PSi Lexicon

violent

violent
βίαιος/η/ο

The adjective violent derives from the noun violence. According to the New Hellenic Lexicon of Emmanouil Kriaras et al, the noun violence means primarily the use of various means to impose ones own will. In our case, given that we are concerned with the performing arts, the artists will could be identified as an aesthetic and more generally creative vision of the artist, who has a goal that they are trying to achieve through their art, using as their means their own self, the movements of their body and their speaking voice, their work as a sign. In ancient Greek tragedy, and even though the myths on which these tragedies were based were full of potential in terms of the representations of violence they offered, writers were reluctant to offer violence to the spectators of their works.

Following Aristotles Poetics, they had to offer reality in an idealised way. In contemporary times today, in 2011 much has changed, even though a lot remains the same. Hence, both audiences and critics, as much as artists themselves, draw elements from representational codes from other traditions, not from ancient theatre and particularly from outside Europe, if we think of Artaud and seek the representation of violence in such a truthful way that the boundaries between the representation of reality and reality itself are blurred; so much so that in the end the physical health and safety of those involved is in danger. In the end, it seems that experimental theatre at least is Re-ritualized so that the boundaries between art and reality remain under negotiation.

Author: Spyros Petritis
Translator: Efrosini Protopapa

βίαιος/η/ο
violent

Το επίθετο βίαιος παράγεται από το ουσιαστικό βία. Σύμφωνα με το Νέο Ελληνικό Λεξικό του Εμμανουήλ Κριαρά και των συνεργατών του το ουσιαστικό βία (ή βια) σημαίνει κατά πρώτο λόγο τη χρήση διαφόρων μέσων για να επιβληθεί η θέλησή μας. Στην προκειμένη περίπτωση, εφόσον μιλάμε για τις παραστατικές τέχνες, η θέληση ταυτίζεται με το αισθητικό και γενικότερα δημιουργικό όραμα του καλλιτέχνη, με το στόχο που έχει θέσει και που θέλει να τον επιτύχει μέσω του έργου του, και τα μέσα του είναι κατά πρώτο και κύριο λόγο ο ίδιος του ο εαυτός, οι κινήσεις του σώματός του και ο φωνούμενος λόγος