City in Pieces EIGHT / ΤΟ ΟΧΤΩ critical institute for arts and politics Athens




City in Pieces
Group exhibition

Opening: Friday 14 June 2019
14 June - 30 September 2019*
http://8athens.wordpress.com

Artists: Nikos Arvanitis, Campus Novel, Ioanna Chatzipanigyri, Anastasia Douka, Eirene Efstathiou, Yota Ioannidou,Irini Karayannopoulou, Alexia Karavela, Learning from Documenta (E. Rikou - E. Yalouri), Ioanna Myrka, Giorgos Papadatos, PAT (Temporary Academy of Arts), Theo Prodromidis, Maria Sarri, Sofia Simaki, Eva Stefani, Yannis Theodoropoulos, Anna Tsouloufi-Lagiou, Kostas Tzimoulis, Eleni Tzirtzilaki, VASKOS, Kostis Velonis, Myrto Xanthopoulou
Curated by Gigi Argyropoulou & Kostas Tzimoulis

During the last couple of decades the city of Athens went through radical transformations that changed its social and cultural frameworks. Even prior to the economic crisis the cultural landscape was in a process of rapid transformation while the lack of sustainable cultural policies and infrastructures continuously produced a precarious, hyperactive, often self-instituted and vulnerable landscape. In the last decade we have witnessed radical paradigm shifts in social and political frameworks together with mobilisations, practices of social solidarity and commoning, new institutions, large-scale art events and local scale organising. Emergent practices ephemerally rehearsed new ways of inhabiting the city while its artistic scene experimented with forms and conditions of production in varied contexts. In the last couple of years and increasingly in the current moment, Athens seems to be in a yet new phase and undergo different forms of change in the way its urban, political and cultural landscapes operate.

This exhibition seeks to bring together artistic practices that appeared in different contexts in Athens and sought to relate with its social, political and urban conditions. Challenging the contemporary demand of artistic production - that constantly seek for the new and the innovative - City in Pieces explores past works that took place in diverse environments, conditions and moments. This return is not a call of nostalgia but rather an attempt to rethink artistic narratives and explore possible new relations, imaginaries and forms that can produce in the here and now.

What are the functional and potential relations between artistic practice and material infrastructures and how changing conditions define artistic practice in Athens? How dominant is the support of private institutions today and to what degree they formulate the nature and direction of artistic work? Can artistic practices that are increasingly implicated in neoliberal structures and mechanisms produce ruptures from within the very system they appear to serve? Is the ongoing reassessment of one’s former practices that have been recuperated the most effective strategy and how it may continue in conditions of induced precarity? Can artistic practices continuously avoid recuperation, evolve and stay relevant to the conditions of today?

Invisible Committee writes that ‘in reality what we need are not institutions but forms … Everything that lives is only forms and interactions of forms' (2017: 70). City in Pieces seeks to explore and return to such forms in the transitional landscape of Athens re-examining models of situatedness in dialogue with social, urban and institutional realities. City Pieces are collected and re-composed inside the space EIGHT attempting to produce a temporary refuge, a living organism, a fugitive condition of symbiosis.

A parallel programme of events, discussions and talks will take place during this exhibition.

*Opening Hours: 14 June - 21 Ιουνίου: Daily: 19.00-21.00
*During the summer months the exhibition opens every Thursday 19.00 or after appointment (8eightathens@gmail.com)




































Peninsula presents: DOTLAND II / Spannung
Opening: Saturday 6 October 2018 
19:00 – 23:00 + After Party
Nearly four years after its foundation, Peninsula returns with the second edition of dotLand in the former Schmargendorfer Zigarettenfabrik in Wilmersdorf. DOTLAND II expands the modus operandi experimented in its first edition: twenty-five Peninsula members have each invited an artist to participate in the exhibition. Within this context, Peninsula members and guest turn thus DOTLAND II / Spannung into a meeting place between multiplicity and diversity – an open territory existing beyond any geo-political and socio-cultural boundaries.
After exploring the theme of the so-called Third Culture in 2014, DOTLAND II deals with the notion of Spannung, the German word for tension. Spannung can be seen as the socio-political tension experienced within the first two decades of the new Millennium; it can also be seen as the tension between various forms, or as a curiosity towards the future and at the same time a profound uncertainty about it; tension can further be the positive nervosity of – utopian – anticipation, or even the tension that does not snap as it repeatedly approaches the breaking point. On another level, Spannung – as the tension that flows between opposite poles – may be the energy pull that allows a body to float on water rather than sink; DOTLAND II, therefore, reflects on the fluidity of relationships, a central focus for Peninsula.
Each guest, ranging from younger to accomplished artists, brings into the exhibition their own understanding of Spannung and their individual approach. In this way, DOTLAND ll becomes the space where intentions and ideas meet and collide in an osmotic fashion, setting the ground for new perspectives. Inspired by the very city of Berlin as a metaphor for plurality and diversity, the exhibition becomes itself a platform for social and intercultural exchange.
Peninsula > GUEST ARTIST: Rebecca Agnes > YA-WEN FU | Yvonne Andreini > NIKOLAUS LIST | Elena Bari > KERSTIN KARY | Ilaria Biotti > ALEXANDER WOLFF | Cristiano Cesolari > JEREMY SHAW | Costantino Ciervo > ALESSANDRA ERAMO | Loris Cecchini > SOPHIE KO | Marco Dalbosco > ANTON KATS | Fiorentino De Martino > NICHOLÉ VELÁSQUEZ | Flatform > ROEE ROSEN | Bernardo Giorgi > ÇAĞDAŞ SARI | Matteo Grassetti > DYR | Daniele Jost > CHRISTOPHE CONSTANTIN | Maruska Mazza > HEIKE GALLMEIER | Stefania Migliorati > GIORGOS PAPADATOS | Mocellin e Pellegrini > LOUISA BABARI | Molino & Lucidi > LOTTE MERET EFFINGER | Lea Mugnaini > DAVID MOSER | Christian Niccoli > MING WONG | Marco Poloni > HEKTOR MAMET | Emilio Rapaná > ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA | Fried Rosenstock > ALESSANDRO LUPI | Luca Vitone > GIOVANNI OBERTI | Jade Vlietstra > ROSARICCI | Alexandra Wolframm > DONATELLA LANDI
Guest Project: VRdarkroom by Tobias Stärk
After Party powered by Unbalanced Crew from 23:00
DOTLAND II is realised with the support of Bezirkskulturfonds Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Die Wohnkompanie Berlin, Alaska Real Estate GmbH, Holtz Immobilien, Street Art Berlin, EXBERLINER, Occulto Magazine.Under the auspices of the Italian Cultural Institute Berlin. With NESXT, Ruben & Carla.

Opening hours: Sunday 7 October, 12:00 – 20:00
8 -14 October by appointment only

EHEMALIGE ZIGARETTENFABRIK SCHMARGENDORF
Die Wohnkompanie Berlin, Mecklenburgische Str. 32, 14197 Berlin
Heidelberger Platz U3 / S41 / S42 / S46 / Bus 249 and 310