with Neda Firfova, edited by Georgios Papadopoulos
Published by Transmediale, Berlin, 2012
112 pp, A5, two-color risograph, edition 100


A ghost is haunting the financial markets: the Drachma, Europe's first currency, pointing backwards to the past and forward to a troubled future. Its rumored return, variously reported and imagined in the press — signifying the ever-immanent departure of Greece from the European Monetary Union — has sent waves of panic through the European political imaginary. In the scene of this haunting, the Euro has been transformed from the crown jewel of the European project to a blunt, bloody scepter, the instrument of never-ending economic and political disruption, inciting constant friction between the core and the periphery of the Union. Anticipation of the Drachma's return has reconstructed the spectacle of the financial crisis as a "bloody doomsday machine", in which "the unthinkable suddenly looks possible" — breakdown and catastrophe, "Drachmageddon", Grexit. In what follows, Grexit names our attempt to both theorize a political disengagement from European neoliberal monetarism, and to technically deface it — delineating and hastening the antagonisms which have developed around the imposition of the Euro's authoritative system of social valuation. In this double project, we deploy graphic design and theoretical speculation as concomitant spheres of critical activity, summarizing, reproducing, and advancing the findings of our recent publication Grexit.

financial crisis vocabulary as CAPTCHAS
the political inscription of currency, the cryptic security apparatus — the marks which prevent a counterfeit, retrofitted to risography.
holograms, microtext, screen-angled modulation pushed through coarse rasters.
icons of greek identity edited as jpegs in text edit
image / text index

Grexit