Filippos Tsitsopoulos is introducing his new body of work in his Let’s Go! performative Series. Inventing an imaginary reality between himself and the objects surrounding him,Tsitsopoulos questions the very nature of the objects that surround us. What if an object could talk, or breathe or see? What if they could talk -what would they say and what should we say to them? Using Theatre as an interlocutor this ongoing performative work becomes a metaphor for social and emotional struggle and the ability to overcome.
In an installation and performative piece at the River Thames In London this August, the artist, was trying to convince the old Vessel Royal Iris of Liverpool to join him by tying himself up with her mooring ropes and dragging her back to the deep midstream waters of the river while performing a theatrical monologue which reflects her assumed feelings and refusal to move on.
The Theatrical play Glass Menagerie(1945) of Tennessee Williams was the initial point of this first performance of its kind in the waters of Thames in London. Seventy years later, the closing monologue of the play, was reviewed under the interpretation of Tsitsopoulos, in a two channel video installation and live performance, over the façade of The Royal Iris, the famous Merseyside Ferry from Liverpool which is now berthed on the River Thames near Woolwich.
During the 1960s, numerous Merseybeat artists ( Duke Duval The Beatles and Gerry and The Pacemakers with ” A Ferry cross the Mersey”) played live, on the Royal Iris. Paul McCartney referenced performing on the ferry with his song “That Was Me”.
Supposed dialogues between buildings and a person, a devastated room, a house, the drawings of the artist and the way he looks at them – appropriating all possible aesthetics of mental and physical endurance and exploring themes of pain, resistance, mixed feelings (annulment, failure, pun and implausibility) experienced by Filippos, who will attempt during his performative lecture to change the way these objects behave.