Video Art Miden welcomes the new year with 3 new online programs, which will remain accessible to all friends and video art lovers during January: 2 programs dedicated to contemporary Greek video art ("Occupants" and "Carry on", curated by Gioula & Olga Papadopoulou) and the selection "Time quarantined" presented in collaboration with The New Museum of Networked Art & ALPHABET Art Centre by invited curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne.
The programs will remain open 1-31 of January 2021 at Video Art Miden youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ly7FIRWx2-fXyrAulY-DQ
More specifically, the online screenings include the following programs:
Occupants // Curated by Gioula & Olga Papadopoulou
The selection presents 7 works by contemporary Greek artists, focusing on human presence and action, through various manifestations:
Yiannis Pappas, who presents 2 of his works here, focuses on performance, using symbolic sociological elements and creating tensions between space and the body as an entity and as existence. Alexia Psaradeli, on whose work the title of the selection is based, "lives" and coexists with imaginary biological forms -parasites of the subconscious during sleep- and converses with them silently through a choreographed movement. George Boudalis leads us to a landscape of fragmented writing, where we wander among scattered, unrelated words until a memento mori symbol is revealed. Bill Psarras explores the concept of futility through a video performance where common stones are patiently turned into gold - but only on the surface. Anastasia Lamprou in a double action explores and symbolically draws the limits of the physical and mental space through sound, rhythm and a movement neurotic and hypnotic at the same time. Kostas Daflos roams the streets of Piraeus with a peculiar technological lantern that reproduces pre-recorded noises randomly and irregularly in a neglected urban landscape, with the audience being minimal, random, and mostly indifferent.
All together, the works of the selection compose an "ode" to vanity and to the agony of human existence to find a meaning, through actions, writings-rewritings and almost Sisyphean repetitions that strive to leave a mark, a semantically and conceptually charged trace of human activity, of life and art.
- Yiannis Pappas & Thiago Bortolozzo, Amid, Germany 2014, 1.30
- Alexia Psaradeli, Occupants, Scotland 2016, 4.32
- George Boudalis, Memento mori, Greece 2020, 1.00
- Bill Psarras, Territorial Poetics (III: Vanity), Greece 2020, 13.32
- Anastasia Lamprou, 2328, Greece 2018, 8.00
- Yiannis Pappas, Demi Gloire (Semi-Glory), Greece 2016, 5.30
- Kostas Daflos, Cipo_09 <laterna>: [garbocracy], Greece 2016, 5.55
Carry on // Curated by Gioula & Olga Papadopoulou
The video program presents 7 contemporary Greek artists who use different morphological and conceptual elements in their work, having as a common axis the concept of wandering (and sometimes stopping), physically and spiritually. Alexandros Kaklamanos, who opens the program, guides us in the process and the concept of an outdoor installation that took place in 2018 in Naxos, exploring the phenomenon of the vortex. Giorgos Efthimiou, visualizing a surrealistic idea for an abstract film, introduces us to the microbiota of a house, starting with the lemons that rot in the sun. Vasilios Papaioannu takes us on a journey of inner search in a film that tries to guess the future while capturing a timeless present through poetic images that seem eerie and dreamy. Maria Tsiroukidou attempts a personal "critical historiography" through a series of numbered frames, exploring the concept of capturing reality, altering it and turning it into an idea. Antigone Michalakopoulou, playing with speech and its flow, follows a personal path of thoughts by connecting pre-written "statements", personal confessions that, although seemingly insignificant, one would not easily make. Magda Lambropoulou invites us to a small inner journey for just two minutes, leaving our gaze wandering in a sea of floating stars. Finally, Babis Venetopoulos makes us stand and watch him as he stares at us in the middle of an urban street, carrying on his back the oversized figure of his father. Will he continue his course carrying the heavy load on his back? Is this burden the past of us all?
- Alexandros Kaklamanos, Chasing the dustdevil, Greece 2018, 7.48
- Giorgos Efthimiou, ASE TA LEMONIA NA SAPIZOUN STON ILIO, Greece 2019, 2.08
- Vasilios Papaioannu, Two, USA 2018, 8.04
- Maria Tsiroukidou, Sequences/Impacts, Greece 2019, 2.32
- Antigone Michalakopoulou, Oasi II, Greece 2019, 6.58
- Magda Lampropoulou, “Floating stars_snevaeh yretaW”, Greece 2020, 2.08
- Babis Venetopoulos, Pride III, Greece 2011, 2.00
The New Museum of Networked Art & ALPHABET Art Centre:
Time quarantined // curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
In these times of the pandemic many people become aware of the restrictions of the “usual”. Those things which were taken for granted before receive suddenly an unusual status. Time seems to be paralyzed, set in quarantine – or is it just a paradigm shift?
The program of the selected videos is a composition of different aspects of time in all their contradictions according to an artistic view manifested in 13 art videos:
- Karin & Didi Fromherz (Switzerland) - Handshake, 2014, 4:30
- Ronnie Sluik (Netherlands) - Ronnie Likes to Know, 2017, 1’13
- Jason Jenn (USA) - We Wear Many Different Masks, 2020, 3:00
- Alexandra Anikina (Russia) - Some Entropy in Your Tea, 2013, 8:15
- Brit Bunkley (New Zealand) - Pillard of Cloud, 2016, 4:00
- Johannes C. Gerard (Germany) - Isolate, 2019, 2:58
- Louise Coetzer (RSA) - Dead Air, 2011, 5:12
- Arie Sigal & Ben-David Sigal (Israel) - Perlite, 2018, 4:17
- Lisi Prada (Spain) - State of Emergency, 2020, 3:30
- Shahar Marcus & Hagit Grossman (Israel) - Johanna and Me, 2020, 9:58
- Farid Hamedi // Rohina (Iran) - A Chair For All, 2019, 7:44
- Vojislav Radovanović (Serbia/USA) - Suburbia, 2020, 11:00
- Katya Yakubov ( Uzbekistan) - Migration, 2014, 1:33
The programs will be available online on Video Art Miden's youtube channel from 1 to 31 of January 2021.
Also, Video Art Miden collaborates with mink festival, an online festival created to explore the environmental, social and psychological consequences of the pandemic, presenting the video art program "EARTHLINGS: Snapshots from the End", curated by Evi Stamou & Pietro Radin for the whole duration of mink, 21 of December 2020 to 21 of March 2021, on https://minkfestival.com/.
"EARTHLINGS: Snapshots from the End" is a curated selection of 10 video works showcasing the everyday existence of the many diverse lifeforms that inhabit the planet, their lives considered against the backdrop of humankind’s burdensome ecological footprint.
The works we present, completed shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic, capture our dystopian present and paint an elegiac portrait of this ailing planet, the reluctant home for countless hopeful inhabitants (trees and spiders, crows and mollusk, goats and humans).
«EARTHLINGS: Snapshots from the End» is one of the three video art programs that were screened online during October 2020 in Video Art Miden’s YouTube channel.
- Kristian Xipolias, Ruina, Italy 2019, 3.13
- Dante Albanesi, Sabbia fine estate, Italy 2019, 4.30
- Isabelle Nouzha, Dystopian Patterns, Belgium/Lebanon 2019, 6.43
- Shelly Silver, Score for Joanna Kotze, Italy/USA 2019, 4.16
- Alina Vasilchenko, The Crows (Urban Birds), Russia 2018, 3.25
- Gabriele Rossi, Oneira Glyka, France/Greece 2018, 5.27
- Maya Connors, Diary of an organism (newly translated), Germany 2019, 11.20
- Przemek Węgrzyn, Scarcity, Poland 2019, 14.45
- Shelly Silver, This Film, Germany/USA 2018, 6.52
- Eleni Magklara, Stelios Papiemidoglou & Efi Roufagala, Imprint, Greece 2019, 3.11
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