ATHENS TOP NEWS
Naxos , 30-04-2017
ATHENS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
ATHENS OBSERVATORY SPRING PROGRAM (30-04-2017 8:00 pm) The Athens National Observatory Visitors' Center ushers in the spring with a full program of weekend events catering to all tastes and age groups in April, from lectures to treasure hunts to nights of star-gazing to music. The month opens with an introductory lecture on "Climate Change: Truth or fiction?" given by the head researcher at the observatory's Institute for Environmental and Sustainable Development Research Dr. Dimitra Founda, on Saturday, April 1st evening at 18:00. The following Sunday, April 2nd morning is devoted to children aged 7 to 12, with the "Hunt for the Lost Telescope" that begins at 11:00 and introduces younger visitors to astronomy. On Sunday, April 23rd at 20:30 the visitors' center will host a concert as part of its "Musical Constellations" series. The "Jazz and Baroque Constellations" evening will feature space music mixed in with jazz and baroque melodies arranged for electric guitars and musical saw, with Tilemachos Mousas, Nasia Gofa, Nikos Youssef and Fioris-Anastasio Mettallinos performing. The concert will be followed by observation of the night sky through the Doridis telescope. From April 24th-28th, the observatory's historic library in Thissio with its unique collection or rare astronomy and mathematical volumes dating from the 16th to the 20th Centuries, will be open to visitors from noon each day for 5 days. On Saturday, April 29th there will be a lecture on "Aristarchus of Samos - Ionian Philosophers and Cosmological Science" given Dr. Nikolaos Spyros, analysing the ancient astronomer's contribution to the proposal of the heliocentric theory. In addition to the above, there will be an exhibition on astro-photography in the same area as the Doridis telescope throughout April, displaying digital photographs of objects in space taken by astro-photographer Kallia Ioannidi, a member of the Thessaloniki Friends of Astronomy Society. The visitors' center in Thissio will also continue to open for night-time visits by the public every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 19:00-21:00, with visits ending with the observation of the night sky through the Doridis Telescope. Those wishing to attend the above events should book places at the telephone numbers 210 3490160 and 210 3490036 from Monday to Friday, between 10:00 and 15:00. There is a 5-Euro entrance free for the regular evening tours at the visitors center, and a 2.5-Euro discount ticket for children and students, while entrance for the unemployed and disabled is free of charge.
FAST FORWARD FESTIVAL 4 (14-05-2017 10:00 pm) A contemporary festival, reclaiming public and private spaces in Athens and Piraeus, taking place within a fortnight. The 4th Fast Forward Festival explores the notion of home, of forced displacement and global strategies of precarization through socially engaged artistic practices. Can art imagine an alternative to our dominant models for living? Can an artistic project unsettle the current global strategies of precarization and the return of identity politics? Can artists create new sharing spaces which break free of the dominant mechanisms of enclosure and overcome the social stigmatization of the Other? The 4th Fast Forward Festival focuses on the notion of home both physical and mental, temporal and ordinary, familiar and unfamiliar. Rejecting doctrinaire strategies which blur art and life, the international and Greek artists of the 4th FFF will attempt to engage the audience in strong, formally diverse artistic interventions which operate in the borderlands between installation, performance, film and architecture. Re-appropriating public and private spaces in Athens¢ historic center but also on the capital¢s periphery, the 4th FFF will critically and imaginatively explore contemporary issues of precariousness, involuntary nomadism, homelessness and neighborliness within the realms of the social and the political. For more information: http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG1801/? Venue: Onassis Cultural Center, Syngrou Avenue 107, 210 9005800
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE (30-06-2017 7:00 pm) The Railway Carriage Theater “to Treno sto Rouf” presents the theatrical performance in English “Women of Passion, Women of Greece”. The performance has been running since May 11th, 2016 and will continue through the new year. “Women of Passion, Women of Greece” offers a symbolic journey full of humor and emotions from ancient to modern Greece. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage where the mythological, hieratic figure of ancient Greek tragedy, Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri. Their paths are different yet they have one common characteristic, they are passionate women incorporating the temperament and values of Greek spirit; passion for life, passion for love, passion for art and creativity, passion for freedom and democracy. An actress and a musician meet on stage to bring to life significant historical moments and guide spectators through this imaginary voyage, which starts from and finishes in Greece and has several stops in the hearts of people around the world. Dates: 11/05/2016 – 30/06/2017. Hours of Operation: 19:00 (every Saturday). For groups, 18:00 (every Friday) or upon request. For more info: http://totrenostorouf.gr. Venue: Railway Carriage Theater “to Treno sto Rouf”, “Rouf” Suburban & Railway Station, Konstantinoupoleos Avenue
DOCUMENTA 14 (31-08-2017 8:00 pm) On October 6th, 2014, a symposium titled "documenta 14, Kassel: Learning from Athens" was held at Kunsthochschule (Academy of Fine Arts) in Kassel, Germany, at the invitation of the academy. Organized by the team of documenta 14, and led by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, the symposium presented key members of the next documenta organization, as well as discussed essential ideas and thematic concerns of the exhibition project as a whole, scheduled to take place in 2017. The city of Kassel has been the host of documenta since its inception in 1955. Likewise, over the past thirteen editions, documenta has served as host to many artists and cultural practitioners from around the globe. But, ultimately, this position of host-with all the privileges involved-appears to be no longer tenable and begs to be questioned, if only temporarily. To this end, Szymczyk introduced documenta 14's planned twofold structure: In 2017, documenta 14 will establish a second site-Athens-bringing Kassel and the Greek capital onto equal footing as the two locations of the exhibition. Thus documenta's undisputed position as host will be abandoned for another role, that of guest, in Athens. Szymczyk noted that the main lines of thinking behind this move are manifold. They have to do with the current social and political situation both in Europe and globally, which motivates artistic action. Further, they indicate the need to embody in documenta 14 the palpable tension between the North and the South as it is reflected, articulated, and interpreted in contemporary cultural production. The challenge involves avoiding the traps of binary logic, while resonating with changing realities. To that end, instead of the singular spectacle, with its clearly designated location and temporal order, typical for great international exhibitions, documenta 14 will comprise two iterations set in dynamic balance in space and time. The distance between Kassel and Athens will fundamentally alter the visitors' experience of documenta 14. A feeling of loss and longing brought about by geographic and mental displacement created by two distant iterations of the exhibition might change the visitors' perception of the show, working against the idea of rootedness and countering the widespread, normative assumption that such an exhibition must sustain the unity of action, place, and time. Challenging this state of things, documenta 14 will attempt to encompass a multitude of voices in, between, and beyond the two cities where it is situated, reaching beyond the European context from the vantage point of the Mediterranean metropolis, where Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia face each other. The diverse and diverging locations and socioeconomic circumstances of Kassel and Athens will come to bear on the very process of creation of the exhibitions, while inspiring and determining its individual works of art. For documenta 14, the participating artists will be invited to think and produce within the dynamic between these two cities. The working schedule envisages documenta 14 to open in Athens in April 2017; it will then be inaugurated two months later in Kassel, on June 10. This will ensure that there will be a month of overlap, with two parts of the exhibition running in parallel. Moreover, though each iteration of the exhibition will be developed as an autonomous project, they will inform each other's content while not repeating the form, with several distinctive venues in Athens, as in Kassel. Documenta 14 intends to learn from the city of Athens and its citizens, instead of parachuting a prepackaged event from Kassel into one or several picturesque venues. Rather than being merely a sum of two destinations, documenta 14 will unfold in a three-year-long process of learning and producing knowledge, while also engaging in the process of instituting spaces for public life in both locations. In this process, both cities' communities will become involved, contributing to the project. Already, over the course of 2013 and 2014, several instructive meetings have taken place in Athens with a number of the city's cultural producers who represented the diversity and contradictions of the Greek context today, beginning an ongoing discussion of collaboration with certain institutions there. In parallel, similar discussions have been led in Kassel. Greece in 2014 is not an isolated case; it is emblematic of the fast-changing global situation, and it embodies the economic, political, social, and cultural dilemmas that Europe must face today-much as Kassel in 1955 embodied the need to deal with the trauma of destruction brought about by the Nazi regime and simultaneously served as a strategic location at the onset of the Cold War. If Athens exemplifies the current issues that extend beyond the proverbial notion of the "Greek Crisis," these problems-which are as much European and global as they are Greek-remain unresolved. Yet they present us with an opportunity to open up a space of imagination, thinking, and action, instead of following the disempowering neoliberal setup that offers itself as (non)action implied in the (non)choice of austerity. While the specific timing and choice of locale of Kassel in 1955 were precisely the factors that allowed documenta to develop into a now half-century-old venture, those sociopolitical parameters that made documenta urgent are no longer in play. This sense of urgency, then, must be found elsewhere. Szymczyk and his team concluded by noting that documenta 14-in its temporary displacement and doubling of perspectives-would enable those artistic strategies that reach toward the reality of a contemporary world, one understood as a place for a multitude made up of individuals, and not as a territory defined by hegemonic relationships that make it a place of suffering and misery for many. It is this world that will be addressed in the exhibition, the world larger than Germany or Greece. Author: http://www-en.elculture.gr.
DESTE PRIZE: AN ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION (17-09-2017 6:00 pm) An exhibition marking the 18th anniversary of the biennial DESTE Prize, first established in 1999 to showcase Greece's emerging new artists, was inaugurated at the Museum of Cycladic Art on Wednesday. Entitled "DESTE Prize: An Anniversary Exhibition, 1999-2015" it displays works by all nine recipients of the prize so far, which are shown together for the first time. This collaboration between the DESTE Foundation and the Museum of Cycladic Art forms part of the latter's “Young Views” program that aims to engage a younger audience, bring the public up-to-date with developments in contemporary cultural production, and provide a dynamic platform for the exchange of ideas on contemporary artistic creation. "The DESTE Prizes and their operation all these years have given us the opportunity to become acquainted with alternating and continued generations of Greek artists, who in recent years have given us answers on how we can deal with the difficulties of the much-discussed crisis that plagues our country. And all of this through a process of dialogue with the international scene, which is at the core of the prize," said Giorgos Tzirtzilakis, a professor at Thessaly University architecture department and artistic advisor of the DESTE Foundation, during a press conference held in the Cycladic Art Museum on Wednesday. Earlier, the head of the DESTE Foundation Dakis Ioannou had addressed the press conference and thanked the Museum of Cycladic Art for its cooperation, as well as the 60-odd artists that entered the DESTE Prize competitions over the years and the judges on the selection committees. "The DESTE prizes, since 1999, showcase all that is most modern in what domestic artistic creation has to offer, supporting young Greek and Cypriot artists," said Sandra Marinopoulou, president of the N. P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art. The artists participating in the exhibition are: Loukia Alavanou, Anastasia Douka, Eirene Efstathiou, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Maria Papadimitriou, Angelo Plessas, Georgia Sagri, Kostas Sahpazis, and Panayota Tzamourani. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue (Greek/English) that honors everyone who has contributed to the prize over the past eighteen years. Established in 1999, the DESTE Prize is awarded once every 2 years to a Greek or Cypriot artist living in Greece or abroad. The exhibition will run from April 6th until September 17th and the entrance fee is 3.5 Euros. For information on museum opening hours and other information visit the website www.cycladic.gr.