Alaa Abu Asad, Serge Campo, Elena Chantzis, Catriona Gallagher, Athanasios Gatos, Caterina Giansiracusa, Niki Gulema, Iasonas Kampanis, Vicky Konstantinidou, Konstantinos Kotsis, Aristidis Lappas, Dimitra Nikolou, Marina Papadaki, Antigone Pogiatzi, Nikoleta Prepi, Katerina Samara, Alexandra Sinopoulou, Eleni Tomadaki, Ellie Tsatsou, Eva Vaslamatzi
It comes and goes.
Is it going to last forever?
Do you hear anything?
Can we be prepared for the heatwave?
Heatwave is a state of body
Heatwave is a state of mind
Heatwave is a wave, an urgency, a dystopia or a utopia.
Heatwave is the moment when the body is exposed to extreme temperatures, not only in a literal way but as a metaphor too.
Athens is a sunny city. Greece is maintaining the myth of a spectacular summer destination. But what happens when the heatwave is present? Is heatwave a worldwide situation? Which countries are more exposed to this phenomenon?
Nowadays, geographical division has turned into geographical demarcation based on economical, cultural, national characteristics. We live in crucial times and we all face immense political and social changes. Many things that humanity had won the last century such as welfare, social insurance, the 8-hours workday, are now subject to reconsideration, while the basic human rights are challenged even in countries where they were first celebrated.
The workshop is focusing on discussing, sharing and further elaborating our individual and common ideas while using the material boundaries of the notebook as an everyday instrument of keeping thoughts and ideas. Heatwave is here discussed not only as threat or dystopia, but also as a passing moment, a coming breeze, a statement of an obligatory pause, a blurred situation for searching the next step. During the workshop we are going to share our thoughts about our time and create a dialogue about the systems that we live in and the terms of categorization and classification in order to rethink our future while also react to our present.
The workshop takes place in the context of AtWork Lab Athens, a three-day workshop as part of OpenGround 2016, curated by the founding members of 3 137.
‘Pantheon’ Building, 57 Panepistimiou Str.
Saturday, 5th of November 2016, 6pm–9pm
OpenGround 2016 is a pilot training workshop for the professional development of artists and curators aged 23-30 that took place in Athens between the 31st of October and the 4th of November 2016. During this five-day intensive workshop the participants attended a series of seminars and lectures by international art professionals and participated in a three-day spin-off AtWork Lab under the theme of “HEATWAVE”. OpenGround is designed by Myrto Katsimicha and Cristina Perillo. It was initiated by lettera27 (Milan) and State of Concept (Athens) within the framework of Tandem Europe 2015-17.
Conceived as an open format AtWork can be adapted, implemented and reproduced autonomously by the cultural organizations and institutions all over the world: associations, artist collectives, schools, academies, festivals. The format guidelines are provided by lettera27 and shared openly so that each organization can tailor the format to their specific local context in line with their objectives and missions. The workshop’s theme, leader and target are decided autonomously by the adopting organization.
With the support of
Tandem Europe is an initiative which was developed by European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and MitOst e.V. (Berlin) together with Fondazione Cariplo (Milan). It is financially supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung (Stuttgart) and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Athens).