Attention is an exercise by Eleni Riga
Attention is an exercise is a series of exhibitions conceived as a close observation of artistic production practices under the capitalist system characterized by maximization, over-production, accumulation of profit, commodificaiton, colonization of time and competition among others.
Contrary to recent seducing theories of transcendence and liquidity, we still have a body which bears the physical and emotional consequences of our times:stress, distraction, fatigue and burn-out. By admitting we have a body, it means we have a voice and therefore a capacity for resistance and resilience.
Through these exhibitions we remain attentive to all the invisible operations, the circumstances of exploitation, the contradictions of self-employment and autonomy and mostly the pressure we put to each other to continue working and producing within this system both as authors and individuals. The assumption that artists are working differently today than the rest of the society is a misleading attempt to keep the added value of art and hide in our confined artistic realm.
Through a series of exhibitions based on theories of care which shows that we are relational beings, fragile autonomies interconnected and interdepended, we attempt to set a new tune, to speak with in a different voice.
The theory of care can be translated briefly as our capacity to care for others.The care is not a disposition but a repeated exercise that has in its core attention to the person receiving the care in a form of mutual exchange in the sense of gift as defined by Marcel Mauss.
How we can practice attention?
How attention is manifested through our gestures?
What forms attention can take?
What is an attentive work?
Behind these questions, we find an inquiry on how artists produce their work:
Why are you creating an artwork ?
Under which system you are producing your work ?
For whom you are doing it? Is it a selfish act? Are you offering something?
What do you get in exchange?
These exhibitions come as exercises of attention in the sense of proximity and protection. By practicing attention, we attempt to explore different strategies of solidarity, resistance and resilience and look out for different paradigms of life and consequently new forms. Each chapter will be developed after close collaboration with an artist reflecting his/her mode of production. Some of the strategies I would like to explore in collaboration with artists are the following: resistance, resilience, surrender, pressure, negociation.
If attention is an exercise, it only takes time to get there. The more you practice it the better you get.
Τhe screening program Sunday Narratives and the art & research platform hd.kepler presented on Sunday, March 18 at 6 pm three short films by the French artists: Julien D. Benoît, Clément Cogitore & Éric Stephany at Aavora cinema in Athens. The screenings were followed with a short talk with Eric Stéphany and the audience.
hd.kepler. uses astral symbols to comment on socio-political issues such as alterity, mediation, cultural translation, coexistence in an increasingly challenging environment. Ever Closer to the Stars is a series of interstellar walks based on
cosmological journeys, a dominant form of narration in literature, poetry and philosophy in 17th and 18th century. Fiction and tale are tools that allow us not only to examine the world as scientific tools do but to think and imagine the world in a different way, overcoming realistic limitations.
Directed and Edited by Theo Prodromidis
Cinematography by Alexandra Masmanidi
Trailer includes musical excerpts from Ever Closer to the Stars (Prelude) by Florent Hadjinazarian in collaboration with Florent Frizet, live recorded in September 2017 at the French Institute of Athens, curated by hd.kepler. and an excerpt from the film The resonant interval (2016) by Clément Cogitore.
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Poster by Typical Organisation
In Awe (2017)
Direction – Scenario – Production : Julien D. Benoit
Actors: Kobas Verschuren, Florent Meryal, Julia Calin, Stéphane Gouat
The resonant interval (2016)
Direction – Scenario: Clément Cogitore
Music: Francesco Filidei και Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch
Production: Palais de Tokyo / Futur antérieur productions, with the support of SAM
Art Projects, SCAM, CNC-Dicréam, DRAC Alsace.
Direction: Éric Stephany
Duration: 24′ 58″
Language: Without dialogue
With the support of Centre National des Arts Plastiques, artist research grant 2015
Special thanks to Institut Français de Grèce – Athènes for hosting the artist Éric Stephany.
Participants: Becky Campbell, Elena Chantzis, Florent Frizet, Danai Giannoglou, Hariklia Hari, Eva Isleifs, Lukas Panek, Angeliki Poulou, Eleni Riga, Joshua Olsthoorn, Roman Szymczyk and other guests
The art & research platform, hdkepler is happy to invite you to the poetry session “PRIMO, Το ορμητήριο του ήλιου” at Lycabettus Hill during sunset on April 30th, 2017.
The sun, the primary and essential element of life on earth, is also a political, religious and aesthetic symbol. For this event, the sun is used as a symbol of diversity, alterity and meeting with Other. The poems will be read in different languages. Each contributor have chosen freely a poem in his/her native language or in any language they feel their own.
Our collaborators are artists, curators, researchers, activists and thinkers that maintain an independent and a non-commercial activity. In the quest for autonomy, these fugitives open up new paths, occupy inadequate spaces and break the foundations of an automatised institutionalization. Our priority is keep the freedom of our contributors intact.
Under the sun, which makes no discrimination, we are all the same. Our bodies and our voices are carriers of this sensitivity and beauty.
hdkepler was created on the idea of otherness initially observing and accepting our own differences.
For the author Emmanuel Levinas, after the discovery of the Other in our face, we discover that we are responsible for him/her and thus a relationship of proximity is established between us and the Other(s).
This form of responsibility can be developed and is necessary in our times due to the socio-political and economic situation all around the world.
Athens is a city that plays a leading role in the theater of Otherness:
welcomes, resists, rejects fears and celebrates diversity. Athens is whole, complete, perfect.
The choice of location is not accidental. Lykavvitos means the rock from where the light “urges” etymologically. The aim of the event is to integrate poetry in the everyday life of the town. The event is open to all: friends of poetry, residents and tourists. We would like to create a beautiful moment full of lyricism for everybody who is attending the event.
February 2017, Kunsthalle Tropical / Marcel Meury, Romantso, Athens
We had the pleasure to organise a small informal presentation for Marcel Meury, in order to discuss the creation and development of Kunsthalle Tropical and his personal artistic work. This presentation was organised as a meeting point for members of the Athenian artistic scene who share the same aspirations.
We would like to thank all those who accepted our invitation:
A-dash (Eva Isleifs + Noémie Niederhauser) / Enterprise Projects (Vassilis Papageorgiou + Danai Giannoglou) / Richard Hausmann (artist) / Dimitra Michou (action culturelle IFA) / Snehta Residency (Becky Campbell) / SUPER (Lukas Panek + Paul Malowski) / Typical (Joshua Olsthoorn) / Delphine Chapuis Schmitz (artist)
hd.kepler. glad to announce its participation at Kunsthalle Tropical with a special project named TOUCHLESS.
The Kunsthalle Tropical is experimenting with alternative exhibition formats. It is located at a specific place and unfolds in the mental space of the visitor.
People who registered on the site of Kunsthalle Tropical were able to receive the new production of hd.kepler.
TOUCHLESS is an invented word-concept that is expressing a situation where we are out of…touch. Through our recent collaborations, we have been exploring the idea of connection and disconnection , especially between the physical and digital realm. Since we are usually working as “glossoplastis”, as sculptors of the language in other words, we got interested in the definition of connection in relation with the touch. Touch means “get in contact with”. Observing around us, this definition seemed obsolete. The use of the wi-fi instead of bluetooth marked a whole change to the way we communicate, without touch.
We use less and less cables to charge our phones, to connect our devices, to transfer our data or even to listen to music (referring to new apple headphones).
This is a symptom of a touchless life.
With the generous invitation of Kunsthalle Tropical, we have created a plastic bracelet reminding the biomagnetic power balance bracelets that are enhancing our health system and renforce our energy. These kind of bracelets are supposed to function us chargers of energy of the human body through direct contact with the human body. The appearance non- primitive, asexual and without orifices tools will perhaps lead to a disappearance of the genres in which the polarities will be diluted in each being.
Online/offline is a glossary of terms often quoted in the post-digital context. It was produced during a close experimental 3-day workshop at artist-run space 3 137 in Athens. This workshop was organized by association hd.kepler, artist run space 3 137 and Enterprise Project. We are all interested in light and DIY economy as a response to the financial pressure that the independent cultural producers endure.
On this occasion, we invited the following artists, cura- tors and theorists: James Bridle, Zoe Giabouldaki, Daphne Dragona, Théo Massoulier, Philippe Riss, Anna Tomczak, Thibaut Vandebuerie. This glossary you hold in your hands was presented at Enterprise Project on April 23, 2016 and is the product of a very recent collective experience of a multidisciplinary group. It is a work in progress.
We think this glossary as a tool that enables us to better understand our times. By choosing carefully our vocabulary, we form our present. Our present is perforated, continuous, mutative. It is made of words, images, feelings and impressions. We aim to present and renegotiate the “Online/offline” terms that seem important for our artistic or curatorial practices.
The project deals with the survival of millenium gestures in our time.
Invited Artists: Méryll Ampe, Sabrina Belouaar, Marie Clerel, Florent Frizet, Hadrien Gérenton, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Yannick Langlois, Vasilis Papageorgiou, Cunming Sun
Curator: Eleni Riga