September 2020 update: We are standing by for the Greek government’s announcement of Covid-19 policies regarding small venues. We will announce our fall programming shortly.
Open Process is a series of informal presentations of in-progress work. Artists are given time and space to present work at any stage and get feedback from the audience without the pressure of the final, polished result. Open process is open to all artists and disciplines. Interested artists can email us at email@example.com to schedule an open process presentation of their work.
For passersby: Vista Latina
A photo exhibition projected on the main windows of 1927 art space and NOUCMAS gallery
June 19-21 2020
The pandemic forced many small independent spaces to close their doors to the public. As the cultural life of Athens is gradually, reluctantly, resuming, we – artists, curators, arts programmers that work in those spaces – are called to redefine our connection to the audience: who do we make art for? with whom and how do we share our work? how can we, under the current circumstances, renew our connection to the communities in which we live and create? In an attempt to address those questions and driven by the desire to reactivate our closed spaces, we came up with the idea of a photo exhibition dedicated to the passersby: an exhibition that will be projected on our windows and storefronts so that it’s visible to the city’s passengers. That will be shared between two spaces in Kypseli (1927 and NOUCMAS) so that people can enjoy it in different parts of the neighborhood as they walk around.
Open Process: Necropolis
Arkadi Zaides (residency). March 21st at 8.30pm
*The residency has been canceled due to COVID-19. It will be rescheduled for 2021
NECROPOLIS takes as its starting point a long list of deaths, carefully assembled by the association UNITED along with hundreds of non-governmental organizations, activists, journalists, local experts and researchers. The first deaths mentioned on the list date back from 1993 and the list is updated on a regular basis as the death toll is rising every day. As of September 2018, it documented the death of more than 35 597 people who died on their way to Europe. Part research, part artistic project, Necropolis is a long term project to gather documents and conduct interviews with experts who are actively involved in the management of the migration crisis: forensic experts, activists, humanitarian aid workers, legal experts. Arkadi Zaides and his team are localizing the graves of the dead migrants, mapping them all over Europe with the aim is to give bigger visibility to them, raise awareness about the human rights violations who accompany their death. http://www.arkadizaides.com
Entrance is free. Reservation required at firstname.lastname@example.org. The residency of Arkadi Zaides at 1927 is part of this year’s theme: Borders, Borderlands, Crossings
Open process: Border Patrol by Avital Barak (Resident researcher).
Over the last ten years, Barak Avital’s intellectual, curatorial and production activities have focused on her interest in different perspectives on movement and performance and different variations of resistance: in art, in theory and as political action. The global refugee crisis was one motivation, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and its movement restriction regime another, to explore the way mechanisms of power control and manipulate human movement in public spaces and its effect on our global and local political and economic situation. The medium of expression changes every time, but her motivation remains constant: to expose the political gestures that irrupt when movement hits an obstacle, to learn from them and transform them into action in the world. During her residency in Athens, Avital explored public space and mobility in Athens, in the current political context. At the end of her residency she presented her research alongside with her previous work “Border Patrol”.
Performance: Trans/mission by Visoes Uteis (Portugal).
Trans/Mission is a hybrid show, mixing theatre and music, in which the artistic collaborative process is used as a reflection of a national identity that seems incapable of mobilizing and inscribing itself in history. Humor is the tool used to explore the tension between thinking and acting, and the apparent incapacity to move on from an accurate diagnosis to a concrete change.
Open Process: PM3900932 – a lecture performance about an exhibition about a boat about a shipwreck.
On April 2019, the Venice Art Biennale announced the inclusion in its curated program of the exhibit Barca Nostra under the artistic leadership of the Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Buchel: Barca Nostra consists of the public exhibition of a fishing boat that sank in the Mediterranean sea in April 2015 leading to the death of about 1000 migrants. The exhibition of the boat in the context of the Biennale resulted in a variety of reactions, both positive – by those who believe that the exhibit serves as a reminder of the tragedy and collective responsibility — and negative, by those condemning the work for exploiting migrant deaths for the artist’s own promotion and visibility. Using a variety of texts (from press releases, to arts criticism, social media posts, scientific research and poetry) researcher/performer Aktina Stathaki attempts to reconstruct the history of this boat (as a historical object and as an artefact) and ask: what are the moral limitations of art when dealing with collective trauma? what is the purpose of memorialising an ongoing tragedy and how does it shape our perception of facts and our apprehension of human life?
Discussion: Thawra! Acts of political resistance in Lebanon.
THAWRA means revolution in Arabic. It is the powerful slogan being chanted across Arab cities for the last decade. On October 17th , almost half the population of Lebanon went to the streets to demand the resignation of the government, resulting in what is what became the largest leaderless and spontaneously organized revolution in the country’s history. On November 8th, Between the Seas and LOOP joined forces in order to deliver Athenian audiences a more in-depth understanding of the situation in Lebanon, focusing on the women’s role in the revolution, mass media coverage, and the responses of cultural and academic institutions. Featuring speakers based in Athens and Beirut, this informal event will be coordinated by LOOP co-founder Doreen Toutikian.
Residency and Open Process Presentation: Leyla Rabih: Traverses (France/Syria)
French-Syrian director and dramaturge Leyla Rabih, Between the Seas resident artist in October, presented her research on her work in progress Traverses. Based on interviews with Syrian refugees across Europe, Traverses raises questions on how displacement shapes individual and collective identities and how the refugees’ testimonies can be synthesized into a theatrical narrative. More on Traverses: https://www.traverses.eu/
Residency and Open Process presentation: Antigones de Mallorca
Resident artists from Spain Jaume Miro, Jenny Vila and Aina de Cos, presented their research on Antigones de Mallorca: an international project the looks into the Antigone myth through the lens of contemporary dictatorships in different parts of the world. The team takes the Spanish civil war as its starting point to talk about the process of identifying the war’s disappeared. Guided by testimonies and theatrical texts from Sophocles, Aeschylus and contemporary Catalan writer Salvador Espriu, the team asks questions on the political residues of dictatorship on following generations and the responsibility towards memory and history. While in Greece the team researched Greek archives and testimonies in order to include them in the final dramaturgy of the play.
Throughout the fall we organized workshops on documentary theatre writing (with Jaume Miro); promotion of artists’ work to international markets (with Jenny Vila); and techniques on writing artistic proposals (with Aktina Stathaki).