FFF5 | Hikaru Fujii

The Primary Fact

Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5–Athens

2-16 MAY 2018
12:00 - 19:00
Old Chemistry Laboratory (Law School Library) | 17-19, Mavromichali St & 104, Solonos St
With English subtitles
An Ancient Greek mass grave with 80 dead prisoners was discovered two years ago in Paleo Faliro. The Japanese visual artist Hikaru Fujii returns to the FFF and after extensive research, in collaboration with the choreographer Patricia Apergi and the people in charge of the excavation, he turns his eye to this astounding find, spotlighting the "dark" pre-Golden Age Athens of the 7th century BCE. The audiovisual installation that he mounts in an emblematic building of the academic community, the former Chemistry building, which is now the Law School library, includes interviews with those in charge of the excavation – from archaeologists to dentists – and the reenactment of the execution and the burial by a chorus of young Athenians.
Free admission

At the entrance, visitors must present some proof of identity (ID card or driver's licence) and leave large bags for storage.
Hikaru Fujii, who presented Piraeus/Heterochronia at the Fast Forward Festival 4 last year, examines the relation between the history and the contemporary society though his video installation, based on an extensive research. For FFF5, responding to the festival’s interest in archeology and history, he produced an artwork related to the ancient Greek mass grave of 80 captives found at the outskirts of Athens. It seems they were executed during the period that preceded the Democracy. In collaboration with choreographer Patricia Apergi, he tries to reproduce the scene as an artwork with physical expression which will take shape via young Athenians’ bodies.

Hikaru Fijii's note
About 80 shackled skeletons which seem victims of execution were discovered in a mass grave in an ancient Greek cemetery, near the city harbour. According to the archaeologists, they might be young persons, neither enemies, nor thieves or slaves that escaped, as they were buried with their clothes which shows the respect by the executers.
Yet, many things remain unknown, such as who they were and how they were executed. The mass graves are dated back to the second half of the 7th century BC, an estimation based on the two vases (oenochoes) found between the skeletons. The Primary Fact is the execution, which happened at a time when the society in Athens had been chaotic, before the advent of the democracy. Did the execution of the young people have any influence upon the forthcoming political transition or has nothing to do with it? We cannot know.
The relic or artefacts show the fact of the execution, but do not shed light on the reasons.
This work examines the physical impact which led to the death, by observing each skeleton, while at the same time attempts a research through the art as physical experience. The execution which took place with no witnesses during the ancient Greece will be reproduced with the youth of today.

Thursday 3 May | 19:00 | Will be held in Japanese with simultaneous translation into Greek
Talk with: Hikaru Fujii (Visual Artist and Cinematographer), Patricia Apergi (Choreographer), Stella Chryssoulaki (ArchaeologistDirector of West Attica, Piraeus & Islands Ephorate of Antiquities)
Chaired by Katia Arfara, Artistic Director of the Theatre and Dance Department at the Onassis Cultural Centre
Translator: Panagiotis Evangelidis


Conception & Direction: Hikaru Fujii
Cordinator: Natsuko Odate
Curated by: Katia Arfara
Commissioned and Produced by: Onassis Culture/FFF

The research was realized with the following participants:
Stella Chryssoulaki (ArchaeologistDirector of West Attica, Piraeus & Islands Ephorate of Antiquities), Panagiotis Karkanas (Director of the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, American School of Classical Studies at Athens), Jenny Wallensten (Director of the Swedish Archaeologic Institute of Athens), Anne Ingvarsson (Chief curator at Gustanvianum Uppsala University Museum), Maria Deligiannaki (Dentist), Sevos Aggouras (Archaeologist), Giannis Pappas (Archaeologist), Eleanna Prevedorou (Postdoctoral Fellow of the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, American School of Classical Studies at Athens)

Cinematography Crew
Producer: Dimitra Dernikou
Line Production: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos
Production Manager: Chris Hasapakis
Director Dop: Hikaru Fujii
Assistant Director: Kostis Levantis
1st Camera Focus Puller: Irini Zevgoli
2nd Camera Focus Puller: George Metaxas
Camera Operator:  Dimitris Kasimatis
DIT: George Athanasopoulos
Fisher Grip: Kostas Meridis
Panther Grip: Nektarios Solidakis
Grip Assistant: Sotiris Ioannidis
Sound Engineers: Dinos Kitou, Nasos Tsialtas
Sound Assistant: Andreas Kitou
Gaffer: Patapios Savas
Electrician: Nektarios Voutsinas
Make Up Artist: Ioanna Simeonidou
Production Assistant: Stefanos Georgiakakis, Nikos Drekis
Subtitles: Orestis Kalantzis
Translation: Sofia Charalampous, Eleni Stergiopoulou
Catering: Thanos Mihopoulos
Still Photographer: Τhanos Lazopoulos

Choreography Crew
Research-Choreography: Patricia Apergi
Research and Choreography Assistant: Irene Kalaitzidi
Research team-Dancers:  Karahanidis Anastasis, George Michelakis, Euthimios Moshopoulos, Stelios Pavlopoulos, Stylianos Tsatsos, Ilias Chatzigeorgiou, Alex Gotch, Adrian Kolaritz     
Lighting Design: Nikos Vlassopoulos
Line Production on behalf of the OCC: Zoi Mouschi
Production Manager (Aerites Dance Company): Theodora Kapralou
Casting Coordinator: Nikitas Vasilakis

Performers: Pavlos Antimanto, Panayiotis Apostolopoulos, Andreas Apostolou, Alexandros Avgerinos, Stefanos Achilleos, Stelios Vasilas, Alexandros Vederakis, Lefteris Vlachos, Charalambos Votsidis, Spyraggelos Gavrielatos, Konstantinos Ganotis, Stefanos Gergopoulos, Nikolas Georganis, Panagiotis Doukas, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Giorgos Kalimeris, Nikos Kalkanakos, Nikos Kalivas, Gerasimos Karavasilis, Antonis Karastergiou, Stavros Kastrinakis, Apostolos Kolokythas, Angelos Kolosionis, Panos Koulis, Andreas Koumpoulis, Kostas Koutris, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, Michail Koutsouris, Antonis Kyriakakis, Dimitris Lagos, Iosif Hussin Lalas, Fotis Lamaris, Stelios Lyritzis, Vasilis Magouliotis, Evripidis Makris, Ioannis Mantzaris, Alexandros Mata, Iosif Miliarakis, Vasilios Mitsopoulos, Michalis Michalakidis, Ioannis Moshovas, Polykarpos Moschos, Giannis Bakalis, Dimitrios Babaniotis, Manos Batsios, Panos Boras, Antonis Ntaouxis, Arment Delia, Dimitris Ntinas, Spyros Ntogas, Dimitris Oikonomidis, Theodoros Oikonomou, Dimitris Papadopoulos, Dionysios Papadopoulos, Stamatis Maourissio Papathanasiou, Tasos Petridis Pappas, Panagiotis Politis, Apostolis Polykretis, Athanasios Restas, Nick Samouridis, Angelos Sergedakis, Vasilis Skarmoutsos, Simos Spinthourakis, Antonis Stamopoulos, Apostolis Sykiotis, Giorgos Tzigounakis, Alexandros-Erve Tsavalos, Euthymios Filintras, Augoustinos Fytilis, Nikos Fotiadis, Giannis Chorianopoulos, Christos Psonis

We would like to thank Vasiliki Strakantouna from UoA: Law School Library

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Born in 1976, artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii lives and works in Tokyo. Fujii studied at ENSAD (Paris) and obtained DEA (MA) from Université de Paris 8. He creates video installations that respond to contemporary social problems. He makes use of extensive research and fieldwork investigating existing systems and structures, based on the idea that art is produced out of the intimate relationship between society and history. Rather than presenting his research into past events just as it is, he has continued to use his work to attempt reinterpretations of the issues from contemporary perspectives.
His work explores modern education and social systems in Japan and Asia as well as the nature of museums and art museums.

Working both in visual art and cinema fields, he has been working with various media addressing social and political situations in Japan. His recent fi­lms won both international and domestic acclaim. Recently He won Grand Prix of the Nissan Art Award 2017.

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