What we saw on the 3rd Week of AGORA
The third week of the 4th Athens Biennale was a full week that started with the Uncommon Commons Re (Projected) workshop by Jenny Marketou, with guest speakers from Greece and abroad and closed with music by bands of the Generation 2.0 festival. Audience attendance was particularly impressive on Saturday, when Blitz Theatre Group presented GALAXY at Sofokleous, while at the same time the third and very interesting meeting of the VALUE workshop was in progress at the Machine room. The speakers’ participation proved to be substantial as well as revealing both at the roundtable discussion realized by Generation 2.0 and the KYKLOS panel on Sunday, focused on human rights. On the same day, ROMVOS realized their performance in collaboration with the Scavengers Association at the Korean Market of Iera Odos.
Everything that has already happened and will be introduced to the 4th Athens Biennale can be found from now onwards on the new LiveBlog page on the AGORA website: http://athensbiennale.org/category/liveblog/. The Documentation Team of the 4th Athens Biennale concentrates there pictures and sounds from the AGORA happenings creating its live calendar.
The program of the 4th week of AGORA
Ianna Andréadis, ATHINA THEA
The program of the fourth week of AGORA opens on Tuesday, October 22nd, at 5:30 pm, with the first entry from the Open Call of the 4th Athens Biennale in AGORA. ATHINA THEA is a collective photography project of Ianna Andréadis, open to everyone that attempts to show an unpublished ‘home’ and a personal perspective of Athens. The window defines the frame of photography/view (thea) as a visual art context. Every view tends to be a part of ‘work’ that highlights/utilizes each daily perspective.
Eva Fotiadi & Nikos Doulos, Event as a Process, Cities in an Ongoing State of Emergency and the Artists’ Stance
On the same day, at 7 pm, Eva Fotiadi and Nikos Doulos present in AGORA the platform Event as a Process, Cities in an Ongoing State of Emergency and the Artists’ Stance, which is also published on the AGORA website from this week onwards: http://athensbiennale.org/event-as-process/. The aim of this platform is to address the city as narrative and mediated portrait, as well as the limitations of the artist as public intellectual from an interdisciplinary point of view. The presentation of the platform is curated by Eva Fotiadi and Nikos Doulos, with the participation of: Sofia Dona (link: http://sofiadona.com/),Vasilis Noulas (link: http://www.novamelancholia.gr) and FOUNDLAND (link: http://foundland.info/)
Amund Sjøllie Sveen, Economic Theory for Dummies and Τhe Norwegian Way
On Wednesday 23 October at 7 pm, Amund Sjøllie Sveen will realize in AGORA the lecture performance Economic Theory for Dummies. The trained percussionist and composer Amund Sjølie Sveen has transformed his artistic practice in recent years into a very concrete discussion of political and economic challenges both in the globalized world and his native Norway. Economic Theory for Dummies (2013) is an attempt to fulfill his own dire need to understand economy, a small contribution to the public demand to regain power from politicians and financial experts.
The Norwegian artist will also be in AGORA on Thursday 24 October at 7:30 pm, with the lecture performance Τhe Norwegian Way, a dive into the self-image of Norway, the problem of the oil, the possible connection between money and happiness and an exploration of art’s potential to change the world.
Matei Bejenaru, My Head, My Street…
On Friday 24 October at 7 pm, AGORA welcomes at Sofokleous Matei Bejenaru, initiator of the Periferic Biennial of Contemporary Art (1997-2008) in Iaşi, Romania, and co-founder of the Vector Association. In the performance My head, my street…, Bejenaru calls us to contemplate the way an individual relates to the events of which history is made in times of uncertainty and unrest.
Value workshop, Elpida Rikou
On Saturday 26 October at 5 pm in the Machine room at Sofokleous the fourth meeting of the VALUE workshop will take place, a two months’ workshop in progress in AGORA coordinated by Elpida Rikou.
In th cntext of the workshop, a discussion will take place, titled Education+Value = Employment ↔ Value = Education+Employment, with the participation of: Grigoris Papazafeiriou (teacher, visual artist, William Morris College), Nelly Askouni (Associate Professor Sociology of educational practices, University of Athens), Galini Iliopoulou (occupational psychologist, co-founder of the network Women on Top), Stella Kasdagli (journalist, writer and translator, co-founder of the network Women on Top), Kelly Sokou (mentor) and Asimenia Petsi (mentoree).
Moreover, Marilena Synodinou (architect-visual artist) will present the visual arts project You Are Here and Eva Marathaki (visual artist) and Io Chaviara (visual artist) will present the happening Unforgiving Measurements.
Pil & Galia Kollektiv, A Guide to Office Clerical Time Standards
On Saturday at the evening, AGORA will close with a performance by Pil & Gallia Kollektiv titled A Guide to Office Clerical Time Standards (2013), which will start at 8 pm. The Kollectiv’s interpret in AGORA a corporate manual from 1960 in a live performance. The pamphlet is focused on the time necessary for the accomplishment of minute labor procedures in the office, from the depressing and releasing of typewriter keys to the opening and closing of file cabinet drawers.
AGORA – KYKLOS: Collaboration
The fourth week of AGORA closes with the series of discussions AGORA – KYKLOS. Invited to Kyklos, the teams and initiatives that actively touch these subjects will have 10-15 minutes in order to share their practical approaches as answers to the question Now what?
On Sunday 27 October at 6:00 pm, Collaboration will be the centre of the third thematic unit of Kyklos. The discussion will be joined by: Joint and Collaborative Economy Festival, Time Bank, Surfers4Life, The other Person, Nomadic Kitchen, Synallois, Plato Academy.