The first section of “Synapse 2: Rethinking Institutional Critique. A View from the South.” concluded on 24th April. Synapse 2 will be reopening its doors on the 25th of May and conclude its works on the 31st.
The programme of the first section of Synapse 2: “Rethinking Institutional Critique. A View from the South”, part of Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA”, concluded with a screening of EktorasLygizos’ “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food”.
As part of Synapse 2, AB5to6 organised an international summit, revolving around four topics that aimed to answer an equal number of questions. The first panel, under the title “Why, What, And For Whom? Making a Biennial” focused on the origins and the destination of arts organisations. The second, titled “Common Praxis”, aimed to look into new activist, artistic and curatorial practices. During the third panel, under the name “Regionalism and the New South”, speakers placed their focus on the new spatial and geopolitical configuration of “the South”. The final panel, titled “Αcting Out: On the Body Politic” examined the ideas of personhood, reproductive labour and “the corporeal”. The summit was co-organised by the Athens Biennale and the Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, with the generous support of the Onassis Foundation.
During these past ten days, Bageion reopened its doors to the public. Resident artists and teams of the formerly abandoned hotel had the chance to showcase their work and were joined by new projects presented for the first time, or even conceptualised and completed within this period. The spaces of the historic building housed an array of new artwork, performances and interactive workshops, thus creating a novel artistic community in the heart of Athens. Further, the venue became the home of the first two, open to the general public, meetings of Athenian artist initiatives. The participants had the opportunity to discuss on the issues that the community faces, in order to try and create a new sui generis platform of collaboration.
Within the framework of the second Synapse, the collaboration with the Municipality of Athens (a co-organiser of Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA”) strengthened further with the bestowal by the municipal council of a new space to the Athens Biennale. This new venue, located on the Varvakios Square opposite the central market of the city, hosted a workshop on body theatre and will soon be fully incorporated into the daily works of the Biennale.
Synapse 2 will be reopening its doors on the 25th of May and conclude its works on the 31st. Within the frame of the 3rd Fast Forward Festival of the Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, a new 2-day symposium titled Art at the borders: spatial politics and post-colonial strategies in the Middle East, will take place. This event will be coorganised by the Athens Biennale and the OCC, and will be curated by OMONOIA programme director Massimiliano Mollona and Katia Arfara, concept and artistic director of the Fast Forward Festival.
Lastly, Bageion will reopen with old and new resident who will be showcasing their work.