David Rees-Thomas - Invisible Dialogues - The feeling of not feeling at home

"How does one create a home away from home? How do you decorate your living space in a new place? Our homes provide a place of sanctuary and security. They reflect our sense of identity socially and culturally. The objects we choose to place in our living spaces help define who we are, an exteriorisation of our inner condition. They are the distillation in physical form of our essence as physical beings".

-Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

What happens when we are forced to move and live in circumstances not of our choosing? How do we inhabit these foreign spaces and make them our own? Do we recreate an identical space to the one we left behind? Are these the traces of memory and nostalgia of our ‘true’ home? Is it possible to not feel at home in our place of origin and find a home elsewhere that feels like we’ve always belonged?

These are the questions and concerns that I explore without preconception of desired result. What is found, is what is found. Whatever comparisons or similarities that may exist are open to the viewers interpretation.

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Francesco Kiais: "About Love #3" Presentation at Transmission Art Festival Athens

Francesco Kiais: "About Love #3" Presentation at Transmission Art Festival Athens

In May, Contemporary Art Showcase Athens had the honor of collaborating with Francesco Kiais, member of the curatorial board of the Venice Performance Art Week; Francesco's talk "ABOUT LOVE #3 " was presented at the Bagkeion as part of the C.A.S.A. program for Athens Biennale AB5to6 "OMONOIA".

"ABOUT LOVE #3 is a look through history, exploring the presence of the body as a vital form of political statement, ethics and poetics of existence / resistance of the individual in society. According to what Pasolini says, the body is a territory not yet colonized by the "power" From this concept of inviolable "locality" of corporeal dentity, we can reverse the generally accepted viewpoint of a globalizing look on geopolitical, economic, and cultural panorama of the world. Only giving space to what is moving at the periphery of the North, and of its hegemonic expansion, will create the conditions for alternative models of cultural, political, and economic identity."

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Fatma Ergkiounker | Location-Allocation

Fatma Ergkiounker | Location-Allocation

In “Location – Allocation” artist Fatma Ergkiounger attempts a multi-layered dialogue between the artist, the specificity of location, and the viewer. Maps, sculptures of paper networks, found objects and collage work compose an installation that attempts to represent snap-shots, sequential moments of the every-day movement within the urban fabric, and the ebbs and flows of the city. Starting from the reference point of the map of the city as key to the reading of the space, Ergkounger approaches the idea of location not only as landmark, but also as a point of transit for flows and currents, that is constantly being reconstituted. 

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Filippos Vasileiou | Pipto

Filippos Vasileiou | Pipto

The work is comprised of an action involving the performing body and a mat made from clay. The performer initiates a repetitive intense sequence of jumps and controlled falls onto the clay mat in rapid succession. Each violent landing results in imprinting the clay mat. The action can take place in an indoor or outdoor setting. Duration of performance approximately 30 minutes.

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Iliana Natsou | Balance [feat. Kostas Voulgaris]

Iliana Natsou | Balance [feat. Kostas Voulgaris]

At the core of this performance is the convention of a continuous effort of the performing body to balance, in a continuously shifting system, the state of internal balance of the body and how that is affected by external factors.

The work was performed at Transmission art festival in Karlsruhe, Germany, and at the Bagkeion Athens Biennale building, in the opening of Transmission art festival Athens, in collaboration with Kostas Voulgaris. 

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Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou | performance

Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou | performance

The work comprises of a performance that combines dance, sound, and a video-projection in the space. The performer is wearing a sculpture-costume, and generates a field of sound via a vocal performance and use of objects and piezo microphones. The work is based on the famous ballet and music of “Swan Lake” by the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. A transformation of the entire ballet and the ideals it presents, into an absurd, grotesque and sarcastic dance. 

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Kostas Voulgaris | id8

Kostas Voulgaris | id8

The artist, whose head is obstructed and enclosed in a specially modified plexiglas box, moves around the exhibition space and interacts with the visitors and participants. The public is invited to interact with the performer either verbally or in a tactile way, thereby enforcing a direct relationship with the performer’s body. The performer is unable to see and is thus directed around the space with the assistance of the public. 

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Tomas Diafas | Performance

Tomas Diafas | Performance

Sat in a chair, the artist engages visitors in a metaphorical verbal “dance” of speech, expression and creation, opening each conversation with them by using the phrase “That is inhumane”. Jumbled words, responses, emotions — all are set down on paper, to be decoded later, transmuted into a structured work, transformed into poems, texts, songs that give meaning and form to ideas and thought. Performance at the opening of Transmission art festival in Athens, Bagkeion.

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Yiannis Pappas | Motion-Less

Yiannis Pappas | Motion-Less

Motion-less video is a rhythmical coexistence of two different kinetic environments. Nature and urban. A compatible motionless body is performing in harmonious, agreeable or congenial combination with the elements that surround it. According to Gaston Bachelard, Immensity is within ourselves. As soon as we become motionless, we are elsewhere; we are dreaming in a world that is immense. Indeed, immensity is the movement of motionless man. It is one of the dynamic characteristics of quiet daydreaming.

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Alyssa Moxley | 4D Sound Points on The Curve Presentation at Transmission Art Festival Athens

Alyssa Moxley | 4D Sound Points on The Curve Presentation at Transmission Art Festival Athens

Sound artist Alyssa Moxley presents an in-depth talk, documentational video and audio material from the development and research stages of her recent project developed at ZKM Karlsruhe, the sound art installation project “4D Sound Points On The Curve - Living Memory”.

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Kostas Voulgaris : Untitled performance

Kostas Voulgaris : Untitled performance

Kostas Voulgaris creates a script-less interactive video-work in collaboration with the visual artist Dimitra Mitsaki. The "rights" of the resulting film pass from one to the other to be given over finally to the public via the internet.

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Tomas Diafas "I want an art superior to me 2"

Tomas Diafas "I want an art superior to me 2"

The development of the work by Tomas Diafas addresses the question  "Can you survive by producing art for the starving? / how much does a socially engaging art-work cost? / Who sets the price? / Who converts it into a masterpiece and where must it be exhibited in order for it to be given prominence?

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Pirate Cinema screenings at the Community Center for Refugees KHORA

Pirate Cinema screenings at the Community Center for Refugees KHORA

Screenings of the Pirate Cinema [Berlin] program in Athens begin with an installation in the Community Center for Refugees KHORA, that will be broadcasting continuously from  the 14th to the 19th of November 2016. KHORA  is a multifaceted word with many meanings.  The meaning we take from it is a ‘a radical otherness that “gives place” for being’. 

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