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Is this Love?

Labor / Art /

Auratic Conditions

Friday May 8,

7.30 p.m.

@ Zoom 

Meeting ID:922 2938 7172

Password: 559919

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Duration: 45min apprx.

 

Sync Curatorial Fellowship and 3 137 present a project in two parts on labor in contemporary art.

During her spring 2020 residency, sync Curatorial Fellow Ilaria Conti conducted site and studio visits across Athens, while developing collaborative research on issues of labor within contemporary art with 3 137, an artist-run space founded in 2012 by Chrysanthi KoumianakiKosmas Nikolaou, and Paky Vlassopoulou. Part of the project involved Ilaria serving as Director of GABRIELA, an immaterial institution established by 3 137 and centered on issues of sustainability and institutional critique.

The collaborative research focused on two complementary aspects: materiality and discourse. The material conditions of labor in contemporary art were investigated through meetings with practitioners across Athens—taking into consideration the city’s proliferation of artistic initiatives in recent years—and through research on relevant international initiatives. Concurrently, the project delved into how the discourse on labor is constructed by way of language, perception, and reputation, and how these elements shape and reinforce hierarchical mechanisms of class and exploitation that expand beyond national and socio-economical specificities. In an attempt to deconstruct the myths and preconceptions on artistic labor, the project explored the idea of aura, intended as the “halo of power” seemingly quintessential to the discourse of contemporary art, and its invisible but tangible presence. Through this auratic lens, the project questioned how labor is defined, value is constructed, and work is carried out.

The project’s closing event, originally scheduled for March 20 at 3 137 and postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been redesigned in a digital format to expand beyond the research conducted during the fellowship, and address some of the significant developments in art workers’ collective action taking place in Southern Europe during the pandemic.

Is This Love? Labor / Art / Auratic Conditions

The program, which will be conducted in English, will feature a conversation with Cultural Workers Alliance Greece and Art Workers Italia, two independent and participative groups of workers that spontaneously formed during the Covid-19 crisis in Greece and Italy, respectively. The event will conclude with a collective exercise of physical and speculative emancipation through artist Danilo Correale’s Reverie On the liberation from work – Part 2 (2017).

Through this collective process, we aim to foster generative and growing exchanges among grassroots initiatives on workers’ rights, reconsider our collective understanding of labor in contemporary art and beyond, and undermine the validity of the rhetoric of cultural work as a “labor of love”.

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Around Labor, Art, and the Auratic Condition (This is Not a Love Song)

In order to document the process of the project, a publication was developed, mapping the research and conversations generated from the project’s collaborative processes.

The publication’s title Around Labor, Art, and the Auratic Condition (This is Not a Love Song), provides the authors’ answer to the question:  Is This Love?, thus directly addressing whether love should be part of the equation that connects art, labor, class, and exploitation.

This non-linear and non-discursive publication designed by Yannikos Vasiloulis will feature statements by curators and scholars that have been active in Athens on issues of labor in art, including iLiana FokianakiElpida KarabaEvita Tsokanta, and Despina Zefkili, and a newly commissioned image by Erica Scourti; the Greek translation of key language tools developed by the U.S.-based organization Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.); and a collection of practical and playful exercises to rethink and reorganize one’s immaterial labor.

The publication will be presented during the project’s final event Is This Love? Labor / Art / Auratic Conditions.    

A special thanks to Marina Papadaki, Pennie Key, and Fleur Melbourn for their work towards the March event.

For contributors’ biographies, click here.

More info can be found on www.syncresidency.org

 

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LISTEN TO A SOUND PIECE BY

NATALIE YIAXI

GABRIELA COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT 

ANSWERING MACHINE COMMISSION VII

DURING THE QUARANTINE

24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK

Following the developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, GABRIELA announces the early departure of the Director of the Institution, Ilaria Marion Conti, from Athens. The event and publication presentation scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020, is postponed until further notice.

During this period we want to continue supporting our community, be patient, have fun and take care of those who  need it the most. With love, and by paying attention to what is happening,  

GABRIELA is insisting on the concerns that she is dealing with and invites you to call (+30) 2130 261436 and listen to the sound piece by Natalie Yiaxi Breaking News, (2020). 
The service is available 24 hours a day.

The War of the Worlds was not designed as a radio farce, and Wells had no idea of the chaos it would cause. In this sci-fi tragicomedy, Natalie Yiaxi imagines a demonstration by a united visual arts front, and the chaos it would cause in light of recent developments. This piece incorporates previous projects of hers, such as the radio spot for the imaginary artists’ support program A.A.F.A.Y, (2015), an acronym for Adopt An Artist For A Year,, and the song Nothing At All, (2015).

GABRIELA Communication Department commissions sound pieces and messages.
Hold the line.

In an effort to be even more accessible during this period of self-isolation and social distancing, we are providing a link through which you can access Breaking News, if you are unable to call a greek landline.
Please click 
HERE.

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Natalie Yιaxi was born in 1980 in Nicosia. Her practice is a prolonged digression from the book, and the conceptual structure it suggests. She works with written and spoken word, artist’s books, film and installations, exploring everyday life and  voice as conditions with political and poetic dimensions. In her works, she often uses advertising language against itself.

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LISTEN TO A SOUND PIECE BY

FLEUR MELBOURN

GABRIELA COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT 

ANSWERING MACHINE COMMISSION V

8/02/2020-8/03/2020

24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK

GABRIELA sends Birthday wishes to 3 137 for its 8th year of Operation and invites you to call (+30) 2130 261436, and listen to the sound piece by Fleur Melbourn Gossip (2020). The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As X and Y are having their ALPHA ROMEO cleaned in the carwash X tells Y about the novel she is bringing on holiday. The novel is named after a WOMAN. X believes Y is having an affair with a WOMAN with the same name, and a discussion of symbols ensues. X uses the premise of the book's name to probe him for facts. Y uses the metaphor of the book to reinforce the idea of fiction. They are eating a BIG MAC & CHEESE each. The story begins where it ends.

Cast/ symbols/ stereotypes in order 

YX by Eva Vlassopoulou

XX by Rapheal Beaumonde

ALPHA ROMEO by Rapheal Beaumonde

WOMAN by Eva Vlassopoulou

BIG MAC & CHEESE by Kosmas Nikolaou and Dan Smeeth

GABRIELA Communication Department hosts sound pieces and messages by invited artists.

Hold the line.

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Fleur Melbourn [b.1987] works with film, installation and writing to explore humanities’ exposure to malevolence at the hands of power. Using non-linear, layered narratives, characters are placed in a continual tug of war between fiction and reality. Dense scripts, chopped dialogue and repetition explore social relationships where emotion, violence, gender and history are co-opted by systems of power.

Recent exhibitions, commissions and residencies include, Triangle France, Marseille; LOV’ Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland; In Extenso, Clermont Ferrand, France; ANDOR, London, Moly-Sabata, Sablons, France; Jerwood Visual Arts, London; Serpentine Gallery Miracle Marathon, London; Composite, Brussels; SPACE, London; Serpentine Gallery Park Nights, London; The Austrian Cultural Forum, London & Camden Arts Centre, London.

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GABRIELA is an immaterial institution established and supported by the 3 137 artist run space. 
GABRIELA deals with issues of sustainability and institutionalization in a local and international context. It functions as a tool, a service or a manual for questioning the role of -and the labor involved in- artists' initiatives. 
GABRIELA is inspired by Gabriela Cruz, 3 137’s first employee, whose payment was covered by the University and the Municipality of Bordeaux. 

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LISTEN TO A SOUND PIECE BY

PHANOS KYRIACOU

GABRIELA COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
ANSWERING MACHINE COMMISSION V

25/12/2019-15/01/2020

24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK

GABRIELA invites you to call +30 2130 261436 and listen to a sound piece by Phanos Kyriacou, Mother Mother (2019). The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

A young woman spends her days perfecting her cheesecake recipe in a rented holiday house that she lives with her husband. When a stranger knocks on the door one night, he becomes an unexpected guest in their home. Later, his wife and three children with their dog also arrive to make themselves welcome. Terror soon strikes when the recipe book disappears and the young woman tries to figure out who stole it.

GABRIELA Communication Department will host sound pieces and messages by invited artists during the following months.

Hold the line.

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LISTEN TO A SOUND PIECE BY

WERONIKA TROJANSKA

GABRIELA COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
ANSWERING MACHINE COMMISSION ΙΙΙI

24/9/2019-3/11/2019

24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK 

GABRIELA invites you to call +30 2130 261436 and listen to a sound piece by Weronika Trojanska, I am sitting in a room (1969) I am sitting in a room (2019). The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

50 years ago Alvin Lucier, the American composer, one of the key figures of experimental music, first recorded his groundbreaking composition “I am sitting in a room” (conceived for voice and electromagnetic tape), in which he tells the audience what he is doing and what they will hear. As he explains, recorded voice is played back several times until the resonant frequencies of the room start to dominate the speech, erasing at the end the human component towards dominance of the pure, environmental sound. What would happen if the focus was only on the spoken words, the voice and the resonance and acoustic of performer’s own body (throat, chest and diaphragm)? How the idiosyncratic and uncontrollable activities and sounds it produces can be transformed into music? Thinking of “I am sitting in a room” as of a song or a choreography, “any irregularities […] speech might have” become notations or gestures, the integral part its score.

GABRIELA Communication Department will host sound pieces and messages by invited artists during the following months.

Hold the line.

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Weronika Trojanska received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland and Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In her artistic practice she investigates the notions of auto/biography and the self, by inhabiting gestures (reproducing, adapting and learning) of other artists, as a way to evoke their and her personality, and thus to construct her polyphonic autobiography. Her work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Emily Harvey Foundation (NYC), Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (NYC), Printed Matter Inc. (NYC), Rongwrong in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), NEW STUDIO in collaboration with 3 137, Athens (Greece), MuzeuMM, Los Angeles (CA), and Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS), among others. Trojanska is also an active art writer. She publishes in a number of Polish and English-speaking media.

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LISTEN TO A SOUND PIECE BY

KAROLINA KRASOULI. 

GABRIELA COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
ANSWERING MACHINE COMMISSION ΙΙΙ 

29/7/2019-1/9/2019

24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK 

Wishing you luck (x3)
Take note : a color, a word and a sound. 
You can take them with you.
I just ment to say, It’s ok to talk to strangers.


GABRIELA invites you to call +30 2130 261436 and listen to a sound piece by Karolina Krasouli entitled Some fortune cookies contain no fortune. The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. 

GABRIELA Communication Department will host sound pieces and messages by invited artists during the following months.

Hold the line. 

Karolina Krasouli was born in Athens in 1984. She studied at the School of fine arts of Lyon. She did a residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris (2015-2017) and participated in various exhibitions as la Biennale de Rennes (5th edition), 60th Salon de Montrouge,L’incompatible Vugo (Pauline Perplexe), A thousand hours (Saint-Brieuc).

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LAURA PRESTON AND
ANDREAS SELL

GABRIELA COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
ANSWERING MACHINE COMMISSION ΙΙ 

25/6/2019-20/7/2019

24 HOURS / 7 DAYS A WEEK 

GABRIELA invites you to call +30 2130 261436 and listen to a sound piece by Laura Preston and Andreas Sell entitled Νο.0. The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. 

We are happy to announce that GABRIELA Communication Department will host sound pieces and messages by invited artists during the following months.

Hold the line. 


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Laura Preston writes texts, edits books, and curates exhibitions. She is also working with Sabeth Buchmann on a research project through the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, while living in Berlin. An associate editor for documenta 14, she lived and worked in Athens from spring 2016 to autumn 2017. She was the curator-at-large for the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington from 2013–15, following a guest curatorship in 2012 at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main.

https://laurapreston.info

Andreas Sell was born in Bayreuth, Germany. Currently he is living in Berlin and Sykaminea, Lesbos. 2008 he graduated from the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. His artistic work coincides with his life story, composing both a material and immaterial narration. In 2006 he received an annual scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to continue his studies in the MFA program in New Forms at Pratt Institute NYC. In 2009 he received a postgraduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to continue his artistic work in the People´s Republic China. In 2014 the Pollock Krasner Foundation in NYC and in 2017 the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn awarded him with an annual scholarship. In 2019 the Berlin Senate supported his book and exhibition project "From self-employment to employment."
http://www.andreassell.com

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