„The path to awareness might be to not suppress one's own unconscious, to let history (..) be lived through by one's own unconscious, so that the awareness of history finally occurs through an experience of one's own unconscious“. (Theweleit, Klaus (1977): Male Fantasies, Volume 1: Women, Floods, Bodies, History)
V Stylianidou aka Franck-Lee Alli-Tis (eir/eim_they/them_s*he/her*) works in a variety of media such as video, poetry, sound/music, voice, spoken word, installation and performance. Their artistic process involves a constant renegotiation of public and private narrations, as well as public and private spaces.
The work investigates systems of control and power such as language, architecture, body, labour, family, identity and gender. More specifically, Franck-Lee Alli-Tis explores embodied ways of expanding language, challenging and subverting its hegemonic rules in an attempt to suggest new poetic paradigms for knowledge and experience. As part of their video and installation work, Franck-Lee Alli-Tis writes texts that take on a poetic form and enter into dialogue with political and queer-feminist theory as well as with elements from current news.
V Stylianidou also explores the interconnections between language, voice, body and image as rhythm and materiality employing elements from the genre of the spoken word /spoken language as well as from experimental and underground music and poetry movements that question the canon of art making.
In 2019 Franck-Lee Alli-Tis initiated and co-founded the on-going collective artistic project WordMord which explores the relation between language, technology, violence, trauma, pleasure and sexuality. WordMord´s initial research group consists of: Franck-Lee Alli-Tis aka V Stylianidou, Aggeliki Diakrousi, Christina Karagianni, Oyto Arognos aka Stylianos Benetos, Mounologies: Anna Delimpasi, Eleni-Claire Diamantouli. For more information: https://wordmord-ur.la/
The exacerbation of the global sociopolitical, political, economic and climate crisis, lends renewed relevance to the question of “How can art pave new paths for thought and put new artistic practices to the test?“
Since 2012 Stylianidou started a series of textile- and text based installations in which s*he makes use of textile, texts, voice and rhythm/music. In these series of works-in-progress Stylianidou investigates the relation of poetic and artistic thought with the reality of (artistic) labour and economy.
Since 2018 s*he has been co-curator of the queer-feminist film festival Aphrodite*. https://aphroditeproject.org/
In 2011 Stylianidou founded the collaborative format STUDIOvisits Berlin (2011-2015). http://studiovisits-berlin.tumblr.com/
Texts about V Stylianidou aka Franck-Lee Alli-Tis´ work:
Elpida Karaba Gendered Aesthetic Techniques and Neo Materialist Prospects. Video-Performance: WordMord (2022)
Sotirios Bahtsetzis Queer Meaning: a Zero Place of Resistance (2010)
Sotirios_Bahtsetzis_Queer_Meaning_A_Zero_Place_of_Resistance.pdf (1.9 MiB)
Annette Bitsch Requiem of the Subject In the Park. On the Death of Desire in Posthumanism (2010)_english and german version
Bernd Ternes In the Labyrinth of Transparent Knowledge. Art as Anthropological Epistemology (2010)_english and german version
Bernd_Ternes_In_the_Labyrinth_of_Transparent_Knowledge_Art_as_Anthropological_Epistemology.pdf (1.5 MiB)
Bernd Ternes Exit Architekturen. Der verlassene Anthropo-Kosmos Zu Vassiliea Stylianidous Videoinstallation “do you want to kill me, baby?” (2003)
Bernd Ternes Exit Architekturen. Der verlassene Anthropo-Kosmos Zu Vassiliea Stylianidous Videoinstallation “do you want to kill me, baby_”.pdf (61.8 KiB)