Transmission - Artist Presentations
Participating artists, through a presentation of video and audio material from their personal archives, and a series of talks at the Bagkeion, offer an insight into the processes of development for a selection of projects, suggesting the works as open ended-structures, subject to reconstitution and flux. The artist presentations offer the public an insight into the creative process, with a focus on mapping the relationships between artistic processes, local environments, collaborative exchanges, social contexts, and the public.
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."
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.
For the GIOUSOUROUM project, Fotis Karageorgiou travels to the northern Greek town of Kozani, and, working in close collaboration with the local community and local folk musicians, constructs a dramatic environment with in-situ installations and live performances within and around the semi-public, half-abandoned train station. Fotis Karageorgiou attempts to bridge the then and now, by playing on contrasting opposites such as the internal –external, the institutional –grassroots, but also on subjective narration and objective realities, by building on an almost theatrical relationship between work and audience.
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”.
Director of photography and camerawoman on numerous feature films and documentaries, Jessica Servieres was also supervisor of the Arts, Sciences and technology Platform at the House of Social Sciences – Paris from 2013 to 2015. She had directed the documentaries: Ici, Tout le temps, about a shanty town in Marseille, south of France; Zaouia about trans ceremony in Algeria; Les Eaux de là, an immersive video installation in a public swimming pool.
She has a particular interest in the modern places that question the sense of belonging to a place and to an identity. With the collection MurMurs, she caught in several cities in the world, characters swallowed by the city, by the urbanism of « over-modernity ». The series titled Fleurs de Cité is about women, their perception and use of public space which she gives to show and ear in a urban route. She develops her projects through the encounter with territory. In between collective and individual consciousness, with a view to reaching a lay audience and making them co-authors.