Dec3. | 8:00
Athens Biennale OMONOIA “HOW Assemblies Matter?” The Meeting Room
The Athens Biennale OMONOIA presents The Meeting Room an extended component of HOW Assemblies Matter? and an ongoing collaborative research project by Jenny Marketou at the Varvakeios venue on 8-18 December 2016.
The idea of The Meeting Room emerged as an outcome of the two-day public assemblies event HOW Assemblies Matter? the ongoing translocal research project by Jenny Marketou which took place at the National Polytechnic School of Athens and the historic M.A.X. and Averof amphitheatres on 21-22 October 2016. The hosted assemblies and performative talks instigated numerous discussions; about the practice of “assembly” as a platform for inquiry, action, reaction, civic participation, collective intelligence and as a starting point for an “art of being many”.
The Meeting Room for HOW Assemblies Matter? features unedited, excerpts of videos and live streaming documented during the two-day assemblies, as well as an artist’s book, and a dossier with short statements, scripts, images, texts and other kind of contributions and afterthoughts by those who participated in HOW Assemblies Matter?
Jenny Marketou’s video/essay Assembly in No Particular Order, 2016 premieres in Athens during the evocative The Meeting Room. The work which has toured at museums in Spain and Portugal, consists of a series of appropriated archival films and images found online on media networks recent records, of distinct historic “assemblies” and protests around the world and in Greece; visual by-products of radical political times. The video is accompanied by a digitally manipulated audio, composed by a mechanical female voice stitched together with interviews conducted by the artist in US and Greece. These interviews with activists, writers, thinkers, anthropologists, art historians and architects are mixed with critical texts and fictional narratives.
The Meeting Room continuous to be informed by and aims to continue revisiting “the art of being many” as instigated during HOW Assemblies Matter?. It is complemented by events that activate, encourage and facilitate new forms of being together.
On Friday, December 16, and on Saturday, December 17, the public is called to bring questions and topics, which are pertinent to them and share them in an open debate with the artist and other members of the audience. During that time the public is also encouraged to read extracts from literature, perform speech acts, poems, music, discuss headline news and environmental issues, gender politics, art, fashion.
Jenny Marketou aims for The Meeting Room to become a contemplative and open space for playful experimentation and for it to act as a platform where the future of activist and socially engaged art becomes more meaningful under the current global cultural and political climate in Greece, EU and North America.
For more information please visit http://assembliessummit.tumblr.com
You can download the analytical programme of HOW Assemblies Matter?: The Meeting Room here.
Special thanks to:
Panagis Marketos, Caterina Costi (project assistants) and Vanessa Melissourgaki (Project Manager).
Many thanks to all the participants during How Assemblies Matter?whose generous contributions made possible the Dossier.
About Jenny Marketou (Athens/New York):
Jenny Marketou is an artist, arts educator and cultural producer who lives and works between Athens and New York. She has taught at Cooper Union School of Art in New York and, most recently, at the New Media and Photography Department at California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) Valencia, California. She works across different media and platforms, defines herself as an initiator and often collaborates with individuals or institutions; the full realisation of her artwork occurs when others adopt and perpetuate it.
Marketou’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, in solo and group exhibitions: Museum Tinguely (Basel, Switzerland); 1st International Biennial of Art of Cartagena de Indias (Colombia); 4th Athens Biennale AGORA 2013 and the Athens Biennale OMONOIA (Greece); ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany); 3rd Biennial of Seville (Spain); New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, USA); Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art (Madrid, Spain); Queens Museum and Apex Art (New York, USA); National Museum of Contemporary Art-EMST (Athens, Greece); Artium Museum (Araba, Spain); Foundation Bouziol (Venice, Italy) MORE Art & High Line projects (New York,USA); Goethe Institute (Athens, Greece; Ankara, Turkey; Berlin, Germany); Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece); Kumu Art Museum (Tallinn, Estonia), among others. She represented Greece at the Biennial of Sao Paolo in Brazil and in the Manifesta International European Biennial at Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Thursday, December 8 – Sunday, December 18 | 16:00 – 20:00
Free and open to the public.
Varvakeios venue | Athinas str. – opposite of Varvakeios Market
With the Support of: