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).

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

ON Lyotard