Η Στέγη για 6η συνεχόμενη χρονιά διοργάνωσε Open Day ανοίγοντας τις πόρτες της δωρεάν για το κοινό. Φέτος, η γενικότερη θεματολογία των παράλληλων εκδηλώσεων ήταν ο Μάιος του ’68 και η γενικότερη κουλτούρα και επιρροές που άφησε τόσο στη Δύση, όσο και στην Ανατολή.
Η Στέγη για μία ακόμα φορά γέμισε με κόσμο κάθε ηλικίας και μας έδειξε τον πειραματικό χαρακτήρα της. Όσοι βρεθήκαμε εκεί είχαμε τη δυνατότητα να περιηγηθούμε σε κάθε γωνιά του κτιρίου και να δούμε διαφορετικές δράσεις.
Σε αυτές, ξεχώρισε το πειραματικό σύνολο μουσικής που παρουσιάστηκε από το Μουσικό Σχολείο Παλλήνης.
Ενώ η εκδήλωση διέθετε πολλές και διαφορετικές δράσεις, δεν φάνηκε να περνά τα μηνύματα της θεματολογίας που επιλέχτηκε ή τουλάχιστον όχι με τέτοιο τρόπο ώστε να τα περάσει στο ευρύ κοινό. Δημιουργήθηκαν ερωτήματα για το αν θέλει να προβληματίσει ή να εκπαιδεύσει και αν είναι για τους πολλούς που ενδιαφέρονται να αναπτύξουν την γνώση τους γύρω από τις τέχνες ή αφορά τους λιγότερους που ήδη έχουν εντρυφήσει στο χώρο αυτό και θέλουν να κάνουν το ένα βήμα παραπάνω.
Σε γενικές γραμμές, ήταν μία ημέρα που εκτέλεσε το στόχο του να περιηγηθεί ο κόσμος σε όλους τους χώρους, αλλά όχι απαραίτητα να κατανοήσει το θέμα της εκδήλωσης,
Σίγουρα αποτελεί ένα κέντρο με άριστο προσωπικό που δίνει στην Αθήνα ένα παράθυρο στη σύγχρονη και στο χώρο των γραμμάτων.
Αναμένουμε με αγωνία τις επόμενες εκδηλώσεις!
Since a year now Athens Archaeological Museum is hosting ‘Odysseys’ exhibition, a commemorative event on the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the foundation of the Museum.
If anyone is visiting or living currently in Athens, it’s a definite must see!
The exhibition is included to the museum ticket (5 euros) and it is a hidden gem within the rest of the masterpieces there.
The whole exhibition is a well-organised combination of antiquities, myths, poetry and history exposed in contemporary way with special light design, etc.
It is separated in three parts that allow the visitor to understand Odyssey, but also the meaning of Ithaca in its broaden explanation as well described at Cavafy’s poem that shares ideas that link life of the past with today.
A deep and meaningful exhibition that show the impact of Odyssey in art, ancient religion, poetry, theatre, etc. What a better welcoming to the exhibition than a video with the great blue Agean sea view – maybe the only thing that remains the same all these centuries and hides all the great Odysseys– and the reading of C. P. Cavafy’s ‘Ithaca’ by Sean Connery.
Congratulations to all the people who created this magnificent exhibition and a big thank you to Stavros Niarchos Foundation as without it, nothing of this great work would be possible to be exhibited. There is a lot to see and learn there for the past and for nowadays as well.
For more info regarding this lovely exhibition, check the Museums’a site: http://www.namuseum.gr/museum/pressreleases/2016/pressrelease_ODYSSEYS16_paid-en.html
This year’s Athens Photo Festival just finished this Sunday.
Once again located at the lovely Benaki Musuem(at Pireos St. Annexe), the Festival celebrated its 30 years under the title “Still searching” exploring the social impact of the ever-changing visual culture. The exhibition was more international than ever with 30 entries. Nonetheless, for a visitor that has seen the exhibitions of the last three years, it was a disappointment.
As a whole, the exhibition was nice with photos that capture the visitor’s attention and feeling. Many of the artefacts had strong political messages that made the viewer realize that in every corner of the world, there are and there were in the past too, similar political issues just named differently. As far as curation is concerned, some of the exhibits of the main programme did not have any relevance with the title. Furthermore, “Still searching” was mentioned only at the very beginning of the exhibition. Even at the relevant website the title of this exhibition was “hidden” for some reason. The circulation among the artefacts had no easy to see order path and the information of some installations were located on the right and some on the left of the entries. That made it difficult to follow, especially for a two floor exhibition.
Nonetheless, it is still very important and nice that the effort to keep arts alive in Greece andto keep being international continues and has success as there were many international visitors and Greek too. We expect to see an even better Exhibition next year!
Last weekend (May18-21), the Athens Digital Art Festival 2017 took place for another year! “Postfuture “, the theme title of this year’s festival describes long story short what one could see.
These kinds of projects prove that despite the financial and sociopolitical issues, Athens remains a city “thirsty” for creativity and new ideas!
Ti begin with, the thing that made me happy as a visitor and art lover in this Festival, was the number of visitors and the variety of people (art students, youngsters, tourists, but also families with their kids).
Two more outstanding elements of the Festival were the international character of the showcases, including pieces from all over the world (one was made by Bjork!) and the great organization of the event and the work of the volunteers(despite the long hours of work since the festival was open tall day till midnight). One could see that all the people working in the exhibition were happy about it, loved it and they were really helpful and well informed. I took the guided walk and it was very informative. It took us a bit less than 3 hours to see the exhibits in all 5 floors but it was very interesting and our tour guide knew everything by heart, she had humor and a great plan for moving in the exhibition, despite that large number of the group.
Located in the heart of Athens, in a quite new building that combines neoclassic architecture with modern lines and materials, the exhibition was easy to access and very audience friendly with all the freebies, the labs and the augmented reality games offered by the sponsor.
As far as the exhibits are concerned, each and every piece of them had a very special character and approach. What is interesting is that despite the different mediums or ways of expression, one could notice that contemporary artists, no matter what background and were they come from, have the need to showcase with their work same kind of issues and concerns like socioeconomics, environment and the question of the different dimensions that exist and that we cannot see. Thus, all the pieces were to the point of the title of the festival ”postfuture”.
Last, but for sure not least, I feel I need to talk about the floor dedicated to kids… and maybe not only the kids! There was a floor dedicated to interactive projects that invited kids to play and enjoy and older people to find the kid hidden in them and just have fun. A very educational way to enjoy technology!
Let’s hope next year we will see something as exciting as this year! It was a definite must see! Congrats to all participants, volunteers, sponsors and the organizing team!
A year passed and Moniker Art Fair is back in UK’s capital. And this time it became really big! The fair took place on 17-20 October and it was a huge celebration of art and design around the Brick Lane area. This time Moniker takes over the Old Truman brewery space with the Other Fair, along with many other venues and galleries around it.
Moniker Art Fair supports new designers and artists from street art to photography and any kind of expression. This years the Moniker Art Fair and the Other Fair projects made this alternative exhibition a vary big event with a great number of artists participating in it and many visitors. The Old Truman Brewery is in the centre of eats London and that made the event even bigger. Facilities like garden cafe and 3d printing, as well as scheduled events during the four days of the exhibition, made the Fair extremely interesting and made you wanting to get lost in I for the whole day! 🙂