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24
Sep
15:00

Ta Nea Xysta

Former Santaroza Courthouse

Khan-Dossos presents Ta Nea Xysta, a real-time site-specific mural painting that traces the walls of the Santaroza Courthouse. "Etched" in grey and white by the artist and her assistants, the mural replays and responds to the traditional design work known as xysta, originating from a village on the island of Chios in Greece. Updating the traditional method with current signs and symbols, she creates this ethno-mathematical painting resembling textile.

17:00

with Violence and Kirsten Kilponen

Schliemann-Mella Hall

In a durational performance, where people can come and go, KAYA creates a sanctuary space. The character of the bear is present, as a kind of “healer” with a giant LED light necklace being charged on a “charging station”. A leather wall divides the space for privacy and intimacy, while the short video clips from “baerenzwinger” appear on and off and by moving the projector around in the space. The interaction with the audience is multilayered and within KAYA’s sanctuary space a cleansing ritual takes place.

20:00

The New Elementals

Schliemann-Mella Hall

Ayesha Tan Jones performs an energy specific decomposition ritual. Sculpting local clay through movement, responding to the fluidity of water; sound, vocals and their body, they will (de)compose a semi improvised audio visual experience. In this site-specific sci-fi queer Greek opera, Tan-Jones directs their characters through the scenes that explore their own trans/non‑binary identity through eco-fetish mythologies and into a fictional pop idol bootcamp with near apocalyptic aftermaths. They take the viewers on a journey through soul space, exploring the elements of “optimystic dystopia” in the Athenian landscape.

20:00

Live Video Gaming

Former Department Store Fokas

For two days YESSi PERSE will be present for the audience’s introduction to a live gaming experience, promoting visitors’ interaction with this hyperstitional interface that allows its wearers to enter alternative narratives. Their work Χenomilitia: The Antifa Chronicles is a response to Donald Trump’s 2020 tweet which read, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization”. The installation/video game created by YESSi PERSE in collaboration with Shell Lucky Ocean directly responds and looks critically at the rising right-wing populace and the demonising of the Antifa movement.

20:30

Open Mic

Justice Square

For two nights locals are invited to share testimonies and recollections of their life experiences in an open space of collective sharing. These testimonies, serve as an amalgamation of memory, history, experiences and daily “rituals” from a multiplicity of voices that inhabit the city and as testament of the transforming nature of the city of Athens. Open Mic nights welcome all people willing to participate in this collective “cleansing” procedure which promotes free and limitless expression.

Mestisa Oliha is a 21-year-old who was born and raised in Athens, with a Filipino and Nigerian background. She studies Communication, with majors in Cinema and Journalism. Her main interest is video editing, but she hopes to engage with stand-up comedy someday.

Jessica Onyinyechi Anosike was born in 1996, and is a mother with one son. She is studying to be a journalist and teaches AFROfitness, a kind of dance that combines aerobic fitness with traditional and contemporary African movement.

21:00

ECLIPSATRIX EXUVIA

Former Department Store Fokas

Huntrezz’ performance takes place in a virtual amphitheatre as well as in the exhibition space, which is framed with/ by various sculptural objects. Wearing a motion capture suit, all her dance movements are being screened and streamed. The audience is invited to wander and freely explore the online environment and its elements, and then the artist appears “as an avatar adorned in stylized armor” rhyming:

Unveiled biennale, holy grail eclipse 
golly exalted derailed leaderships
post folly prevailing sailing space ships 
hailing from Cali inhale post-Pokalypse (...)

https://new.videolounges.com/ab7

21:00

AIFF: TITANE

Julia Ducournau
DANAOS (Kifissias ave. 109)

A young boy is found by the customs clerks at the airport. His face is bruised. The boy claims that he’ s a child that had gone missing 10 years ago. His father’s nightmare seems to be reaching the end. But a series of brutal murders horrify the area. Julia Ducourno, the director that was introduced to us five years ago at AIFF with ‘Raw’, gives us the most shocking film of the year, winning, with her provocative boldness and her gutsy direction, the Palm d’ Or at Cannes. Reminiscent of Cronenberg’s ‘Crash’, ‘Titane’ follows the confrontational routes of physical horror, changes aggressively gear on the urgent matters of identity, gender and sexual behaviour, accelerates courageously and finishes as a cinematic extremity. A wild, unforgettable experience. Trailer: Titane (2021) - Trailer (International) ⭐ Cannes 2021 Palme d'Or winner

22:00

Astrit Ismaili

Former Department Store Fokas

Astrit Ismaili performs as their alter ego, “Miss Kosovo”. Inspired by Kosovo's transition from part of Yugoslavia to an independent state, “Miss Kosovo” is a fictional figure drawn from their pop-operette work "MISS", that represents Kosovo’s transition from part of Yugoslavia to an independent state, acting as testimony of intense bodily experience and transformation.

22:15

Live Tarot Reading Performance + soundcheck @ AB7

Former Department Store Fokas

Eclipses, planets sitting in their detriment, and celestial sub-spaces. Malik will present a tarot-reading performance for AB7: ECLIPSE. In this sonic lecture, Marissa Malik and Bahamon-Beesley weave together a meditative experience for audiences to reflect on how our terrestrial experiences tie in with cosmological journeys. Combining academic analysis with tarot reading and the creation of soundscapes inspired by the artists’ shared Latin American heritage, “DESENTERRADA” explores astrology and divination through a re-contextualised historic lens, while directly translating messages from the planets in this current moment.

25
Sep
13:30

ECLIPSATRIX EXUVIA

Former Department Store Fokas

Huntrezz’ performance takes place in a virtual amphitheatre as well as in the exhibition space, which is framed with/ by various sculptural objects. Wearing a motion capture suit, all her dance movements are being screened and streamed. The audience is invited to wander and freely explore the online environment and its elements, and then the artist appears “as an avatar adorned in stylized armor” rhyming:

Unveiled biennale, holy grail eclipse 

golly exalted derailed leaderships

post folly prevailing sailing space ships 

hailing from Cali inhale post-Pokalypse (...)

https://new.videolounges.com/ab7

15:00

Reverse Synergy (Online Video Gaming)

Former Department Store Fokas + Online

“As a player you are both the creator and spectator of the narrative.”
For AB7: ECLIPSE, the Mycological Twist activate their installation Reverse Synergy (2021) with one live and one online event, where artists, theorists and visitors are invited to participate in the game and to explore the different perspectives of (online) co-existence. The live event will be simultaneously broadcasted online via live streaming. Their long game experience in the online multiplayer game ECO explores alternative aspects of the dynamics of digital communities and gaming culture and customised by the Mycological Twist for the Athens Biennale, it will exist online and it will be open for anyone who wishes to connect to it.

Participants:
Omsk Social Club 
Juliet Jacques

Connect here.

15:00

Ta Nea Xysta

Former Santaroza Courthouse

Khan-Dossos presents Ta Nea Xysta, a real-time site-specific mural painting that traces the walls of the Santaroza Courthouse. Etched in grey and white by the artist and her assistants, the mural replays and responds to the traditional design work known as xysta, originating from a village on the island of Chios in Greece. Updating the traditional method with current signs and symbols, she creates this ethno-mathematical painting resembling textile.

18:00

In Heaven

Sofia Giovannitti and Tourmaline
Former Department Store Fokas

During the AB7: ECLIPSE Sofia Giovannitti & Tourmaline present us a multilayered event; In Heaven: An Alternate Reality Game film premiere, followed by a Q&A between them and an in-person reading of an excerpt from Giovannitti’s book in progress “Working Girl for Verso” (2023) on art, sex, and capitalism. The film In Heaven: An Alternate Reality Game aestheticizes the materially porous boundary between the art and sex industries. Formally indistinguishable from escort advertising, the film invites the viewer to participate in an “Alternate Reality Game” via studio visit, a conceptual work unfolding from the viewer’s willingness to acknowledge the socio-erotic and confessional labor demanded of precarious artists as labor. This film and subsequent game offer collectors’ access to the private sphere wherein value is produced, foregrounding explicit transactions as a mode of ethical desire fulfillment. In Heaven and its satellite actions seeks to relocate escort advertising into the festival, museum, and gallery, responding to ongoing US criminalization and surveillance efforts to destroy existing advertising venues, particularly online.

Film Directed by Sophia Giovannitti & Produced by Tourmaline (2021)

19:00

The Last Judgement - Reloaded

Former Department Store Fokas

The Last Judgement – Reloaded performance by Nektarios Pappas is anchored by his sound sculpture Pandemonium. Exploring the themes of fear of artistic critique and death as an end to creation, the artist illustrates his desire to create situations based on past stories and current politics to push the public to reimage and rigorously question contemporary reality. Extracts from the performance’s audio and the installation will also be active during the exhibition.

19:20

The Feminine, The Feminine, The Feminine Ha II

Schliemann-Mella Hall

as they lay take over the former athenian meeting point, the “Aegean Doughnuts” pastry shop and they curate the space presenting us a series of lecture-performances under the title Soft & Solid: Fugitive Harmonies in Pursuit of Home; Within this context, the parameters and potentials of collective sharing and sanctuary spaces are being explored, in a similar way “that clubs, churches, and other cultural centers concentrate collective visions of joy, spirituality, and liberation”.

26
Sep
15:00

Ta Nea Xysta

Former Santaroza Courthouse

Khan-Dossos presents Ta Nea Xysta, a real-time site-specific mural painting that traces the walls of the Santaroza Courthouse. Etched in grey and white by the artist and her assistants, the mural replays and responds to the traditional design work known as xysta, originating from a village on the island of Chios in Greece. Updating the traditional method with current signs and symbols, she creates this ethno-mathematical painting resembling textile.

17:00

Extractor Game Night

Former Santaroza Courthouse

Denny attends the Opening of AB7 along with a game master and host “Game Night Extractor”, based on his playable artwork Extractor, a dystopic interpretation of the classic Australian sheep-farming game Squatter. Ten players will experience the game which models the extractive tendencies of the data industry in the form of a board game, asking players to adopt the corporate goals and strategies behind online platforms. There will be two following game nights, led by the game master alone, where five players each time will have the opportunity to enter the world of Extractor.

19:00

The Feminine, The Feminine, The Feminine Ha II

Schliemann-Mela Hall

as they lay take over the former athenian meeting point, the “Aegean Doughnuts” pastry shop and they curate the space presenting us a series of lecture-performances under the title Soft & Solid: Fugitive Harmonies in Pursuit of Home;
Within this context, the parameters and potentials of collective sharing and sanctuary spaces are being explored, in a similar way “that clubs, churches, and other cultural centers concentrate collective visions of joy, spirituality, and liberation”.
 

20:30

Open Mic

For two nights locals are invited to share testimonies and recollections of their life experiences in an open space of collective sharing. These testimonies, serve as an amalgamation of memory, history, experiences and daily “rituals” from a multiplicity of voices that inhabit the city and as testament of the transforming nature of the city of Athens. Open Mic nights welcome all people willing to participate in this collective “cleansing” procedure which promotes free and limitless expression.

Mestisa Oliha is a 21-year-old who was born and raised in Athens, with a Filipino and Nigerian background. She studies Communication, with majors in Cinema and Journalism. Her main interest is video editing, but she hopes to engage with stand-up comedy someday.

Jessica Onyinyechi Anosike was born in 1996, and is a mother with one son. She is studying to be a journalist and teaches AFROfitness, a kind of dance that combines aerobic fitness with traditional and contemporary African movement.

29
Sep
21:15

AIFF: DISCLOSURE

Sam Fedder
DANAOS (Kifissias ave. 109)

Disclosure’s’ often sad, distorting mirror of trans representation in Hollywood and American television is the starting point to tell a story filled with harmful stereotypes, which explores how collective narration and our views about trans people were formed. While trans people visibility increases, signifying probably the beginning of a positive social change, the violence against them goes on, making their participation in the cultural narration formation even more urgent. Laverne Cox (‘Orange is the New Black’), Lilly Wachowski (‘The Matrix’), Mj Rodriguez (‘Pose’) and Jamie Clayton (‘Sense8’), among others, share valuable personal experience and reactions in a revolutionary film about how we view and understand trans people.
Trailer: Disclosure | Official Trailer | Netflix

30
Sep
20:00

AIFF: SO FOUL A SKY

Alvaro Pulpeiro
STELLA (Tenedou str. 34)

So foul a sky clears not without a storm’ writes Shakespeare in ‘King John’ and Joseph Conrad uses it as an epigraph in his ‘Nostromo’. It’s no wonder then that Alvaro Pulpeiro’s fly on the wall documentary, with its poetic title, travels to Venezuela, just beside ‘Nostromo’s’ Colombia (Costaguana), examining a potentially rich country torn apart by political crisis.
Flecked with a pensive voice-over and images that juxtapose natural beauty with physical deformity, Pulpeiro’s film is a cinematic mortar seeking to put back together what is completely broken. Radio tensions here and there, sometimes featuring Maduro, sometimes Guaido, implications about the American factor of Trump’s government, migrant flows, pirates of the least barrels of oil... A documentary that takes you under, into its world, a world so close but far away and defeated.
Trailer: https://cineuropa.org/en/video/401678/

 

21:45

AIFF: MEMORIA

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
IDEAL (Panepistimiou st. 46)

A British woman in Colombia’s Medellin is awoken at night by a loud noise. As these small sound bombs, that only she can hear, multiply, she decides to find out where they come from. But the answer will be astounding. It’s very rare that the marriage between a director and an actress proves so fitting.
‘Memoria’ brings together two otherworldly creatures for an unforgettable date with the Unknown. As in the previous films of the Thai director, viewing becomes an almost mystical condition, resembling meditation, bound to be appreciated only in the audiovisual setting of a cinema. Jury Award at Cannes.

Trailer: MEMORIA Official Trailer (2021)

01
Oct
20:00

AIFF: VELVET UNDERGROUND

Todd Haynes
IDEAL (46, Panepistimiou Str.)

When the great American director of ‘Safe’, ‘Carol’ and ‘I’m Not There’ decides to tell the story of one of the three most radical rock bands of all time (along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones), the least one could expect is an unconventional music film.

This is the way that Todd Haynes chooses to narrate in this throbbing and exquisitely experimental film document the story of a legendary era and the wonderful, cursed figures that created it and inhabited it: through an amazing archive, John Cale and Moe Tucker speaking as the band’s only survivors, Lou Reed’s voice narrating and commenting and a non-stop audiovisual collage coming magically together on screen, making you shiver.

Trailer

For more info, visit the website of the Athens International Film Festival aiff.gr

21:30

AIFF: PARIS IS BURNING

Jennie Livingston
TRIANON (21, Kodrigktonos Str.)

A quintessential film for gay, trans and drag culture. Filmed at the ‘Houses’ and ‘Balls’, Jennie Livingston’s work speaks openly about the people who got the smallest straw of American (not only though) capitalist reality. And this is the triumph of “Paris”: it does not merely describe a subculture and its rules, but finds the strong class consciousness of people whose nature is incriminated by a status quo which at the same time marginalizes them, steeping them in values hard to live up to. While most of them were deterministically, tragically and prematurely lost, legendary Dorian Corey’s words remain painfully indelible: ‘You cannot change the world, it’s better to take pleasure in it. Do your duty and live it. And if your arrow reaches high, well, good for you’.

Trailer

For more info, visit the website of the Athens International Film Festival aiff.gr

02
Oct
17:00

Problem Hip Area: Fat Femininity as Treason in Modern Greek Culture

Sofia Apostolidou
Former Department Store Fokas (Groundfloor)

Bodily imaginaries, like the ‘body politic’, have powerfully shaped conceptions of the Nation. At the same time, nation-building is produced and sustained by normative fantasies of the feminine body. This talk explores representations of fat femininities in Greek popular culture as evidence of aspirations for modernity and Europeanness. Representations of fatness are not only contextualized by cultural specificities but can also play a central role in the formation of national identity narratives. Where discourses around women’s bodies and the Nation are usually around tropes of motherhood, Apostolidou is arguing that performing eurocentric slenderness is also a part of the Nation’s demands especially in countries where belonging to Europeanness and Westerness is contested.

Sofia Apostolidou is a member of the Research Training Group “Minor Cosmopolitanisms” and a joint PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam/University of Melbourne. She was a founding member of the activist group the “Political Fatties”, with whom she has published the collection “Fatties: Aspects of Fatness as a Political Identity”, and organised conferences, workshops and performances in Athens, Thessaloniki, Berlin, and Amsterdam. In 2019 she published the article “Weighing Posthumanism: Fatness and Contested Humanity” (co-authored with Dr. Jules Sturm) in the Journal of Social Inclusion, and her chapter on fat femininity, modernity and national Greek identity is included in the Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies (2021).

18:00

The Last Judgement – Reloaded

Former Department Store Fokas

The Last Judgement – Reloaded performance by Nektarios Pappas is anchored by his sound sculpture Pandemonium.
Exploring the themes of fear of artistic critique and death as an end to creation, the artist illustrates his desire to create situations based on past stories and current politics to push the public to reimage and rigorously question contemporary reality. Extracts from the performance’s audio and the installation will also be active during the exhibition.

18:00

Extractor Game Night

Former Department Store Fokas (-1 floor)

Denny attended the Opening of AB7 along with a game master and host “Game Night Extractor”, a game night based on his playable artwork the Extractor, a dystopic reinvention of the classic Australian sheep-farming game Squatter. During this game night, ten players experienced and initiated into the world of the unique board game, in which Denny highlights the upheaval in the form of a board game that asks players to adopt the corporate goals and strategies behind this marketplace. In the continuation, there will be two extra game nights on October 2nd an 3rd, led by the game master, where five players each time will have the opportunity to enter the Extractor world.

18:15

Mothers Mothering Mothers

Former Department Store Fokas (Groundfloor)

How can the drag mothering structures of care be an encounter for other contexts?

Taka Taka gives the performative lecture Mothers Mothering Mothers beginning from their personal experience of being mothered and the tools and strategies used for drag-mothering the kids of the Drag House of Hopelezz and the Drag King House of Løsbois. They explain their academic research focus on how to harness the potential of drag mothering as a catalyst and agent for art education and play with expectations of/and identity through character constructions, mapping archetypes.

Duration: 180'

RSVP here.

22:15

AIFF: AFTER BLUE

Bertrand Mandico
TRIANON (Kodrigktonos str. 21)

There are directors filming our world and others determining and making their own. Bertrand Mandico belongs with the latter. On a planet of women, Roxy frees unintentionally a buried murderer and is sentenced along with her mother by the community to find her and kill her. It’s one thing to describe the film and another to view it. Because then you have to point to the music videos of the early 80s, Ken Russel and Terry Gilliam, Hammer and a la Corman Poe’s 60s adaptations, Macbeth (!) or the worlds of Kate Bush and Joseph Sternberg (!!!) lending their names to the film’s characters. An exquisite explosion of unique visual and sound atmosphere, a cinema you cannot place, experimental, sensual, dreamy.
Trailer: AFTER BLUE (DIRTY PARADISE) OFFICIAL TRAILER (2021)

03
Oct
18:00

Performance

Justice Square

What does a dance that wants to seduce an unknown alien body look like? How is the dancer’s body shaped by this attempt?

Weber presents a three-hour-long performance, along with a performer that dances, sings and works with instruments, influenced by his research for his work EXTRA (2019). During the performance, he studies the genre of science-fiction from a choreographic perspective, the construction of the unknown, models of identification, cross-species relationships and their potential for the development of contemporary mating dances. Using the potential of sci-fi to question current subject positions, Weber aspires to present new and different subject constructions that do not necessarily correspond to the norm. The outcome of his research is the development of mating dances that use the power of attraction and imagination as a motor to gain the attention of a potential extraterrestrial audience.

18:00

EXTRA_visit

Justice Square

What does a dance that wants to seduce an unknown alien body look like? How is the dancer’s body shaped by this attempt?

Weber presents a three-hour-long performance, along with a performer that dances, sings and works with instruments, influenced by his research for his work EXTRA (2019). During the performance, he studies the genre of science-fiction from a choreographic perspective, the construction of the unknown, models of identification, cross-species relationships and their potential for the development of contemporary mating dances. Using the potential of sci-fi to question current subject positions, Weber aspires to present new and different subject constructions that do not necessarily correspond to the norm. The outcome of his research is the development of mating dances that use the power of attraction and imagination as a motor to gain the attention of a potential extraterrestrial audience.

19:00

Extractor Game Night

Former Department Store Fokas (-1 floor)

A participatory Extractor game experience, a playable artwork created by the AB7: ECLIPSE artists Simon Denny.
One game master, five players.

Reinventing the classic Australian sheep-farming game 'Squatter', Extractor is a dystopian board game that maps the possible dynamics of global data-driven businesses or platforms as they compete for world domination. Extractor highlights the upheaval in the form of a board game that asks players to adopt the corporate goals and strategies behind this marketplace.

By building their own centralised data platform in Extractor, the visitors/players will reveal the mechanisms underlying digital capitalism.

19:30

AIFF: SO FOUL A SKY

Alvaro Pulpeiro
Open Air Cinema STELLA (34, Tenedou Str.)

So foul a sky clears not without a storm’ writes Shakespeare in ‘King John’ and Joseph Conrad uses it as an epigraph in his ‘Nostromo’. It’s no wonder then that Alvaro Pulpeiro’s fly on the wall documentary, with its poetic title, travels to Venezuela, just beside ‘Nostromo’s’ Colombia (Costaguana), examining a potentially rich country torn apart by political crisis.

Flecked with a pensive voice-over and images that juxtapose natural beauty with physical deformity, Pulpeiro’s film is a cinematic mortar seeking to put back together what is completely broken. Radio tensions here and there, sometimes featuring Maduro, sometimes Guaido, implications about the American factor of Trump’s government, migrant flows, pirates of the least barrels of oil... A documentary that takes you under, into its world, a world so close but far away and defeated.

Trailer

More info: aiff.gr

19:45

The Last Judgement – Reloaded

Former Department Store Fokas

The Last Judgement – Reloaded performance by Nektarios Pappas is anchored by his sound sculpture Pandemonium.

Exploring the themes of fear of artistic critique and death as an end to creation, the artist illustrates his desire to create situations based on past stories and current politics to push the public to reimage and rigorously question contemporary reality. Extracts from the performance’s audio and the installation will also be active during the exhibition.

09
Oct
15:00

Reverse Synergy (Online Video Gaming)

Online

“As a player you are both the creator and spectator of the narrative.”
For AB7: ECLIPSE, the Mycological Twist activate their installation Reverse Synergy (2021) with one live and one online event, where artists, theorists and visitors are invited to participate in the game and to explore the different perspectives of (online) co-existence. The live event will be simultaneously broadcasted online via live streaming. Their long game experience in the online multiplayer game ECO explores alternative aspects of the dynamics of digital communities and gaming culture and customised by the Mycological Twist for the Athens Biennale, it will exist online and it will be open for anyone who wishes to connect to it.

Participants:
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė 
Wassim Alsindi 
Angela Chan 
Alison Sperling

Connect here.

12
Oct
23:26

A live online discussion with Steve McQueen

Online (Zoom talk)

The art of narrating our collective trauma

For one evening, in the context of the 7th Athens Biennale ECLISPE, acclaimed artist and film director Steve McQueen in live conversation with Poka-Yio and Eirini Niamouaia Ontoul.


Steve McQueen, one of the most influential artists and film directors of our time, is about to appear on your screens live for an exclusive public discussion.

On Thursday, October 14th 2021, at 7pm, the audience will have the opportunity to hear this universally acclaimed and prominent figure – Oscar-winning director of Shame and 12 Years a Slave and winner of the Turner Prize – discuss with the artistic director of the Athens Biennale Poka-Yio and Onassis Stegi collaborator and activist Eirini Niamouaia Ontoul on the art of unearthing collective traumas and marginalized human stories.

In the context of the conversation, Steve McQueen will also speak about his video installation, End Credits (2012 - ongoing), co-produced by Onassis Stegi and currently on display at the Onassis Stegi Exhibition Hall -1, from September 24 to October 24, 2021, as part of the 7th Athens Biennale ECLIPSE.

PARTICIPATION
To participate, please submit an application of interest here
You can register until Thursday, October 14th, 18:00 (UTC+3)

LANGUAGE
The Zoom talk will be conducted in English

DURATION
45 Minutes

Q&A
The discussion will follow a live Q&A with the audience via the zoom chat

14
Oct
18:00

A live online discussion with Steve McQueen

Online (Zoom talk)

The art of narrating our collective trauma
For one evening, in the context of the 7th Athens Biennale ECLISPE, acclaimed artist and film director Steve McQueen in live conversation with Poka-Yio and Eirini Niamouaia Ontoul.


Steve McQueen, one of the most influential artists and film directors of our time, is about to appear on your screens live for an exclusive public discussion.

On Thursday, October 14th 2021, at 7pm, the audience will have the opportunity to hear this universally acclaimed and prominent figure – Oscar-winning director of Shame and 12 Years a Slave and winner of the Turner Prize – discuss with the artistic director of the Athens Biennale Poka-Yio and Onassis Stegi collaborator and activist Eirini Niamouaia Ontoul on the art of unearthing collective traumas and marginalized human stories.

In the context of the conversation, Steve McQueen will also speak about his video installation, End Credits (2012 - ongoing), co-produced by Onassis Stegi and currently on display at the Onassis Stegi Exhibition Hall -1, from September 24 to October 24, 2021, as part of the 7th Athens Biennale ECLIPSE.


PARTICIPATION
To participate, please submit an application of interest here
You can register until Thursday, October 14th, 18:00 (UTC+3)

LANGUAGE
The Zoom talk will be conducted in English

DURATION
45 Minutes

Q&A
The discussion will follow a live Q&A with the audience via the zoom chat

21
Oct
19:00

ENDYMION/: Chapter 3: Moonset Soon, Post Blood Moon, Orionids Meteor Shower

Justice Square + Online

Valinia Svoronou launches the last chapter of ENDYMION/: Chapter 3: Moonset Soon, Post Blood Moon, Orionids Meteor Shower. This augmented reality stargazing application reveals a story alongside 2020-2021 celestial events, informed by various myths surrounding the zodiac constellations as well as their use as a means of navigation across the centuries. The underlying narrative of the app takes the ancient Greek myth of Endymion as a point of departure to explore romantic ideas in relation to the contemporary world. Using the tools of astronomy, Svoronou creates a node where mythologies across time and geographical boundaries converge with scientific observation. Svoronou creates a kind of intuitive navigation-reading, where zodiac myths are understood as escape plans, distractions, detours, and wanderings.

On Thursday 21 October at 19:00, Valinia Svoronou welcomes you at the Justice Square where she will briefly present Endymion and stargaze with you Selene, the Moon goddess, and the constellations through her app.

Download Endymion
App Store 
Google Play

22
Oct
19:00

ENDYMION/: Chapter 3: Moonset Soon, Post Blood Moon, Orionids Meteor Shower

Online

Valinia Svoronou launches the last chapter of ENDYMION/: Chapter 3: Moonset Soon, Post Blood Moon, Orionids Meteor Shower. This augmented reality stargazing application reveals a story alongside 2020-2021 celestial events, informed by various myths surrounding the zodiac constellations as well as their use as a means of navigation across the centuries. The underlying narrative of the app takes the ancient Greek myth of Endymion as a point of departure to explore romantic ideas in relation to the contemporary world. Using the tools of astronomy, Svoronou creates a node where mythologies across time and geographical boundaries converge with scientific observation. Svoronou creates a kind of intuitive navigation-reading, where zodiac myths are understood as escape plans, distractions, detours, and wanderings.

Download Endymion:
App Store 
Google Play

 

23
Oct
15:00

Reverse Synergy (Ζωντανό Video Gaming)

Online

“As a player you are both the creator and spectator of the narrative.”
For AB7: ECLIPSE, the Mycological Twist activate their installation Reverse Synergy (2021) with one live and one online event, where artists, theorists and visitors are invited to participate in the game and to explore the different perspectives of (online) co-existence. The live event will be simultaneously broadcasted online via live streaming. Their long game experience in the online multiplayer game ECO explores alternative aspects of the dynamics of digital communities and gaming culture and customised by the Mycological Twist for the Athens Biennale, it will exist online and it will be open for anyone who wishes to connect to it.

Participants:
Lola Olufemi 
Xenia Chiaramonte 
Laura Op de Beke

Connect here.

18:00

The Sweet Spot of Memory: A Performative Talk with Loukoumades and Honey

Schliemann-Mela Hall Yard

What does it mean to re-enact a collective memory and in particular a sweet memory? A century-old family-owned shop selling traditional fried dough drizzled with honey, “loukoumades”, moved away from its shop in Schliemann-Mela Hall, a venue of the current 7th Athens Biennale ECLIPSE. With this change, Athens lost a landmark, a meeting point but also a Sweet Spot. How can the collective and the individual memory be affected by such an incident? How has our innocence and childhood been forced to “grow up” almost overnight in such a “traumatic” way?

A performative talk with freshly prepared Loukoumades with Honey according to the family recipe of Fyllas family, the owners of Loukoumades Aigaion. Following the challenges and aspects of the exhibition, the representatives of the Fyllas family George and Iliana alongside the chef pâtissier Antonis Selekos, art theorist and writer Theophilos Tramboulis and artist Poka-Yio go down the memory lane in search of its lost Sweet Spot and look for the dimensions that this kind of eclipse could mean for the present and the future of Athenian citizens.

During the talk, Aeneas Sakos, former employee of Loukoumades Aigaion, will prepare and offer the visitors appetising loukoumades.


Iliana Fylla is an art and culture specialist, Dr in the History of contemporary dance. She often works in the cultural communication area for different entities such as artistic groups; cultural institutions; media or private companies.
George Fyllas is a finance and management engineer; former owner of Loukoumades Aigaion and the present owner of Living Theros boutique hotel in Tinos island.
Antonis Selekos is chef pâtissier and collaborator of Funky Gourmet.
Theophilos Tramboulis is curator of contemporary art publications and exhibitions and translator.
Poka-Yio is visual artist and curator.

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