Home/s

Home/s

11.10 - 17.11.2013
Benaki Museum
Athens
 
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2011, London, Video – performance, 5'55''

Fragments of the Unseen - London

Artist

Medea Electronique

Description
The departure point of Αθέατο (Unseen) is to experience a space that surrounds an entity, not through the eyes, but through the outermost points of a body. Using London City as a stage, a performer explores the location with the use of multiple cameras and a set of binaural microphones attached to her body. The working process, improvisation, as well as the performance involves a multi-disciplinary approach. Through this interaction a set of audiovisual samples are captured to create a new, yet related cross-art piece. The project aims to identify sociological or political subjects that have the ability to juxtapose, contrast or question established ideas of a given space or situation.

Performance: Ioanna Kampylafka
Video Art: Michael Larsson
Music / Sound Design: Manolis Manousakis
Initiated at Koumaria Residency
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2012-2013, Life in AdWords, Video - Webcam Performance, 20'

Life in AdWords

Artist

Erica Scourti

Description
Life in AdWords is an almost year-long project in which the artist wrote and emailed her daily diary to her Gmail account and then performed it to her webcam. What she reads is the list of suggested keywords which appear that link to relevant ads, in order to make visible the way we and our personal information become the product in the 'free' internet economy. Started in March 2012, and running until 20th January 2013 following a change in Gmail ad settings, the video charts everyday life channeled through Google algorithms and creates a long-list of objects, brands, emotional states, desires and anything else that can be identified as potentially sale-able from a daily journal.
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2013, Banoptikon, Computer game

Banoptikon

Artist

Personal Cinema

Description
Banoptikon addresses the issue of migration in Europe. Taking the city of Athens as an example, Banoptikon critically examines different aspects of current migrational politics and comments on the power relationships that are being formed between migrants, "local" citizens and the authorities on today's European ground.
The game simulates different urban or non-urban environments, such as the city center, the harbor, the detention camp or the border zone and presents their interconnection and continuous deterritorialisation and reterritorilisation process. In a further extent, it examines how migration in the city is not anymore centered, but distributed and diffused just like technology itself is.
2013, Mixed-media Installation, workshop

Undoing Monuments: A Living Working Room

Artist

Jenny Marketou in collaboration with Martha Giannakopoulou

Description
The project transforms the gallery into an informal functional meeting room, which implicates the visitors into a face-to-face participation for collective exchange of knowledge and ideas. Visitors will be able to browse through a visual and utopian mapping of vandalized monuments, narratives and images as well as watch interviews accumulated through research with focus on Kostis Palamas Cultural Center in the center of Athens.
Taking into consideration the endless possibilities of doing and undoing in the public domain, the project encourages us to rethink violence from an anthropological, social and activist point of view and imagine new possibilities as to how to transform defaced monuments into ephemeral utopian structures used by the public.
2012, Four channel HD video installation, 2' each

Playhouse, episodes 1 - 4

Artist

Lina Theodorou

Description
In "Playhouse" the artist occupies little wooden houses that exist in children's playgrounds and performs various actions with them. These little houses become suitable sculptural environments in the public space of the city, where she develops ideas about immigration, the need for security in the public and privates sphere, the loss of life's stability, the desire for adaptation and appropriation, the anxiety about alienation and exclusion etc.
Inside this imaginary domesticated space she finds the freedom and arbitrarily the right to refer to her own -often cruel- reality and to surprise the people with the ambiguity of the images.
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2013, Internet Noise as a Structure, Audiovisual Installation

Internet Noise as a Structure

Artist

NullPointerConstant

Description
Social Media, while playing a part in the redefinition of the notion of home, is also creating a continuous flow of incoming noise. No part of this noise however can turn into information if there is no subjective intervention.
The installation aims to act as an open channel of incoming noise and to explore to what extent subjective factors can attribute meaning or not to noise itself. Extracting tweets in real time from different Twitter channels, the installation produces sound events by using the volume of data and the possible identification of words within a predefined library.


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2013, Home Radio, Sound Installation

Home Radio

Artist

Makis Faros

Description
Home Radio is about a handmade analogue radio station of short range, which consists of several old-school radio devices operating as receivers. The soundtrack playing is taken from blogs and other sources of public confessions focusing on everyday life. Such a radio station does not require any kind of support or mediator to transmit; thus its activity can be considered illegal as it is able to intervene, invalidate or effect. In this way, operating such a radio station regardless of range is a political act and an unorthodox process. This project is an autonomous structure and one version of it is presented in this exhibition.
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2009, Two-channel synchronized HD video installation, sound, 7' 45"

Liminal Crossing

Artist

Ergin Çavuşoğlu

Description
Liminal Crossing is a two-channel video installation that was initially commissioned by Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen in 2009. The film is a re-enactment of an episode, which took place during the migration exodus of ethnic Turks from Bulgaria to Turkey in 1989. The scenes were filmed at the border checkpoint between Bulgaria and Turkey and show an upright piano being pushed and pulled by hand between the two borders leaving Bulgaria and entering Turkey. The procession passes through the buffer zone between the two states, a no-man's land that becomes liminal and redefined, creating a sense of demarcation, dislocation and reinterpretation
2013, Street Compositions, Sound Object

Street Compositions

Artist

Yoana Buzova

Description
Street Compositions is about encoding and decoding, in other words, defining the transformation of symbols from one set to another one. The evening streets serve as an input. The time when daylight fades, windows start lighting up. The buildings along a taken street are photographed and only the lit windows on different floors are used to create a code for music box punch cards. The punch cards are decoded by a custom made music box into different tunes.
The outcome is rhythmic soundscapes of the streets. The sound is a reflection of a self-organized pattern of urban activity. Its variation and complexity depends on the scale and liveliness of the environment.
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2011, Migration Standards, HD Video, 5'

Migration Standards

Artist

Borjana Ventzislavova

Description
The repressive migration policy nowadays is an absurdity. It is contrary to the principles invoked by the EU: peace, democracy, solidarity, justice, respect for human rights and freedom of movement. It divides humanity into the rich, who can move freely, and those who have to remain in place.
"Migration Standards" deals with migrants' demand for recognition of their history, their role and social equality.
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2009 – 2011, Schwarz Rot Gelb , HD Video Installation, 22'

Schwarz Rot Gelb (Black Red Yellow)

Artist

Vladimir Mitrev

Description
More than ten years after his arrival from Bulgaria, the artist dedicates his video installation to Germany's national symbol. The creation of the German flag, which is produced while walking, is a slow exploration and inner interpretation of the reality of his new homeland. It may also represent a desire to be allowed to participate in the country's political system.
The artist's methodical hike through Germany's political reality is painstakingly measured, but also undertaken with complete self-assurance.

Monika Flacke

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2010, Re-Istanbul, Online Project

Re-Istanbul

Artist

Raycho Stanev

Description
Re-Istanbul is the artist's personal re-exploration of Istanbul. This online project presents a small part of the different faces of Istanbul through conversations with people the artist collaborated with and small city fragments that often remain invisible to the inexperienced eye.
Collecting statements, pictures and small video shots, the city fragments created reflect the artist's impression of Istanbul and give this enormous city a human touch
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2012, HD Video installation, 4 channel sound, 20'

Original Version without Subtitles

Artist

Özlem Sulak

Description
The installation Originalfassung ohne Untertitel (Original Version without Subtitles) is based on artist talks Ozlem Sulak gave in different art institutions in Germany. The autobiographical text of the artist is spoken in English, German, French and Turkish by different non-native speakers. The multiple voices decenter the subjective position as if in a spiral obscuring the dimension of national identity in itself.
The images are of a never-ending kind, a constant traveling forward in a smooth, floating gesture; let it be on a train, in a street at night, or in an empty museum. They are then closer to sleep, to its precise attention and to the secret algebra of the cinematic thought.

Paul-Emmanuel Odin

2013, Resistance at Home, 6 Digital photographs

Resistance at Home

Artist

Firat Bingöl

Description
The photographs reflect the penetration of state violence - during the Gezi Park period (which has begun at the end of May, 2013) - even into the "home". For two months people were subjected to tear gas because they were protesting against the urban development plan for Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park. The protests sparked during an eviction of a park sit-in and soon they took place across Turkey. Police use of tear gas and water cannons led to thousands of injuries.
In these images tear gas masks are shown as the daily, routine stuff of the "home" during serving tea, washing dishes, hosting guests or ironing
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2011, Séance, Mechanical Sound Installation

Séance

Artist

Ali Miharbi

Description
Séance explores and reflects people's habits in today's networked world. It captures human actions from live Twitter conversations and filters them according to the time zone of the country it is presented in. Throughout the walls of a room, there are pieces of paper with keywords written on them.
Every time the corresponding word on the paper is tweeted, the motors hit the structure they are fixed to. The frequency of a given word changes based on the time of day and also which day of the week it is, reflecting the cycle of action or inaction in daily life
2013, Sceneries, 6 Digital prints

Sceneries

Artist

Hakan Topal

Description
Military outposts located in south east of Turkey (aka Kurdistan) are the manifestation of physical violence over the last 40 years, which consumed tens of thousands of people, mostly Kurdish. These installations are seen through satellite images, as unfamiliar and curious encryptions on earth. Flags, texts and nationalist slogans are drawn on the earth with painted stones as the reminders of perseverance of the symbolic violence over encompassing terrain. An enemy within, or from above sees them from a distance as if they can protect against all conspiracies. This series of found satellite images is part of Hakan Topal's ongoing research in the region, which involved various field trips over the last decade.
2011-2013, Book/ workshop/ video documentation of curatorial project

Gün

Artist

Arzu Ozkal &
Claudia Costa Pederson

Description
Gün draws on the Turkish tradition of women's social gatherings called "gün" (meaning "day" in English). A gün is a ladies' gathering that involves conversation, activities and festivities accompanied by the serving of Turkish food. Gün(s) are informal hubs of social networks where women exchange recipes and skills; share opinions and remedies, and discuss issues and concerns about their local communities. In 2011, a number of Turkish women active in media convened together to facilitate a "gün" as the basis of a new kind of cultural-exchange. For the exhibition 'Home/s', the creators will bring together a number of women from Athens and create with them an online publication as a continuation of this cultural exchange.