Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Projects and Activities

The reading group had the design and editing of the third issue of the GAP magazine (July, August 2005) of futura publishing. This has followed after a series of discussions and readings on the topic art and biopolitic. Among a selection and translation of texts the group has invited ten visual artists to propose projects for the magazine’s pages. GAP magazine was published by Michalis Paparounis.

In May 21 – May 24, 2005 members of the reading group have participated in the Athens art fair Art Athina (booth D44) and researched on the basis of questionnaires the engagement and active participation of the public in the fair, proposing changes to the management.

Since September 2005 the reading group has started a workshop based on a series of lectures by invited theoreticians on the topic of art and subjectivity. This on-going project will result on a publication, entitled Subject – Art.

In November 15, 2005 the reading group has organized a workshop with six students of the Athens School of Fine Arts on the topic art and feminism. The panel discussion was part of the “Video-Readings” a parallel event of the exhibition “Videographies- The Early Decades” of the EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art).

In April 6, 2006 the reading group has organized a critical presentation and a panel discussion about the inaugural issue of Spot magazine. Spot is a magazine based on the idea of binding together contemporary art projects coming from around Europe and the South Eastern Mediterranean. The reading group focused the critique on issues such as folklore and multiculturalism, centre and postcolonial periphery. Spot is edited by artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos and designed by Christos Lialios.

As participators to the exhibition “What Remains is Future” October 15 – November 19, 2006 during Patras European Cultural Capital the reading group has presented a printed edition, with the title Reading the Future. This was based on a discussion on the idea of future and issues such as youth, self-representation and subculture that took place in Athens with six artists who have participated in the exhibition. "What Remains is Future" was curated by Nadja Argyropoulou.

In July 2007 the reading group has presented its publication “Exercising Idiorrythmy” that has followed as a series of discussions and readings. On the occasion of Vangelis Vlahos’ and Zafos Xagoraris’ participation in the 27th Sao Paulo Biennial the collective reflects on the exhibition format of the Biennials following the current trend of their proliferation. It also makes a critique on the exhibition as a platform of relational aesthetics.

Since October 2007 the reading group has started a series of readings based on the topic of art and participatory, community based, relational practices. This on-going project will result on a publication of translated seminal international texts on this topic, which will be distributed to art schools and universities.

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