Despina Zacharopoulou: Corner Time

 

DESPINA ZACHAROPOULOU

CORNER TIME (2016)

Duration: 7 Weeks

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

This performance explores the mental spaces that open up during control exchange in human relationships. Over the course of seven weeks, for eight hours per day, the artist will “host” the audience in an enclosed space and perform a set of actions combining methods and goals drawn from practices of meditation, discipline and restriction. The goal of this piece is to create potent, experimental situations of control exchange while playing with the multiple functions of the gaze: a mechanism for introspection, surveillance, recognition and communication.

Despina Zacharopoulou is a visual artist based in Athens and London. The recipient of an Onassis Foundation scholarship, she is a practice-led research student in Performance and Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London, supervised by performance artist Professor Nigel Rolfe. Her multidisciplinary practice includes performance, installations, video art, sculpture,costumes and objects, reflecting her academic studies and professional experience in the fields of fine art, architecture and costume design. Despina has participated in various exhibitions in Greece, Belgium, Russia and the UK and has received scholarships and awards for her academic achievements. Apart from her artistic practice, she is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Despina has worked as an assistant tutor at the NTUA School of Architecture and the School of Fine Arts in Athens. Her recent projects and her academic research focus on performance-based practices in order to explore our relation to alterity.


Performed as part of:

 
 

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


AS ONE 7 WEEK DURATIONAL PERFORMANCES

Thodoris Trampas: Pangaia

 

Thodoris Trampas

Pangaia (2016)

Duration: 7 Weeks

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Nature and creation, division and composition. Thodoris Trampas delineates a process of union through destruction, and the need for reconciliation with the other side. In an enclosed space, six metres by seven, for seven weeks and eight hours each day, the body is set against the material world — a large piece of rock — in order to create its replica in plaster. This copying, this repetition, is a way of experiencing the existence of nature from scratch. Smashing the rock differentiates the copy from the original, and the resulting fragments accumulate and change the mass of the material — transform it, give it new form.

Thodoris Trampas comes from Serres. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2010 under the Professors Jannis Psychopedis, Dimitris Sakelion and Michalis Manousakis, graduating with honours in 2015. He completed lab courses in video/multimedia, photography, design and engraving, and trained for three years in experiential laboratory performance. He lives and works in Athens, dealing mainly with painting, which has led him over the last few years to bodily expression through improvisation and site specific installation, and especially art performance. He was selected by the ΜΑΙ (Marina Abramović Institute) and NEON to present a long-durational performance at the Benaki Museum in Athens. He participated in the Marina Abramović Method workshop “Cleaning the House”. He has participated in group exhibitions in Greece and internationally, and his works appear in private collections.


Presented as part of:

 
 

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


AS ONE 7 WEEK DURATIONAL PERFORMANCES

Nancy Stamatopoulou: White Cave

Nancy Stamatopoulou

White Cave

Duration: 7 Weeks

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

In this allegory of Plato’s Cave, Nancy Stamatopoulou directs her own “spiritual confinement” within a reality composed of everyday objects. For eight hours each day over the course of seven weeks, the artist will remain within the narrow limits set by the sights of a camera lens, confined inside her own personal “cave” and the shadowy re-enactment of a personal truth. Time passes slowly, like the movement of a turtle. Actions are repetitious, like a punishment. Reality feels remote, the possibility of escape imperceptible.

 

Nancy Stamatopoulou is a dancer and performance maker. Between 1996 and 2008, she collaborated with Jean Vinclair, Jackie Taffanel, Fani Sarantari, Alfredo Fernadez, Apostolia Papadamaki, Karen Levi, Claudi Bonbardo, National Theatre of Northern Greece, and appeared in the creations of Nigel Charnok, Konstantinos Rigos, Katerina Papageorgiou (Kat Válastur), and Alexandros Efkleidis. Between 2009 and 2012, working in Amsterdam, she created: “Cave” presented at Baila Louca—Rotterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art—Thessaloniki, the Athens Video Art Festival—Athens, and the Goethe Institut—Athens; “Pleasenter” at the Kunstkapel Virtueel Museum—Amsterdam (in collaboration with T. Argyriou, A. Bulayev and M. Melgares); and “Sugar Slave” at the Sacatar Foundation—Brazil, and the Slow Down Winter Performance Festival—Amsterdam. From 2013, she has collaborated as a performer and assistant choreographer with Kyriakos Hajioannou (Switzerland) in “Second Skin” at the Berne Tojo Theatre—Bern, and “Who Owns the World” at Kaserne—Basel and Onassis Cultural Centre—Athens.


Presented as part of:

 
 

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


AS ONE 7 WEEK DURATIONAL PERFORMANCES

Lambros Pigounis: Micropolitics of Noise


Lambros Pigounis

Micropolitics of Noise (2016)

Duration: 7 Weeks

 

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

Driven by his research in acoustic ecology in relation to the human body, Lambros Pigounis will be attempting to give physical form to the micropolitics of sound-signaling threats and to demonstrate the ways in which noise can be used as a form of violence that also shapes the soundscape of the future. He will create a long-durational situation in which his body is exposed to subsonic vibrational forces, triggered by the presence of people around him. Left in a state of constant threat for seven weeks, the body unconsciously experiences three kinds of fear-induced reactions: fight — flight — freeze.

Lambros Pigounis lives in Athens and specialises in the field of contemporary, classical and electroacoustic composition. He studied violin, electroacoustic composition and computer algorythmic composition in Athens and London. He has appeared in concerts and festivals, such as the Laban’s Dance Festivals, the Mercat de les slors in Barcelona, the International Platform of Arts (Portugal), the DAL NIENTE 3 Projects (UK), Synch Festival (Greece), Moving Silence Festival (Germany), Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Greece), Hebbel Am Ufer (Germany), at the Hong Kong Biennale, and in numerous electroacoustic music concerts and broadcasts. He also works as a teacher in sound synthesis and advanced industry music applications. His main artistic activity consists of collaborations with theatre directors, choreographers and other artists. He is currently researching on the input of the human agent in electroacoustic composition and performance, based on the interactive communicational model that draws attention to how the human performer creates relationships between sonic, technological and social space. http://kinesphere.virb.com


Presented as part of:

 
 

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


Virginia Mastrogiannaki: Jargon


VIRGINIA MASTROGIANNAKI

JARGON (2016)

Duration: 7 Weeks

Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI

A human clock measures time as it passes, as it tests the limits of body and mind. Virginia Mastrogiannaki renders her own body an analogue machine, a tool for calculating time, the hours we work, the time of the space in which she finds herself. Her mind battles to remain focused on every minute, eight hours a day, for seven weeks. This is an ascetic act that nevertheless links her with others through the overlay of time and place. The inability of the mind to follow the passage of time means mistakes are unavoidable, but notes taken on paper restore the spirit to the task at hand.

Virginia Mastrogiannaki graduated with a Masters degree from the Athens School of Fine Arts of Athens (2013), a Masters degree from the School of Visual and Applied Arts—Faculty of Fine Arts, AUTh (2010), and received the D.N.S.E.P. (International Superior Degree of Plastic Expression) from the Rouen School of Fine Arts, France (2002). Selected exhibitions: in 2015, “Global Control and Censorship” curated by Bernhard Serexhe at ZKM in Karslruhe, Germany, and the 5th Young Artists' Workshop “Romance” curated by Areti Leopoulou and Yeni Tjami at the Thessaloniki Biennale; in 2014, the Municipality of Thessaloniki Pavilion at the 24th International Istanbul Art Fair in Turkey, curated by Nikos Mykoniatis & Thalea Stefanidou, and the “Lhi-Lna” resident programme in Almopia, Greece; in 2012, “Rooms” curated by Charis Savvopoulos at the Saint George Lycabettus in Athens, Greece; in 2009, “Kitsch Today” at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki in Greece; in 2004, resident sculpture workshop “Imbahim Calli” in Pammukale, Turkey; and in 2002, Paris-Berlin/Recontres Internationales at the Immanence Gallery in Paris, and Podewill Contemporary.


Presented as part of:

 
 

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


AS ONE 7 WEEK DURATIONAL PERFORMANCES

Yota Argyropoulou: One Person at a Time

 

 

Yota Argyropoulou

ONE PERSON AT A TIME

Duration: 7 Weeks

Two identical rooms offer a place to explore two sides of a “mirror” — what is real and what is a construct. Yota Argyropoulou enters into a fictional world of emotional experience and invites visitors to follow her into action and inaction, detachment and connection. For eight hours each day and for seven weeks, one room will be her own truth, where time is suspended, a place of privacy “shattered” by the arrival of the real: the visitor in the other room. The glass between them isolates but at the same time invites communication, intimacy, and moments of genuine connection.

Yota Argyropoulou studied Theatre Performance at Goldsmiths College and History of Art at UEL. She has performed in theatre plays in England, Spain, Italy and Greece, appearing in classical plays such as Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” (Hedda), Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (Ophelia), Strindberg’s “The Storm” (Gerda), in modern plays such as Martin Crimp's “Attempts on Her Life”, and in performances such as “An Oak Tree” directed by Tim Crouch. She has appeared in feature films such as “Before Midnight” by Richard Linklater and “Luton” by Michalis Konstantatos, and in film installations such as “The Airport” by John Akomfrah. She is the co-founder of the “blindspot theatre group”, with which she performed in and contributed artistically to the following: “The Fall”, “Parklife”, “X-Tokio”, “Hedda Gabler” and “Hotel”, for which she also wrote the text. She collaborates with the director Michalis Konstantatos, and sign their projects jointly as “blindspot”. They conceived and designed this current performance together. She has also written art pieces published frequently in the press. The first play she has written — “Hotel” — was staged this year.


Performed as part of:

 
 

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


AS ONE 7 WEEK DURATIONAL PERFORMANCES