James Edmonds &
24 May - 3 June 2017
Wednesday 24 May 2017, 20.00
Thursday - Saturday 18.00-22.00
3 137 artist-run space is happy to invite you to 11472CTY, a project by two Berlin based artists, James Edmonds and Petra Graf.
The project was selected through the first 3 137 open call, between very interesting proposals by artists and curators who work in Greece and abroad. During the selection process advisory meetings took place with Poppy Bowers (Curator at Whitworth Art Gallery), James Bridle (Artist and Writer), Alexandra Ikonomou (Eleni Koroneou Gallery), Irini Bachlitzanaki (Artist), Iris Likourioti (Architect, Professor at the University of Thessaly) and Evita Tsokanta (Independent Curator).
James Edmonds and Petra Graf are artists working in various forms including filmmaking, painting, assemblage and photography. For their first formal collaboration the duo attempts to assemble an imaginary landscape from found objects, obsolete technologies and self invented histories, with cultural detritus functioning as new architectural signifiers. A sprawl of various ready-made materials mingle with paintings, discarded objects, sounds, projections and lighting, forming structures and relationships which also seem to be slowly evolving. The inclusion of super8 film, which becomes sculptural in it's elaborate looping system, provides an analogue link to the intersection of physicality and duration.
As the piece moves from daylight into darkness, the projections and sounds underpin the idea of a world beyond the immediate reality. The installation forms this suggested landscape anew, each time it is reconfigured in a specific time and space and refers to its reconfigurations through the inclusion of documentation of past versions.
Each new version of the piece is titled after the location's post-code preceded by the letters CTY suggesting a slightly abbreviated urban proposal, a constant "mapping out" of an abstract, hypothetical society who's infrastructure is suggested as a re-imagining of aesthetic values and monetary significance. The use of cheap recycled materials which establish themselves as buildings, public sculptures or transport systems, function as abstract proposition for a new urban timespace.
Visitors to the space are also encouraged to bring with them a small, significant yet unwanted object or material (with little or no monetary value) which in some way represents a shift in scale or in time. It could be a personal memory for them that is reflected in the object, which will then be incorporated into the landscape of the installation as it evolves organically over time, like a city expanding almost un-noticeably in the night.
Children's workshop in collaboration with Kid A Workshop
Saturday 20, Sunday 21 May, 11.00-14.00
During the run-up to the exhibitions opening, there will be a workshop for children, with James Edmonds and Petra Graf where participants are encouraged to create their own projections using slides, super 8 film, paintings and collage. The workshop will be made in collaboration with Kid A Workshop, a platform which designs creative projects for children.
Light Movement Athens: The Outskirts of a Dreamed map.
Friday 26 May 00.15- 01.15
Open Air Cinema Riviera, Valtetsiou 46, Exarcheia
A film screening exploring themes relating to architecture, economy and imagination, through the depiction of spaces, geographys, imaginary cities and distant memories.
Films by: Joseph Bernard, James Edmonds, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Vincent Grenier, Daniel Kupferberg, Margaret Rorison, Lara Schroder.
3 137 @ Art Athina
Saturday 27 May 2017
3 137 is happy to participate in Art Athina 2017 with the project LEFTOVERS. The project brings together three artists, Angharad Williams (UK/NL), Gianmaria Andreetta (CH/NL) and Marion Goix (FR/CH) with a featured contribution by Amelia Groom (AU/NL). A series of performances on Saturday 27th of May 2017 from 16.00-21.00. Please join us on the balcony of the pavilion!
3 137 will also be part of an open discussion The Future of Independent Cultural Initiatives, coordinated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Despina Zefkili in the context of Art Athina Talks, on Saturday at 17.00.
We would like to thank Art Hotel for their kind support.
AFTER THE EXPLOSION...
YOU HEAR THE LIGHT:
3 April - 22 May 2017
Monday 12.00 - 14.00
and by appointment
(closed on 17.04 and 01.05)
*Special opening hours
during d14 opening:
08 & 09 April 2017 12.00 - 14.00 and by appointment
3 137 continues the series of events After the Explosion... you Hear the Light which started on December 2016 about art during the decade of 1970 in Greece and opens the space to present posters, books and archival material of the time. On that note, we create a publication, an imprint of the research carried out during meetings, discussions and actions, aspiring to a re-interpretation of findings, in collaboration with Paraguay Press, based in Paris.
We are very happy to invite you to After the Explosion... you Hear the Light: An Archive. Every Monday during April and May the space will be open to the public introducing photos, documents, video and memorabilia from a visit to the Greek 70's. The archival material has been collected over the last year from artists of the time, art historians, friends and ISET Institute of Contemporary Art and Deste Foundation Archive. The space will open especially during d14 opening on Saturday and Sunday 08,09 April at 12.00-14.00.
In the aftermath of May ’68 and the ideological and political debates that defined “Metapolitefsi”, the art of the 1970s addressed major historical and social events of its time, but also posed questions regarding the form of art, institutional critique and art’s perception by the public.
After the explosion…you hear the light constitutes an attempt to understand the events and imperatives of an era which stimulated artistic explorations and actions, but also to reflect on the particular identity of artists from this period and the issues they raised for the first time in our country through their works; to consider their affinities with the present and examine their perspectives and the answers they gave to questions and hypotheses that, half a century large, remain unsettled, relevant to artistic practices and motivate younger artists.
We are not interested in historicization but, to the contrary, we rather aim to create an interactive condition through which, by exploring the issue of continuity and discontinuity of artistic tradition, we will reflect on the following questions: What happened from then till now? How is that era reflected in the present? How is contemporary production related to that of previous generations’? How do we read earlier artworks stimulated by today’s events? Doubt and liberation, politics and expression, turmoil and refutation of conventional typologies, artistic creation and discourse interweave in a broadened discussion, which discloses the rupture that occurred in the traditional interpretations of artworks and ideas in Europe during the 70s.
Research Collaborator: Klea Charitou