Gigi Argyropoulou is a theorist, curator, dramaturg and researcher working in the fields of performance and cultural practice based in Athens and London. Gigi has initiated and organized public programs, interventions, performances, conferences, festivals, exhibitions and cultural projects both inside and outside of institutions. She is a founding member of Mavili Collective, Institute for Live Arts Research, Green Park, F2/Mkultra, and Οχτώ/Eight (Critical institute for arts and politics). As a member of Mavili and other collectives, Gigi co-initiated/co-organized occupations, interventions, programs and cultural critique actions during the crisis. She holds a PhD from Roehampton University and an MA from Dartington College of Art. Gigi received the Dwight Conquergood Award for her work in 2017 and the Routledge Prize (PSi18) in 2012. She has taught in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Gigi is editor of the special issue of Performance Research “On Institutions” (with H. Vourloumis) and publishes regularly in journals, books, and magazines. Gigi is member of the curatorial and editorial board of HKW’s New Alphabet School and is co-curating the upcoming edition “On Instituting.”
Diana Artus is a Berlin-based artist and writer interested in the perception of urban space. In 2000, she received a Magister Artium Degree in German Literature and Language at University of Leipzig, and in 2007, she received a Diploma in Photography at the HGB. She participated in international exhibitions and residency programs at ISCP New York, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, n.b.k. Berlin, Fabra i Coats Barcelona, La Casa Encendida Madrid, and Hectoliter Brussels, among others.
James Bridle is a writer and artist working across technologies and disciplines. Their artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. Their writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Observer. New Dark Age, their book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso (UK & US) in 2018, and they wrote and presented “New Ways of Seeing„ for BBC Radio 4 in 2019. Their work can be found at http://jamesbridle.com
Nanne Buurman is an author and editor, educator and curator currently employed as an associate researcher and lecturer for documenta and exhibition studies at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, where she has been part of the team building the documenta Institut since 2018. In that capacity, she was involved in founding the Transdisciplinary Research Center for Exhibition Studies TRACES und is currently co-heading the research group on Nazi continuities at documenta. After graduating from Leipzig University, she was a member of the International Research Training Group InterArt at the Freie Universität Berlin and a visiting scholar at Goldsmiths College in London, supported by a DFG scholarship for her doctoral research on the gendered economies of curating. Buurman worked as an adjunct lecturer at universities/art academies in Leipzig, Hildesheim and Bremen, and has been involved in numerous art education, exhibition, and publication projects – most recently the curatorial research project in freiheit dressiert. being natural is simply a pose or the Networks of Care program that she currently co-curates at nGbK in Berlin. Her research and publications focus on exhibition studies, the politics, economies and epistemologies of curating, the past and present of documenta, the shifting roles of race, class, gender and labour in artistic and curatorial practice, the transcultural and technological conditions of cultural production in a global context as well as the political ambivalences of modernity and their uncanny hauntings today. She co-edited documenta: Curating the History of the Present (with Dorothee Richter, 2017), Situating Global Art: Temporalities – Topologies – Trajectories (with Sarah Dornhof, Birgit Hopfener and Barbara Lutz, 2018) and serves as an editor of the research platform documenta studies, which she co-founded with Nora Sternfeld, Carina Herring, and Ina Wudtke in October 2018.
CURRENT Athens is an online platform for the promotion of contemporary art founded and run by Despina Krey & Orestis Mavroudis. The main objective is to inform users about the current art activity in Athens. Additionally, all information is archived into a database, which contains spaces, artists, and curators that have exhibited in the city. The website was founded in 2017 and its function is based on the equal promotion of all events that take place in Athens. https://www.currentathens.gr
Despina Krey lives and works in Athens. She holds a BA degree in History and Art Theory from the University of Ioannina. She worked as exhibition assistant in the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, as intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, as art mediator in exhibitions of NEON Cultural Organization, Radio Athènes, and the Cycladic Museum in Athens, and she was part of Sarah Sze’s team in the American Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. Despina has been working at Gagosian Gallery in Athens since 2017. She is co-founder and editor at CURRENT Athens.
Orestis Mavroudis lives and works in Athens. He studied History and Theory of Art at the University of Ioannina and at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. Currently, he is attending the post-master course Of Public Interest at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Orestis is founder of Jason Faulter design studio and of CLOSING SOON exhibition space in Athens. He is co-founder of Under the carpet filmmaking studio and co-founder and designer at CURRENT Athens.
T. J. Demos is Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of visual culture, radical politics, and political ecology—particularly where it opposes racial and colonial capitalism—and is the author of several books, including Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing (Duke University Press, 2020), Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and Political Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), and Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, (Sternberg Press, 2017). Demos curated Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, at Nottingham Contemporary (2015); Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, at Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum (2014); and Beyond the World’s End at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz (2019). In Spring 2020, he was a Getty Research Institute Fellow, and during 2019-21 directed the Mellon-funded Sawyer Seminar research project Beyond the End of the World. He is working on a new book on radical futurisms.
Dora Economou (b. 1974, Athens) is an artist who lives and works in Athens. She is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Economou has exhibited internationally in group and solo shows. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include: “Pangrams and Slogans” (2020) and “Representation” (2019) at Radio Athènes; “Island Hopping I & II” (2019, 2020) at Sterna Residency Projects, Nisyros; “Imbat Ambit” (2019) and “Mountains & Valleys” (2016) at Françoise Heitsch gallery, Munich; “Naturalist” (2015) at Ribot gallery, Milan; and “PREDEAL” (2014) at The Breeder gallery, Athens.
Eirene Efstathiou is a visual artist working in a variety of different media, from painting and printmaking to performance, to small scale installations; her practice investigates collective and archival memory, sentiment, affect, and how these function in the public sphere. Efstathiou is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University (Studio Art Diploma and BFA, 2003), where she studied painting and printmaking, and the Athens School of Fine Arts (MFA 2010), where she is currently a PhD candidate.
Efstathiou has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the United States. In 2009, she was the recipient of the DESTE Prize, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece; in 2019 the NEON grant for post-graduate study, Athens, Greece; and in 2020 the Artworks Grant, from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens Greece. Efstathiou lives and works in Athens.
Alkisti Efthymiou is a writer and anthropologist. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University (Athens, Greece). Closely engaging with works of queer/feminist film in Chile, Argentina, and Greece, her thesis focuses on the critical state of intimacy under late capitalism. Having worked with several cultural institutions in Greece and abroad (such as the Athens Biennale and documenta 14), she also tries to problematize (when she can bear it) the conditions of precarity and exhaustion within the art world.
Enterprise Projects is an Athens-based project by curator Danai Giannoglou and artist Vasilis Papageorgiou. This venture aims at experimenting and conversing: experimenting with the curatorial proposal, artistic creation, self-organized function, and conversing with the artistic scene, the Athenian audience, and the place itself, which houses the project. As a structure, Enterprise Projects has been functioning independently and periodically since September 2015 in Ampelokipoi, Athens. In 2018, Enterprise Projects founded EP Journal, a publishing initiative in the form of an online publication of newly commissioned theoretical and research essays, in both Greek and English. The reader can browse online, download, or print each issue, presented with a design that reflects the needs of every text.
Diana Felber is a practicing architect and part of transit – Architectural Collective Leipzig. Since 2015, she has been teaching architecture and urban design at several universities, e.g. TU Braunschweig, TU Dresden, and BTU Cottbus. In her research she is focusing on the housing question with a special interest in housing typology. She is also an active member of the contemporary art collective (Kunstverein) KV – Verein für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig.
Minus Plato is the alias of Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University. Trained as a classicist, Fletcher created the blog Minus Plato as part of his research into ancient Mediterranean cultures and contemporary art. Following collaborations with artists (including Paul Chan on the book Hippias Minor or the Art of Cunning, Badlands Unlimited, 2015), Fletcher left classics and turned Minus Plato into a platform for de-colonial art education in on-going dialogue with the core themes of documenta14, the global art exhibition that took place in Athens and Kassel in 2017. Minus Plato’s first book No Philosopher King: An Everyday Guide to Art and Life under Trump was published in 2020 by AC Books. He is currently working on a collaborative book project with a group of documenta14 artists called Whisper into a Hole: Sketches for an Unfinished Exhibition.
Pélagie Gbaguidi (from Benin, born in Dakar in 1965), lives and works in Brussels. Gbaguidi calls herself a contemporary “Griot.” A “Griot” questions the individual as he or she moves through life by absorbing the words of the ancients and modeling them like a ball of fat that they place in the stomach of each passer-by with the ingredients of the day. In the practical sense, it breaks the commonplace rhythm by inserting subtle incidents integrating its part of eternity. Her work is an anthology of signs and traces on the trauma. In fact, it is one of her recurrent subjects, evidenced by the acquisition of 100 drawings of the Code Noir (1685) series at the Memorial Act in Guadeloupe. Her focus of interest is centered on the colonial and postcolonial archives and on the unmasking of the process of forgetting in history. This readjustment of the imaginary arouses in the artist the urgency to give it form, a writing of liberating images and a corpus to draw contemporary forms. This contributes to the process of transforming relationships for necessary, sustainable ethics.
Gbaguidi has participated in numerous international exhibitions such as: “Biennale of Dakar” (Senegal) 2004, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2018; “Asyl Stadtmuseum,” Stadtmuseum, Munich (Germany) 2013; “Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisited by Contemporary African Artists,” MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (Germany) 2014 and at the National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington (USA) 2015; “El iris de Lucy,” Musac, Castilla y León (Spain) 2016 and at the Musée Rouchechouart, (France) 2016, and at CAAM (Spain) 2017. She participated in documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, and contributed to the book “Why Are We ‘Artists’? 100 World Art Manifestos” by Jessica Lack, 2017. In 2018, she received a scholarship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. In 2019, she participated in “Decolonizing the Body” at Eternal Network Gallery in France, at the Lubumbashi Biennale, and exhibited at the Frohner Museum (Austria). In 2020, she participated in the current Berlin Biennale.
Eva Giannakopoulou, grew up in Ithaca, Greece, and she is currently residing in Athens, where she works. In the past she has lived in Naples, Barcelona, Istanbul, Berlin, and in other places depending on the circumstances. She has presented performances at various unconventional sites, including beaches, squares, rivers, parks, and impromptu stages in public spaces. Her work has been exhibited at museums, institutions, galleries, and festivals, including: the Onassis-Stegi Foundation (Kin Baby, FUTURE N.O.W, 2021) the Benaki Museum (“The Same River Twice”, 2019; “The Equilibrists”, 2016, both curated and organzed by the New Museum, Νew York and the DESTE Foundation), Goethe-Institut Athen (“Weasel Dance”, 2019), the Athens Biennale AB6: ANTI (2018), the Athens Biennale AB5to6: OMONOIA (2016), the Material Art Fair (Mexico City, 2017), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Berlin, “Autonomy Help ME!”, solo exhibition, 2015), MPA-B (Berlin, 2014 and 2015), Action Field Kodra (Thessaloniki, 2012), and the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) Thessaloniki Center (at a parallel event of the third Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2011). She has co-curated and co-organized numerous art projects and performative events, while in 2013-2014, she was a co-labourer of the MPA-B (Month of Performance Art, Berlin). In 2019 she co-founds “Most Mechanics Are Crooks”, an artistic and curatorial band that aims to reclaim insincerity as a tool of progressive discourse.
Clara Guixer (Barcelona, Spain 1990) is an art historian specializing in contemporary art with a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies (KULeuven, Belgium). She has worked at the Virtual Museum of Public Art of Barcelona elaborating critical artistic texts and reviews. She also worked for the Catalan Government on internationalization of cultural companies, and as project assistant for the contemporary artist Pélagie Gbaguidi during the exhibitions documenta 14 (2017) and the latest edition of the Berlin Biennale (2020).
Hypercomf is a multidisciplinary conceptual design artist identity, researching the relationship between nature and culture, domestication, industry, and science. This identity first materialized as a fictitious company profile in Athens in 2017. Hypercomf’s practice is both research and production driven; each subject informs a continuously developing narrative starring organic and inorganic protagonists, which manifests through interdisciplinary collaborations, space activations, multimedia artworks and sustainable design objects.
Hypercomf are currently artists in residence of the Studiotopia program at Onassis Stegi with the support of the Creative Europe program (2020–2022), finalizing the presentation of Biosentinel as part of the project La Table et la Territoire organized by Locus Athens Tavros, Athens (2021), and Resonate supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative at Columbia University (2020–2021). Examples of their most recent participations include Pioneer Works Visual Arts Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY (2019–2020), the online exhibition Anthropocene on Hold, Polyeco Art Initiative (2020), Lago Film Festival 2020 (Veneto Region Special Prize), Lago lake, IT, Στάση-Taking a Stance, 7th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2019–2020), Super Host, curated by Like a Little Disaster and Pane Project, Polignano a Mare, IT (2019), Overexposure, 7th Syros International Film Festival (2019), Wasn’t it you who said that it was going to last forever, curated by Hypercomf, HausN, Athens (2019).
Myrto Katsimicha (b. 1991, Athens) is a curator based in Athens, Greece. She holds a BA in Media, Communication and Culture from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens (2012) and a MA in Curating the Contemporary from London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014). Her research focuses on notions of collectivity and self-organization in the contemporary art field. In 2017–18, she was the 12-month intern in the Adult & Academic Programs, Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Within the framework of her internship, she conducted field research on the independent art scene in Mexico City (Guilty Pleasures, EP Journal, 2019) and later organized and co-moderated the public program From Mexico City to New Yοrk: A conversation with Tamara Ibarra and Rachel Valinsky on collaborative practices and the links between independent art spaces and contemporary art institutions (MoMA, September 5, 2018). In the past, she has worked for art institutions in Greece and abroad such as documenta 14, Athens & Kassel; State of Concept, Athens; the Athens Biennale; and Phenomenon Anafi, among others. She currently works at Onassis AiR, artistic research residency program in Athens.
Panos Kompatsiaris is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, where he also heads the Master’s program in Critical Media Studies. He has published in various journals, including the European Journal of Cultural Studies, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Third Text, and co-edited the special issue “Crafting Values: Economies, Ethics and Aesthetics of Artistic Valuation” for the Journal of Cultural Economy (2020). He is the author of The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles of Critique, Art and Theory (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of the collective volume The Industrialization of Creativity and its Limits (Springer, 2020).
Eleftherios Krysalis completed his Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Theory at the Athens School of Fine Arts and his M.F.A in Media Arts and Design at Bauhaus-University, Weimar, on the chair of experimental radio and electroacoustic music. From 2018 until 2020, he was a DAAD scholarship holder. His master thesis was on the topic of Politics of Listening: Soundscapes from Ramallah, Palestine. He currently has a teaching position at Bauhaus-University, Weimar. His work consists of experimental radio formats and electroacoustic musical elements.
Vassiliki Lazaridou is a queer visual artist and filmmaker born and raised in the west side of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1989. They studied Cultural Technology and Communication at the University of the Aegean (GR) and Cinema Theory at Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III (FR). Lazaridou have worked as an assistant director and producer for fellow artists’ projects, as creative director, writer and curator. They hold a master in Communication & Media Rhetoric from Panteion University (GR) and are currently working on a multi-genre short film.
Mylasher completed her further education as an Art Therapist & Naturopathic for Psychotherapy in 2019. She was a member of the artist group GALLERY FIST. From 2002 – 2011, she studied in the Class of Textile & Painting, Prof. Ulrich Reimkasten, University of Arts & Design, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle. She shows nationally and internationally. She was part of the Artist Collective KETKETVOOM together with Martin Feistauer from 2006 – 2011.
Marie-Eve Levasseur (*1985, Canada) lives and works in Germany. She studied visual and media art in Montreal as well as in Leipzig. Her works have been shown in many group and solo exhibitions in Montreal, Berlin, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Zurich. In 2019, she received a grant from the Karin Abt-Straubinger Foundation. In 2020, she received a research and creation grant from the KdFS (cultural Foundation of the Free State Saxony).
Elena Loizidou is Reader in Law and Political Theory at the School of Law, Birkbeck College. Her research interests range from anarchism and political theory to theories of gender and sexuality, law and culture. Her publications include Disobedience: Concept and Practice,(Editor | Routledge, 2013); Judith Butler: Ethics, Law, Politics (Routledge, 2007); “What is Law?” in The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences (Routledge, 2019); “Law, Love and Anarchism” in Law and Philosophy: Critical Intersections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018); “Sequences of Law and The Body” in Routledge Handbook of Law and Theory (Routledge, 2018); and “Dreams and The Political Subject” in Vulnerability in Resistance (Duke University Press, 2016). Her new book Anarchism an Art of Living with Law is forthcoming (Routledge, 2022). She is on the editorial board of Law and Critique.
Tamás Páll (b. 1989) is a researcher, game designer, and developer working in Budapest. His works and collaborations have been showcased at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Panke Gallery, Berlin; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest; Transmediale, Berlin; and MeetFactory, Prague. He is a co-founder of the Rites Network art collective. His artistic research focuses on emergent world-systems, non-human technologies, and experimental role-playing and world-building as a cooperative practice. Páll is currently doing his artistic research PhD at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Pakui Hardware is the name for the artist duo Neringa Černiauskaitė and Ugnius Gelguda which began in 2014. The artists live and work between Berlin and Vilnius. Solo exhibitions include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; carlier | gebauer, Berlin; Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK); Tenderpixel gallery, London, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany; MUMOK, Vienna. Past group exhibitions include MOCO La Panacée, Montpellier, France; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; CCA Tel Aviv, Israel; MAXXI, Rome; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; 13th Baltic Triennial at CAC, Vilnius; BOZAR, Brussels.
Antonia Rahofer (Vienna/Linz, Austria) is a curator, critic, and cultural manager with a focus on film and media art, documentary strategies and the interview as an artistic practice. She has been working as a lecturer at universities and art schools in Austria and internationally since 2009.
Sakrowski works and lives in Berlin. From 1999–2003, he curated exhibitions and lectures on net art within the project netart-datenbank. From 2007–2009, he worked as a freelance researcher on the “Netzpioniere 1.0” research project at the Media.Art.Research Institute in Linz. Since 2007, he has been working with the web.video phenomena under the name CuratingYouTube and provides a specially designed online tool with gridr.org (2012). From 2014–2015, he worked as curator for the transmediale festival “capture all.” Since October 2016, he has been managing and curating the panke.gallery.
Jonas Staal is a visual artist whose work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. He is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit (2012 – ongoing) and the campaign New Unions (2016 – ongoing). He co-founded the New World Academy with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2013 – 16), he is currently directing the utopian training camp Training for the Future with Florian Malzacher (2018 – ongoing), and he is co-administrator of the Obscure Union with Laure Prouvost. Exhibition projects include Art of the Stateless State (Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2015), After Europe (State of Concept, Athens, 2016), The Scottish-European Parliament (CCA, Glasgow, 2018), and Museum as Parliament (with the Democratic Federation of North Syria, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2018 – ongoing). His projects have been exhibited widely at venues such as the V&A in London, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, M_HKA in Antwerp, and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, as well as the biennales of Berlin (2012), Kochi (2013), São Paulo (2014), Gothenburg (2017), Warsaw (2019), and Taipei (2020). Publications and catalogs include Nosso Lar, Brasília (Jap Sam Books, 2014), Stateless Democracy (with co-editors Dilar Dirik and Renée In der Maur, BAK, 2015), Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective (Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2018) and Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (The MIT Press, 2019). Staal completed his PhD research on propaganda art at the PhD Arts program of Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Nora Sternfeld is an art educator and curator. She is professor for art education at the HFBK Hamburg (Academy of fine Arts Hamburg). From 2018 to 2020 she was documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (School of Art and Design Kassel). From 2012 to 2018 she was professor for Curating and Mediating Art at the Aalto University in Helsinki. She is co-director of the /ecm – Master Program in Exhibition Theory and Practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna; a co-founder and part of trafo.K, Office for Art, Education and Critical Knowledge Production (Vienna); and since 2011, a member of freethought, a platform for research, education, and production (London). In this capacity she was one of the artistic directors of the Bergen Assembly 2016 and is 2020 BAK Fellow, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht). She publishes on contemporary art, exhibitions, politics of history, educational theory, and anti-racism.
Paul Soulellis is an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture. He is founder/director of Queer.Archive.Work, a non-profit community reading room, publishing studio, and project space, and Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Paul writes and speaks about art, design, and experimental publishing internationally, was a Design Insights speaker at the Walker Art Center in 2018, and was a featured speaker at the Eyeo Festival in 2019. Paul is also the founder of Library of the Printed Web, a physical archive devoted to web-to-print artists’ books, zines, and printout matter, now housed at MoMA Library in NYC.
The Temporary Academy of Arts was initiated by Elpida Karaba in 2014. PAT (the abbreviation of Temporary Academy of Arts) is a mobile academy of arts and at the same time an art project of experimental education that adopts mechanisms from various systems of knowledge and art practices for the production and transmission of artistic programs and the construction of their historicity. PAT is a para-institution engaged with a range of activities involved in different levels of institution affiliations. It depends on an ‘expanded’ curating, incorporating exhibitions, events and publishing projects persistently addressing the relationship of art and its institutions, the labour involved and the public.
The Academy is working upon different educational, artistic and social models and adopts a research based and multidisciplinary approach to knowledge production, in order to investigate the boundaries, permeabilities and repressed contradictions that underlie public spaces. Rather than being merely an educational platform or an art school, PAT functions as an analytical tool, concentrating on spatial and institutional criticism. PAT’s projects, combine the symbolic with the mediated and the tactical in order to examine art and its production, inquire on the status and potential of art to address the urban condition and to question the mechanisms of producing and framing knowledge.
In each project of the Academy, different artists and theorists are invited as educators, visitors or as consultants to organize and carry out the outcome of the project while different modes of art and educational practice are used, such as workshops, discussions, interviews, performances, (re)enactments etc.
Theophilos Tramboulis is a publishing director, exhibition curator, translator, and writer. He studied Philology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Linguistics at Paris III, Centre Censier in Paris. He served as an art director in Action Field Kodra in the municipality of Kalamaria, and organized many exhibitions, including the Hypnos Project of Onassis Stegi, while in the recent years he co-curated the public art project The Steps Spirit in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. Among other publications, he was the publishing director of the exhibition catalogs Outlook, Destroy Athens, the 1st Athens Biennale, and Agrimika, the official Greek participation in the Venice Biennale. He has also been a member of the editorial team of unfollow magazine and his articles have been published in various Greek and international journals.
Penny Travlou is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory (Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh). Her research focuses on social justice, the commons, collaborative practices, cultural landscapes, and ethnography. She has been involved in international research projects funded by the EU and UK Research Councils. Since 2011, she has done ethnographic research on collaborative practices in emerging networks (e.g. digital art practitioners, collaborative economy initiatives, translocal migrants); her most recent research is on cultural commons in Colombia. Alongside her academic work, Penny is an activist for social justice and the commons. She has been actively involved in a number of grassroots and self-organized initiatives on housing and refugees’ rights. She is Co-Director of the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research in Athens, a non-profit, independent research organization that focuses on feminist and queer studies, participatory education, and activism.
Evita Tsokanta works as a writer, educator and an independent exhibition-maker based in Athens. She received her BA in Art History and English from Rutgers University, U.S.A., and her MA on Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. She lectures on curatorial practices and contemporary Greek art at the Columbia University Athens Summer Curatorial Program and Arcadia University College of Global Studies. She has contributed to several exhibition catalogs (including “Songs for Sabotage,” New Museum Triennial, 2018) and journals (including South, as a State of Mind and The Art Newspaper, Athens). Previously, she curated solo and group exhibitions such as Keep on Keeping on: a visual meta-collection at the American College of Greece Gallery, Reverb: New Art from Greece at Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, U.S.A., and the 4th Athens Biennial, AGORA, among others. She has collaborated extensively with independent art spaces in Athens including 3 137, Enterprise Projects, State of Concept and Snehta. In 2019, she completed a writing residency in Leipzig supported by the Goethe Institute. Since 2020, she has been collaborating with Kickstarter Arts.
Vangelis Vlahos’ (Athens, Greece, 1971) work centers on sociopolitical events of Greece’s recent past in order to revisit and reinterpret them. His archives, texts and videos build up a network of references and relations, testing the possibility of seeing and understanding different moments from the past outside of the dominant narratives.
Since 2004 he has participated in various exhibitions, among which are Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian and 3rd Berlin Biennale in 2004, Behind Closed Doors at Dundee Centre for Contemporary Arts in 2005, the 27th São Paulo Biennale in 2006, the 11th Istanbul Biennial, ISLANDS+GHETTOS at NGBK in Berlin and Monument to Transformation in Prague’s City Galley in 2009, To the Arts, Citizens! at the Serralves Museum in Porto in 2010, the 3rd Athens Biennial and The End of Money at Witte de With, Rotterdam in 2011, Gesture in Kunstverein Stuttgart in 2014, The Fall at Rodeo gallery in Istanbul in 2015, The Triennial 50JPG, CAMÉRA(AUTO)CONTRÔLE at Centre de la photographie in Genève in 2016, The Kids Want Communism (Notes on Division) at Museum of Fine Arts in Tel Aviv, Antidoron – the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens (as part of Documenta 14) at the Fridericianum Museum in Kassel in 2017, The Trials of Justice at La Colonie in Paris, When the Present is History at Depo in Istanbul and the 7th Thessaloniki Biennial in Thessaloniki in 2019.
His projects are in private and public collections including the Tate Modern in London, the Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art in Stockholm, Sweden, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece and the Teixeira de Freitas Collection in Lisbon, Portugal.
Ina Wudtke studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. From 1992 until 2004 she edited the queer-feminist artist magazine NEID. In this context she organized several music events, exhibitions and debates. Her research-based work questions hegemonic political discourses and strenghtens counter-discourses on themes such as gender, work and housing. With the Belgian philosopher Dieter Lesage, she wrote the book Black Sound White Cube (Vienna, Loecker, 2010). In 2011, she released a conceptual album on gentrification entitled ‘The Fine Art of Living’ under her pseudonym T-INA Darling. The book The Fine Art of Living (Berlin, Archive Books, 2018) presents a decade of her artistic work on the housing question. Since 2015 she is running the project space after the butcher. exhibition space for contemporary art and social questions, together with it’s founders Thomas Kilpper and Franziska Böhmer. From 2018 to 2020, she was artistic researcher for documenta professor Dr. Nora Sternfeld at the Art Academy in Kassel. Ina Wudtke lives since 1998 in Berlin.
3 137 is an artist run space based in Athens, founded by the artists Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou, and Paky Vlassopoulou in 2012. The space is an artists’ initiative, which aims to create a meeting point for exchange, discussion, and research. Its projects place emphasis on collaboration, hospitality, and hybrid forms of being together. Lately, 3 137 has established the immaterial institution Gabriela. Gabriela deals with issues of sustainability, labor, and institutionalization questioning the role of artists‘ initiatives.
Eva Andronikidou (b. 1984, Athens) is a PhD Candidate at the Architecture School of the National Technical University Athens and a student at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She studied architecture (NTUA), landscape architecture (2012, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona), and acting (2012, LaCasona, Barcelona). She has participated in conferences and published articles internationally and currently works as an architecture tutor at N.T.U.A. and the Erasmus Joint Master ALA. Eva is also active as a freelance architect, set designer, artist, actress, and director, exhibiting work and participating in theater productions in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. She is an activist in rescuing stray animals, which is an important part of her life and time. In her free time, she loves to travel, read in the company of her adopted pets, hike in the mountains and along rivers with her dog, Nychta, sleep under the starry sky, play guitar, sing, learn, dance, and practice acrobatics.
Eva Angelaka (b. 1981, Athens, Greece) lives and works in Athens and Munich. She holds a Diploma in Japanese culture from International Budo University in Japan and a MSc in Asian Studies from Lund University, Sweden. Currently studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts, her past studies have informed her artistic practice. Her work reflects on childhood while exploring otherworldly, larger than life experiences through different media and techniques, including painting, handmade print, and 3D design.
Juana Anzellini (b. 1985 in Colombia) lives and works between Berlin and Leipzig. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), an MA in Fine Arts from Caspar David Friedrich Institut (Greifswald, Germany), and is currently pursuing a Meisterschülerstudium at the HGB-Leipzig lead by Prof. Helmut Mark (Klasse Bildende Kunst). Juana is an active artist and exhibits internationally since 2009. Her artistic work on painting, drawing and printing focuses on the theme “blindness” in its physical and psychical dimensions.
Vicente Arrese (b. 1993 in Santiago de Chile) has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. His practice is settled in the contact zones between painting, video and sculpture, mainly concentrating on the relationships with one another. Questions on how an art work is shown and seen today are a starting point for many of his projects.
Ronny Aviram (b. 1983 in Haifa, Israel) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. Ronny completed her master’s degree in philosophy at Tel Aviv University in 2015. Since 2017, she has studied at HGB Leipzig and, since 2019, in the class of Joachim Brohm for photography and media. Ronny Aviram’s work focuses on the relationship between collective and personal memory, as well as questions concerning immigration and
identity. Her work encompasses photography, video installation, and sound.
Morten Bjerre (b. 1993 in Kolding, Denmark) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. In 2015, he completed an education as Ordinary Seaman at Skoleskibet DANMARK (Martec), but have since 2018 been studying Medienkunst at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig. Mortens work takes its shape as sculptures and sculptural installations, which all came into a physical space out of a background in drawing on paper, especially comics.
Nikos Charalampous (b. 2001) is an artist living and working in Athens, Greece. He currently studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts. His work reimagines contemporary pop aesthetics from music production, mixing, spoken word, and rhythm, cross-culturally, creating new hybrids.
Katerina Chatzikosti is a visual artist who currently studies and works in Athens. She graduated from the Art High School of Gerakas where she studied performing arts. From 2016 she studies at Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)in the field of sculpture and workswith multiple media. Her latest work explores the dialogue between art and science. She believes that this connection between those two expands the boundaries of understanding and invention while challenging our view ofthe world, therefore our future.
Nasia Drimousi (b. 1994) is a visual artist studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2018. Her artistic practice incorporates several techniques accompanied by divergent means such as photography, video, 3D design, and sculpture. In her works of art, she contemplates issues of embodiment, digitality and physicality, social senses, alienation, character building, and garment feasibility.
Fell (b. São Paulo, Brasil) initially developed his artistic expression through his involvement with the São Paulo Punk scene. He pursued academic and informal training in photography, music, and the visual arts, and is currently a Meisterschüler at the HGB Leipzig. His artistic practice has evolved from interactive digital installations to diy filmmaking and site-specific work. Fell has exhibited extensively in public space and unconventional places, including abandoned factories and cultural centers.
Christos Fousekis (b. 1996) is an Athens based artist, studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2018. His artistic practice encompasses photography, performance, 3D design and new media, focusing on social dynamics and utopian visions. Christos participated in the group show that shit is amazing (ViZ, 2019), and as a performer in works by Panos Sklavenitis (6th Athens Biennale, 2018), Nikos Navridis (Greek National Opera, 2019) and Eva Giannakopoulou (Onassis Stegi, 2021).
Evgenia Fragkolia (b. 2000) is an Athens based artist studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2018. Her artistic practice revolves around matters of identity, memory, storytelling, and reconstructing space. She uses and combines different media such as painting, photography, and video. Her current and ongoing project focuses on how a community is built, trying to “connect” different individuals and bring them together using their experiences and narrations about landscapes.
Alicia Franzke (b. 1996) lives and works in Leipzig and Athens. Her artistic interest focuses on exploring communication and exchange between human and non-human actors. To do this, she is looking for alternative forms of language that differ from human verbal language, in order to investigate cross-species and non- binary communities. On a research base, artistic works are created in which space and the moment of encounter is central.
Julia Gerke (b. 1993) lives and works in Leipzig. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kunsthochschule Mainz. Currently she studies at Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig. Hersculptural installations often includetext,objectsand sound.She explores how abstract conceptssuch as memoryortimeand internal states are reflected in architectural spaces and elements.In collaboration with artists she creates different platforms such as zines, art festivals and exhibitions. Since 2019 she is co-founder of POKY–Institute of Contemporary Art, Mainz.
Nikos Giampanis is a student in the Sculpture Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2017. He is also a practicing graphic designer, photographer, digital artist, and painter. His latest work is an effort to materialize the common problems and the effects of technological revolution to modern society. Nikos was born in Athens, grew up in Andros island and is currently living and working in Athens.
Lara Hampe (b. 1994), lives and works in Leipzig. She completed a Bachelor in Creative Writing in Leipzig and currently studies at Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig. In her interdisciplinary work, she combines her artistic and literary research in installations, sculptures, texts and lectures. In her current work she is concerned with historiography in the light of media change and the materiality of language and writing.
Julie Hart (b. 1991, Neutrelitz), lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin as an artist and social worker. Her artistic practice explores philosophical, ethical and empowering strategies of action, and the aesthetics of resistance and transformation. Throughout her studies at the HGB she has received the HGB Study Prize (2017) and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s scholarship (2018), and has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig (2019), Zentrum für aktuelle Kunst Berlin (2020), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2020) and at Re:pulcia 2020.
Yannick Harter is a multidisciplinary artist interested in digital cultures, technology and their affective potential for societies. Since 2016 he has been studying at the Academy of fine Arts in Leipzig, theArt Academy of Latvia in Riga and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. His work has been presented in various international projects and exhibitions. A Selection: Obrońców Stalingradu (Szczecin PL), UG Halle 14 (Leipzig DE), Kunstraum Lakeside (Klagenfurt AT), MEME (Athens GR), Louvre Auditorium (Paris FR).
Franziska Koch (b. 1991 in Nuremberg) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. In 2017, she completed a M. Sc. in clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Technical University Dresden. Since 2017, she is studying painting/ graphics at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. In her work, she is especially interested in painting, drawing and print making.
Koa Koppenhöfer (b. 1993) lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin. She is studying since 2015 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. In 2019 she studied with a grant of DFJW a semester abroad at ENSBA Lyon, France. Coming from a background in photography, she is interested in surfaces, materials and the meaning of duration to develop works in the field of photography, video or sculpture.
Fabian Lehmann studies media art in the class „Installation and Space“ with Joachim Blank at the HGB Leipzig. He studied fine arts at the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts in Jerusalem, Israel. His works have been shown in various exhibition projects, including the „Hamburger Triennale der Fotografie“ (Hamburg, 2015), „Emscherkerkunst“ (Dortmund, 2016), „Unstable Settings“ (Spinnerei Leipzig, 2019), „Rencontres Internationales“ (Paris/Berlin) and „New cinema and contemporary art“ (Louvre auditorium, Paris, 2020). Fabian is co-founder of the media art collective THIS IS FAKE.
Vasiliki (Vasso) Leounaki (b.1999) is an undergraduate student at the Athens School of Fine Arts, living in Athens, Greece. Her artistic practice involves videoart, photography and painting. She is currently interested in the philosophy of self-care in pop culture.
Jonathan McNaughton lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. Since 2014 he is studying in Alba d’Urbano’s intermedia classfor at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. Jonathan work contains video, installation, objects and drawings. His practice evolves around the subjects of solidification,domination of nature and relations of production. He was selected forthe residency program at the Begehungen Festival, Chemnitz (2020), and participated among others in exhibitions at the ZAK, Berlin (2020) and at Palazzo Ziino, Palermo (2019).
Triantafyllia Ntouroupi (b. 1970 in Athens, Greece) is currently studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She has a PhD in Molecular Biology and extensive postdoctoral research experience in Greece and abroad. Her artistic work involves 3D animation, video, painting, and collage. She has recently submitted a PhD proposal to the Department of Fine Arts, aiming to explore connections, both theoretical and practical, between science and visual arts.
Thanos Papadogiannis is a non-binary artist from Athens, Greece. Their interdisciplinary work encompasses dragshow, performance, visual artwork, and curatorial projects at the intersections of film, theater, literature and fashion. Through their drag persona (Space Manifesto) they have performed in Greece, Germany, France and the Netherlands at various stages including Stegi Onassis, the National Greek Opera and the Bandits-Mages Festival. They are currently studying History and Theory of Art at ASFA.
Sophie Constanze Polheim (b. 1993) is based in Berlin and Leipzig, where she currently studies in the Class for Installation and Space at the Academy of Fine Arts. She also holds a degree in Art History and Asia Studies. Her artistic work includes working with text, mixed media installations, interdisciplinary projects and collaborative practice in various contexts. In 2016 she founded the art space nyg|west (@nyg_leipzig) and since 2019 she is artistic director of the LindeNOW Festival (@lindenow_leipzig). Furthermore she’s active as a musician.
Kay Lotte Pommer (b.1995), lives and works in Leipzig. Since 2018 she has been studying at the Academy of Visual Arts and since 2020 she is in the class for installation and space by Joachim Blank. She is currently spending a guest semester at Burg Giebichtenstein in Halle, in the sculpture class of Bruno Rätsch.
Her mostly installative works are dedicated to the physical and digital space and investigate their interface. She works with sculptural and multimedia elements. A strong engagement with everyday sociology and the experimentation of spatial concepts and theories are explored in her installations.
Johanna Ralser (b. 1991, Vipiteno, Italy) lives and works in Leipzig. She completed a Diploma in Stage- and Costume Design at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in 2016, and is currently attending the MA program „Cultures of the Curatorial“ at the HGB Leipzig. Her work follows an interdisciplinary approach, combining her artistic and scientific research in experimental exhibition formats, installations or theater with her feminist performance-collective „te wo tsunagou“ or the conceptual music-project „Kello Hity“.
J. Lukas Schwarz (b. 1989 in Frankfurt a. Main), lives and works in Leipzig. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the ZHdK in Zurich in 2018, and is currently studying at the HGB Leipzig. Since 2017 he runs “VEIN”, a temporary contemporary offspace in Zurich, and in 2018 he worked for the curatorial department at the ZKM in Karlsruhe. His works, mainly media installations and digital sculptures, have a referential character and refer to popular and art historical events.
Emmanouela Sergi lives and works in Athens. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Piraeus and a MSc in Audit from ACCA. She is a student in the Painting Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2018. She also has experience in sculpture, scenography, and jewelry making. Her work refers to human trauma. She considers herself a conceptual artist and expresses herself through different media and techniques. She also writes poetry.
Natalia Sopidi (b. 1998 in Athens, Greece) is a visual artist studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2018. She specializes in 3D modeling with open source softwares and printing technology (FDM & SLA). Technological reconstruction and construction of various projects is her main point of focus.
Neam Tarek is an arpist & sociopolitical artist born in Cairo. She founded the Arab-German intercultural bridge in Leipzig 2017. At age of 15 Neam started to study at the Graz University of Music & Performing Arts, and continued her studies at HFM Berlin and HMT Leipzig. In 2020 Neam became a guest student at HGB in the class of Joachim Blank, developing and fulfilling her interest in exposing acoustic elements into the multi-medial arts, among others.
Apostolos Tsorfolias is an undergraduate student at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He is currently living in Athens and works with painting, ceramics, sound and video. His approach derives from social, political and historical references.
Despoina Vaxevanidi (b. 1999) lives and works in Athens, studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2017. Her artistic practice uses multiple media and materials (painting, installation, video) with the intent to converge form and content focusing on social structures and traditions of global communities. Despoina participated in several workshops and group shows such as ARTNES FESTIVAL You are not happy? What do you mean? (2020) and Festival Video Art Miden (2021).
Fiete Worreschk studies media art in the Class for Installation and spatial Arts with Joachim Blank and prior with Peggy Buth, at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and studied Museology at HTWK Leipzig.
Their transdisciplinary approach contains intersecting traditional and contemporary art-making methods to process observations and questions.
Worreschk interweaves disciplines as installations, objects, social sculpture, performance, conceptual and visual art. Often in context for site specific settings using a range of recycled materials. Culminating in founding and participating in collective cultural and social projects.
In their practice process-oriented methods and longer-term research evolve in corresponding dialog, resolving dichotomy in the spectrum of societal and subjective, analog and digital as well as human and non-human perspectives.
Their work has been presented in various international projects and exhibitions across europe.
Maria Zervoudaki (b. 1991 in Athens) lives and works in Athens, Greece. She has a background in preschool education and is a student at the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2017. Her artistic practice revolves around matters of ecology, landscapes, narratives, body and time. Maria’s current project focuses on a video archive that poetically documents the skin texture of different people of all ages, treating the human body more like an abstract object than a subject and creating new narratives through sound, text and mobile phone video.
Magdalena Zotou is an artist who lives and works in Athens, Greece. She has a background in fresco techniques, byzantine icon painting, and graphic design, and currently studies painting at ASFA. The transformative experience of migrating from Albania to Greece at the age of 15 has informed much of her approach to art making, which focuses on issues on immigration, everyday life, consumer culture and our relationship with the environment. Her artistic practice encompasses a variety of media and strives for a balanced relationship between concept and relevance.
Joachim Blank (b. 1963 in Aachen, lives in Berlin) is a visual artist who works with different media, materials and formats. Since 2003 he is professor for media art (class for installation and space) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig (HGB).
In his life the confrontation with the digital world has become a central aspect of his own artistic practice. Blanks central question revolves about how media perception are changing the perception of materiality, how medial arguments are enrolled in the surfaces of the objects and are transforming them. It is about investigating the materiality of things and images, their outer appearance and physical presence in terms of surface-, meaning- and knowledge production of our time. The spectrum of his work ranges from collaborative network projects to space-related installation, sculptural and painterly works. As Blank & Jeron (with Karl Heinz Jeron) he realized early net art projects and installations (1993 – 2005).
Since 2018 Blank & Jeron restarted their collaboration with Augmented Reality projects.
His works were presented in solo shows and group exhibitions such as MedienBiennale Leipzig (1994), Documenta X (1997), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (1998), ZKM Karlsruhe (1998), Ars Electronica Linz (1999), Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg (2000), Institut of Contemporary Art London (2001), Foto Museum Winterthur (2001), National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo (2003), NGBK Berlin (2004), Kunstverein Leipzig (2004), San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), Berlinische Galerie (2010), After the Butcher Berlin (2014), Altana Gallery Dresden (2016), Transmediale Berlin (2020) a.o.
Joachim Blanks interest in collaborative activities continuously accompanies his artistic and educational work with projects such as the Internet platform Internationale Stadt Berlin (1994-1998), the exhibition platform Universal Cube (2006-2011) in Leipzig and now post documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies(2020-2022) a.o.
Eleni Michaelidi (*1983, Athens) is a contemporary art historian, editor, and curator. She studied art history and archaeology in Athens and Berlin, and holds an MA Diploma in Media Art History. Her research interests focus on experimental time-based media, histories of the exhibition form, and the concept of urgency in contemporary art. She has previously worked for the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Snehta Residency, and the Bergen Assembly, and was Curator in Residence at the Salzburger Kunstverein (2018). Eleni lives and works in Athens and Berlin, and is a Research Fellow of the project post documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies.
Olga Vostretsova lives and works as a freelance curator in Leipzig. Between 2011–2013 she completed a master’s programme Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig and managed the gallery there in 2016–2017. In 2012–2013 she completed a traineeship at the Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK) and is the co-founder of two art associations in Leipzig: Бükü – Bureau for Cultural Translations and KV – Association of Contemporary Art Leipzig. In 2018–2019 she worked as a member of the teaching staff for special tasks at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle. She initiated and curated numerous international exhibitions of contemporary art at home and abroad. Olga Vostretsova is currently doing her PhD at the Institute of Art History at the University of Leipzig under Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Tanja Zimmermann. She has had research stays and residencies in Tbilisi, Georgia (2014), Prague, Czech Republic (2015), Bad Ems, Germany (2017–2018), Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago de Chile (2019).
p o s t documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies is an educational and artistic research program of intercultural exchange among students and academic staff from the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and the Athens School of Fine Arts. Conceived as a platform for experimental modes of art education, research, production, and dissemination, the program engages with the challenges of our current condition through collaborative praxis and critical discourse. Over the course of three years the project will encompass a wide range of activities and formats, including workshops, talks, publications, podcasts, online projects, and exhibitions.
The starting point of the program is a praxis-oriented, critical examination of the legacy of documenta 14. The territorial expansion of documenta to Athens in 2017 – the first time this mega-exhibition took place equally in a city other than Kassel – can be understood as a gesture of solidarity, albeit with postcolonial implications. d14 highlighted contradictions that are inherent in the art field, and exemplified the fragile interfaces between contemporary society and artist communities.
Art and cultural institutions are strategically relevant actors in territorial and spatial policies that transcend local, interlocal, and international levels. The related restructuring of urban living spaces, as a source of opportunities but also as a stress factor, is a constant companion of our city life, with the resulting gentrification often being redirected against the actors themselves. Much like in Berlin in the 1990s, artists in Leipzig and Athens have been contributing to a virulent urban development.
In the context of late capitalist economy and as a consequence of the global circulation of goods, extensive mobility, intensive digitalization, and widespread connectivity, we are experiencing a cosmopolitanism that leads to an accelerated diversification of bodies, spaces and territories. Tourism and the international art and culture industries do not only encourage desirable social interactions, increased mobility, and enhanced visibility, but also contribute significantly to the exploitation of the planet’s resources, with serious impact on the environment.
The climate crisis makes it necessary to ask ourselves what are the effects of our internationally networked system. Based on the concept of the “interlocal,” the two art academies and their respective local art scenes – as parts of the international art industry structure – are to be brought closer together to engage with one another in critical reflection on the implications of our actions as “agents” and to test alternative methods in practice. Over a period of three years, a temporary, mobile and experimental network is to be established between the two art schools, engaging with the local art scenes of both cities.
In view of ongoing social and political “crises,” whether financial, refugee, climate, or coronavirus, we ask: What and how can we learn from each other to overcome this stage? What and how can we learn together to set the foundations for our future artistic-cultural professional field beyond our studies? What formats and strategies of collective and individual artistic practices are available to us? How can we use our toolkits to contribute to a more sustainable and socially just world? How can dystopian thinking be transformed into positive forces for a common future? What is and remains relevant in art making?
PHASE IIΙ SS 2021:
Nature at Work / The Raw Ideas Diet Workshop
May – September 2021
WFH / The Domestication Theory / Working Like a Dog
Performace Lecture, in the frame of the workshop “Nature at Work/The Raw Ideas Diet” and the virtual-live event “HGB Rundgang 2021”
Thursday, June 3 2021 at 19.00 Leipzig / 20.00 Athens, online
Mylasher (aka Tine Günther)
VISION QUEST Workshop
May – September 2021
Performance in Public Space post-COVID19 Artist Talk & Workshop
Pt 1. Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 17:00 Leipzig / 18:00 Athens, online
Pt 2. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
artist talk video recording on vimeo & website
This event has now ended (arrest Nov. 15, 2016), 2021 Video
video on vimeo & website
KANNAZUKI: The Month Without Gods (2020) Video essay, color, sound/english, 20’ / sound/greek, 25:13”
video on vimeo & website
> Artist talk with Dora Economou & screening of KANNAZUKI: The Month Without Gods
Tuesday, May 25 2021 at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
Art and Gentrification
Audio lecture & workshop
> Collective listening session, Workshop & Discussion: Tuesday, 13 April 2021 at 17:00 Leipzig / 18:00 Athens, online
Audio file on vimeo & website
Elena LOIZIDOU & TEMPORARY ACADEMY OF ARTS (Yota IOANNIDOU, Elpida KARABA, Vangelis VLAHOS, Despina ZEFKILI)
Waste/d / No event for Thursday, Nov 7, 2019
Presentation, Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, April 6 2021 at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
video recording on vimeo & website
about, by, through, towards, despite
A podcast series on different aspects of the independent Athens art scene with contributions by Gigi Argyropoulou, CURRENT ATHENS (Orestis Mavroudis & Despina Krey), Alkisti Efthymiou, Enterprise Projects (Danai Giannoglou) & 3 137 (Kosmas NIikolaou), Vassiliki Lazaridou, Myrto Katsimicha, Theofilos Traboulis, Evita Tsokanta
podcasts on mixcloud & website
PHASE II: WS 2020/21
Richard Fletcher (aka Minus Plato)
A Blank Starting: Minus Plato’s documenta14 Video Diary
Video reading performance
Thursday 8 October, 2020, online. Part of Forget What Did: Our documenta14 Afterlives. A workshop in three parts with Pélagie Gbaguidi and Richard Fletcher (aka Minus Plato)
video on vimeo & website
WE WILL SURVIVE Workshop
Oct. 2020 – Feb. 2021
artist talk archival recording
Politics, Economies and Cultures of Contemporary Art Biennials
Tuesday 27 October, 2020, at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens / 20:00 Moscow, online
video recording on vimeo & website
Richard Fletcher (aka Minus Plato) & Pélagie Gbaguidi
A Stun to Memory: Conversation with Pélagie Gbaguidi and Minus Plato
Tuesday, 3 November 2020, at 16:00 Leipzig & Brussels / 17:00 Athens / 11:00 Ohio, USA, online. Part of Forget What Did: Our documenta14 Afterlives. A workshop in three parts with Pélagie Gbaguidi and Richard Fletcher (aka Minus Plato) https://postdocumenta.net/2020/12/12/forget-what-did-our-documenta14-afterlives/
archival video recording
Pélagie Gbaguidi & Clara Guixer
Tuesday, 3 November 2020, at 16:00 Leipzig & Brussels / 17:00 Athens / 11:00 Ohio, USA, online
Performance, with the participation of students from the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, the Athens School of Fine Arts, and the Ohio State University. Part of Forget What Did: Our documenta14 Afterlives. A workshop in three parts with Pélagie Gbaguidi and Richard Fletcher (aka Minus Plato) https://postdocumenta.net/2020/12/12/forget-what-did-our-documenta14-afterlives/
video on vimeo & website
The Interview as Artistic Practice
Pt. 1. Tuesday 10 November, 2020, at 18:00 Leipzig & Vienna /19:00 Athens
Pt 2. Tuesday 8 December 2020, at 18:00 Leipzig & Vienna /19:00 Athens, online
archival video recording
Mylasher (aka Tine Günther)
Monday 16 November 2020, at 18:00 Leipzig /19:00 Athens, online
video recording on vimeo & website
Critical Mapping Workshop: Who Owns the City?
Pt 1. Friday, 20 Nov. 2020, at 14:00–18:00 Leipzig / 15:00-19:00 Athens, online
Pt 2. Friday, December 4, 2020 at 14:00–18:00 Leipzig / 15:00-19:00 Athens, online
archival video recording
Climate Propagandas, A Video Study (2020)
video on vimeo & website
> Artist Talk & Screening of Climate Propagandas, A Video Study (2020)
Tuesday 24 November 2020, at 18:00 Leipzig /19:00 Athens, online
video recording on vimeo & website
Necessary alliances (for a collective imagination)
Artist Talk & Video Screening
Tuesday 1 December 2020, at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
video on MEL’s vimeo channel embedded in pd website
Monday 7 December 2020, at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
archival video recording (uploaded on vimeo with pw, no permission for public viewing)
interview formats (2020)
video on S’s vimeo channel (?), embedded in pd website
> Curator Talk & Presentation of interview formats: Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
archival video recording
Tuesday 12 January 2021, at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
video recording on vimeo & website
Assembling and Disassembling: Biennials between Boycott and Counter-Hegemony in the Second Decade of the 21st Century
Podcast produced in collaboration with Julia Stolba
podcast on mixcloud & website
> Collective listening session and Q&A with Nora Sternfeld and Julia Stolba:
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 17:00 Leipzig / 18:00 Athens, online
archival video recording
Politics of Listening: Soundscapes from Ramallah, Palestine (2020)
sound paper (in two parts) on mixcloud and website
> Artist talk and Q&A with Eleftherios Krysalis: Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, online
archival video recording
Several Jagged Lines through Space (2021)
video on vimeo & website
> Artist talk with Eirene Efstathiou, Screening and Q&A: Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 18:00 Leipzig /19:00 Athens, online
archival video recording
Radical Publishing During Crisis: A Narrative Syllabus in 19 Parts (2021)
Online project – workshop syllabus
online, browser-based project on https://soulellis.com/writing/post-documenta/index.html
> Artist talk with Paul Soulellis & launch of URGENTCRAFT: Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 18:00 Leipzig / 19:00 Athens, onlinehttps://postdocumenta.net/2021/01/28/artist-talk-paul-soulellis/
video recording on vimeo & website
Art and the global environmental crisis: a discussion with T.J. Demos
Discussion moderated by the pd students’ reading group on art and environmental crisis
Tuesday, March 2 at 19:15 CET (Leipzig), 20:15 EET (Athens), online
archival video recording, edited transcript to be published
Digital exhibition project by the class for installation and space HGB Leipzig & p o s t documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies
Participating artists: Alina Biriukova , Melina Brass, Christos Fousekis, Alicia Franzke, Julia Gerke, Christian Holze, Lisa Kirchhoff, Nora Jil Helga, Fabian Lehmann, Tianxu Liu, Snow Paik, Sophie Costanze Polheim, Kay Lotte Pommer, Fiete Worreschk,
Concept: Joachim Blank, Carsten Saeger
Production & development: Tamás Páll
> Virtual opening and guided tour: Feb. 18, 2021 at 20:00 Leipzig / 21:00 Athens
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p o s t documenta: contemporary arts as territorial agencies is a cooperation between the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) and Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in the frame of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education from 2020 – 2022.
Responsible for the conception and implementation of the program:
Prof. Joachim Blank (HGB Leipzig), Olga Vostretsova (HGB Leipzig), Fabian Lehmann (HGB Leipzig)
Prof. Nikos Arvanitis (ASFA Athen), Eleni Michaelidi (ASFA Athen)
Carla Selva and Paul Zech
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