Erasmia Tsipra approaches her public performance work with a sense of urgency and directness. She considers working in the public sphere important due to the opportunities it offers for art to be exposed to a broader public, beyond the "closed" environments of the museum / gallery, as well as the multiplicity of interactions that the work sets up within an outdoor public setting. Tsipra approaches the public space as a space of "polyphony", as a site (citee) that is a natural-unnatural stage for expression, a canvas in which the artist is positioned and positions.Read More
Quickly-made banners, with barely distinguishable slogans, manifestos on flyers spread in the streets, meet the lonely paths of the single protestor, the artist. This time the slogans are not in demand of a relief in taxation or a change of law. They aren't directed to ministers and member;s of parliament. They begin from the question: "What should we do with art when we are starving?" Therefore, the banner "We want an art for the starving, no more works for the privileged" that was placed by Diafas on the facade of the Bagkeion on Omonoia Square, which hosts the Athens Biennale, is a cry directed towards artists. The work hints towards the notion of a more active relationship between art and society, which is the topic of Tomas Diafas' research.Read More
The "Syn+" performance focuses on people’s connection with one another. In his attempt to wrap a transparent plastic membrane around himself and his viewers, the artist ties himself tight up to another person, then to somebody else and so forth until all of us are tied up to one another. After the creation of a complex net resembling an umbilical cord that keeps all of us close together, the least movement of a single person is communicated to the entire cluster of the tied up participants arousing the need for awareness. It is, in fact, a transparent net that captures everything inside as it spreads all over the place from the one end to the other. A developing activity which the viewer is invited to get involved with, to trust, to keep it going or put an end to the performance.Read More
Vilelmini Andrioti, from the "Periigites" group, presents her work "Bordello of Borders", developed within the framework of the Acts of Engagement workshop and subsequent public exhibition at the Bagkeion, in the context of the Athens Biennale AB5to6 "Omonoia". The work concerns the precarity of the body as an analogy to a country, as it is subjected to the sweeping transformations of European policy. A system of borders acting as "gordian knots". The body negotiates the mechanisms of institutionalization that displace and marginalize the body unwillingly. The body thus becomes a field of exploitation exempt from any attempt of justice.Read More
The “permanent residents” of the Omonoia Square, are in a continuous stand by state, waiting to be relocated (literally or figuratively). In 2016 the child population of the square has rapidly increased, a temporary safe-haven. During the “Acts of Engagement” workshop the artist approached the people of Omonoia Square –young and old- collecting wishes in the form of drawings. The majority of the participants were children and they used drawing to illustrate their wishes on flying lanterns. Those objects function as wish-carriers creating with their flight a mental vertical axis from the center of the square towards the universe.Read More
The action takes the form of a celebration in the center of the city, with ceremonial elements, held on the public space of Omonoia Square, which acted as a in-promptu social gathering with a large participation by the public. The festivities are is food and drinks distributed by the social kitchen independent solidarity group "O Allos Anthropos". Street musicians are also involved the festivities. The public actions on the square, the sharing of food, dancing and singing, bring people together, a friendly coexistence under the symbolic idea of sowing. Within this setting, the ritualized action of the "sowing of the seeds" is undertaken by the artist, who spreads clay balls containing wheat seeds on the square and the surrounding areas.Read More
"Omonoia, the "Concord" square, is a heavy gray platform, a gravestone, the tip of the iceberg, an old boat left useless in the middle of a desert, motionless and hostile. It literally sums up the "welcome to Greece" banner visible from the square, and from the Bagkeion building. "Infantry square" as an experiment-performance-experience exploring the reality of addressing a speech to an uninvited audience,a random one constituted by the inhabitants of the square, a non-audience. A group of multinational people, passerbys etc. The persona that I manufactured for this purpose concentrates some of the characteristics that are required for a cause like that with some additional contradictional traits."Read More
Seong Kyun Yoo explores the relationship between doing arts and modes of living, observing the emergence of new environments and social conditions by endeavoring a global pilgrimage. He has been focusing on the co-relativity in phenomena across various environments, exploring the relationship between spirit and objects which represent living conditions globally, looking at misinterpretations of naturalistic reality. "Omonoia Square is a borderless island, but behind it in hiding lies the shadow of the barriers between humanity and urbanity, individual ethnic community and cultural diversity, visiting and leaving. It is a junction where people just pass through."Read More
Για χρόνια περιπλανώμενος, χωρίς αρχή μέση και τέλος σε ένα ταξίδι κυκλικό και αέναο χωρίς προορισμό και ελπίδα.
Φαύλος κύκλος - γκρίζες ζώνες- στρεσογόνες διαδρομές και συναντήσεις μηχανικών σωμάτων που κινούνται ακατάπαυστα στο ρυθμό της πόλης με μόνη τους ελπίδα και λύτρωση η συνειδητοποίηση ότι δεν χάθηκαν αλλά ότι παραμένουν στο ίδιο ακριβώς σημείο. Ξυπνητήρι το τρένο της γραμμής και σημείο διαφύγεις το τούνελ ή το φώς και οι μεγάλοι δρόμοι που οδηγούν στα 4 σημεία του ορίζοντα.
Ο Γιάννης Καρούνης θα ακολουθήσει της καμπύλες της πλατείας και θα χαράξει υπόγειες και επίγειες διαδρομές επιλέγοντας να στροβιλιστεί και να παρασυρθεί από τη δύνη της κινητικής ενέργειας που παράγει το σημείο με στόχο να δημιουργήσει ρωγμές στο χρόνο της ανάγκης για μεταφορά και να αποσπάσει βλέμματα και αντιδράσεις από το περαστικό κοινό.
Θα χάνεται και θα επαναπροσδιορίζει το ρόλο του και την υπόστασή του ανάμεσα σε κινούμενα σώματα και καταστάσεις.
RE_Formance performance art festival: June 5 - June 18, 2014 at Booze Cooperativa
Organised and curated by Contemporary Art Showcase Athens [C.A.S.A.]
Participating artists: Antigoni Theodorou / Nikos Raftakis / James Simbouras / Nikos Stathopoulos / Eleni Tsamadia / Maria Lymboura / Markella Kontaratou / Niki Analyti / Kostas Voulgaris / Myrto Vratsanou