-2015)

18:00-19:00 | Untouchable Sanctity
Chair:
Xenia Kounalaki: Chief Editor of International News and Journalist for Kathimerini

Speakers:
Kris Verdonck: Artist working in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, installation and performance, and between dance and architecture. His work Stills was presented in the context of the 2nd Fast Forward Festival of the Onassis Cultural Centre, 2015.
Stavros Zouboulakis: Writer, President of the Supervisory Council of the Greek National Library
Chris Grammatidis: Lawyer  

19:00-19:30 Intermission

19:30-20:30 | Dangerous Ideas
Chair:
Elias Kanellis: Journalist, Publisher of the magazine The Books’ Journal

Speakers:
Lemine Ould M. Salem: Co-Director of the documentary Salafistes
Daniel Wetzel: Co-founder of the theatre group Rimini Protokoll (will contribute to the discussion with a video recorded statement)
Pigi Dimitrakopoulou: Director
Dimitris Christopoulos: Associate Professor of Political Science at Panteion University, and Vice President of the International Federation of Human Rights

20:30-21:30 | The Madding Crowd
Chair:
Costis Papaioannou: General Secretary for Transparency and Human Rights

Speakers:
Christos Chomenidis: Writer
Caroline Fourest: Feminist Writer, Documentary Director, Journalist, Radio Presenter at France Culture, Editor of the magazine ProChoix
Kostas Kostakos (Old Boy): Blogger

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Free entrance, on a first come first served basis. Click here to reserve your seat or get your entrance ticket at the OCC's box office 1 hour before the event.

Simultaneous translation into Greek and English is provided.

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