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
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
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
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
By typing Omonoia Square on Google, I encounter many comments from people warning tourists or potential visitors about this place and how it is dangerous. My first approach is to map this place personally, making pictures, recordings and mainly experiencing the place myself. This personal experience during the workshop leads me me to the production of a series of projects
A sculptural detail from inside the Bagkeion, a bust of Hermes, is cast in plaster, fragmented into small pieces, and transported by 10 carrier pidgeons to a new location where they it is then re-assembled. This way the pigeons are exchanging features that reveal certain activities or simply specific situations that could take place in both sites, making a slight difference in subtle elements that are relevant for understanding the identity of each place. Pigeons are themselves elements of the city landscape, this way I pretend that the landscape itself (through the pigeons) would reconfigure this slight elements on itself.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
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
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
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
Inspired by the famous work "The wanderer above the mist" by Caspar David Friedrich the video "The wanderer above the EU-borders" shape and re-shape a new utopian human re-presentation as a metaphor for the unknown future.
Gaddis (2004) felt that the impression the wanderer's position atop the precipice and before the twisted outlook leaves "is contradictory, suggesting at once mastery over a landscape and the insignificance of the individual within it." Today we have become our own avatar in a digital universe. ‘The individualism of technological civilization relies precisely on a misunderstanding of the unique self’, writes the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
The artwork rethinks cubism as a film medium by using digital motion compositing, combined with a visual concept that captures several perspectives of the same subject using different camera angles. In the film, the choice of Picasso’s ‘Girl with Mandolin’ confronts this European art context with the evident influence of African art and the vigour of black culture. As a portrait it displays the formalistic methods and aspects of Cubism, expressed through a strong woman: the conscience, feelings and the memories of different cultures and history.Read More
Mauricio Sáenz (b. 1977, Matamoros, Mexico) is a visual artist with a multidisciplinary practice spanning installation, sculpture, video and performance. His work offers new interpretations on the concept of impossibility and its relativity by means of elements that emphasize confinement and dissolve the line between reality and myth. He has displayed his work at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil and Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos in Mexico City, Museo de Arte del Banco de la República in Bogota, Galerie Art Virus in Frankfurt, Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, as well as in countries such as France, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina, and Israel.Read More
"I searched Wiki English page for the word "Asia", extracted some of text on the page, and pasted it to the google translate page, pushed the button “listen”, but chose the Chinese language to read. So the sound of the work turned to a very strange form. The language sounds like Chinese, but in an English tone, becomes a ridiculous language. The video-work is comprised of found footage from US warplanes during World War II battle in the western Pacific Ocean, that I captured from Internet Archive (archives are public resources) and rearranged it. The key question is by whom was the concept of Asia produced?"Read More