Transmission Art Festival Athens-Karlsruhe
Performances in Athens at the Bagkeion and BIOS Cultural Center / Orgelfabrik Karlsruhe
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.
As part of Transmission Art Festival, four artists from Greece, Filippos Vasileiou, Iliana Natsou, Kostas Voulgaris and Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, have the opportunity to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PUBLIC INTERVENTION in the context of Transmission art festival Athens - Karlsruhe.
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.