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active pause

9 May 2019 

9.00-11.00 a.m. 

Navy Officer's club, 

Arsenale, Venice


Alserkal Arts Foundation and 3 137 present active pause, a breakfast during the opening of the 58th Venice Biennale. The piece is part of Rhodiola, a transmission by 3 137 which was presented at Alserkal Avenue, during March and April, in Dubai.

In collaboration with: 

It's a shirt (garments)

Marios Vitis (sound)



@My Art Guides, Venice Meeting Point

More information about the event here



a transmission by

3 137

@Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, UAE

18 March-30 April, 2019




Installation: Anastasia Douka

Screening: curated program by Filipa Ramos

with films by Gerard Holthuis, Karrabing Film Collective, Basim Magdy, Ben Russell

Radio Shows: Daphne Dragona, Bedouin in Furs, Apart Collective, Madhursee Dutta, Heather Eade, Enterprise Projects, Raja’a Khalid, Metasitu, Nima Nabavi, New Media Society, Riwaq, and VASL Artists’ Association

Workshop: Eduardo Navarro

Texts: Rahel Aima, Tom Clark, Miss Dialectic

Clothes: Christina Christodoulou - it’s a shirt

Design: Panos Papanagiotou

Alserkal Residency has selected 3 137 to curate Rhodiola, the first commission under Alserkal Avenue’s not-for-profit Alserkal Residency. Rhodiola, a project by Athens-based collective 3 137—made up of artists Chrysanthi Koumianaki, former Alserkal Residency artist-in-residence Kosmas Nikolaou, and Paky Vlassopoulou—will launch on March 18, 2019 during Art Week at Alserkal Avenue. The programme-based commission will serve as an intervention in Nadi Al Quoz in The Yard, and will act as an informal group portrait of participants, visitors, and hosts. This will mark the 19th artist commission by Alserkal Avenue.

Rhodiola, curated by 3 137, explores the idea of maintenance in everyday life. Borrowing its title from the rhodiola rosea flower, a perennial golden root which grows in wild Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, the commission is inspired by rhodiola’s healing properties and its ability to help combat stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

For six weeks, Rhodiola will unfold through talks and interviews, exhibitions, performances, screenings, and community activities. It will run sporadically, at variable tempos, acting as an amplifier at times and as an ambiance at others. Looking at hybrid forms of communication, Rhodiola takes its inspiration from radio frequencies, and will come to life across five "Waves."

Wave 1: AC/Scaffold
Staging your well-being: domesticity / infrastructure / support / urbanist / futurology / ruin / artificial / setting / programme / communication / transport / handle / zero carbon / haunt / process / decoration

Wave 2: Cookies
An invisible statistical map: comfort / biscuit / language / geography / immaterial / tube / high performance / queue / contract / start up / franchise / labour / convention / customer / demands

Wave 3: Dentist
For the making of the perfect Avatar: profit / cleaning / care / stereotypes / normal vs casual / duties / internship / coaching / rescue / post human / cabinet / mechanics / hucksterism / spectacular

Wave 4: Snooze
Be ready to be cured and listen to your personalised divination: oracle / cosmism / benefit / concentration / treatment / beautician / meditation / transit / school / degrowth / divination / preemptive / superheroes  

Wave 5: Sunscreen
A casual service: tourism / dog walker / slow food / happiness / psychoanalysis / upbringing / trainer / online banking / service / state / customer / pen friend / love affair / handle / transmission

Rhodiola challenges ordinary perceptions of domestic life and public affairs, and offers a place for moments of active pause.

On 18 March connect with for transmitions and new texts!

Download the full program and text here. 

All photos: Nikolas Leventakis

Video: Manolis Foinikianakis 




After the explosion…

you hear the light,


Next Steps &

Workshops for Children




The project After the explosion… you hear the light began in December 2016 with a series of exhibitions, gatherings, screenings and lectures at the space of 3 137, revolving around the artistic production of the 1970s in Greece and in collaboration with the curator, art historian and friend Klea Charitou.

The next step of this project manifested in Spring 2017 with a public presentation of archival material that 3 137 encountered and collected. Since then, the research has carried on; meetings with artists and writers, as well as visits to archives and collections have been conducted, and an informal working group has been set up to map out the 1970s and, in particular, its impact on today. All of the work is to be presented in a publication distributed by the Paris-based Paraguay Press, in 2019.

Today, two years after the first activity of the project and shortly before the presentation of the book, we are pleased to announce two Art Meetings for Children, inspired by Pantelis Xagoraris’ artworks and the relationship of art with mathematics and technology. The first meeting is in collaboration with the visual artist Kyriaki Goni, and the second in collaboration with the mechanical engineer Kostas Machairas.

Meanwhile, since August 2018 and aspiring to contribute to the important work of the Contemporary Greek Art Institute (ISET), 3 137 assists with the digital preservation of the archive of the artist Konstantinos Xenakis. The material being processed is added to ISET’s web platform and is accessible online. The work of archiving is symbolic in character and aims not only to emphasize the need to preserve artistic work and archival material but also to highlight research areas of interest within the recent artistic past.

After the explosion... you hear the light takes the form of a dynamic encounter between the participants, while our pursuit is the orchestration of a continuous dialogue. A snapshot that will capture the way we feel about and visit our recent past. It is a dialogue that balances between historiography and critical analysis; a dialogue that is not afraid of reaching mythology or an arbitrary oral account.

We would like to thank the NEON Organization for its valuable support, as well as all those who have participated in and contributed to this project.


Do robots dream, dad?
Are robots scared, mom?

Workshop for kids 9-12 years old
with Kyriaki Goni

Saturday 15 December 2018,
11.00 - 13.00

A creative workshop about the meeting of man with machines. Artificial Intelligence is everywhere, it surrounds us and enters our everyday life more and more. How would we describe our meeting with it? Is there a shape or a format we can give it? Are there predispositions and prejudices? How do children imagine artificial intelligence? How would they design it? What features would they give it? What kind of sound? What kind of color? What kind of moves? Can we imagine a kind of communication between man and machines?

A creative workshop which gives the chance to the kids to bridge art with artificial intelligence, critical design with imagination and aims to play with this as well as to cultivate critical thinking about those issues.