17 mei 2018
Today Platforms Project in Athens will start. Due to teaching obligations I could not come sooner, but my EX-MÊKH Buddies took care of everything. The project we want to realise is “Shifting Realities” in which we expect the public to participate in making collages from newspapers from the Eastern Mediteranean region. The newspapers will be bought anew every day. and they will contain the news of the day. We will contribute also, but we don’t read Greek, Turkish, Georgian, Azerbeidjani, Russian a.s. In this way we will create another “Cadavre exquis” in which text and image will be juxtaposed in unexpected ways. We also want the public to act as artist, that is: to be co-author of the collages we will make each day.
As a note to all this I will make five Athens-Diary drawings during the Fair in which I will note my personal experience as a contrast to all the stuff from the news.
Our invitation card shows a picture from a holiday we had together with our children. The plastic pool looks lake a perfect frame.
Ellen Rodenberg is arranging her electronic stuff
The venue where Platforms Project is helt is an exhibitionspace in the local artschool. Last year it housed part of the Athens edition of Documenta. Here everybody is building up!
And before the opening we start our first collage
Our stand before the opening
With my first Diary page from May 16. We put the collage paper in the pool without fastening it.
Soon the public starts cutting and pasting the material.
During the opening it got busier and busier
and all kinds of things were happening. This performance is done by an artist who put a floor-piece over his head to go walking in a very solemn way
This is just the beginning of the opening which was a great succes!
The collages met with great enthousiasm
And in the end I added . Diary-page of May 17 on the side
And the first collage was taken from the wall…
And it was put into the pool