Friday, November 29, 2013

Remap 4 part 1

Remap 4
part 1
point 02


Nostalgia Nervosa

Artists: Felipa Cesar, Basim Magdy, Taus Makhacheva, Panos Papadopoulos, Poka-Yio, Anahita Razmi, Panos Tsagaris, Dimitra Vamiali  Curator: Iliana Fokianaki

Social media like tumblr, twitter as well as popular culture platforms such as press, tv and film, are reinstating the past. Of late the phenomenon of a younger generation “worshiping” film stars, musicians, writers, lifestyles and values from previous decades, as well as “living” their era by manifesting a different time through appearance and objects of eras that are not part of their personal past, or even that of their immediate ancestors has risen to an interesting extent.

What draws us to the past? Is it an assumption that things used to be better before, or a fear that the world is spiraling to its end as time passes? “Nostalgia Nervosa” aims to examine through the works of Greek and international artists the mystery of fixating on something that we have not experienced ourselves.

The notion of nostalgia, as a longing for a memory we own, is replaced by a manipulation for a past that does not belong to us but seems interesting enough to highlight, worship or mock. This “fake” nostalgia can become an idealistic approach to previous times, or an ironic position against them or simply a vehicle to express our discontent with our present. Is nostalgia simply a defiance of death? [ link ]


Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center

Artists: Dimitris Andreadis, Savvas Christodoulides, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Alexandros Papathanasiou, Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Daniel Subkoff

The Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center presents “Contemporary Treasures – Part I”, a group show of Greek and international artists that are mainly concerned with notions of ephemeral luxury and issues of material culture in an era of constant doubt.

The show aims to explore the correlations and contradictions that derive from the juxtaposition of works by artists of different conceptual backgrounds through the usage of various media. [ link ]


Jonathan Viner Gallery

Artists: Isaac Brest, Nick Darmstaedter, Louis Eisner, Jack Greer, Brendan Lynch, Dylan Lynch, Alex Perweiler and Zach Susskind

The Still House Group was founded in 2007 by Alex Perweiler and Isaac Brest, with the goal to provide emerging artists with an alternate outlet to exhibit. Through assembling a team of young creatives, most of whom chose not to pursue Fine Art as their undergraduate focus, it became clear that there was a need to create a path different than the standard so many emerging artists are pressured to follow. 

Throughout its existence, Still House has produced many exhibitions in unorthodox spaces, displaying work by those whose studio practice deviates significantly from that of the average singular artist. From their facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn, they have nine studios, eight for permanent artists, and one for a three-month rotating residency program. The studios are three-walled, allowing for a free exchange of references, techniques, ideas and critiques amongst all artists. This is a creative climate often lost once students have completed their formal education, and Still House finds this an important environment to support and preserve. [ link ]

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mutual Core

I shuffle around the tectonic plates in my chest.

You know I gave it all,
Try to match our continents
To change seasonal shift,
To form a mutual core.

As fast as your fingernail grows,
The Atlantic ridge drifts
To counteract distance.

You know I gave it all,
Can you hear the effort of the magnetic strife?
Shuffling of columns
To form a mutual core.

This eruption undoes stagnation.
You didn't know I had it in me,
Withheld your love, an unspent capsule.
I didn't know you had it in you,
You hid the key to our continuity.
I didn't know you had it in you.
This eruption undoes stagnation.
You didn't know, you didn't know.

What you resist persists, nuance makes heat
To counteract distance
I know you gave it all,
Offered me harmony if things were done your way.
My Eurasian plate subsumed,
Forming a mutual core

This eruption undoes stagnation.
You didn't know I had it in me,
Withheld your love, an unspent capsule.
I didn't know you had it in you.
This eruption undoes stagnation
You didn't know I had it in me
This eruption undoes stagnation
You didn't know, you didn't know.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Swimmers

Urban Swimming In Geneva

A swim with a view of a 140m high fountain spurting skywards and grand hotels along the waterfront. I could only be in Geneva, the city that gives urban swimming a bit of chic. 

Not because it sits at the tip of one of Europe's largest lakes, but thanks to the Bains des Pâquis, the top spot for swimming in Geneva. It isn't that big or that posh, but it's the place to be in summer. 

It's all about the view, both of the city and your fellow swimmers – this is prime see-and-be-seen territory for everyone, and entry is only about £1.50. This is city swimming with style.

The Bains des Pâquis have been an institution since 1872, though the current art deco incarnation dates from the 30s. What makes them unusual is their location, built on a long breakwater stretching out into the lake. 

That gives them enough space for some purpose-built pools, sunbathing decks, a cafe and a small beach for lake swimming. When it gets very busy, people overflow on to the rocks of the breakwater, basking in the sun like a herd of sea lions. [source]

Monday, November 25, 2013


Exarcheia (Greek: Εξάρχεια) is the name of a neighborhood in downtown Athens, Greece. The Exarcheia region is famous as a stomping ground for Greek anarchists. It took the name from a merchant named Exarchos (Greek: Έξαρχος) who opened a large general store there. Exarcheia is bordered on the east by Kolonaki and is framed by Patission Street, Panepistimiou Street and Alexandras Avenue.

Located in Exarcheia is the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, the National Technical University of Athens and Strefi Hill. The central square features many cafes and bars with numerous retail computer shops located mainly on Stournari street, also called the Greek Silicon Valley. Located on Exarcheia square is one of the oldest summer cinemas of Athens, called "Vox", as well as the Antonopoulos apartment building, known as the "Blue Building", because of its initial color, which is a typical example of the modernist movement of Greek architecture in the inter war period. 

Due to the political and intellectual character of the region, many bookstores, fair trade shops and organic food stores are also located in Exarcheia. Exarcheia is also known for having comic book shops.

The district of Exarcheia was created between 1870 and 1880 at the confines of the city and has played a significant role in the social and political life of Greece. It is there the Athens Polytechnic uprising of November 1973 took place. 

Exarcheia is a place where many intellectuals and artists live and an area where many socialist, anarchist, and antifascist groups are accommodated. Police stations and other symbols of authority (and capitalism) such as banks are often targets of far-leftist groups Exarcheia is also an art hub where theatrical shows and concerts take place around the central square. [source]

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Fire Of Autumn

Everything we cannot keep
Arranged to be left behind
Leaves the crackle
As dead as stone

Don’t want nothing that don’t belong to us
Don’t want nothing we can live without

In this fire of autumn
This fire of autumn

All the words we never say
Couldn't make any different
Leave them to the flame
With everything you can’t forget

In this fire of autumn
This fire, this fire

All my love grow selfishly
Professor come to reason
Is there left to give?
Clench fist in the gentle love

We don’t want nothing we can live without
We don’t want nothing that don’t belong to us

Just hold me as I'm burning
Hold me as I scream


Saturday, November 23, 2013


We found ourselves atop of a mountain peak
The air was thin as a beggar’s sleeve
The city lights were miles away
The hush was as thick as your winter coat
And you wrote our names in the morning
Snow with fallen twigs and berries saved

Well, don’t be scared of avalanches
Tucked up in my snowy branches
I will
Oh I will
Oh I will
I will keep you safe

The sun is overhead and you lift your face
Up to the sky and you sing this place
The sweetest song it's ever known

Then slowly the deer and the rabbits crept
Outside to hear, the grizzlies left
Their great big teeth and their claws
At home

Don't be scared of avalanches
Tucked up in my snowy branches, I will
And look how well the gray wolf dances
You bring light and second chances
I will
Oh I will
Oh oh I will

Oh oh I will
Oh oh I will
Yes, I will

I will
I will
Keep you safe

A Fine Frenzy

Friday, November 22, 2013

Casa Amalia II

Casa Amalia - Athens

Hosted by: Salon De Vortex

At CheapArt Athens

Curated by: Apostolis Artinos


Παναγιώτης Βούλγαρης
Αθανασία Βιδάλη
Γιάννης Γκανάς
Αργύρης Δρόλαπας
Δήμητρα Ιωάννου
Μαρία Λιανού
Ελένη Λύρα
Φωτεινή Παπαχατζή
Κώστας Χριστόπουλος
Αλέξανδρος Χριστοφίνης

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