During the month of April, Void will launch an experimental approach to its platform and will work on an open-source model.
Artists are invited to take over Void’s space for short-term presentations of various projects.
18-19 APR '17
Opening Time: 20h to 23h
Performances: 21h to 22h
Artists: Vasiliki Antonopoulou (GR), Alice Jacobs (UK), Lucy Wilson (UK) & Elliot Zabaroff (UK)
Exploring the notion of ‘deconstruction’ and ‘reconstruction’, each artist will present work that responds to this theme specifically. In this way, the works will stand together in an attempt to bring these actions to the hosting space. Taken from its Derridean definition as a tool for critiquing the relationship between text, language and meaning, ‘deconstruction’ here is used as a way of allowing a re-questioning and ‘stripping down’ of space. We want to use VOID as a portal where place gets lost, and identity disappears. By entering this state of mind, we are able to gain a distance that allows for a questioning and observation of space, where identity and the social can be re invented. An act of reconstruction.
Vasiliki Antonopoulou - “Untitled Live”, 2017 [durational performance] & “Xpat”, 2017 [looped video]
Alice Jacobs - “Defining the Length of a Passage”, 2017 [performance & video]
Lucy Wilson - “The Fourth Voice”, 2017 [audio installation]
Elliot Zabaroff - Untitled (test for “Dopamine”, 2017 - tapioca plastic mountain), 2017 [three dimensional]
20-21 APR '17
OPENING TIME - 20 APR '17 (THU): 20H TO 23H
OPENING TIME - 21 APR '17 (FRI): 14H TO 20H
ARTIST: Lucie Ferezou (FR) & Jeremy Barzic (FR)
“We could say that the contemplation of the clouds puts us in front of a world where there are as many forms as movements. The movements give us forms. The forms are in motion and the movement always deform them.”
“L’air et les songes” Gaston Bachelard.
The installation is about the explosive and curious sweet essence of Athens. The short movie is a kind of silent love story, which speaks only with the eyes. It can be the sea that looks at the light during the night, or the water that look at the fire during the riot on Saturday night. The sculpture on the floor consists of different forms, colors, textures, all of them obtained during walks in Athens.
The space is a contemplating landscape of contraction between fragility and something more strong or strange.
Lucie Ferezou - "Μπλε συζητηση", 2017
22-23 APR '17
OPENING TIME - 22 APR '17 (SAT): 20H TO 23H
OPENING TIME - 23 APR '17 (SUN): 14H TO 22H
ARTIST: Yannis Kotinopoulos (GR)
Some people collect cards with images of football players.
Others offer their own portrait to their beloved ones to carry with them.
Police forces everyone to carry a photo with their specifications.
Despite their importance now, one day all those papers will be considered useless.
Yannis Kotinopoulos made his own study on portraiture, collecting thousands of portrait photos. Questioning if those images are still important. Why? Or why not?
25-26 APR '17
OPENING TIME: 21h to 24h
ARTISTS: Stavros Yagulis (GR) & Vasilis Tsavdaridis (GR) + Gerard Wolf (FR/DE)
With 2+ (electro performative duo) Stavros Yagulis, Vasilis Tsavdaridis, Gerard Wolf, scenery/creative assistant.
"A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history. Dream interpretation is the attempt at drawing meaning from dreams and searching for an underlying message. Dreams can have varying natures, such as being frightening exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual . The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is self-aware. Dreams can at times make a creative thought occur to the person or give a sense of inspiration."
In metaphysics, the word “dream” often means promise or desire, an utopian reality, a possibility of an improbable life inside a surrealistic context where everything is possible.
In psychology is part of the study of the unconscious mind and the source of the traumas and possible enlightenment about the characteristics of the personality. In art, “dream” is identified with the reading of the world. All the senses of the artist act autonomously and with anarchy, creating a personal kaleidoscopic vision within which human existence is put in a special time and space frame. The 2+DREAMS project is functioning as a lab for dreams with the goal to create a common dream from the public to the public. The audience is called to set a photo exhibition with the dream material and then with their eyes open watch the common dream improvised from the Performers. 2+ (electro performative duo) was created in Athens in spring 2017. They combine live music with visuals creating multidisciplinary, interactive performances. That is why they keep the prefix 2+ in the titles of their shows. Where 2 refers to the performers and + to their each creation.
27-28 APR '17
OPENING TIME: 18h to 22h
Round table discussion: 27 Apr, 19H30
ARTIST: Kate Davis (AuS)
Round table: Bastian Fischer (DE), Dimitris Charitos (GR), Maria Mavropoulou (GR), Olga Stefatou (GR), & Vicky Markolefa (GR)
We’re constantly connected, absorbed into spaces that never sleep. Flashes of light and sound beckon our relentlessly racing minds forward. Cats playing keyboard oscillate past us, followed by Kim Kardashian’s latest hair-do and yet another catastrophic airstrike. Moments later, these pulsations are indistinguishable from one another in our scrambled minds, atrocities are reduced to a spray of pixels, and it’s business as usual. We stake our humanity by selecting the “I’m not a robot” box, but how much of this do we still retain?
Is the apathy present in today’s media-saturated society a symptom of overstimulation? Or is it something more sinister? "Indistinguishable Pulsations" examines this issue via a video and text based installation. Through hosting a roundtable discussion with relevant professionals, "Indistinguishable Pulsations" will become a site for audiences to consider this issue further. The installation will become an archive, with notes from the session being recorded and presented in the space, as well as made available online.
Kate Davis - "Indistinguishable Pulsations", 2017
Kate Davis is an Australian artist and curator currently residing in Berlin. Kate holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art and Design and a Graduate Certificate in Art History from the University of Melbourne, and has participated in exhibitions and residencies in Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin and Athens. Kate has worked for a number of arts organizations throughout Australia including the National Gallery of Victoria and the Biennale of Sydney, and is currently a Co-Director at Centrum , a non-profit project space in Berlin.
Bastian Fischer was born in Munich, Germany in 1980, and moved to Pretoria, South Africa with his family in 1995. After extensive travels through North and South America and a year in London, in 2003 Bastian began studying photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. In 2007 Bastian graduated, and his film "Of Silesian Streets And German Potatoes" won the prize for Best Young Visual Artist in Belgium, sponsored by the Fotomuseum Antwerp. In 2010 the film was awarded "Best International Biography Documentary" at the New York Independent Film Festival. Since 2007 he has worked as a freelance photographer and videographer, focusing predominantly on portraiture and reportage. After covering the refugee trail in Europe for a self-funded project, this topic remains close to his heart, and he has been based between Athens and Berlin ever since.
Dimitris Charitos is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Athens. He has studied Architectural Design (National Technical University of Athens, 1990), Computer Aided Design and has a PhD on Interactive Design and Virtual Environments (University of Strathclyde, 1998). He has also taught at an undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1994 in Scotland and Greece (Department of Informatics, University of Athens and Dept of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens). He has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications in books, journals or conference proceedings. His research interests include: interactive design, virtual environment design, locative media, mediated spaces, ambient intelligence, digital art, and visual design. His artistic work involves electronic music, audiovisual, non-interactive or interactive, site-specific installations and virtual environments.
Maria Mavropoulou is completing a Masters in Fine Arts at Athens School of Fine Arts. Maria plays with the perception of viewers, questioning the power and role of photography in an era that is dominated by it. Maria has exhibited in Greece and abroad, and is a member of Depression Era, an artist collective comprised of 36 artists, photographers, writers, curators, designers and researchers, and responds to the urban and social landscapes of the crisis, seeking to stand outside the media montage and white noise of current public discourse by creating their own mosaic of images and texts.
Olga Stefatou studied photography at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and in 2012 obtained a Masters degree in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Bolton, UK based in China. Her work focuses on places in political crisis and violence against women in Athens and Beijing. Through journalistic missions she has travelled extensively, especially in Asia, to document peoples struggles and to convey their insights. Her work has appeared in Greek and International publications and group exhibitions. Olga is also a member of Depression Era.
Vicky Markolefa is a communications expert, photographer and documentarist, based in Athens, Greece. She holds a BA in Business and Marketing and she has attended several courses and seminars. Vicky has been working in over forty countries, in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, independently and with leading companies, NGOs and media, for more than seventeen years. Her projects have featured in local and international publications, festivals and exhibitions and she has been awarded for her documentary, photography and communications work. Since 2016, she is a Co-Founder of Mind the Bump, a creative team of photographers and media experts.
29-30 APR '17
OPENING TIME - 29 APR '17 (SAT): 20H TO 23H
OPENING TIME - 30 APR '17 (SUN): 14H TO 22H
ARTISTS: Andreas Papamichael (CYP) & Michael Almiroudis (GR)
The team installation “Nature of Indeterminacy” consists of 2 identical projects on the conscious approach of the meaning of nature, as well as on the focus point of “disintegration”. The connection between the means of photography and the means of installation gives - while opposing - a multipart of interpretation, innuendos and criticism of the essentialism of nature. Meanings like “disintegration” and “sepsis” mobilize against the traditional ontology for nature, transforming the “essential” to a verbal subject that lays as a waif of a “nature of undefined”. The neologism “nature of undefined” refers to a content of deconstruction of the “ontology” from the “nature”, focusing on the relationships between the role of the “researcher” and “constructor” that approaches the nature. We believe that every “word” on the entity doesn’t stop declaring a “structural” leadership, the one that connects to the “social codification” as “the understanding of life”. The essence of “undefined” doesn’t only exist, but applies practices of empiricism, repositing contradictions and questions between the “being” and the “living”.
01 MAY '17
OPENING TIME: 17H TO 23H
ARTISTS: Diane Hillebrand (DE), Eri Dimitriadi (GR), Esther Poppe (DE/ZA) & Hamid Aaqil Shah (AF)
Every time a message is initiated, it embodies the vagueness of the space within the communication. When this message is received it will be perceived in another notion as it was meant to be. The reacting message repeats this transmission, thereby it forms an imperfect loop.
'Score 1, 2, 3 (Interviews)' maps out the circulations and looped movements of conversations within a group of five people from different backgrounds. Dealing within absence and presence, the group is coming together in different constellations. The work focuses on marginal gaps in the communication within the group: gestures, body-language, touch, mimic, verbalization, signs, time, etc. All conversations are recorded, remembered, videotaped, reenacted or retold through various media and then put in new settings and timeframes within a changed constellation of people.
All those conversations are filtered through various bodies and media, then finally mapped out with a limited Text editor, typing with only one font. By using different glyphs, the font changes because of a bug in the program. The group met at documenta14 summer camp intensive: school of listening and goes on working collectively.
With VOID, Esther Poppe, Eri Dimitriadi, Hamid Aaqil Shah and Diane Hillebrand are presenting the first and fundamental formulation which will be and already was interpreted in coming states and times of memory.
The open-source model is a decentralized development model that encourages open collaboration. A main principle of open-source development is peer production, with products such as source code, blueprints, and documentation freely available to the public.
Generally, open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design. Open-source code is meant to be a collaborative effort, where programmers improve upon the source code and share the changes within the community. Depending on the license terms, others may then download, modify, and publish their version back to the community.
Studio / workspace
Void is a newly created project, focusing on alternative publishing, exhibitions and workshops.
Void is also a physical space in the center of Athens, that can host your ideas.
Our goal is to engage in a series of projects around photography and other visual arts and to make Void a platform for exchanging ideas with people living both in Greece and abroad.
105 57 | Athens