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I can’t take it anymore!

Here’s a graffiti I noticed in Athens’ north suburb of Halandri.

"I can't take it anymore!" (Halandri, Athens, 31/03/2011) by Klark Kent

And here’s a clip from the film “Network” (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the longtime anchor of the UBS Evening News, learns from news division president Max Schumacher (William Holden) that he has just two more weeks on the air because of declining ratings. The two old friends get roaring drunk and lament the state of their industry. The following night, Beale announces on live television that he will commit suicide on next Tuesday’s broadcast. UBS fires him after this incident, but Schumacher intervenes so that Beale can have a dignified farewell. Beale promises he will apologize for his outburst, but once on the air, he launches back into a rant claiming that life is “bullshit”. Beale’s outburst causes the newscast’s ratings to spike, and much to Schumacher’s dismay, the upper echelons of UBS decide to exploit Beale’s antics rather than pull him off the air. In one impassioned diatribe, Beale galvanizes the nation, persuading his viewers to shout “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” out of their windows.

I don’t know if Klark Kent was inspired by the movie but the situation in Greece nowadays make these two things relevant.

For more artwork by Klark Kent you can also visit this page.

No budget graffiti

"Without money" (Themistokleous & Panepistimiou street, Athens)

Radioactive baby

The other day, I posted a photo of a great wheatpaste in downtown Athens. It’s a radioactive baby at Stadiou Street. I just found a time lapse video of how it was made and thought of posting it.

Graffiti in Athens 06

A wheatpaste radioactive baby (Stadiou Street) by STMTS

Click here to see a time lapse video of how it was made.

Welcome to the civilization of fear (Stournari & 3 Septemvriou Street) by Sidron.

Jesus Christ! Here comes the troika!

Jesus Christ! Here comes the troika!

Made by street artist Absent.

Merry crisis

Some photos to “celebrate” the day… This is Christmas 2011 in Greece.

“Naked Christmas” by bleeps.gr (photo by G. Nikolakopoulos)

Season’s Greektings by Greek illustrator Spyros Derveniotis.

Season’s Greektings by Spyros Derveniotis

 Daniel, a British Erasmus student in Athens, sent me this photo – it’s a motto that has been around since the 2008 killing of Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman, an assassination that caused a rioting chaos in Athens for more than a month. Daniel took this photo in Panteion University.

Photo by Daniel @ Panteion University

Here’s another photo from the same door (not that it makes more sense, I just found it by chance)

Merry Crisis @ Panteion University

This is a graffiti on the external wall of Athens University’s old building (now mainly used for graduation ceremonies). I think the graffiti has been taken off by now.

Merry crisis @ Athens Kapodistrian University

The motto inspired a stencil artist too. The location is unknown.ste

Merry crisis stencil

If I am not mistaken, this graffiti was on the external wall of the Central Bank of Greece, at Panepistimiou street.

Merry crisis @ the Central Bank of Greece

Here’s a video from the city-sponsored Christmas tree in Syntagma square, back in 2008. Its burning was an unforgettable view. For almost a decade, the city’s mayors were proud of wasting thousands of euros to build “the tallest christmas tree in Europe”. This shallow megalomania that only needed a spark to show the void spirit of our corrupt politicians.

At first, people decorated the tree with garbage bags.

Then the tree was set on fire.

As you can see, that night, riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. It was a very moving view.

Finally, here’s a video by Ross Domoney, with a short historical background on the Alexis Grigoropoulos’ assassination and footage from this year’s demo which commemmorated the killing.

Exploring Revolt in Greece from Ross Domoney on Vimeo.

Did anybody see my future?

"Did anybody see my future?"

Photo taken from political zoo.