Wednesday, June 19, 2013

back to Athens 2013 (I)

back to Athens 2013

CAMP Contemporary Art Meeting Point

Great Balls of Austria

The Exhibition “Great Balls of Austria” is following up on 2 exhibitions before: “Flavors of Austria” 2009 and “Austria la Vista, Baby” in 2010. As these two before it showcases contemporary Austrian art production, the artists and exhibits selected by a fellow artist from Vienna, Christian Rupp.

The exhibition spans a wide variety of approaches (digital, formal, humorous, painterly, political, researched, ….) and different self-conceptions of the participants within the artfield. The majority of the participating artists will be present at the opening.

Curated by: Christian Rupp

Participants: Oswald Oberhuber, Tanja Boukal, Michael Goldgruber, Die 4 Grazien (Mela Kaltenegger, Petra Gell, Susanna Schwarz, G. Maria Wetter), Gruppe Or-Om, Patrick Baumüller, Alfred Graf, Barbara Höller, Jörg Piringer, Gerald Zahn, Lena Lapschina [source ]


The eternal struggle between order and disorder, harmony and chaos is associated with man’s perception of his relation to the universe and his interpretation of the creation of the Whole. Chaos, the primordial element of cosmogony, is superseded by a sense of balance, a need for harmony and for a life that does however not completely escape the notion of disorder. At the outset all elements appear muddled up. 

Everything is included in everything. Anything that is now a being was once an amorphous mass. Muddled up, in a state of randomness and random and disorder, these are the elements of primordial matter. 

The recomposition and ordering of all these elements of disorder lead to the creation of notions and images employing art as their vehicle.

Ataxia (disorder) however, also means destruction of order and straying from the beaten track, a breaking of the rules in a creative game where the participating artists are called upon to subverse the exhibition process, redefining along the way their works in relation to the exhibiton space as well as the other pieces on display.

Curated by: Myrto Voudouri and Ioanna Gouzeli

Participating Artists:
Exhibition: Vincent Chenut, Remi Verstraete , Bert Janssens, Bram Van Meervelde, Eleni Bagaki, Ioanna Gouzeli, Nisos Vasilopoulos, Alexandros Kaklamanos, Yiannis Kokkalis, Thanos Kosmidis, Panos Sklavenitis, Marina Troupi, Panos Famelis, Lilian Hatzigeorgiou, Yiannis Chimonakis

Performances: Eva Giannakopoulou, Rilen Markopoulou, Angeliki Bozou, Giorgos Bougiouk, Ilias Polixroniadis, Kostis Sotiriou
Outside the building: Elma Petridou

Show me Your Shadow – A Living Space in a Participating Time

The Memorandum Athens Lab is the first of the five Memorandum Labοratories (Kavala, Naxos, Düsseldorf, Marseille) which have been scheduled in order to provide dedicated time and space for the realisation of the participatory performance Memorandum which will premiere in Marseille, France on 22 -24 November 2013, as part of the European Capital of Culture 2013. This is a production of the Greek non profit company and co-production with Théâtre des Bernardines, O Espaço do Tempo, Τanzhaus NRW and Marseille-Provence 2013, Capitale Européenne de la Culture and with the support of the Institut Français (Athens and Marseille), Conseil Régional PACA and EHESS Paris (Labex). For the creation of the Memorandum PerformanceGreek, French, German and Portuguese artists as well as international institutions have already started to collaborate.

Holding a photograph of something or someone ‘that has been’ (Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on photography, 1981), something like a fragment or a shadow, is like going against forgetting which seems to be our common destiny. This process means not only to think of the past and the present but also to envision a better future. The project aims to explore the confusion between existing and past, collective or personal, real or fictional memories that form the present. It aims to raise questions, associations and emotions, which impel the individual to resist against current situations and the easiness of blaming others.

The space is transformed into a living, experimental and working environment. The aim of the laboratory is the collection and the real time processing and testing of the audiovisual material that will shape the performanceMemorandum. Throughout the workshop people will be guided into the creative process of the team and will also have the opportunity to participate in several ways!
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