TALKS@Art Athina 2016

28 mei 2016

On saturday EX-MÊKH was invited for TALKS@Art Athina. First four platforms were able to introduce themselves and after that we had the opportunity to describe our collaboration with A-Trans from Berlin. It was interesting to hear what other initiatives had to say about their practice, Some were very pragmatic and fast moving and some were very serious and theoretical. Social and political circumstances are having a great influence on the way initiatives function, but motivated artists find their way allways!

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KangarooCourt from Greece made a serious and deliberate statement about their intentions. Their presentation in the booth on the other hand, a performance called Worst Case Scenario, was light and ironical.

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A video from one of their activities

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As allways, George Oreopoulos moderated the talks

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Linda Weiss explained about Scotty Enterprises Berlin. She made an installation of the booth of this initiative in which she worked with a poster she found in Athens to make a statement about “Strategies of the non-stratified: Thinking the outside (Power)”

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The story of Amrali Ghasemi of Parking Gallery from Iran impressed me: curating exhibitions in Teheran in the garage of his parents he developed a program, constantly reacting on different kinds of pressure he continued by making pragmatic adaptations to the exhibitions.

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Petri Saariko from Finland represented Kallio Kunsthalle. Petri likes to work with socially deviant people as could be concluded from the booth of his initiative. Coming from the world of computertechnology it is a great step, but the lively presentations we were happy to experience seem to suggest this is far more satisfactory than the world of ICT.

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In his images we could also see that the Kallio Kunsthalle can do much with little

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Then the Collaborative Projects took their place behind the table: Beaston Projects, rosalux and A Brooks Art explained how they organized their very successful presentation at Platforms projects by word of Bella Easton (left), Julia Riddiough (middle) and Tony Domingos

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One of the projects at rosalux in Berlin

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Peetri Saarikko was very interested in the stories of the artists

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Then it was time for Greek artists collaborating: Orizontas Gegonoton and En-Flo that had the large amount of suit-cases around one of the booths. Apparently it was part a a large project that took the artists all over the country.

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The last collaborative project was the project under construction of EX-MÊKH and A-Trans. Your humble servant told about the practice of EX-MÊKH and how, during the first Art Athina A-Trans and EX-MÊKH found themselves to be having a similar attitude and  similar interests, which might be the basis for collaboration.

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There was quite some public during the talk

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Then I talked about the parallel Malieveld Project the artists of EX-MÊKH were involved in. For example here with a work by Maarten Schepers. The Malieveld is a large public space in Den Haag where artists gather on saturday-mornings to make, present and document works between 11.00 and 12.00 h

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EX-MÊKH collaborates with other initiatives as here in Italy with Werkbank, Kunsthalle Eurocentre Lana and Quartair. This is a performance of mine during the opening of the exhibition called Mirror Man

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And recently we started to collaborate with A-Trans. We made an exhibition called Augentausch in the space of A-Trans in Berlin, which fitted in the series Recipro-City of A-Trans

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Here Isolde Nagel of A-Trans talks about the history of her platform

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During Augentausch we also  did performances. Ellen Rodenberg tries to have visitors collaborate in making art during the opening.

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And Marian Wijnvoord, artist with A-Trans, has similar interests. She invades private space with her Living Room Project in which she has her work in peoples living space for three months. This is documented and an exhibition is made of the project later.

TALKS@Art-Athina 2016

 

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Platform Project & Art Athina 2016

May 27, 2016

In spite of the crisis atmosphere in Athens and the refugee-problems that haunt the country the Athens artfair took place again this year. The Taekwondo Stadium had been occupied with refugees in winter during heavy rains which resulted in a lot of problems.  Nevertheless, the fair continued but the big galleries in Greece didn’t show up and the galleries that did show up were very conservative in their choice of artists. The Platform Project on the other hand was very interesting this year. It is always worth to visit but now the side show for non-commercial art platforms showed great art and awareness of the human and the political situation which in some cases led to  moving art works.

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Look at the fair from the platforms

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Derek Liddington at 8Eleven, a very interesting sculptor. these are studies after an Elsworth Kelly drawing

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This video was shot by Liddington, having four actors making a pillar of clay and creating a tension between disciplines

 

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This was an ongoing performance in 8eleven in which a dancer would reenact the choreography “Ode” which was executed by les Ballets Russes in 1913. The floor on which the dancer moved was a square meter of clay

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I found this work very moving: in an inter-active work, Navine Khan Dossos tries to paint the 2000 people that have sought refuge in the Taekwondo Stadium last winter. Visitors and colleagues are invited to contribute as the artist will continue to paint until the end of the fair.

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This beautiful Painting has been made by an icon-painter for Kallio Kunsthalle (FI), following the text that Petri Saariko had prepared.

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Andreas Martí installed this drawing installation at Dienstgebäude

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It is continuing to draw during the fair

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This wall sculpture of Bettina Diel could also be seen at Diensgebäude

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From Nantes (FR) came Extra Muros in which these wall sculptures by Romain Rimbaud were shown

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Interesting painting at Foss (GR)

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A short visit to the real fair: here a photograph by Sarah Lucas

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Nice political drawings by Tasos Pavlopoulos

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Collage by Maria Ikonomoupoulou

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who also made beautiful embroideries on newspaper, shown at Mulier Mulier

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Where also work of the painter Guy van Bossche was shown

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I rather liked these collages because of the use of material. made by Nikos Varitymiadis

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Taubert Contemporary showed an artist with over-all design: Lars Arrhenius

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Curator of Platform Projects, the wonderful Artemis Potamianou, an artist also, showed at the floor of the fair

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Kallio Kunsthalle showed performance “about the self-determination of women”

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At MUU (F) the performance artist Helinä Hukkataival showed a very sensitive performance

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resulting in a beautiful series of personae

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From the Netherlands came Bcademie, a post-graduate training for artists (after A you have to say B). Here initiators Alex Jacobs and Daan den Houter talk with their students, of which six were doïng performances durig the fair. One for a Euro!

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The students found props in Athens and used those to arrange their space

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They proved quite popular, here Elsemarijn Bruijs working on chewing gum

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The shift was together with Philippa Driest

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Who showed pictures of urban places accompanied by sounds of airplanes

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AKA artist run from Saskatchewanm, Canada with sculpture of Svea Ferguson

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Super 8 video by Leslie Supnet

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and Lori Blondeau who researches diverse persona’s

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The Lo and Behold (GR) wants to fertilise the soil in “Bureau of Soil making” by Yiannis Hiridoglou

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From Boston (USA) the Museum of Contemporary Cuts with heavy conceptual work with a direct approach

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Which works rather good I think

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Then an installation of Amiraly from Parking Gallery/New media Society from Iran, a presentation which is well worked out

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Cut the Fence, a project of Copa & Sordes: the 657 meter long fence of a Swiss refugee camp is transformed in to the same length of African damask fabric with fence pattern: everybody who cuts a piece of it contributes to the destruction of the fence

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Groupshow at SCI (UK) with very nice works, some fresh from the boats coming to Greece

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Ed video: always interesting video-stuff, here by Iris Fraser and David Hanes

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Foreign Affairs, A beautiful collaboration by Bella Easton, Tiny Dominguez and Julia Riddlough of resp. Beaston projects, Rosa Lux and A Brooks Art

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The beauty of statistics, by Tiny Dominguez

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In the mean while the Capacity-project of Navine Khan Dossos is a large succes

 

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The refugee-camp is turning in a large field of flowers!

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At A-Trans beautiful work on paper by Marian Wijnvoord

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Who also burns down the Netherlands in her Photo-collages

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The line in Andreas Martí’s installation is lengthening

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Bcademy’s students don’t stop performing, here Maud van den Beuken moves sand

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from stage to visitor

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and Casper Braat plans a make-over for your humble reporter

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Various Artists from Belgium, a research in shit which Belgians find interesting in general

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Trying to find the pearls which are being digested by test-persons

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And also the deterioration of Bonsai-trees under water is a process that results in esthetic pleasures under the name Agua con Gaz

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The very big collective EN-FLO (GR) installed suit-cases with fillings

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And then there is the very interesting Milena Principle, showing projects that relate to our own activities. Action in public space about silence and slowness.

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In Venice

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And Athens, we will hear more from them!

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Last but certainly not least Kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders from Den Haag (NL), here an expanding painting by Lucius Pax

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Painting by Liesbeth Bosch

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And surprising ceramics by Corine Barendregt

Art Athina 2016

Framed Divergence

May 26, 2016

At Platforms Project during Art Athina 2016 EX-MÊKH presented it’s installation Framed Divergence, consisting of works by Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg and Kees Koomen. Images in a cinematographic cave, formed by the light shed by the artists on reality:

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View of the booth

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View on right side

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view on left side

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Maarten Schepers: no title

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Ellen Rodenberg: composition made of disposable materials

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Another view on the right side of the booth

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Kees Koomen

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Under – Kees Koomen: Street sounds. Above – Maarten Schepers: No title

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Maarten Schepers: No title

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Ellen Rodenberg: Composition

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Kees Koomen: Street sounds

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Kees Koomen: no title

Platforms Project @ Art-Athina