The Space Age
Electric and Electronic Art in Greece 1957-1989 exhibition
It has been seventy years since the launching of the first artificial satellite, the soviet Sputnik (Спутник-1, Sputnik 1). It was launched on the 4th of October in 1957. Imagine that it a period in when the most common answer that children gave to the question “What will you do when you grow up?” was “I’ll become an astronaut”. If this makes you feel nostalgia, you were probably born before 1970. If this mystifies you, you were probably born much later. At some point in recent history, everyone, even children, were turned into very down-to earth citizens. The reason for this transformation was not only space research, the Berlin Wall’s fall, the Cold War’s end, the modernism’s end, the ideologies’ end, but maybe all these factors contributed in how everything finally ended up.
Starting from the USA, the term Space Age, has not only become a common saying between people, but it has also been used in official bibliography. It is a term that coincides in time, is connected and even identified with the term Atomic Age, a term that obviously regards the age that is defined by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and the consequent fear of the absolute disaster during the Cold War. Greece never had a space program, neither atomic nor nuclear energy nor the related guns. During the age in when space exploration was in its beginning’s zenith between the two Cold War Superpowers, Greece was trying to heal its wounds from the devastating Civil War. Nevertheless, as many documents of this age confirm, suffering Greece, was empathizing the space vision as much as any other country, wealthy or poor, on the left or the right side of the Iron Curtain, on the planet during this age. As in any other country the idea of the Astronaut/Cosmonaut, the Spacecraft , the Robot and, a little bit later, the Computer, spread in scientific discussions, journalism and mass culture.
A new kind of art had to be created. The vision of a technological art will initially take the form of an electric and then of an electronic art. If, on an international level, the experimenting with electric visual art has already fruited before the World War II with Laszlo Moholy Nagy’s artworks, in Greece it will be a little late. Practically, the first use of electricity in the Greek art scene will come from the cinema projectors and preamplifiers of the musical instruments and the microphones in the light music. In visual arts, a series of artists from the 60s and on will rapidly cover lost ground.
The exhibition will explore the utopian future implementations and technologies in the fields of Music (Xenakis, Logothetis, Hristou, Mamagakis, Adamis,…), Visual Arts (Takis, Pantelis Xagoraris, Giorgos Zogolopoulos, Kostis Triantafyllou, Minons Argirakis,…), Cinema, Architecture and Urban Planning.
Minos Argyrakis, Takis, Pantelis Xagoraris, Valerios Kaloutsis, Giorgos Zogolopoulos, Thanasis Rentzis, Manthos Santorinaios, Kostis Triantafyllou, Konstantinos Doxiadis, Giannis Hristou, Giannis Xenakis, Anestis Xenakis and many more.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book (Konstantinos Vassiliou, Thanasis Moutsopoulos) from Asini publications.
General Curator: Thanasis Moutsopoulos
Assistant Curator: Ilia Mpoura
Architectural Editing: Nikos Patsavos
Musical Editing: Nektarios Papadimitriou
Video Art Editing: Nepheli Dimitriadi
Opening Day: Thursday 22nd of June 2017
Arrival time: 20.00
Exhibition’s Duration: Thursday 22nd of June 2017 – Sunday 10th of September 2017
Every day: 18:00-23:00
Communication Sponsors: KROMA Magazine