17 mei 2019
17 mei 2019
16 mei 2019
After a morning of finishing touches, a press-conference by directors Artemis Potamianou and Michalis Argyrouat the press makes a round. At 19.00 h the fair is opened for invited guests and even before the crowd starts streaming in. The amount of visitors is twice that of last year which is what you would expect seeing people strolling by.
EX-MÊKH’s Ellen Rodenberg has been asked to manage the children’s educational department and instruct the volunteers for workshops, tours of the fair and preparing the workshop space. That takes a lot of her time after EX-MÊKH’S booth is finished
An impression of the day, with first the installation by EX-MÊKH as it was finished:
15 mei 2019
This year again, EX-MÊKH participates in Platforms project in Athens. It takes place in the Nikos Kessanlis-exhibition hall of the Athens School for Fine Arts for the second time after Documenta resided there. Art Athína will not take place this year and during this fair students will show their work in open studios. Expectations are high so we start setting up our installation. We decided to show the individual works of all three of us in one large installation, in perfect equilibrium. In this way we illustrate the way EX-MÊKH has worked for 13 years already: we developed an understanding of each others needs and fortes. Here you will find an impression of the building up:
14 mei 2019
EX-MÊKH is deze week in Athene voor deelname aan Platforms Project, verslagen volgen zo spoedig mogelijk:
May 19, 2018
Today I visited some of the stands at Platforms Project 2018 to check out what they were doïng, here are some things I liked:
After having dinner in the hip area near the Keramikos subwaystation we went to Beton 7 which hosts an international show by IS-projects from Leiden (NL) under the name “RNOP – HELLENIKON” and “Doldrums”, a video installation by Jenn E. Norton.
May 18, 2018
On this second day I had the opportunity to see some things in Athens, so I decided to go to the Byzantine Museum to try and understand somthing of the history of this region and, having some time left, to visit the cradle of democracy on the Philopappos hill which itself is called the Mouseion, the hill of the muses. After this I went back to the ASFA to take part in our project for Platforms Project.
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.
May 26, 2017
Today is the last day of the Platforms Project. I had an option on my drawing which I sold definitely today. After 15.00 h we cleared out. We decided to visit the Acropolis and to have dinner in the Plaka, it seems obligatory for the ones who came in yesterday. After dinner we are invited at an opening at Beton 7 Radio, together with a Jazz concert by the Blue Note Trio: Jazz Archeology that is! It got to be a nice and relaxed day with another unexpected number of visitors at the fair.
May 24, 2017
Today EX-MÊKH’s fans from Holland arrived at the fair. We took the opportunity in the morning to visit another Documenta site and after the fair Artemis had arranged for everybody in the fair to have drinks and a meal together in Petralona, a busy neighbourhood with lots of bars and restaurants.
So in the morning we went to the Benaki annexe in Pireos street, another beautiful new building that normally houses modern Greek art. Now, Documenta occupies the ground floor with, to my opinion, the best part of Documenta in Athens.