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." Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Antonis Antoniou presents a long-duration performance at the opening of Transmission Art Festival in Athens. The performance "Geomorfia" had a duration of approximately 4 hours and took place at the exhibition space of BIOS Cultural Center before the opening of the international Transmission video-art exhibition. Read More
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. Read More
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”. Read More
In medias res: into the middle things. Read More
The film follows three Athens-based artists during the development of their performances for participation in Transmission Art Festival Athens - Karlsruhe. The works were presented as part of the Athens Biennale AB5t6 Omonoia and at the Orgelfabrik at Karlsruhe, Germany.
2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the military operation Oluja. Around 20,000 people gather in the streets to watch the parade and greet the soldiers who take part in the parade. Their behaviour shows that the war is still a big part of their lives. Read More
PUBLIC INTERVENTION in the context of Transmission art festival Athens - Karlsruhe. Read More
Containing as it did an interventionary practice, the performance “DemiGloire” forced visitors to witness, from the exterior spaces of the Biennale building, the Bagkeion Hotel, the expansionary raising of a white flag, from the interior spaces, transformed into a workshop, inside which the entire action was produced. Both the commonplace and 34 hours-long production procedure inside the space, and the “communication” with visitors who gradually discovered the relationship between destination and source, created the impression of a call to international truce through a symbolic procession, which in the end made its way towards the centre of Athens.
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. Read More
Manifestation (2014) is a single channel video installation that explores the complex and quite often destructive correlation between speed, technology and the glitch. The 12 minute video loop of a stutterer restaging Italian poet F.T Marinetti’s 1909 notorious Futurist Manifesto highlights these ideas by contrasting the impassioned rhetoric for omnipresent speed with the performer's speech impediment impeding his own message. Read More
The vast amounts of data we create as we go through our lives, represents our actions, interests, intentions, communications, locations, relationships and behaviors. It's aggregated by third party trackers and targeters looking to deliver advertising, content and services to us, and also used by global surveillance programs for the cybernetic control of the society. Read More
But when the quantitative methods used in science and business, are applied to the personal sphere there is always a reduction of complexity. The process of capture of life into data, the quantification of life, it is a lossy compression, that uses inexact approximations, rounding and truncation, producing overload distortion and quantization errors. In a sequence of calculations, these errors generally accumulate, and often very strong assumptions are made about mathematical properties that may not at all reflect what is really going on at the level of micro-processes.
WHEN A CIRCLE MEETS THE SKY is a video installation reflecting on the intriguing relationships among nature, technology and human agency.
Shot in Melchsee-Frutt,Switzerland, the video of the installation is created by a custom-made weathervane capturing reflections of a mirror determined by wind speed and direction at the location.
Conventional cinema is a unidirectional medium where only things in the front will be captured. In this artwork, the camera looks both forward and backward simultaneously. Instead of a cameraperson selecting our perspectives, the artist allows the wind to choose our views. Read More
Nature shoots a film with no human interaction and presence, intensifying the isolation of the remote mountain while at the same time complicating our expected relationships among nature, technology and human participation in the process of artistic creation.
Zero Gravity is a video-performance that imaginatively combines art and science. Floating weightless in a plane over Florida, Marcin revisits Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‚Die Frohliche Wissenschaft‘, going beyond the assertion that „God is dead” to explore the deep emotional quality of the text: „What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward in any direction? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing?“ The emotionality and gravity of the text finds expression, simultaneously Marcin is hindered through the physical release of endorphins, which she sees as a metaphor for the omnipresent triumph of ‘The Society of the Spectacle’ (1967, Debord). Zero Gravity is a work of art that takes the audience to a new level of consciousness of both body and mind. Commissioned by WARP- Contemporary Art Platform at Coup de Ville and co-sponsored by Aurora Aerospace. Read More
In her new installation entitled The Boys Are Back, Werner deals with right-wing European networks and their representation and presence in the media. What began with the project Neues Europa continues in the approach of the new installation and explains Christina Werner’s artistic strategy with still photographs and videos—or, as Elisa Garzón Vecino fittingly describes it in an exhibition text: “The academic and political character of the work is made art by the highly conceptual background.” The installation The Boys Are Back consists of four video loops, a poster, two photo collages, one photograph, a map, five pedestals, as well as the magazine Neues Europa, which was created as part of the project with the same name, and three black Molton curtains. The first photo collage, entitled The Boys Are Back in Town II, consists of three photos layered over one another, and the second, entitled Identitarian Movement, is composed of six layered photos. Read More
They say the tocaia (ambush) is an invention of the Tupi Indians; it means a small house in which one waits for game while hunting. In the north of the state of Minas Gerais, near the border with Bahia, is where the seminal image for this video installation was discovered. It was the pasture in a farm, by a dirt road. A film crew, a camera and direct sound in position next to a fence, facing a herd of oxen on the other side. It was late in the afternoon, and with every second that passed, the comings and goings of those beings grew more and more mysterious. The hypnotic motion, the natural repetition, a loop loaded with suspense, difference and absurdity. This ambush spawned Tocaia, a recording of that one-of-a-kind moment. Read More