“Space Revolution” | talk by Augustus Veinoglou | micro-conference at Athens Biennale Synapse 2
Tuesday 31st May | 17:00 – 18:30 | Bageion
“Space revolution” developed as a theme that explores the notion of empty and unused space in the city of Athens as well as its potential uses as sources of rejuvenation or that of an inspiration of a greater narrative for the city.”
This is an opportunity to imagine the city in the near or far future through the lens of its spatial poetics, politics, real estate and art.
Coming from different professional and working backgrounds the participants of this micro-conference will give us an insight of their experience and understanding of built environment as they talk about the specific relationships, the possible contradictions and potentials that emerge from existing and working within it.
The conference aims to create direct and indirect, ambiguous and concrete associations between disparate concepts and ideas that on that day hopefully will over arch and conspire towards a Space Revolution.
Space revolution is an ad hoc micro conference initiated by artist Augustus Veinoglou for the Athens Biennalle, within the framework of Synapse 2.
The conference will result in short texts that will be become available online. Presentations are roughly if not specifically based on these original texts.
OPEN SEA Studio: the prequel | an OPEN CALL for brainstorming, joining and mapping an Aegean art tour / an initiative to highlight cultural aegean networks
Friday 27/5, Saturday 28/5, Monday 30/5 | 16:00 – 21:00 | Bageion @room 209
Tuesday 31/5 | 16:00 – 19:00 | Bageion @room 209
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ABOUT LOVE #3 | talk by Francesco Kais
Friday 27 May | 18:30 – 19:30 | Bageion
Francesco Kiàis is an artist, an independent art writer and curator. He is a member of the curatorial board of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFOMANCE ART WEEK and collaborates with different educational programs, both as a theoretician and as an artist. He recently created and co-founded a platform based in Athens and dedicated to performance art, the [MIND THE] G.A.P. – Gathering Around Performance.
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On this Land and Third Cinema Today | screening and talk by Amin Husain
Friday 27 May| 16:30 – 18:00 | Bageion
Currently in its early phase of post-production, On This Land is a feature length film and trans-media work by MTL Collective that takes viewers on a journey to a land frequently invoked yet rarely heard or seen beyond the clichés of mainstream media: Palestine. With an aesthetic mode that reflects a post Arab uprisings climate, the film weaves through a cacophony of landscapes, conversations, and sonic traces of the Occupied Territories. Images build a visual vocabulary to understand the fractured daily reality of Palestinian communities, bearing witness to Palestine as a network of fragmented geographies.
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#assembly of desire, lecture by Mriganka Madhukallya | Avtonomi Akadimia
Wednesday 25 May| 17:00 – 18:00 | Bageion, 18 Omonoia Square
How can one create a resistance to the assimilation and expendability that is a prerequisite of globalization?
In what terms, in relation to the movement of bodies, can we consider the shift from understanding play as a realization of human potential and expression of human freedom, towards a system prioritizing labor and alienation?
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Networking event in the fram of Athens Biennale AB5to6 Synapse 2
CASA Open Table | conversation
Wednesday 25 May | 15:00 – 19:00 | Bageion, 18 Omonoia Square
On May 25, in the oppurtunity of the Bagkeon re-opening for Athens Biennale AB5to6 “OMONOIA” Synapse 2, C.A.S.A.’s HQ at the Bagkeion will be hosting an Open Table discussion where we invite the public to join collaborating artists and members of the C.A.S.A. team in a free and informal frame of exchange and discussions.
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Puerto Rico | Saturday 28 May | 19:00
The Nick Boricua Museum, 43 Athinas Street, Athens, Building opposite the Varvakios Market
The programme of this final part of Synapse 2 will be complimented by Puerto Rico. Realised by artists Alexis Fidetzis, Panos Sklavenitis and Kostis Stafylakis, Puerto Rico is a project that wishes to explore aspects of the (self)exoticization of Greece through various representations of Greece as a quasi-Latin American country. The project will consist of two parts. First, the opening of the Nick Boricua Museum, which will be dedicated to the emblematic figure of Nick Boricua, a Greek diplomat, intellectual and revolutionary and one of the leaders of the Grito de Lares revolution in Puerto Rico against the Spanish Empire. The Museum’s opening will be followed by a Cabaret night with dance, food, performances, short speeches, music acts and Greek music.
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Temporary Mapping Office: Open call for arts initiatives to drop by and help mapping the local independent art scene
Tuesday 31 May 2016 | 17:00 – 19:00 | Bageion, 18 Omonoia Square
Artists Initiatives (Snehta Residency, Enterprise projects, Openshowstudio, Behive, Sofia Simaki)
As a next step deriving from initiatives’ two previous open conversations, they want to start collecting material that will help towards a clear and accessible mapping of the local scene action, on an online platform. In that sense, they want to realise, at the very space where the previous conversations took place, two or three acts of mapping, during which and through an open call, all the initiatives interested in doing so, can pass by and deliver documentation of their action. That will then be organised on an online platform with the help of Biennale. This act is taking place as an answer to a need, that all initiatives spotted during our previous conversations, for a smooth accessibility to information concerning the local art scene, as a strategy for its de- marginalization.
Theaster Gates talk, May 30th, 19:00 @ Ballroom
In the context of Synapse 2 of Athens Biennale 2015 – 2017 “OMONOIA”.
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.
Gates has exhibited and performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; among others.
Wednesday 25 May 2016 | 19:00 | Bageion, 18 Omonoia Square
Vasıf Kortun, the Director of Research and Programs of SALT, is a curator, writer and lecturer in the field of contemporary visual art, cultural institutions, archives and spatial practices. Before establishing SALT, he was the founding director Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Proje4L, Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies in Bard College.
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“Emergency Turned Upside-Down” | short film by Oliver Ressler
25-31 May 2016 | Bageion, 18 Omonoia Square (ground floor)
Emergency Turned Upside-Down (15 min, 2016) presented at the Biennale from May 25th to May 31st (ground floor) was shaped by the “summer of migration” of 2015, when the Schengen system was suspended for several weeks and wealthy European states temporarily opened borders for refugees from Syria and the wider war-zone world. But it soon became obvious that the “welcome culture” of a few European states would not last long. Some EU states responded to the movement of refugees by reinstating borders; all joined in an abject contest to look like the least desirable destination.
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A two-day symposium with artist’ talks, screenings, keynote lectures and panels which focuses on the practices that reflect the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
27-28 MAY 2016
27 May: OCC | Upper Stage | 13:00-20:30
28 May: Bageion | Οmonoia sq. | 13:00-18:15
The symposium will be held in English.
Free admission | symposium website | facebook event
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Between May 25-31, the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA” resumes its activity with the second, and final, opening of Synapse 2.
In this condensed 7-day event, AB5to6 continues with a series of talks and projects inspired by the “OMONOIA” curatorial framework.
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Global Nuit Debout Akadimia on Syntagma
open lecture by Tania Hron
Berlin Media Theory: Program of an Alternative Thinking
“Media Determine our Situation” Friedrich Kittler 1943-2011
Avtonomi Akadimia | Sunday 15/05 | 19:00 to 21:00
Syntagma Square | Meeting Point : at the fountain
In this open air lecture on Syntagma Square I will introduce the participants to Berlin Media Theory, and to the the legacy of Friedrich Kittler.
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Same Time Tomorrow | A project by Tani Ilichenko and Moritz Metzner in collaboration with Campus Novel
The video will be screened in Bageion (3rd floor) during the weekend, at Athens Biennale opening hours (12:00-21:00).
The project Same Time Tomorrow features the creation of a video palimpsest of predetermined (and on purpose accidental) scenarios in relation to time and locality, open to the incorporation of random events.
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We are happy to invite you at the second part of the workshop Speleo~ / Σπήλαιο~ in Bagkeion under Synapsis 2 Athens Biennale 5to6 Omonoia.
The second part of the workshop will be held in 22, 23 and 24th of April and participation is open.
In this phase the workshop aims to collect stories and information through short interviews with people around the area of Omonoia, for buildings that were recorded during the first phase of the workshop as unoccupied.
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Playroom | Sightseers | open workshop
Duration: 17-24 April 2016
During theSynapse 2, Athens Biennale 2015 – 2017 “Οmonoia”, the Playroom team will be inhabiting a room on the 1st floor of the Hotel Bagkeion, launching “Project Room”, an artistic platform for both children and grownups, which through a series of participatory workshops plans to review the issue of exotization of Greece. The notion will be seen as a factor that will shape questions regarding the detached gaze of the observer, along with the process of local communities appropriating the characteristics, the aforementioned gaze attributes to them.
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In the context of Synapse 2, at Bageion:
Netting the Work
A performance art project on Gender and Stereotypes
The Netting the Work project *GOMENES* *I*, arises from the examination of gender stereotypes in the form of performative and alternative *fe-male* narrative methods inviting Greek and Austrian artists and theorists to act together.
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CRISIS DOCUMENT | Avtonomi Akadimia
After several screenings of artistic documents on recent political movements, and considering an archive to be an element of its own biopolitosculptural construction principles, Avtonomi Akadimia is honoured to host the research program “Document and Contemporary Art”.
Friday 13/5/2016 | 18:00 to 21:00 | Bageion
In the context of Synapse 2
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Final Fantasy. 21 translations of purpose in Japanese. Hermeneutics of myth, manga and RPG
talk by Hiroshi McDonald Mori
“How has the subculture of Manga and RPG, a phantasmagoria of myriad perspectives, inclusive of various queer and radically left politics, been able to infiltrate and simultaneously establish and undermine the society of the spectacle within this Age of the World-Picture?”
Sunday 24/4 2016
19:00 – 20:30 | Bageion
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Boy Eating the Bird’s Food
GREECE, 2012, 80 min.
A film by Ektoras Lygizos
20:00 at Bageion
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In the context of Synapse 2, Athens Biennale 2015 – 2017 “OMONOIA” Locus Exoticus Daysign Workshop of Panos Sklavenitis in collaboration with Playroom will take place at Bageion .
Locus Exoticus Daysign Workshop is a two-day workshop that is part of the Daysing project, a project by Panos Sklavenitis that has been realised since 2012, and includes a series of workshops, performances and participatory actions.
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The project Regarding Authority investigates power as a concept and as a term.
Fri 15/4 & Thu 21/4 | 18.00 – 21.00
Sat 23/4 & Sun 24/4 | 12.00 – 21.00
Bageion Hotel | 18, Omonoia square
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In the context of Synapse 2: Rethinking Institutional Critique – A view From the South, seven Greek artists initiatives, will hold an open public discussion about their identity, their work and their role in the Greek art scene.
Monday 18/4 | 17:00 to 20:00 | Bageion Hotel
Participants: Sofia Simaki, Bhive (Gerasimos Avlamis), Fokidos (Sofia Stevi), Enterprise Projects (Danai Giannoglou & Vasilis Papageorgiou), Open Showstudio (Sofia Touboura), Snehta Residency (Augustus Veinoglou), Tinos Quarry Platform (Petros Touloudis).
– Massimiliano Molona | Programme Director of the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA”, Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology of Goldsmiths College, London
– Xenia Kalpaktsoglou | Curator, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Athens Biennale
part I : facebook event
part II : facebook event
Raw Material (2011)
by Christos Karakepelis
screening in the presence of the director
Saturday 22/4 | 20:00 – 22:00
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In the framework of Synapse 2:
theater play by Greg Liakopoulos
Saturday 23/04 | 20:30 to 21:30 | Bageion Hotel
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Sunday 17/04 | 11:00 – 16:00 | Bageion Hotel
On Education – discussion of Joulia Strauss, Vasyl Cherepanyn and Paul B. Preciado with Sotirios Bahtsetzis.
We observe an emphasis on the educational format in contemporary art in Eastern as well as in Southern Europe. Forced to exist in harsh colonial conditions of a permanent debt crisis or a proxy war, cultural agents on the European periphery seem to respond by creating and inventing. They propose education within art institutions or self-organised structures as speculative, open and emancipatory instances of cultural pedagogy as well as the means to act politically. At the Social CERN (as Athens Biennale was nicknamed by the press), we share our experiences and Continue reading “On Education / Meeting Large European Networks”
Acoustic weapons: from the walls of Jericho to the GitMo playlist
talk by Sebastian Schäfer
“We were working secretly for the military, our experiment in sound was ready to begin. They told us, all they wanted was a sound that could kill someone from a distance.“
Kate Bush – Experiment IV
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The Athens Biennale 2015-2017 OMONOIA and the DOME PROJECT present the DOME Experience “Traces” between the 27th of February and the 6th of March at Bageion Hotel, Omonoia Square.
What does refugee crisis mean? How do we perceive what we experience as humans, as humanity, and how will it be inscribed on our collective memory in 5, 10, 100 years from now?
Through a hybrid mixture of images, sounds, stories, testimonies, documents and real people, which follows the actual points of the refugee route (countries of origin, transit countries, destination countries and all the borders in between) a unique experience is formed, combining the free tour of a very distinct museum, the immediacy of a theatre performance and the power of a documentary.
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Rethinking Institutional Critique – a View From the South invites leading international scholars, artists, activists and cultural organizations to rethink their institutional forms and ways of working together by embracing the perspective of Europe’s south.
Rethinking Institutional Critique – a View From the South invites leading international scholars, artists, activists and cultural organizations to rethink their institutional forms and ways of working together by embracing the perspective of Europe’s south. This south is not intended as a fix locality, but as an uneven geopolitical formation, including the Middle East and Eastern Europe, that exists outside Europe’s centre and from which we ask the speakers to situate themselves and find a common political vocabulary and new point of departure.
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*Emilios Harbis, “Athens Biennale, a social CERN at Omonoia”, Kathimerini Newspaper, 19 (November 2015), p.13
A total of 3,500 visitors attended the opening events and actions of the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA” between the 18th and the 28th of November 2015, corroborating the need for developing alliances and collaborations. In the area around Omonoia Square, with the historic Bageion Hotel as the focal point, 85 Greek and foreign artists presented over 40 actions which involved the public in an unprecedented creative fusion.
The Athens Biennale’s invitation to a collective factory of ideas, a social accelerator amidst a vertiginously spinning city, found positive response in dozens of extensive reports in the Greek and foreign Press (Frieze, FlashArt, ArtForum, Latitudes).
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In the context of KYKLOS OMONOIA, the Breaking News collective presents Conversations, a number of ephemeral self-organized interventions, discussions and screenings around Athens on December 4, 8pm at Romantso, which are realized during the period of ten days that the collective has spent in Athens as part of the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA”. Breaking News consists of Jenny Marketou artist and founder, and four of her graduate students from the Art Department at CalArts in CA; Martina Crouch, Dan Centofanti, Blaine Nelson and Joo Hoo Sin. The collective aims to investigate new perspectives of collective learning and to build new spaces for knowledge in order to participate in a dialogue with the community of Athens while understanding what it means to be “here” and “now” in Greece.
The series of activities KYKLOS OMONOIA is aiming to introduce international creators and cultural organisations, which visit Athens to get in touch with the local scene and experience the atmosphere of the city, to the Greek public.
Venue: Romantso | 3-5 Anaxagora str., Omonoia square, 105 52 – GR, Athens
Synapse 1 hosts an international summit, bringing together participants from European cultural institutions, scholars, art historians, curators.
Structured in three theoretical strands: Alternative Economies, Rethinking Institutions and the Performative in the Political, the summit will explore issues such as commons and urban welfare, cooperativism and precarious labour. Participants are asked to elaborate on and bring forward questions related to the way that art and cultural institutions can contribute in these times of radical change.
National Theatre – New Rex | 48 Panepistimiou, Athens | 18 November 2015 (09.30–20.00)
Bageion | 18 Omonoia Square, Athens | 18 November 2015 (09.30–20.00)
Summit’s analytical programme here.
Image: Massimiliano Mollona, Programme Director of the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA” © Νysos Vasilopoulos
The Athens Biennale introduces to the Greek public the Swiss cultural organisation Sound Development City (SDC).
The Athens Biennale 2015–2017 “OMONOIA” launches a new series of activities KYKLOS OMONOIA aiming to introduce international creators and cultural organisations, which visit Athens to get in touch with the local scene and experience the atmosphere of the city, to the Greek public.
The Swiss cultural organisation Sound Development City (SDC) comes toAthens for the first time, together with a team of 13 international artists, and organises an open discussion on September 21, 7pm at Romantso, in collaboration with the Athens Biennale.
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Bridging the past with the present and the future, the Athens Biennale 2015-2017, symbolically titled “OMONOIA” (Concord), launches a two-year period of activities, starting now. Gradually the program will reach its peak in the summer of 2017, in various venues across the Athens centre and, more specifically, around Omonoia Square. Due to the constantly changing sociopolitical situation in Greece, the Athens Biennale revises the launch date of its new programme to November 18, 2015. The Bageion Ηotel, the epicentre of OMONOIA’s artistic programme, located at the homonymous square, will reveal its previously unseen sides through a series of art installations, while an international symposium taking place between the 18th and 20th of November Continue reading “New launch date of the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA””
Occupy, Resist, Produce, a film project of Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler is introduced to the Athenians by the Athens Biennale.
The Athens Biennale 2015–2017 “ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ”, in the framework of the Athens International Film Festival (Opening Nights), presents the film project of Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler Occupy, Resist, Produce on October 2, 8:15pm. In view of the critical historical juncture, the Athens Biennale 2015–2017 “OMONOIA” unfolds in three strands of debate and research intervention: the emergence of alternative economies, the performative in the political and the establishment of institutions that redefine existing structures.
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Massimiliano Mollona, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, London, will lead the Athens Biennale for the next two years, running a daring and experimental programme which highlights the current views on contemporary art and unfolds in three strands of debate and research intervention:
- the emergence of alternative economies,
- the performative in the political; and
- the establishment of institutions that redefine existing structures.
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The Athens Biennale, constantly intuitive towards the institution of biennales, revises its identity by extending its duration to two years. Bridging the past to the present and the future, the fifth edition of the Biennale (2015) merges with the sixth (2017). The Athens Biennale 2015 – 2017, a daring and experimental endeavor launches its activities in June 2015 and peaks in June 2017 with the opening of documenta 14.
In view of the critical historical juncture, the Athens Biennale 2015 – 2017 focuses on burning issues such as the emergence of alternative economies, the performative in the political and the establishment of institutions that redefine the systems structures and its pre-existing models, while highlighting the current views of contemporary art.
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