21-22 March 2014 | Paris, France


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Les enfants de Guillaume Apollinaire et de la Méditerranée

Exhibition “Caligrammes, & après?”
Printemps des Poètes
21 & 22 March 2014

Program in french (pdf)
Une vision des enfants d’Apollinaire et de la Méditerranée – Nadine Agostini (pdf)

Demosthenes Agrafiotis participated with:

  • 4 calligrammes (photos)
  • 2 calligraphies (indian ink)
  • 3 Calli(pro)grammes (collages – mixt media)
  • Poetry and visual poetry book display
  • Video projection: ENTOPIES


On performance

performance | επιτέλεση

The action or the result of επιτελώ: to perform. Derivatives: επιτελώ/-ούμαι: to execute, to realize; επιτελεστικός, -ή, -ό: used as a translation of the term performative. In the Greek literature, the word επιτέλεση has been used as a translation of the english term performance, mainly in the field of Social Anthropology. Some departments of Greek universities offer a course on the “Anthropology of Performance”, while the performance studies have in some cases been translated as the studies ofεπιτέλεση. In the field of Art History, the word has been sporadically used as a translation of the termsperformance art, or art-action, that are usually translated as (visual) action, or (artistic) “dromenon”. Recently, the word performance tends to be used untranslated. According to Demosthenes Agraphiotis, the morpheme τελ of the word επιτέλεση “is related to the fulfillment of a thought, a wish, or a prophecy.” “In Homeric epic poems, the traveller επιτελεί, completes his route approaching the νόστος, the return to the motherland”. The meaning of the ancient Greek verb τελάω,-ώ was the realization of a journey, and its infinitive (τελείν) was demonstrating an action “in absolute agreement with plan, a command, a prayer, a promise or a prophecy.” This relationship is eloquent to other words with the morpheme τελ, such as τελετή (ritual/ceremony), τέλειο (perfect), τελεία (full stop), εκτέλεση(execution), ατελές (imperfect), συντελεστής (factor), τελεστής (operator), εκτελεστής(executioner),τελεσφορία (efficiency), τελειώνω (to finish).

Author and translator: Marios Hatziprokopiou

November 2013

The in_Tension @ APhF:13 – Beton7

Photography as Performance

“The in-Tension” at Beton7, Center for the Arts
Curated by Demosthenes Agrafiotis & Andreas Pashias
Presented by epitelesis – Performance Art Foundation

Press release (pdf)

As a part of Athens Photo Festival 2013, “The in-Tension” (Performance as Photography) is an
exhibition curated by visual and performance artists Demosthenes Agrafiotis and Andreas Pashias.
By examining the fusion of artistic practices experienced in the contemporary cultural scene, this
exhibition brings forward the work of prominent international artists as a crucial effort to re-
evaluate the relationship of performance art and photography. In performance art, the duration
required to execute an artwork is ‘equal’ to the actual artwork. Photography is introduced in this
process, as an attempt to capture the artist’s corporeal existence or
its trace in action. The
‘tension’ between
these two artistic practices is brought forward
through the contrast of a
performance’s duration unfolding over a specific period of time and the photographic instance
capturing only one frame/moment of action. Therefore, the ephemeral dimension of performance
art is quoted by the resulting photograph, into a document of permanence. As a pictorial essay,
this exhibition proposes the detached photograph as autonomous artwork and presents it alongside
similarly treated artistic output.

The differences between the art of performance and the art of photography come in diverse
formats, so that the performance artist and the photographer can choose the elements on which
they can build convergences and divergences. These formats of ‘intention’ can be realized through
a photograph taken
during a live performance, a still image captured
from a video performance,
an image of the artist
taken in collaboration with a photographer or even a self-photographed
image of the artist. The relationship between the performer and the photographer is formulated
according to the structural elements of these ‘in-tensions’. As a result, this exhibition is based upon
the formats of producing artwork by a ‘hybrid creator’, that rises through the merging of an artist’s
body and a photographer’s camera lens.

Performance artists: Abel Azcona · Alastair MacLennan · Alexandros Plomaritis · Amalia
Charikiopoulou · Andreas Pashias · Bartolomé Ferrando · BBB Johannes Deimling · Boris Nieslony ·
Carlos Martiel · Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith · Demosthenes Agrafiotis · GRAAM · Grigoris
Semitecolo · Joseph Ravens · Julien Blaine · Katharina Kastl · Kurt Johannessen · Lala Nomada ·
Michel Collet · Monika Günther & Ruedi Schill · Pekka Kainulainen · Seiji Shimoda · Valentine

Photographers: Anne Lise Dehee · Daniel Häller · Dimitris Priftis · Fabrizio Garghetti · Jean Marc
de Samie · Jesse Clockwork · Jessica Smith · Jouko Vatanen · Juan Pablo Hoyos Ramírez · Kenny
Lemes · Manuel Vason · Mathias Pick · Miklos Legrady · Mishka Henner · Monika Sobczak · Rita

Architectural Design: Melina Philippou

Opening: November 5th 2013, 20.00
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 14.00-20.30 | Saturday, 14.00-18.00 | Closed on Sundays
Duration: November 5th –23rd 2013
Beton7, Center for the Arts | 7, Pydnas St. (Metro station “Kerameikos”| Votanikos)
Τel. : 210-7512625

The announcement at Beton7

8 May - 27 July 2013

The lying on the floor

DA’s NY performance presented at the exhibition

The lying on the floor, abandoned to lie

An exhibition about material in Performance Art
formed by E.P.I. Zentrum Cologne and Sibylle Ettengruber MAERZ-Gallery Linz and more than 80 artists around the world.
venue: Künstlervereinigung MAERZ,
place: Eisenbahngasse 20, Austria – 4020 Linz
date: 8. May till 27. July 2013 / Tu. – Fr. 3:00 – 6:00 pm / Sa. 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Three different currents are to unify in this presentation.
The first one is the infinite multiplicity of what material is and can be, and the second one shows up in the
question of what and how material appears and the third stream forms itself in the multiplicity of the
applicable regulations.
Which structure of order is the most sensible production of meaning and how the existing material enters
into a transfer and combination will be seen.
The structural limitation is the body of people acting and in this case especially the visible part.
Mental – and physical – and energetic views are kept back for further presentations and outsourced here.
The diagrammatic exhibition brings together about 80 artists from around the world. These have sent
documentary material from their own works and their practice of performance and life art. Photos, texts
and relics form the body of the exhibition.
Contrapuntal these materials will be grouped into ethnographic and anthropological photographical views
of human action.
Reasonable is an incompleteness , which is also due to the vitality of the human body, and the vitality and
momentum of the material.
During the display a blog is installed – http://thelyingonthefloorabandonedtolie.blogspot.co.at/
Have also a view on the webpage of the E.P.I. Archive: http://www.asa.de/asa_broschure.pdf
Info: www.asa.de / www.maerz.at

Exhibition’s concept: pdf

DA’s photo documentation

November 2012 | Deree College, Athens

On performance @ Deree

2009 | Beijing, China

Empedocles as a performer (cn)

“Empedocles as a performer”, lecture-performance, 10th Operator International
Festival of Performance, Iberia Art Center, 798 Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
05/08/2009 (www.operart.org).

9 - 30 May 2013 | Beton7, Athens

Performative in-stallations


«Performative in-stallations»

Performances and exhibition.

Performances ending in art-works/installations.
Opening May 9th, 2013 at 19:00
Dates for performances:
9,10,11 | 05 | 2013 at 19.00 & 20.00
14 | 05 | 2013 at 19:00
Artist talks: Saturday, the 25th May, at 14.00

To Center of Art & Culture Beton7, showing 9 – 30 May 2013 performances leading to artworks – installations of Demosthenes Agrafiotis. The performances of a participating nature, as they require the active contribution of ‘spectators’. The final result constitutes an exhibition of visual arts/installations.

Artists that will assist in this process: Andreas Pashias, Theodoris Papatheodorou and Apostolos Plachouris.

The performance as energy exchange between the artist’s body and the bodies of participants may lead to the formation of artifacts, objects, pictures, sounds. According to this version of the performance, the resulting total product could they claim the status of ‘artwork’, ‘aesthetic object’ or ‘installation’ ? With another expression, the performance could have a dual role: (i) be an autonomous artistic process, (ii) act as a mechanism producing artifacts/ works of Art.
The dual process highlights the performance aspects associated with the binomials: material / immaterial, individual / collective, physical / mental, without however placing them strongly (not even to define in detail) as contrasts.
The performance as a way coupling of gestures of the participants on the occasion and thanks to the materials is ultimately a field where human bonds are negotiated. But what is the material which remains of this collective operation? A brief and fleeting exchange between the artist and other participants? Traces of an experiment on what can be a participative approach? Proof, that despite all the difficulties and limitations associated with the methods of performance itself, the final result in cultivates ambitions of artistic achievement? Rests of a purification in the effort to remove barriers so that situations, things and people could be transformed? Indication, for fundamental contradiction between the performance itself as ephemeral act and its documentation, done as a request to its completion? Finally, evidence of the celebration-a tribute to the human imagination and the human ability to refer to the destiny of cultural norms and their “arbitrary” nature?

Demosthenes Agrafiotis
Poet, performer / Intermedia artist

1. Zen Garden, alphabets. (Cereals, pasta, letters, pictures).
2.Amoivaiotita-RECIPROCITY? (Objects, projection, video).
3.Perigrammata-contours. (Paper, pencils, markers).
4.Empedocles-4 elements. (Earth, water, fire, air).
5.Hommage to Fluxus. (Inter-Media, newspapers, ink).
6.ON Lyotard. (Video, pictures, sounds, drawings of Indian ink)
7.Crisiologi_a. (Video, animation, sound).

Download the invitation (pdf in greek).

The event on facebook.

For more information:
BETON7 | Pydna 7 Botanical – Athens 11855 | (metro stop KERAMIKOS)
til.2107512625 | www.beton7.

ON Lyotard



(fr) 9 - 12 Avril 2013 | ISBA & D.U. Art - Besancon, France

Excentricités 2013

Sorry, this entry is only available in French.