Transmission Art Festival Athens - Karlsruhe
Transmission in Athens, Greece: Bagkeion (at the Athens Biennale) and BIOS Cultural Center: 18.4 – 23.4 2016
Transmission in Karlsruhe, Germany: Orgelfabrik: 12.4 - 24.4. 2016
What are the relationships between local and global experiences? How do these experiences intersect, are reconstituted and informed through performance - art and new media practices?
Contemporary Art Showcase Athens (C.A.S.A.) and Transmission Artists Association present the 1st Transmission Art Festival, which operates as a "transmission relay station" between Athens and the city of Karlsruhe in Germany, connecting the two locations through parallel programs that include artist exchanges, performance art presentations, talks, workshops, and exhibitions. Transmission Art Festival operates as a platform of support of horizontal communication and exchange, bringing together artists and projects from Greece, Germany and other countries.
In the context of the Athens Biennale, Transmission Art Festival in Athens presents a dynamic multimedia exhibition environment, inviting the public at the Bagkeion on a curated exploration of the local aspects and prospects of performance art and new media. Participating artists, through a presentation of video and audio material from their personal archives, live performances and artist talks presented in the space, offer an insight into the creative processes for a selection of projects, suggesting the works as open ended-structures, subject to interaction, reconstitution and flux. The resulting exhibition focuses on mapping the relationships between artistic processes, local contexts, collaborative exchanges, social situations, and the public. Parallel to the events at the Bagkeion, the Transmission video-art exhibition opened to the public at ROMANTSO BIOS, Anaksagora 3-5, 18-23.04.16.
As part of Transmission Art Festival, four emerging artists from Greece, Filippos Vasileiou, Iliana Natsou, Kostas Voulgaris and Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, travel to the parallel Transmission exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany, where they present a series of performance art works and workshops. The workshops offer the public an in-depth engagement with the artists and their practices, thus transforming the space of the Orgelfabrik in Karlsruhe into a space of production of new experiences.
Contributing to the exhibition is producer, director and video artist Dimitra Mitsaki (Kolektiva Balkana, The Brother, Stray Dogs) with an original series of video-art works, which balance between the documentary and video-art documentation formats. Dimitra follows a group of artists from Greece as they prepare for their presentations and workshops in Germany, attempting to explore collective working methodologies and other local aspects, as they influence the artistic process. The exhibitions aim at presenting the public with a mapping of the important but often unseen contexts and environments that are behind individual’s and collaborative projects, both Greek and international, proposing their viewing as open structures, in continual evolution and communication with the audience.
In the context of Transmission Art Festival artist talks and screenings took place at Ρομάντσο BIOS cultural center and the Bagkeion exhibition space at the Athens Biennale, including contributions by artist Alyssa Moxley , who recently completed a residency at ZKM Karlsruhe, and Francesco Kiàis who is a member of the curatorial board of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK.
In Athens, the exhibitions, talks and performances for Transmission Art Festival took place at the Bagkeion on Omonoia Square in the context of the collaboration between C.A.S.A. and the Athens Biennale AB5to6 Omonoia, and at BIOS Cultural Center. Transmission Art Festival in Athens presents a dynamic multimedia exhibition environment, inviting the public on a curated exploration of the local and global aspects and prospects of performance art and new media practices.
Curatorial team in Athens: Fotini Xantzimichail (GR) / Iliana Natsou (GR)/ James Simbouras (GR) / Kostas Voulgaris (GR)
Curatorial team in Karlsruhe: David Loscher (DE), Nina Adelajda Olczak (PL), Ursula Schachenhofer (AT) and Karolina Sobel (PL)