In collaboration with Christopher Rey Perez, Erden Kosova,
Flavia Malusardi, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Isabel Carvalho, Liv Strand, Maria Petrides, Pascalle Burton, and Peter Eramian.
The idea for A Book of Small Things began with my desire to work with writers and visual artists with different backgrounds. I approached the publication from my own aesthetic point of view while also taking on the callings of a performing publisher for the first time. It was important to me that this book collection in pocket size be easily accessed, carried around lightly, offered to others comfortably, found when left in a pocket, handled also as a notebook or sketchbook inviting writerly readers to doodle, scribble, and write their own text.
In the past, I have used personal, social and political incidents, behaviors, statements, etc., as material to produce art. In this process, my work has created new “realities” and dreamy environments full of brand new promises or assumptions open to alternative observations, approaches, and new ways of communicating. In the art project, A Book of Small Things,I invited writers to contribute to this publication by offering material that they have collected, pieces that have appeared elsewhere independently, and ones written for the first time. I welcomed fragments, seemingly “incomplete” lines, notes on art or from a lecture, scribbles, neglected texts, and social commentary. Each contributing writer’s work appears in an individual book adjoining the other writers’ books.
To present this book collection, I invite performers to walk, in live action, through art museums and/or art centers, reading fragments of their own choice to visitors, artworks, guards, etc.
A Book of Small Things, 2016
Book collection, 400 pages
Edition of 300
Publisher: Panayiotis Michael
Authors: Chistopher Rey Perez, Erden Kosova, Flavia Malusardi, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Isabel Carvalho, Liv Strand, Maria Petrides, Pascalle Burton, Peter Eramian
Design by Omiros Panayides
Terra Mediterranea: In Action, Halle 14 Leipzig, Germany, 17 August – 20 Novemebr 2016. Curated by Michael Arzt and Yiannis Toumazis, with: Ana Adamović, Marwa Arsanios, Bank of No, Sofia Bempeza, Banu Cennetoğlu, Marianna Christofides, Tom Dale, Haris Epaminonda, Hackitectura, Lia Haraki, Timo Herbst & Marcus Nebe, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Eleni Kamma, Mahmoud Khaled, Zissis Kotionis, Mona Marzouk, Panayiotis Michael in collaboration with Pascalle Burton, Isabel Carvalho, Peter Eramian, Erden Kosova, Flavia Malusardi, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Christopher Rey Pérez, Maria Petrides, and Liv Strand, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Nira Pereg, Polys Peslikas, Alexandros Pissourios, Ran Slavin, Paola Yacoub
A book of small things performers: Elizabeth Gerdeman, Carsten Tabel
Terra Mediterranea: In Action, ΝiMAC [Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation], NiMAC, Nicosia; Fabrica’s Cave and Pafos Medieval Castle, Pafos, 5 September – 25 November 2017. Curated by Yiannis Toumazis, with Artists and theorists: Ana Adamović, Marwa Arsanios, Sofia Bempeza, Banu Cennetoğlu, Marianna Christofides, Kyriaki Costa, Βassam El Βaroni, Silvia Giambrone, Hackitectura, Lia Haraki, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Eleni Kamma, Serap Kanay, Nurtane Karagil, Mahmoud Khaled, Zissis Kotionis, Mona Marzouk, Panayiotis Michael in collaboration with Pascalle Burton, Isabel Carvalho, Peter Eramian, Erden Kosova, Flavia Malusardi, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Christopher Rey Pérez, Maria Petrides and Liv Strand, Yael Navaro and Emrah Gokdemir, Erkan Özgen, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Despo Pasia and Antonis Hadjikyriacou, Polys Peslikas, Alexandros Pissourios, Ran Slavin, Neoterismoi Toumazou, Evi Tselika, Paola Yacoub and Michel Lasserre
A book of small things performers: Julia Brendle, Dimitris Chimonas
A book of small things, Benaki Museum, Museum of Greek Culture in collaboration with το Σπίτι της Κύπρου, Athens, Greece, February 3 2018. Coordinated by Daphne Nikita
Performers: Nana Sachini, Manolis Tsipos, Iordanis Papadopoulos