Thursday, 16 June 2011

PLEASURE, curated by Margarita Kataga at ABOUT:

Thursday 16th of June - 9th of July 2011 
Yannis Malegiannakis // Nikos Papadopoulos // Tereza Papamichali // Lila Polenaki // Theo Prodromidis // Daphni Rokou // Vassileia Stylianidou
Opening: Thursday, 16th of June 2011, at 20.00
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 17.00 – 21.00, Saturday 12.00 – 16.00

Curator: Margarita Kataga

An essay by the Italian philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), entitled The Theory of Pleasure, inspired the idea of a project for recording and studying the concept of “pleasure”, which for many centuries was a central issue for the human psyche. However, the excesses related to pleasure and its two-fold nature may turn it into a trap for human nature.

Leopardi writes with a prophetic pen, raising issues that are still of interest:
“In this life, the most certain pleasure is the futile pleasure of illusions”. And in another passage he states: “Illusions, though degraded and denounced by reason, still exist in this world and constitute the biggest part of life”.

Since in today’s consumerist society reality is defined by simulacra –described by French philosopher, J.Baudrillard, as the conjunction of reality and its image- how real can pleasure be? How is it defined? And in which degree can subjectivity support its manifestations?

Seven visual artists present and critically review the “masks” of pleasure and the boundaries between its essential meaning and the theatricality that sometimes accompanies its manifestations.

At the same time, drawing from humans’ relation to nature and the notion of collectivity within a societal context, the artists juxtapose their counter-suggestions regarding pleasure’s fake existence.

The associations and interrelations created among the presented works, raise important issues regarding enjoyment and the subjective dimension of pleasure.

installation views of

SERENADE TO SPECTACLE, 2006,16mm to DVCAM,stereo,6’30”

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Farewell at Kunsthalle Athena documentation

524 books on the Left
524 new sentences produced
a collaboration between Aggeliki Papoulia and Theo Prodromidis 


Goodbye Mr. Socialism,
Έτσι μεγάλωσα και έγινα κομμουνιστής
Qu’ est-ce que le communisme?
Μεγάλη Σοβιετική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια
Το Κεφάλαιο
Σύντομο Κοινωνικοπολιτικό Λεξικό
Ανατομία του Κομμουνισμού
Η Ρωσία όπως την έιδα
Ο «Αριστερισμός» παιδική αρρώστια του κομμουνισμού
Big History and the future of humanity
Το λυκόφως των κοινωνικών θεών
Περί του ορισμού της τρομοκρατίας
Ένα  βήμα μπρός, δύο βήματα πίσω
Το επαναστατικό πρόβλημα σήμερα
Για την ορθή λύση των αντιθέσεων
Η εποχή των άκρων
First as tragedy, then as farce
Ο κόσμος που είδα ανατολικά
Η επανάσταση ως υποκείμενο και ως αναπαράσταση
Κριτική της “αντιαυταρχικής” αγωγής

books (variable amount), 5 actors, 1 slide projector, 1 overhead projector, 1 video projector, 1 laptop, 1 printer, sound, duration variable

above photos by Spyros Staveris