"How does one create a home away from home? How do you decorate your living space in a new place? Our homes provide a place of sanctuary and security. They reflect our sense of identity socially and culturally. The objects we choose to place in our living spaces help define who we are, an exteriorisation of our inner condition. They are the distillation in physical form of our essence as physical beings".
-Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
What happens when we are forced to move and live in circumstances not of our choosing? How do we inhabit these foreign spaces and make them our own? Do we recreate an identical space to the one we left behind? Are these the traces of memory and nostalgia of our ‘true’ home? Is it possible to not feel at home in our place of origin and find a home elsewhere that feels like we’ve always belonged?
These are the questions and concerns that I explore without preconception of desired result. What is found, is what is found. Whatever comparisons or similarities that may exist are open to the viewers interpretation. Read More
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
November 18th, 19:00 - 20:00 Read More
Pirate Cinema talk at the Athens Biennale, Varvakeios, Athinas Street, on the square opposite the market building
Athens Biennale OMONOIA resumes its action with September events. Artists from Greece and abroad refocus on Omonoia square, exploring diverse ways of interaction with the Athenian public. All the projects have as a reference point the venue of Bageion and the venue opposite of Varvakeios Market, which the Municipality of Athens has offered in the context of the co-organization of the Athens Biennale OMONOIA.
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The series of participatory performances was developed in Aspropyrgos, which is located 18 kilometers from Athens. The town has 30,000 residents today that coexist with many immigrants of different nationalities who arrive as seasonal agricultural workers. Read More
This town has been exclusively rural and unfolds the story of the history of Greek development from agricultural to industrial and then to the post-industrial era.
The project is experiential and inspired by the rural life, the cultivation of food and the post-industrial phase of the area.
Emilia Bouriti is a choreographer and artist. She studied Performance and Visual Art with a master in Performance at Brighton University. Her work combines performance and installation, as she works on a site specific basis. She also creates "integrated performance" works, where body movement, the spoken word, visual art and music create a dynamic dialogue. Emilia teaches part-time at Fontys University Holland and at the Athens School of Fine Art. Read More
Acts of Engagement: Light and life bring a message of hope and unity through art. Events continue tomorrow in Omonia at the amazing exhibition space, Bagkeion.
ACTS OF ENGAGEMENT artist talks
C.A.S.A. in the context of the Athens Biennale AB5to6 "Omonoia"
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 7:30 -10:30
ACTS OF ENGAGEMENT Artists' talks at Bagkeion as part of the C.A.S.A. program for the Athens Biennale, September 2016. Read More
Is it possible for a language to keep all the elements and the pronunciations of words, when the residents of a country migrate and leave behind much of this tradition in an effort to adapt to new conditions? How does the meaning of a word sound from a man who lacks the state of the exact word and from someone who has forgotten its interpretations/ meanings?
The movement of populations and globalization are two reasons that make people to the use a common language as a communication medium. The result of this phenomenon is the elimination of those cultural platforms over the years. It is quite difficult to be able to keep the elements and the factors of a language from the previous generation to the next, because those elements are not parts of an everyday experience by the new users.
The Definitions I is an audiovisual archive, where the recording of specific conditions intended to ensure preservation. Video has been selected as the mean to imprint in the same time the timbre and expression of participants –visually and vocally-. Read More
Jussi Koitela is a curator and a visual artist currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Currently he is a participant of De Appel Curatorial Programme. Jussi will be presenting his long term curatorial research project Skills of Economy, addressing artistic reactions to economic discourses and structures. Read More