The workshop provides a critical and analytical environment in which the participants can rethink public space, gender, and performativity during the COVID-19 crisis. As restrictions on the use of public space and physical distancing have been key policy measures to reduce the transmission of the pandemic, our relationship with the public sphere seems to be uncertain or permanently transformed. On the other hand, this unexplored terrain ranging from postponements or cancellations to online responses, virtual approaches, and undermining tactics, instigates us towards fluid and challenging approaches in regard to the social spaces we inhabit.
By exploring gendered-based artistic methodologies of the past and the present in the “public sphere,” the workshop aims to provide the participants with experimental tools and expanded strategies for exploring a public space in constant flux.
Online workshop with an artist talk by Eva Giannakopoulou
Pt. I. Tuesday, April 20, 2021
17:00 – 20:00 Leipzig
18:00 – 21:00 Athens
Pt. II. Tuesday, May 18, 2021
18:00 – 20:00 Leipzig
19:00 – 21:00 Athens
Eva Giannakopoulou grew up in Ithaca, Greece, and has lived in Naples, Barcelona, Istanbul, Berlin, among other places. She studied Art History in Italy, Fine Arts in Greece, and completed her MA in “Space Strategies” at the Art Academy Weißensee, Berlin. Eva has presented performances at various unconventional sites, including beaches, squares, rivers, parks, and impromptu stages in public spaces. Her work has been exhibited widely, and she has co-curated and co-organized numerous art projects. She is a co-founding member of the artistic and curatorial band “Most Mechanics Are Crooks”, and is currently curating “Kin Baby,” a feminist, post-human happening for the festival “FUTURE N.O.W” of the Onassis – Stegi Foundation. Eva lives and works in Athens.