Evgenia Tsanana: Office For Public Unburdening

EVGENIA TSANANA

b. 1964, THESSALONIKI, GREECE

OFFICE FOR PUBLIC UNBURDENING (2016)

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Emotional relief in times of crisis — this is what’s on offer in this work by Evgenia Tsanana, that springs from the acknowledgment that pain is eased when shared with others. The artist will create a participatory work, an office where visitors can relieve whatever is burdening them by describing their own nightmares. These nightmares are written down in pencil on paper, then wiped out with erasers. The rubbings left behind are then saved and stored. On the final day, the artist will walk down to Piraeus and throw the rubbings into the sea, before returning to close the Museum, both literally and figuratively. Through the repetition of the nightmare documentation and transformation process over the course of six days, the Office for Public Unburdening seeks to symbolically reduce the burden of collective misery brought on by the crisis that is weighing Greece down in a joint intervention undertaken with visitors that is founded upon mutual trust.

Evgenia Tsanana has lived in Hamburg, Germany, since 1989. She studied Visual Communication at the Hochschule fur bildende Kunste in Hamburg, where she attended the performance class of Marina Abramović. Her interdisciplinary artworks encompass graphics, video, singing, performance and performance lectures, and have explored subjects including the body and gravity, varieties of visual perception, human couples, shifting identities, cosmology, the perception of time, birds, and trust. Her approach is usually phenomenological and often collaborative, working with both artists and scientists. She has presented work at the Kaskadenkondensator and the Performance Index Festival in Basel, Bildwechsel and the DESY Research Centre in Hamburg, and at art events, film festivals, scientific conferences, clubs and other cultural venues in Germany, Switzerland and Greece.

http://www.evgeniatsanana.com


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Kira O' Reilly: I came to the sea and I was scared. My heart is broken

KIRA O’REILLY


b. 1967, IRELAND


I CAME TO THE SEA AND I WAS SCARED. MY HEART IS BROKEN (2016)

 

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Words of a fisherman who found the bodies of young refugees on the beaches of Greece flood this work by Kira O’Reilly, that speaks of loss, decay and despair. Words carried away by the sea to become inarticulate sounds, nonsense. The artist uses materials that spoil and decompose, such as copper that reacts with salt and water to become green — verdigris. The first version of this work was performed here in Athens last year at BIOS (as part of Love Letter to a (Post)-Europe, curated by Lisa Alexander), performed by Vassiliki Dimou, then by Kira O’Reilly at the Dublin Live Art Festival in November 2015; it now returns again to Athens.

Kira O’Reilly is an Irish visual artist currently based in Helsinki. She employs performance, bio-technical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She writes, teaches, mentors and collaborates with humans of various types and technologies, and non-humans of numerous divergences including mosses, spiders, the sun, pigs, cell cultures, horses, micro-organisms, bicycles, rivers, landscapes, tundras, rocks, trees, shoes, food, books, air, moon and ravens. She is a lecturer at the University of the Arts in Helsinki, where she is programme leader of the Masters in Ecology and Contemporary Performance.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Christina Vasileiou: bd | n | sl

Christina Vasileiou

b. 1978, Bucharest, Romania

bd | n | sl

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Sound and the body, action and effect define this work by Christina Vasileiou. An eight-hour experiment exploring the body’s reaction to constant, relentless sound. The artist freely submits to the biddings of the aural incitation channelled into her ears. She becomes isolated within the constant flow of music and sounds that are her only stimuli in the space, without engaging in interaction of any kind — not with objects, a set, or the public. And the body reacts in the only way it knows how: with movement, with dance. It becomes a temple in motion, filled with intensity and suspension, disjunction and pain.

Christina Vasileiou grew up in Athens. She graduated from the Greek State School of Dance in 2002, and from the Department of European and International Studies at the Panteion University in 2003. In 2006 she received an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, London.

She has collaborated as a performer with “YELP danceco”, “Lathos Kinisi”, the Greek National Opera and Kostas Tsioukas in Greece, and with Trajal Harrell internationally. She has created the choreographies — “Treiskaidekaphobia”, “havetowanto”,“now+here = NOWHERE”, “well come”, “smalltownboy” — and videos — “I is always dissolving” and “drea(co)m(bi)nation”. Since 2004, she has also worked as a personal trainer.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Rafael Abdala and Jessica Goes: Protovoulía

RAFAEL ABDALA

b. 1981, GOIANA, BRAZIL

JESSICA GOES

b. 1977, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

PROTOVOULÍA

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Protovoulía is a call to action. Inviting the “self” to become as many as we are. An adventure through the otherness in a multitudinal order. Rafael Abdala and Jessica Goes come together to enable a creative process through collaboration, opening spaces for others artists to join in on-site. Performers, igniters, with a desire to wander through the otherness. Art through life, in a shared momentum of images and actions. Once the project is over, Protovoulía does not come.  Traces and trails in our bodies (of everyone involved) will entice us all to seek further collaborative and multiple experiences between art and life.

Rafael Abdala lives and works between Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. He is a visual artist, member of Grupo EmpreZa (since 2008), and cultural producer. He works with video, photography and performance art, researching the poetics and symbolism of the body and collective processes. In 2014, he was invited to be an art teacher at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro), where he gives lectures, performance workshops and short-courses as part of the programme “Dynamics of Creative Thinking”. He has participated in several exhibitions, workshops and art residencies over the course of his career. Since 2014, he has collaborated with Jessica Goes; their partnership and curiosity lead them to research into and experiment with performance art and the collective creative process. These processes, and the sum of their bodies and those of other artists with their immediate surroundings, evolved into a whole new work, which they are eager to develop with “Protovoulía” — their first performance-based project.

Jessica Goes, also known as HILDEMADAME, is an explorer and igniter — an organiser of chaos. Half-German, half-Brazilian, she originally trained in design. She is constantly creating projects that entice her creativity and her passion for communication. Her projects bridge arts and design, cultural production and creative processes. Since 2014, she has collaborated with Rafael Abdala; their partnership and curiosity lead them to research into and experiment with performance art and the collective creative process. These processes, and the sum of their bodies and those of other artists with their immediate surroundings, evolved into a whole new work, which they are eager to develop with “Protovoulía” — their first performance-based project.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Marianna Kavallieratos: Skin

MARIANNA KAVALLIERATOS

b. 1969, ATHENS, GREECE

SKIN (2016)

 

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Marianna Kavallieratos asks questions about the nature of appearances, masquerade and transformation in this work that concerns itself with the daily rituals that constantly change the outward aspect of our bodies. Surrounded by a pile of clothes, the artist dresses and undresses herself constantly, transforming herself over and again for eight hours, changing and reshaping herself to become a doll that tries on different characters and silent roles. She is seeking her “skin”, the real thing beneath all these attempts — intentional or otherwise — to distort our own selves that lead to a loss of identity and an acceptance of appearances.

Marianna Kavallieratos studied contemporary dance and choreography at The Place L.C.D.S. She went to SUNY Purchase NY on an Onassis Foundation scholarship, and attended the Graham Studios in NY for three years. Since 1992, she has been a close collaborator of Robert Wilson, and has appeared in several of his productions across the world, as a dancer and performer. In 2000-2003 she danced with choreographer Arco Renz in Brussels. In 2010, she founded her own company “klokworks” and began researching her own ideas, making works presented at the Athens Festival, the Onassis Cultural Centre—Athens, and in New York at the Watermill Center. She has collaborated as a movement coach with the Greek National Theatre and several Greek theatre directors. She has taught dance at the Veaki Drama school, Empros,StudioMetsis, DANCE Cultural Center, and the Watermill Center NY. She has also given workshops at the Summer Academy of the Greek National Theatre, and the Watermill Center.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Elena Antoniou: An Eight-Hour Journey

ELENA ANTONIOU

(1980), LIMASSOL, CYPRUS

AN EIGHT-HOUR JOURNEY

 

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

In this relentless exploration of human limits, Elena Antoniou makes a journey through space that is linked conceptually to the journeys undertaken by millions of people across the globe in our day and age, who are risking their lives in the search of a new start. A route delineated by a twenty-centimetre-wide white line that runs throughout the spaces of the Benaki Museum forms the predetermined path followed by the artist for eight hours. Moments of exhaustion, failure, repetition, movement, deconstruction, silence, immobility, great pause, waiting, action and emotion provide her with the time and space she needs to experience this internal journey with no final destination.

Elena Antoniou is a dance and performance artist. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School — The Place, as a member of the “Edge” dance company. Scholarship recipient of Koula Pratsika Foundation in Athens and Danceweb Programme Scholarship recipient at ImpulsTanz Vienna. Since 2008, she has collaborated with the artist Polys Peslikas. They have presented their work at the Lucky Trimmer Festival in Berlin; the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, at the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform, and elsewhere. Choreography Award for the performance “Diary of a Mad Man” at the Cyprus Theatre Awards, and a nominee for the same award for the performance “Beckettx5”. In addition to her artistic work, Elena works as movement director for the theatre. She has collaborated with acclaimed theatre directors and companies such as the Neos Kosmos Theatre, Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC), Solo gia treis, Vaggelis Theodoropoulos, Efi Theodorou, Maria Karsera, Ralph Koltai, Nikos Charalambous and many others.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Amanda Coogan: You Don't Push A River

AMANDA COOGAN
 

B. IRELAND


YOU DON’T PUSH THE RIVER (2016)

 

For eight hours each day the Irish Artist Amanda Coogan will walk the gallery. She carries with her a few objects to distinguish this activity; 3 ladders and 25 meters of fabric.

With the use of ladders and Coogan’s innovative costumes, the body of the artist and time, always time, Coogan proposes to explore strangeness in the ordinary. Ladders, Coogan suggests, are a means to change our position, to transport us to a completely different place. She walks, carrying this possibility; awkward, heavy and dangerous. The fabric she carries, drapes and wraps suggesting infinite allegories. Time and duration radically effect the live performance, with extensive amounts of time invite chaos, the unknown , failure, and moments of terrible beauty.

Coogan plays with a poetic reading of the materials she employs. The meaning making for this newly commissioned work is porous, the audience is invited to 'read' the performance through their experience. 

 

Irish artist Amanda Coogan is one of the most dynamic contemporary performance artists. Her recent exhibition in the Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy was described by Artforum as 'performance art at its best'. 

Her extraordinary work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. Using gesture and context she makes allegorical and poetic works that are multi-faceted, and challenge expected contexts. Time is a key material in Coogan's live performances where she allows the unpredictable and chance of extended periods of time to flow over and drive the process of the works. Coogan was a masters student of Abramovic, 2000, and completed her PhD in 2013. In 1994/95 she was a visiting student at Athens School of Art.


Presented as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Spyros Charalampopoulos: I Justify My Existence

SPYROS CHARALAMPOPOULOS

(1985), KALAVRYTA, GREECE

I JUSTIFY MY EXISTENCE (2016)

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Loneliness and repetition, wild nature and tranquillity thread through the work of Spyros Charalampopoulos. Physical labour struggles with nature. The environment, both as a concept and as a material, has an effect on the loneliness people feel, provoking violent actions and a need for connection. For eight hours, the artist will labour over hunks of wood, battling to sculpt them with human-made tools, to bring them down to his scale, to reshape them. The movements and sounds made may be repetitive, but the dimensions and forms of the sculptures are in constant flux.

Spyros Charalampopoulos studied marble sculpture at the Panormos School of Fine Arts of on the Greek island of Tinos, graduating in 2006. He has won awards for his painting and sculpture work from the Ministry of the Aegean Sea and Islands, and in 2006 won first prize from the Holy Church of the Virgin Mary on Tinos. He continued his studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts until 2012, where he attended courses on plaster art and copper casting, as well as scenography. His work deals with various aspects of art, such as poetry, performances, installations and monumental sculpture, in order to examine the ways in which materials, words, objects and motions transact. He has participated in several group exhibitions and performance acts in Greece, Serbia and the USA. His work has been honoured with awards by various institutions. Many of his art works are exhibited in private collections and public spaces.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Nikolaos + Yiannis Pappas: Semi-Glory

NIKOLAOS

(1986), ATHENS, GREECE

YIANNIS PAPPAS

(1978), PATMOS, GREECE

SEMI-GLORY (2016)

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

For 34 hours over 4 days, Nikolaos and Pappas constructed a white flag without end, connected to one another as if it were an umbilical cord. Both of these artists met during the preparation of their solo interventional performances in As One, and began to develop this work.

Nikolaos began drawing and playing music from a young age. He studied computer science. In 2010, he took his first violin lessons with Nelly Ikonomidou, got involved in various sports (such as rugby and long-boarding), and began experimenting with other musical instruments (bass guitar, keyboard), dance, singing, the theatre, as well as the art of tattoo-making. In 2006, he first came in contact with Modern Body Suspension, an art form begun by Native Americans that leads to a mastery over and expansion of physical and mental limits; he was enchanted. Through this art, he discovered that there are no limits to human ability once the mind is free. He shares this art with the public through performances at private and public events in Greece and internationally.

Yiannis Pappas is a visual and performance artist based in Berlin. He studied sculpture and photography at the Athens School of Fine Arts until 2008. During the last year of his studies, he attended Christiane Möbus' class at the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK), and completed the artistic and scientific Master of Arts Space Strategies at the Academy of Arts Weißensee in Berlin with Professor Maren Strack and Professor Kathrin Wildner. He has received awards from the Academy of Athens, Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Goethe Institute Residencies, and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Yiannis’ work has been exhibited in Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Chile, Italy, India, Greece and Egypt. Religion, urbanism, nature and cultural spaces are central to his artistic themes, while the notion of intervention dominates his work.


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS

Maria Herranz: Medea: Impulse & Ear

Maria Herranz

b. Bern, Switzerland
based Madrid - New York

Medea: Impulse & Ear (2016)

Photographs by Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

In this piece, the viewer and actress will engage in a symbiotic relationship that will result in the actress' impulsive selection of a tract of text from Seneca’s Medea.  Chairs will be both secured to the floor and freely situated in such a way as to be most conducive to a natural engagement between the actress and the viewer.  As, over the course of the day, Medea’s various monologues are repeated in ever-changing scenarios, the nature of Medea’s tragedy, the actress' interpretation and the exchange between actress and viewer will likely greatly morph, as will the depth of one of Medea’s subtler plights: to be a stranger in a strange land.

Maria Herranz studied acting with the Meisner teacher Maggie Flanigan in New York, and has an education in dance and a diploma from the Rambert School of Contemporary and Classical Dance in London. While in New York and Europe, she continued studying Shakespeare with Patsy Rodenburg and participated in various seminars with Karen Kohlhaas, Thomas Ostermeier, and with members of the “Labyrinth Company”: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Charles Goforth, David Deblinger, Shira-Lee Shalit, among others. It was through the “Labyrinth Company” that she wrote and directed her first one act play at the Bank Street Theater and directed “Apples” at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York. She worked as an actress with American film Director Deborah Kampmeier (director of “Hounddog", “Virgins”, and more) in “Split” and in “Early Learnings” with director and producer Chris Rodriguez (“Eat Pray Love”, “American Gangster” and more), as well as many others. As a performer, she worked with Marina Abramović for the MoMa exhibition “The Artist is Present”, the ADIDAS FIFA web video, and the Givenchy 2016 Fashion Week Show. In Europe, she worked with Jan Fabre for the Palais des Papes at the Cour d’Honneur in “Je Suis Sang” and “Histoire des Larmes”, as well as in “Crying Body” at the Théâtre de la Ville and “Tannhauser” in Teatro La Monnaie. Her own works have been shown at the Montemor-o-Novo Theatre in Portugal, Monty Theatre and Troubleyn Theatre in Belgium, and in Barcelona at the Teatro Lliura for the Festival Radicals, among others. She is currently working with director Alex Rigola in Federico Lorca’s play “The Public” that premièred at the Teatro de Abadía in Madrid and Teatro Nacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, and has an upcoming tour.
 


Performed as part of:

 
 

NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


AS ONE INTERVENTIONS