PSi Lexicon

Tag: Greek

beautiful

beautiful ωραίο Marina Abramovich – hottie Nice looking, form, morphe. Ancient greek: at the right time, suitable, mature, the one who comes on time, the moment – which is not necessarily alive but present – when transmitter and receiver are coordinated, their synchronicity that is right on time, the one who cannot withstand any more […]

co-authoring (the act of)

co-authoring (the act of) συγγραφή 1) The act of writing / composing / constructing with someone or something. 2) The joint authorship of a performance work between the maker and performers and the spectator. 3) The coming together of thought of the work and the spectator in the act of meaning construction in the time and […]

current, movement (in art)

current, movement (in art) ρεύμα According to the seventh – and last – definition given in the New Hellenic Lexicon of Emmanouil Kriaras et al, the noun ‘current’ could mean ‘a tendency within a literary or artistic movement’. A similar meaning is given to the word ‘movement’. However, a current is different from a movement […]

gender

gender φύλο Dictionary Definition: Gender is a range of characteristics used to distinguish between males and females, particularly in the cases of men and women and the masculine and feminine attributes assigned to them. Depending on the context, the discriminating characteristics vary from sex to social role to gender identity. There are various approaches to […]

hero

hero ήρωας Dictionary Definitions: 1) In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favoured by the gods. 2) A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her […]

historical

historical ιστορικός/ή/ό   The adjective ‘historical’ derives from the noun ‘history’, which in itself derives from the ancient Greek verb which means ‘to know’. Given the significance then of the ancient Greek route of the word ‘history’, history is not just the past, of a nation or of an art for instance, but also the […]

immunity

immunity [1]  ανοσία Etymology:            1.   In [negation of, exemption from]- munus [civic duties] Im[take into, include] – munire [fortification][2]   The ideological backbone of the neo-liberal capitalistic society, a society, which seems to insist that it is post-ideological, nonetheless. One of main researchers on Immunity, Isabell Lorey, distinguishes in “Weißsein und Immuniserung” [“Whiteness and Immunization”] two figures of immunity: the juridical and […]

lament

lament θρήνος The transubstantiation of the pain in a bodily, vocal and/or verbal performance. An expression of a very deep pain by crying, screaming and breast-hitting. A song, piece of music or poem expressing such emotion. For example: the ritual lament for the dead, performed collectively. See also: θρηνώδημα, θρηνωδία (θρήνος+ωδή, lament+ode). Etymology: θρηνώ (to lament), from the ancient […]

language, tongue

language, tongue γλώσσα There have been many linguists trying to interpret the meaning of the complicated term: ‘language’. In her book “Dictionary of Language and Linguistics” (1996), Hadumod Bussmann defines language as “a specific system of signs and combinatory rules which are arbitrary but passed on as conventions.” Language, she says, is a “vehicle for […]

limit

limit όριο Performance, from its very nature as an artistic medium, is connected to the concept of limits. The particular category of contemporary live spectacle embodies elements from visual ‘performance art’ as much as from more extreme articulations from the fields of theatre and dance. Think of the first artists who ‘took refuge’ (the expression […]