Sunday, 9 September 2012

documentation of Vanishing Point, Action Field Kodra, 2012

Installation views of
Je mehr es hervordringt, 2008-2012

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Vanishing Point, Action Field Kodra, 2012

Action Field Kodra 2012
Friday 7th September to Tuesday 18th
Ex military camp Kodra
Kalamaria, Salonica, Greece
Exhibition Hours:
Sun - Thu: 20.00-23.00
Fri - Sat: 20.00-24.00
The annual Action Field Kodra Visual-Arts Festival has been running since 2001 and it focused from its very beginning on experimental creativity and young artists. Each year, it grows up in content and has an increasing regional and national profile for producing a novel and high-quality visual arts event. Over its history Action Field Kodra has presented the whole new generation of Greek artists, theorists and curators. Today, it consists one of the most important non-museum institutions in the country as it has contributed through its activity to the formation of the Greek contemporary art scenery and at the same time, it has developed into an amazing international art-experience featuring highly respected international artists.
This year Action Field Kodra, has a central theme, geared toward Salonica’s last century. All seven exhibitions and performances of Action Field Kodra 2012 are organized around a central concept, which is based on the idea that within these hundred years the city has developed a modernity in which contemporary visual arts can find a distinguished and lost ancestor. Action Field Kodra 2012 will attempt to investigate whether a dialogue – even a fictional one- between the urban, modern literature scene of Salonica and the contemporary artistic creation is not only possible, but able to light aspects of both art forms. A complete exhibition program is therefore organized, with the main focus on the different aspects of this matter. It includes seven exhibitions, two performances in public space, and an international conference.

Vanishing Point

Artists: Bassanos Kostas, Bofiliou Margarita, Efstathiou Eirene, Fasouli Maro, Gaitanidou Zoi, Gerodimos Vassilis, Greece is for Lovers, Hatziyannaki Zoe, Karastergiou Apostolos, Kassapis Andreas, Koulouras Panayiotis, Laios Alexandros, Loukas Panayiotis, Marinis Nikos, Moraki Elisavet, Moris Petros, Pantazopoulou Ioanna, Papadopoulos Panos, Petridis & Sakis Serefas, Prodromidis Theo, Sepetzoglou Nikos, Stamokopoulos Yorgos, Varveri Ersi, Versaweiss

 Today’s transitional circumstances, the emotions surfaced by them, the memories that come to mind, and the perspectives that are highlighted through the work of the modern artists of Greece. Starting point for all that is the multiple rearrangements that characterized the pass from the 19th to the 20th century, namely fin de siècle.

Curators: Katerina Nikou, Galini Notti, Evita Tsokanta

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Je mehr es hervordringt at the Sofia Film Festival, 17th March 2012

Past Entangled Tense / Cityscapes

one day of video art 
on the occasion of:

the UNESCO Forum Balkan Visions: Creativity for the Future in South-East Europe 
and Sofia International Film Festival

17th March 2012, Saturday
Central Army Club, Sofia
Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd 7, Sofia

the video programme runs throughout the day, from 9.30 to 18.30

Artists: Marko Kovačić, Adela Jušić,,  Hristina Ivanovska,  Calin Dan,
Adrian Paci, David Maljković, Theo Prodromidis, Aleksandar Spasoski, Mariana Vassileva

Selected by Margarita Dorovska

Past Entangled Tense and Citiscapes are screening programmes, including video works from the Transitland archive. All works in the two screening programmes are by artists from South East Europe.
Transitland. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989 - 2009 is a collaborative research and archiving project initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Its main outcome is a selection of 100 single-channel video works, produced in the period 1989-2009 and reflecting the transformations in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe. Transitland is not only the widest-spanning presentation of video art from Central and Eastern Europe but also a unique attempt to address and reflect upon an extensive period of complex transformation and changes. 
The project was realized by InterSpace Association Sofia, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest and transmediale festival for digital culture Berlin.

Past Entangled Tense 
tense [noun] -  a set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time (and sometimes also the continuance or completeness) of the action in relation to the time of the utterance
screening programme selected by Margarita Dorovska

No More Heroes Anymore, 1992, 18’15’’
A grotesque on the subject of war in Bosnia. A game of chess as a symbolic and performative practice is the core of this video that is intrinsically defined by small mise-en-scenes, transformed mechanical figurines, and the performance of the main protagonists. 
Marko Kovacic was born in 1956 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, former Yugoslavia, and lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Sniper, 2007, 4’11’’
This piece originates from the artist's attempt to face her wartime childhood and the experience of losing her father by a sniper's deadly shot. 
Adela Jusic was born in 1982 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia, and lives and works in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Safe distance, 1999, 21’
This videotape was recorded during NATO air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and shows the electronic cockpit of a U.S. Air Force plane with basic graphical interface and voice communication between pilots. This tape presents the last moments before the plane crashed shot after completing of its mission to bomb targets around the city of Novi Sad. was founded in 2000 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

-scape [comb. form] - denoting a specified type of scene 
screening programme selected by Margarita Dorovska

Naming of the Bridge: Rosa Plaveva and Nakie Bajram, 2006, 13'08''
This research-based project presents the artist's experience with the local authorities of the city of Skopje after submitting a proposal for naming the newly built bridge after the names of two women protesters and fellow citizens. 
Hristina Ivanoska was born in 1974 in Skopje, Macedonia, former Yugoslavia. Lives and works in Skopje, Macedonia.

Sample City, 2003, 11'29''
With sampled image and sound sequences, referring to one another in a precisely calculated rhythmic alternation in four screen frames, Calin Dan draws a portrait of the city of Bucharest. Dilapidated tower blocks next to estates of terraced houses, Roma families camping with their horses and carts in the wastelands in the midst of the city, broken streets and new shopping paradises – the video presents the former communist Bucharest as a city in upheaval, full of social contradictions and oppositions.
Calin Dan was born in 1955 in Arad, Romania and lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Turn on, 2004, 3'30’’
It presents an exhausting feeling of anticipation that derives from unresolved expectation. In the video a score of unemployed men who, in typical Mediterranean fashion, assemble on the steps of a square in Shkoder every day in the hope that someone will employ them. The initial silence gives way to a noise that gradually becomes deafening. Touching in its symbolical beauty, the last frame depicts each man holding a large light bulb which, fed by the generators, irradiates light and energy around them.
Adrian Paci was born in 1969 in Shkoder, Albania. Lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Scene for New Heritage, 2004, 4'33’‘
This work is the first part of the Scene for New Heritage trilogy which presents a futuristic world set in the year 2045. A group of people set off on a search for their heritage after a collective amnesia. They arrived to, for them, an unknown place of powerful historical character marked by the death of the last Croatian king, World War II, the partisan hospital there, to which a monument was dedicated, and then again the war in the 90's . But all this was no longer visible to them, only the monumentality of the place puzzled them. It seemed that the question of heritage is going to remain unsolved and that their moment is their heritage.
David Maljkovic was born in 1973 in Rijeka, Croatia, former Yugoslavia, and lives in Zagreb, Croatia.

Je mehr es hervordringt*, 2008, 20’00”
The work has as its main subject the production of commercial architectural structures (Mall of Sofa, Sofia Business Park, Europe Park Sofia) in present day Sofia. Those three locations of the film produce an axis of movement inside the city that is interrupted by sites of expected critical production such as the artist’s studio and the theatre, spaces that are traditionally located inside the fabric of a city and a society. The “object” of the proposed building plan of Europe Park Sofia is being transformed into a stage set and later, to a musical score and is finally being performed to another structure. It undergoes a circle between materiality and immateriality, a shifting state that could describe the cultural object as such, but also the aspirations and investments in such a building/object. 
Theo Prodromidis was born in 1979 in Thessaloniki and lives and works in Athens, Greece.
* Je mehr es hervordingt was produced in the framework of EMARE 2008, Sofia. It is not part of the Transitland archive.

Voyeur, 2008, 5'20''
As stated by Mimi Wehr: “The quintessence of the work is not a mere reporting, but the intuitive experience of a voyeur. [...] He makes use of existent film material and increases its effect by adding his own sequences and composing them anew. Out of his personal experience, he thereby shows scenes of someone wandering the streets at night, of alien cities and gazing into stranger’s windows, into stranger’s lives. ”
Aleksandar Spasoski was born in 1974 in Tetovo, Macedonia, former Yugoslavia. Lives and works in Munich and Berlin, Germany, and Skopje, Macedonia.

Journal, 2005, 12'
Mariana Vassileva feels her way past various locations led by different destinations. She is both adult and child at the same time. This is a method not just of feeling, but also of transforming the contour of the self. Our skin is border crossing.
Mariana Vassileva was born in 1964 in Antonovo, Bulgaria. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Public Domain, with Loandbehold at Supermarket 2012, Stockholm Independent Art Fair

Towards the performance of politics by a Harvard Professor (Fire, March, Freedom, Solidarity) 2011
Tzavella k Mesologgiou, Exarcheia, Athens

16 – 19 February 2012

Lo and Behold will participate in Supermarket Art Fair 2012 with the project “Public Domain” 

The project includes 25 artists / 25 site specifics located in 13 cities 
and it is curated by Artemis Potamianou and Giorgos Papadatos.

“Public Domain” is a call for artists to create within the bounds of the urban landscape, and uses as an index, the unique nature of an artist’s approach in an environment which is globalized, featuring similar problems and circumstances.

The participating artists follow a specific working process both in terms of method and end result. They are asked to imagine and to realize an intervention on a public site in the city where they live. Afterwards they are to photograph the intervention and submit it in the form of a poster. These posters will be exhibited at Lo and Behold’s booth at Supermarket.

The end result is a patchwork of a number of site-specific works which signify the artists’ varying investigations and concerns and at the same time serve as an intervention in the urban environment. An intervention which walks the fine line between legitimacy and illegitimacy, since viewing the art object is not chosen rather it is imposed upon the viewer. Concurrently, the artist is exposed in a way and on a scale in which not just his/her practice is externalized but individual ideas, feelings and attitudes are also freely expressed, following an internal negotiation where the personal is transformed into the public.
In this manner, a record is kept, a visual diary, but also a process of dialogue is activated which exceeds the boundaries of personal investigation.
This dialectic collage is acutely political in that it documents the pulse and the concerns of different artists who, not only reflect the culturally, politically and economically different societies which they are a part of, but in the end are also representative of contemporary art production of their time.

Participating artists

Guillaume Durand/Sanna Marander/Vasileia Stylianidou/Stephen Lee
Magnus Thierfelder/Nikos Tranos/Common Culture
Theo Prodromidis/Guerilla Girls/Eugenio Tibaldi /Luke Ralphs
Dimitris Christidis /Internationale Surplace /Andreas Voussouras
Bianco – Valente /Thanos Klonaris /Emma Hammarén
Société Réaliste/ Dimitra Marouda/Maria Lianou /Erika Rothenberg
Eva Marathaki /Lilli Kinnunen /Yorgos Taxiarchpoulos /Tanja Ostojic