Video dance & video performance screening
Video Art Miden collaborates with Kinitiras
Video Art Miden collaborates with Kinitiras in a special video dance & video performance screening event curated by Margarita Stavraki. The presentation, including 4 programs from this year’s edition of Video Art Miden, will take place in Athens, 3 of November 2018, 20.00 pm at Kinitiras. Additionally, all programs will be screened in a special ongoing presentation at the entrance hall of Kinitiras until June 2019.
For fifteen years, Video Art Miden is constantly engaged by collecting and promoting videodance & video performance works internationally, supporting the diversity of expressive media that artists and groups with different artistic, cultural, aesthetic origins and experiences, they use. Video Art Miden, despite its wide-ranging character in video art, has been recorded on the international cultural scene as one of the most independent and stable videodance & video performance platforms in the world.
Screening Event 3 November 2018 / Non Stop Screenings from November 2018 to June 2019
Studio Screening 3 /11 /18
Move like me _ Video Dance & Video Performance selection
Curated by Margarita Stavraki Duration: 43 min
A video selection where human bodies narrate as they move, are in love, compete, fight and vibrate.
- Christina Mertzani / free fall company, Aliki Chiotaki & Dimitris Barnias, 60 pulses, Greece 2016, 3.32
- Blas Payri, Ce monde inconnu de sensations, Spain & France 2018, 3.25
- Francesca Leoni & Davide Mastrangelo, Nowhere History, Italy 2017, 3.40
- Patricia Bentancur, Untitled, (Play), Uruguay 2014, 1.35
- Francesca Leoni , Ego-Crazia, Italy 2017, 8.25
- Еlena Artemenko, Soft Power, Russia 2016, 10.00
- Marta Arjona & Ariadna Llussà, ZOÍ I ζωή, Spain 2017, 3.40
- APOTROPIA, Φ, Italy 2017, 4.44
- Yiorgos Drosos, District one, Greece 2014-2015, 1.50
vDance: poses, movements and short narratives_ Video Dance selection
Curated by Margarita Stavraki Duration: 70 min
A video selection where poses and movements turn to dance and poetry. The dance is sometimes physical and other times a result of the processing of moving image. The surrounding space is sometimes real, defined and it stimulates the dance, and other times it is digital and neutral, in order to make us concentrate absolutely on the motion of the bodies. Dance, movement and pose are a primordial need of man, which is involved in the digital age.
- Izabella Retkowska, Inertness, Poland 2016, 1.10
- Marta Arjona & Mei Casabona, X-TREM, Spain 2016, 5.24
- Aliki Chiotaki, Cipher, Greece 2017, 1.18
- Daphna Mero, Selfiesism – Dance Duet, Israel & USA 2017, 5.03
- Fran Orallo, the chaos theory, UK 2018, 3.40
- Gaetano Maria Mastrocinque, Argille, Italy 2016, 5.47
- Johannes Christopher Gérard, Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy, Russia 2017, 4.51
- Dancevacuum dance company-Vicky Vassilopoulou, Handmade, Greece 2018, 8.11
- Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley & Hilary Brown and Aitor Mendilibar, Odd Jewels: Beauty Under Mask, USA 2018, 8.26
- Cecilia Seaward, Recollect, USA 2016, 2.40
- Stefano Croci & Luca Veggetti, SCENARIO, Italy 2017, 22.00
Entrance hall Screening 3 /11 /18
Fragments of a story_ Video Dance & Video Performance selection
Curated by Margarita Stavraki Duration: 49 min
The program explores the autonomy of narrative elements and their reconnection in a video art selection. In these videos the object, the gesture and the space become art works on their own. Sometimes they deny their narrative role, sometimes they just insinuate it, and at others they serve it poetically.
- Mircea Bobînă, Dust, Moldova 2017, 1.00
- Eleonora Roaro, 00:00:01:00, UK 2016, 2.00
- Hanna Schaich, 400000 times, Germany 2017, 4.36
- Irini Folerou, Revealing, UK 2016, 1.19
- Anna Macdonald, After Mrs Mills, UK 2016, 2.37
- Hamza Kirbas, I, YOU, S/HE, WE, Turkey 2017, 00.47
- John C. Kelley, Drum Solo, USA 2018, 4.54
- Cat Del Buono, Pass the Buck, USA 2018, 1.33
- Mauricio Sanhueza, The House, Peru 2018, 8.15
- François Roux, The Western Bug, Canada 2014, 1.22
- Collin Bradford, End Light, USA 2016, 11.07
- François Roux & Mathieu Bouillod, Phantom’s Ontology, Belgium 2014, 3.45
- Marcia Beatriz Granero, Minada, Brazil 2015, 2.15
Act… with or without expression_ Video Performance selection
Curated by Margarita Stavraki Duration: 47 min
A selection of video performances based on body identity, with references to ritual, philosophy & poetry, human disorientation, and the history of family relationships.
- Gabriel Andreu, My Father’s Tears, UK 2016, 3.52
- Eduardo Herrera, Liberación, Argentina 2016, 2.30
- Michele Manzini, In the House of Mantegna, Italy 2017, 6.36
- Nuno Veiga, Boa Morte, Portugal 2018, 4.05
- Alexander Isaenko, Memorial, Ukraine, 2016, 12.24
- Elisabetta Di Sopra, The Care, Italy 2018, 2.34
- Miloushka Bokma, Thuis, Home, Heimat, Netherlands 2018, 7.57
- Aleksandra Mlynarczyk-Gemza, KOAN: What did your face looked like before your parents were born?, Poland 2014, 1.18
- Gray Swartzel, Self-Portrait with Mother (Offering), USA 2018, 3.24
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 and builded an international festival identity, presenting an annual video art festival for a decade. Since 2015, Miden continues its work changing its form to a more flexible and broadened event programming, 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. It also provides an alternative meeting point for emerging and established artists and a communication hub between artists, organizations, festivals and art spaces around the world.
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)
Art direction: Gioula Papadopoulou – Margarita Stavraki
Video Art Miden- Info: www.festivalmiden.gr
Opening: 3/11/2018 at 20:00
Duration: 3/11/2018 – until June 2019*
*all programs will be screened in a special ongoing presentation at the entrance hall of Kinitiras until June 2019.
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With ‘islands’, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed,
but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear.
‘Islands’, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret,
their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.*
Lefteris Tapas’ Archipelagos is an ambiguous and deeply political visual poem that explores the identity of his country Cyprus,** an odd specimen of land, people and cultures, with a rich history and an alluring colonial past, caught between the East and the West, surrounded by sea, brutally divided and separated into two. Is culture something we own or something we share? Can art create a virtual space, more real than real space? Can it help us contemplate on various alternative narratives? Does it have the power to heal? To transform? What defines our identity as people? What is our relationship to trauma? And how can we finally move on?
Tapas’ latest work constitutes the most complete sample of his continuous survey on human existence. For this show the artist returns to the three archetypes; earth-water-sky and reconfigures the present’s attention to history and to his own identity, seeking the universal through today’s Cyprus, which is a postcolonial mosaic of distinct and not particularly integrated communities, ethnicities and nationalities. With a series of little islands made with papier-mâché in such a way that they simulate rocks and soil -an emotional material packed with symbolism- with a hallucinatory paper lace of floating waves and a floating universe of stars, his direct takes on identity and metamorphosis evolve into something dreamy and at the same time quite abstract.
The production process is a space of contemplation for Tapas. All works are hand-made, painted or cut-out by hand with care and attention. The country, which resembles a dot on the map, multiplies and spreads out its various versions in the gallery space. The island installation occupying the large left wall of the gallery is made entirely of pulp, graphite and rare natural earth pigments mined from various quarries of the island – some of which are currently banned and/or abandoned. For the creation of the paper pulp, the artist uses pages from Phileleftheros (the largest daily newspaper of Cyprus) which his father has been reading and collecting for over 30 years. On a large table in the centre of the gallery there is a lace made of cut-out paper that looks like a restless sea and on the opposite wall a series of nocturnal skyscapes, pictured exactly as he remembers observing them for years during his evening duty shifts in the army.***
Through his reflection on the island’s rich history and culture, with all its geographical and political peculiarities, with stories of friendliness, discomfort and hostility, ghosts as well as allies, Tapas moves from the regional to the universal in a way that makes his Archipelagos neither entirely a record, nor a construct of his mind or imagination. After all, what we enjoy in his oeuvre is not the precise and detailed recording of history, nor the tranquility and harmony of the pictures he creates, but the answer he gives to a question of ours or rather the question that he ultimately asks us, forcing us to answer.
* A paraphrase from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.
** Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.
*** Military service is mandatory to all men in the Republic of Cyprus. They are also obliged to serve the National Guard as regular reservists.
Lefteris Tapas (b. 1974) lives and works in Limassol, Cyprus. He studied Fine Arts at the Kent Institute of Art & Design and at the University of Kent, UK. Archipelago is his fifth solo show. He has participated in various group shows in Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Bosnia-Herzegovina and his work can be found in public and private collections across Europe. In 2009 he was commissioned a monumental permanent installation for Larnaca International airport proposed by Yiannis Toumazis. The installation is inspired by the Cypriot flora and fauna and adorns the glass backdrop of the entire check-in area of Hermes Airport in Larnaca.
Opening: 11/01/2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Duration: 11/01/2019- 23/02/2019
Exhibition opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 12 a.m. – 3 p.m. / 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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