13 October—22 December 2022
State of Concept Athens presents the third episode of Waste/d Pavilion curated by the Temporary Academy of Arts / PAT, accompanied by a public programme.
The portraits of the perpetrators of the violent homophobic murder of student Matthew Shepard in 1998, the legacy of American New Dance against the backdrop of statues of Helmut Kohl, George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, family stories of a revolutionary Turkish Marxist organization of the 70s-80s that have not been told, the sound of brass replacing the banned language in Western Macedonia in the Prespa region, a rollerblader swaying in Washington’s D.C. Black Lives Matter square, the unknown envelope of “Greco-Buddhist art” sculpture exchange, the use of rodents in laboratories documented through the feminist lens of a non-scientist, animal-loving researcher, a collective text that may (or may not) be danced, a seminar on inventing sonic modes of ‘study’, a series of experiments involving the use of English as a compulsory lingua franca, are notes from a variety of ‘violations’. The 3rd and final episode of Waste/d Pavilion brings together works, projects, texts that focus on issues of language and the body or the body of language.
Waste/d bodies, human and non-human, languages, their histories are never ending, just as the struggles against the policies that continue to displace us are never ending. The linguistic turn, the research and educational focus of the arts resonate in multiple ways with the globalized condition and cognitive capitalism. The Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) is a birth of this condition and tests artistic research and pedagogical practice as Détournement (a Situationist technique interpreted as conversion, inversion, deflection, rerouting, etc.). The language and the body we inhabit are at the core of these détournements. The subjects we perform are concerned in multiple ways with domination, subordination, colonization, emancipation. As the spectre of another harsh winter hangs over us, as the numbers of contemporary slaves proliferate rapidly, and as vulnerable economies become as dependent on the powerful as 19th century colonies were on the metropolis, imagining new ways of empowerment, solidarity, and reaction remains crucial. A bastard language of art can contribute in this direction.
The 3rd Episode of Waste/d Pavilion features Dimitris Ameladiotis & Virginia Mastrogiannaki, Hypatia Vourloumis, Jeremiah Day – Fred Dewey & Simone Forti, Anastasia Diavasti, Kevin Jerome Everson, Sofia Mavragani, Natasa Biza, Henrik Olesen, Sarp Ozer & Doja Yirik, Chara Stergiou, Elena Tzelepi, Nikoline Van Harskamp.
Theory in the Remix
Seminar by Chara Stergiou
October – November 2022 in 4 meetings.
In the series of meetings entitled Theory in the Remix (2022), Chara Stergiou negotiates the epistemologically, theoretically and artistically ‘wasted,’ ‘invalid’ or ‘uncategorised,’through terms of an extended post-production. Based on the methodology of the DJ Lecture, following an open invitation, participants are invited to move from the seemingly passive reception of a lecture to the active participation of a seminar; that is, the opportunity to collectively think about other intellectual and practical modes of a reading group through the invention of ‘sonic modes of study’ in order to realize or even perform a different, marginally discursive remix.
Conversation: The Occupation of New Dance Legacies
Performance and seminar by Jeremiah Day
Date of seminar: November 2022
Jeremiah Day shares with us his “New Dance” tradition that proposes an alternative to the “show business” model of performance . Day’s work is indebted to this tradition not only through the emphasis on improvisation – or rather “real time composition” – and collaboration, but through the insistence on not resolving a signature style or even “practice.” Day instead elaborates and enacts a set of principles that actualize art as central to what Hannah Arendt called “the web of human relationships,” in which memory depends on culture to be understandable. Ιnspired by the view of the historical experimental choreographer Steve Paxton that Contact Improvisation is a method in which “mutuality and collaboration are the form,”, Day invites the Athens Contact Improvisation community in order to explore what lessons their method, which thrives, especially after the pandemic, can teach the visual arts community.
The dates and the invitation to participate in the seminars will be announced soon.
The programme ‘Waste/d Pavilion’ is part of the chapter “Coalition of the Care-full”, an endeavour of the “European Pavilion”. Launched by the Amsterdam-based European Cultural Foundation and developed in partnership with the Camargo Foundation, the Kultura Nova Foundation, and Fondazione CRT, The European Pavilion is an initiative that supports and promotes artistic projects which imagine desirable and sustainable futures for Europe and which bring Europe closer to its communities and their realities. In the course of 2021, seven arts and cultural organisations have joined this exciting new initiative: ARNA (Sweden), Brunnenpassage (Austria), INIVA (London), OGR Torino (Italy), State of Concept (Greece), Studio Rizoma (Italy) and L’Internationale (Ljublana, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Poland).