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To The Future Public Exhibition at KMMN Kassel

To The Future Public exhibition in Kassel, organized in association with KMMN, reactivates the projects that took place in the context of To The Future Public program and introduces them to a broader public. The curatorial format developed for the exhibition comprises of audiovisual screenings and interactive maps of Athens, on which material is presented embedded in the city, together with information about the social framework surrounding the works, information behind the spaces and locations in which the program took place, and collaborating groups.

A vehicle for multiple narratives - the material presented ranges from recorded interviews, documentation of public performances, documentation of workshops, talks, and text from To The Future Public program. With the principle of art based in subversion on the one hand and empowerment on the other, the exhibition is developed as a collective artwork and an activistic tool of engagement. 

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ACTIONS AGAINST BORDERS | Marta Lodola

ACTIONS AGAINST BORDERS | Marta Lodola

The research project ACTIONS AGAINST BORDERS #1 BREAKING POINT is a combination of research periods and performative actions with the goal to investigate the present meaning of "borders".


Establishing a base at the municipal project space at Varvakeios market in the city center, the artist conducted a week-long research in the public sphere across several locations that included occupied and self-organised spaces that provide hospitality to refugees and other services, down-town areas and toutistic locations. The athenean leg of the project concluded with a public performance at Varvakeios, on August 17th.

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The Performative Fest of the Commons on Avdi Square

The Performative Fest of the Commons on Avdi Square

For one evening, through the organization of a collective festival, with participatory performances and other group actions, the public space of Avdi Square is transformed into a place of coexistance, co-creation and celebration, through the participation of the neigborhood residents.

Confronting the divisions that characterise the central neigborhood of Metaksourgeio, an area swinging rapidly between the forces of gentrification and de-investment, inertia and tolerance, we take an active role as artists in relation to the character of the space, so as to support the right of collective use and formulation by the neigborhood residents themselves, with open acess beyond segregations based on sex, place of origin and income. 

Through symbolic and tactical acts, we attempt to support the creation of new temporary points of coverlap between artistic and social action - spaces where the lines of division between creators and public are blurred, with an understanding of art in the public sphere as a subvertive call for participation under the economic, institutional and political radar.

The Performative Fest of the Commons took place as an intervention on the public installation for Documenta 14 - Sanka Ivecovic's Monument to Revolution, a work that "reimagines Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Monument to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht".

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Gregory Sholette: Delirium and Resistance, Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism

Gregory Sholette: Delirium and Resistance, Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism

Panel talk with Gregory Sholette (Artist/Writer/Activist), Iliana Fokianaki (curator, Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp / director, State of Concept), James Simbouras (curator, C.A.S.A. / co-founder, To The Future Public), at the Autonomous Occupied Theater EMPROS.

The author of "Dark Matter Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture" Gregory Sholette, joins us in Athens for a discussion of his new book "Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism", and a talk on his concept of cultural resistance in a "bare art world" , in the context of TO THE FUTURE PUBLIC series of actions, talks and workshops.

In the aftermath of the 2016 US election, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though capitalist crisis does not begin within art, art can reflect and amplify its effects to positive and negative ends.

In this follow-up to his influential 2010 book, "Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture", Sholette engages in critical dialogue with artists’ collectives, counter-institutions, and activist groups to offer an insightful firsthand account of the relationship between politics and art in neoliberal society.

 

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Después del Futuro/ ب دع الم س تقبل /After the Future

Después del Futuro/ ب دع الم س تقبل /After the Future

Participatory workshop and public actions. Directed in collaboration with Jose Iglesias Gª-Arenal και Charo Romero Donaire. Screenings: Sam Jury / Left Hand Rotation Performance by Cesar Garcia.
Organised in collaboration with the autonomous "House of Refugees, Tsamadou 13"

We invite you to a participatory workshop based on a collective exercise on the development of a “science fiction” script : From our various angles of viewing, what possible futures do we see? What are the necessary conditions and the next steps that need to be made in order to reach them? What are the differences between utopias and dystopias?

Después del Futuro/ ب دع الم س تقبل /After the Future was founded in the refugee camps of Tindouf (Algeria), 2016, where we worked with Saharawi, Algerian and artists from elsewhere so as to think collectively about how to act when thinking beyond a frozen future is inconceivable.

The conflict between Morocco and Western Sahara has always been read as a problem based in an identitarian issue: if there is or not a Saharawi people and if they legitimately own or not own a territory. During ARTifariti 2016, we tried to expand this discourse and reading Western Sahara problematic to a global scale: as a tangled point where very different political, economical and historical lines cross.

We traveled to the Saharawi refugee camps looking for tools to navigate our present, seen ourselves lost in a drift without reference points. What we found was a young generation surviving in a saline desert and designing an utopia.  

 

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