Videozoom is an initiative “in progress” created by Sala 1 Centro Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, which aims to show contemporary video art in various territorial situations. The Greek edition of Videozoom entitled On Πause was presented last November in Rome at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere and Sala 1. The exhibition was followed by a panel discussion that brought together curators and artists. In 2015, Videozoom: Greece travelled to Milan where it was hosted by the gallery c|e contemporary and then to L’Aquila where it was presented at the Museum MUSPAC.
In November 2015, the exhibition will make its final stop in Athens returning to the place where it all began to take shape over a year ago. VideoZoom On Πause will be presented at the State of Concept gallery signifying the end of the project.
The bleak picture of the Greek reality both in terms of harsh economic conditions and social and political turbulence has significantly affected the core of the Greek society. People are forced to respond to an increasingly demanding and abruptly changing reality. At the same time, the awareness of being in the midst of constant and radical change and transformation comes to stark contrast with the deep sense of stagnation and uncertainty.
Quite surprisingly, the world keeps moving at the same fast pace while time becomes ever so relative; its once clearly demarcated boundaries fade, the ability to plan in the long run withers, and existing points of reference simply collapse.
According to the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, man constantly attempts to understand time only in terms of the finite duration of his life. In this sense, time can only be perceived through mortality. The only point of conscious contact with time is the almost unimaginable concept of present. When present time is so uncertain and seems so bleak how does the sense and meaning of time change?
The participating artists Loukia Alavanou & Cecilia Jardemar, Bill Balaskas, George Drivas, Vasilis Patmios Karouk, The Spiritual Studio, Lina Theodorou record their own changing reality and reflect their inner thoughts on the pursuit of meaning during this critical time in their home country.
The traveling exhibition of Videozoom: Greece has been realized with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Videozoom:Greece is produced by Sala 1 and supported by NEON Organization and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with the patronage of the Embassy of Greece in Italy and the Hellenic Community in Rome. It is promoted by Roma Capitale, Department of Culture, Creativity and Artistic Promotion and Rome Superintendent for Artistic Patrimony.
State of Concept is supported by