The other self: pseudonymity, identity and otherness in artistic creation

Music Village, Agios Lavrentios, Pelion, 17-18 August 2018

What does ‘pseudo’ mean in a pseudonym? What is false in it? Why does one write songs and poems under a different name? How is this name being selected? How does the artist’s name affect the work of art? The conference “The other self: pseudonymity, identity and otherness in artistic creation” examines in theory and in practice the concept of pseudonymity and the way it affects the make-up of an artist’s identity. Examples of Greek musicians and authors will be discussed who worked under a different name, either systematically or occasionally; at the same time, an attempt will be made at understanding the phenomenon in its historical perspective within the framework of modernity.

Since the last decades of the 19th century and during the long 20th century musicians and authors have been channelling aspects of their work into pseudonyms, while, on some occasions, they continued to work under their real name in parallel. Some of them adopt multiple identities; there are also cases where two entirely opposite artistic strands coexist under the same name. In the internet era pseudonymity in digital media is a fundamental communicative contract. In postmodernity the change in names seems to undermine the concept of artistic authority.

The conference intends to shed light into the artist’s identity as a construct and the results of pseudonymity in the work of art. Emphasis will be given on the framework, namely on the social, ideological and aesthetic reasons that urge artists to use pseudonyms. Speakers will comment on, among others, factors that influence pseudonymity, such as power dynamics in the literary and music markets, control and censorship mechanisms, issues of gender and sexual identities.

The attendance of the congee is free of charge for the audience.

 

Programme

Friday 17 August

 

10.00-10.15 Welcome and opening remarks

10.15-11.45

Session 1: Pseydonymity and identity: an overview

Keynote speakers:

Lambros Varelas (Associate Professor, Department of Greek Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

            ‘Pseudonymity and Greek authors in the 19th and 20th centuries’

Κostas Chardas (Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

            ‘Before post-: instances of multiple musical identities in post-1920 Greece’

11.45-12.15 Break

12.15-13.45

Session 2: Names and desire

Mary Mike (Professor, Department of Greek Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

            ‘Disguises, artistic creation and desire’

Christina Dounia (Professor, Department of Greek Literature, University of Athens)

            ‘Writing on female homosexuality in the interwar years: the case of Dora Rosetti’

Sam Albatros (PhD candidate, University College London)

            ‘Fragments of my life as Sam Albatros’

14.00-16.00 Lunch break

16.00-17.00

Session 3: The adventures of names in the interwar years

Thalia Ieronymaki (Teaching and Research Associate, Department of Greek Literature, University of Patras)

            ‘Alkis Thrylos and the others’

Giorgos Sakallieros (Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

            ‘The three artistic identities of the composer Yannis Konstantinidis: issues of otherness, aesthetic conception and unexpected convergences’

Saturday 18 August

10.00-11.30

Session 4: Double identities

Costas Tsougras (Associate Professor, Department of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

            ‘The two faces of Janus: aversion or conciliation?’

Lilia Diamantopoulou (Assistant Professor, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna)

            ‘You’re having a laugh: Manoussos Fassis’s hee-hidden poetic voice’

Nikos Ordoulidis (University Fellow, Department of Popular and Folk Music, Technical University of Epirus)

            ‘The conductor’s riddle: the pseudonyms “Moraitis” and “Georgiadis” of Spyros Peristeris’

11.30-12.00 Break

12.00-13.30

Session 5: Adventures of names in the contemporary world

Giorgos Kokkonis (Assistant Professor, Department of Popular and Folk Music, Technical University of Epirus)

            ‘Escaping the family name: the case of Eleni Vitali’

Eleni Papargyriou (Assistant Professor, Department of Greek Literature, University of Patras)

            ‘The pseudonymity of literary blogs’

Danae Stefanou, (Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

‘"Ksedipsase apo tin anagnorisi" [No longer thirsty for recognition]: improvisers anonymous in the face of professionalisation’

13.30-18.30 Lunch break and siesta

18.30-20.00 Roundtable discussion:

The other self: stories of internal split and conflict

Convenor: Κostas Chardas (Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – pianist)

Participants: Costas Tsougras (Associate Professor, Department of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – accordionist), Kostas Makrygiannakis (guitarist – co-founder of Music Village), Danae Stefanou (Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – pianist) Mary Mike (Professor, Department of Greek Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Christina Dounia (Professor, Department of Greek Literature, University of Athens), Eleni Papargyriou (Assistant Professor, Department of Greek Literature, University of Patras)

Organisers: Eleni Papargyriou

                  Kostas Chardas