14 SEP 2019. 17h
Sala El Águila
Para este año estamos trabajando para presentar comisariados bajo la temática “Europa mira al Este” con los países: India, Pakistán, Taiwán, Japón, Grecia y Norte de África.
Elisabeth Piskernik y Gabrielle Camuset de Le Qube presenta videoarte de artistas del norte de África
Gioula Papadopoulou del festival Miden de Grecia
Cristóbal Catalán presenta cine experimental asiático
Lucia King presenta videoarte de India y Paquistán
Festival Miden (gre)
Anatomy of silence | Curated by Gioula Papadopoulou
“Anatomy of silence” is a selection of Greek video art, which gathers visual works that silently but sharply comment on human existence, through strong symbolic images and minimalistic actions. Curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, the selection, which features 9 video works by acclaimed and emerging video artists from Greece, was initially screened in the frame of Video Art Miden 2018 in Kalamata, Greece.
Participant artists: Babis Venetopoulos, For Cancel [Takis Zerdevas, Zoi Pirini, Makis Faros], Makis Faros, Gioula Papadopoulou, Poly Kokkinia, Alexandros Kaklamanos, Fotis Kolokithas, Yiannis Pappas, Anna Vasof.
5. Poly Kokkinia, Out my body, Greece 2005, 1.59
The hands, truest mirrors of the face and obedient marionettes of the gaze, pierce through the successive membranes which are shrouding vision. Silently, underneath multiple layers of the familiar, they surgically mine precious chills of horror.
Poly Kokkinia was born in Athens, Greece, in 1960. She studied Biology at the Kapodistrian University of Athens and Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She holds an MA in Digital Arts (ASFA). She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions and festivals in Greece and abroad (Spain, Iceland, Sweden) and in her solo exhibition “Breathe, Keep Breathing” at A. Antonopoulou Art Gallery in Athens, in 2009. Group exhibitions include: “”Record1″, Exhibition Center “Nikos Kessanlis”, Athens (2008) / “I Like to Be Adorned”, Home of Cyprus, Athens (2009) and Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymno, Greece (2010) / Art-Athina 2010 (International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens) / “In case of emergency break glass”, Art:screen, Orebro, Sweden (2012) and 700IS Reindeerland, Nordic House, Iceland (2013) / “Anatomy of silence”, Greek video art curated by Video Art Miden, Espacio Enter, TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes), Canarias (2019) / “Videolands”, MOMus-the Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki, Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece (2019) and others. She lives and works in Athens.
6. Alexandros Kaklamanos, Skin Shedding, Greece 2016, 7.57
Skin Shedding is targeting towards the complacency and the lust for the ancient that lives within the Greeks. A question for the present – if we are still to be considered as holders of culture. This short fiction film is proposing the change of the skin, the “catharsis” of the old and the focus on the present.
Alexandros Kaklamanos was born in Athens in 1982. He graduated from the German School of Athens in 1999, from the Economic Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2005 and from Athens School of Fine Arts with distinction in 2011. In 2010 he received a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In September 2012 he represented Greece in England at the “World Event of Young Artists” in the context of the Cultural Olympiad in Nottingham. He was selected for the MOTOR OIL HELLAS scholarship, with which he studied at the MFA department of Sint Joost Academy in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. In 2017 he was nominated for the Lappas award and in 2018 he was selected by ARTWORKS for the first Fellowship Program of Stavros Niarchos Foundation. He lives and works in Greece and has presented his work in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
7. Fotis Kolokithas, Point, Greece 2017, 2.25
The work deals with fear. The fear which is above the threat. The agony that prevails before the moment of reaction. In a situation where the fear of an upcoming trauma exceeds the trauma itself.
Fotis Kolokithas was born in 1990 in Athens. He studied Visual and Applied Arts at the University of Western Macedonia (Florina, Greece) and continued his studies at the Ionian University, Department of Audio and Visual Arts (postgraduate programme “Audio-Visual Arts in the Digital Era”). He has exhibited his work in group exhibitions and festivals in Greece.
8. Yiannis Pappas, Reflex, Germany 2017, 1.34
Analogies, metaphors and symbols are the strings which keep one’s mind connected to the world, Hannah Arendt said. With “Reflex”, Yiannis Pappas investigates these strings not only as connections of humans experiences, but as strategies of stabilizing processes. How does the individual’s location in the world get formed by the law and bureaucratic actions? How do symbolic acts of order, submission and discipline create society and conformity? The title “Reflex” refers to the spontaneous and instinctive response to a stimulus which is firmly established in our human awareness and our body. By involving himself in a performative act of destablishing, Pappas questions the term as a metaphor of something inherent biological and also reflects on its potential of empowerment.
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. He has received awards from the Academy of Athens, Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), Goethe Institute Residencies, and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His work has been exhibited in Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Chile, Bolivia, Switzerland, Italy, India, Greece and Egypt. Religion, urbanism, nature and cultural spaces are central to his artistic research, while the notion of intervention dominates his work.
9. Anna Vasof, Popcorn Free Throws, Austria 2018, 1.32
Sports video with popcorn.
Anna Vasof is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, winning several distinctions & awards. She’s currently writing a Ph.D. thesis about an animation technique that she develops and at the same time working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for producing critical and narrative videos, actions and installations. She often works with everyday objects (shoes, brooms, pots etc.) dealing with social paradoxes and letting us see a familiar world from a different perspective.
Video Art Miden is an independent organization for the exploration and promotion of video art. Founded by an independent group of Greek artists in 2005, it has been one of the earliest specialized video-art festivals in Greece, setting as basic aims to stimulate the creation of original video art, to help spread it and develop relevant research.
Through collaborations and exchanges with major international festivals and organizations, it has been recognized as one of the most successful and interesting video art platforms internationally and as an
important cultural exchange point for Greek and international video art. Miden screening programs have traveled in many cities of Greece and all over the world, and they are hosted by significant festivals, museums and institutions globally.
(*Miden means “zero” in Greek)