Social Distortion. Less real more human


SOCIAL DISTORTION. LESS REAL MORE HUMAN

Artists: Martina Menegon Alexander Martinz Stefano D’Alessio, Kostas Lales, Magda Lambropoulou
Curated by: Martina Menegon, Alexander Martinz and Stefano D’Alessio
with Fotini Kapiris and Georg Georgakopoulos
Opening: Friday, February 3, 2017 8:00 pm.
Duration: February 3 – 28.2, 2017
Coordinated by: Offspring Young Artists
Organized by: ArtWall Project Space, Athens Gr

ARTWALL Project Space
26 Sofokleous Str., Athens 10552
artwallprojectspace@gmail.com
http://www.theartwall.gr


Vienna based artists Martina Menegon, Alexander Martinz and Stefano D’Alessio meet artists Kostas Lales and Magda Lambropoulou in Athens, Greece, at Social Distortion / Less real more human exhibition at the ArtWall.

Social Distortion includes new media installations and sculptures that center around fluid bodies, constantly switching between physical and digital states. The artworks revisit and transform the body, carrying a remembrance of the physical flesh, digitally and socially distorted to serve a new formal aesthetic. Whether it is about feeding back information into the pornographic maelstrom, creating new awareness of the self by translating it into virtual disorienting and grotesque 3D-scans, developing new ways of archiving memories or coding and decoding real life events from and into digital personae, the body is always the core and platform of these expressions.

Social Distortion exhibition in Athens, is part of the Offspring Young Artists program for the cultivation of new generation artistic practice.


Martina Menagon

Martina Menegon, Virtual Narcissism Video from (VR) interactive installation, 2016

Martina Menegon (1988, Italy) is a new media artist, programmer and educator. Her work deals with the instability and ephemerality of the human body as well as the alienation from physicality in today’s digital age, questioning the gap between real and virtual, flesh and data. Since 2010 she collaborates with Stefano D’Alessio and Klaus Obermaier, creating interactive performances and installations. With a degree in Visual and Performing Art (IUAV University of Venice) and in Transmedial Arts (The University for Applied Arts of Vienna), since 2010 she is teaching assistant of at the IUAV University, where she teaches multimedia tools for interactive arts with Klaus Obermaier. Since 2016 she is also lecturing in the Transmedial Art department at the University of Applied Art in Vienna and in the department of Time-based and Interactive Art, at the University of Art Linz. Martina Menegon currently lives and work in Vienna.


Alexander Martinz

Alexander Martinz, Trypophile, video installation, 2016

Alexander Martinz, born 1979 in Klagenfurt, studied electroacoustic composition and transmedia art. He teaches at the University of Applied Arts, lives and works as a composer and media artist in Vienna and is the voice of Captain Knife. He is interested in the different logics and traditions of time based-media as well as their correlations. Complex transformations of popcultural material can be considered a foundation of his work.


Stefano D Alessio

Stefano D’Alessio, Recomposed Memories , video installation, 2016

Stefano D’Alessio (1987 Italy) Media artist, programmer and composer, lives and works in Vienna (Austria). Since 2010 he works with Martina Menegon (1988, Italy) creating interactive performances and installations, combining visual and sound thru programming. Their research addresses the digitalization of the human in new technologies, virtual representations of the “real” and the distortions and perceptive amplifications caused by them. Their work involves the human body as incipit for analyzing coding and decoding processes of the real/physic, in to digital/abstract, enquiring the ephemeral limits between machine and body, artificial intelligence and consciousness. With a degree in Visual Art and Theater at IUAV University of Venice, Stefano D’Alessio is currently studying Transmedial Arts at The University for Applied Arts of Vienna, under the direction of Brigitte Kowanz. Since 2010 he is teaching assistant at the bachelor, master, and post graduate master courses at IUAV University, where he teaches multimedia tools for interactive arts with Klaus Obermaier, artist he regularly collaborates with as programmer and tech/artistic assistant. Besides his own works and compositions Stefano D’Alessio realized music and interactive visuals for various artists, musicians, choreographers and theater directors.


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Kostas Lales, Oi filoi ton fylon , sculpture, 2017

Through painting, sculptural installations, video and performance, Kostas Lales addresses our relationship among self, and same / opposite gender, through eroticism. His work reflects the layered association we have with elements that surround us – whether this contact be physical, commercial, or erotic. The immediacy of human imprinting States, urges us to free ourselves from the fear of body and our physicality. He holds a degree in Painting (prof. Zacharias Arvanitis Angelos Antonopoulos Dimitris Sakellionas Michalis Manousakis) and Multimedia – Hypermedia (prof. Manthos Santorineos) from the Athens School of Fine Arts. His participation in exhibitions, digital media festivals and performances, outline his research and illustration of the body as a device which stimulates erotic self awareness.


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Magda Lambropoulou, Untitled, sculptural installation

Magda Lambropoulou’s (1977, Athens) artwork includes the use of diverse, expressive mediums including sculpture, installation, audio, video, performance. With emphasis on issues such as discrimination, pregudice and moral values imposed by a given society, she assumes a humanitarian approach to her work in attempt to transform silent acceptance to an explicit statement. She Invites the audience to participate in her artwork, aiming to raise awareness about social taboos and stereotypes. She holds a degree in Sculpture (prof. Theo Papayannis) from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her participation in exhibitions, sculptural and new media symposiums, and performances, has resulted in her identifying her visual approach and work methodology.

Crossing the Limit. FIST. Offspring Young Artists

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Crossing the Limit

FIST Young Artist Group: Zoe Filippou, Anestis Ioannou, Vangelis Savvas, Dimitris Tzikopoulos
Opening: Tuesday April 5th 2016, 20:00
Duration: 5.4 – 5.5.2016
Coordinated by: Offspring Young Artists
Organized by: ArtWall Project Space, Athens Gr

ARTWALL Project Space
26 Sofokleous Str., Athens 10552
artwallprojectspace@gmail.com
http://www.theartwall.gr
Visiting hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 17:00 – 21:00, Saturday 13:00 – 16:00


The FIST young artist collective presents “Crossing the limit” project, at the ArtWall Athens Project Space. The concept of the “limit”, of the limited or restricted, of the disciplined or pre-defined are elements of condition that exist within an overall systemized environment. This set of restrictive (in cases defective) rules is of primary concern for the viability of the group itself, and for the long life of artistic coexistence among the members.

The newly established art group explores the “limit” as perceived both individually and collectively. What are the aesthetic and/or conceptual parameters involved in intimate collaboration? Is art practice a joint process, or a compilation of individual practices under a common thematic? What is the limit (if any) to this?

This remains to be seen.

“Crossing the limit” goes beyond aesthetic restrictions, involving a wide and diverse range of expressive medium. As mentioned above, the project is a visual study of the parameters of limit (and limitation) and associated aesthetic and theoretical complexities. Issues of limit within, nature and the artwork, color and form, the underlying and the explicit (expressed), spatial limits such as exhibition space and in general, of all limits imposed, preserved or subverted within a compromised agenda of art or from within the wider social community.

FIST is a visual artists’ group established in 2015 by four young artists, Zoe Filippou, Anestis Ioannou, Vangelis Savvas and Dimitris Tzikopoulos, in Ioannina, North west of Greece. The group works as a creative body, reflecting on a variety of issues via dialogue and debate; through diverse mediums and a range of conceptual approaches.

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Zoe Filippou, “When I deprived myself of the right to daydream, I got addicted to sleep” [Photo © FIST]


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Zoe Filippou, “Sometimes I” [Photo © FIST]


Zoe Phillipou defines “limit” through an allocation of often conflicting issues. The criterion for her choice of subject matter is the source of conflict between them, as they continue to co-exist. This raises questions on issues of distinction and impartiality, of the subjective and objective and the degree of control accustom to each condition. She uses everyday objects and symbols in a paradoxical manner, to connect the viewer with her work of art. In so, she invokes the personal and autobiographical element of “myth”, placing it within a wider, impersonal environment.

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Anestis Ioannou, “Sugarcoated violence” [Photo © FIST]


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Anestis Ioannou, “I used to” [Photo © FIST]


Anestis Ioannou reflects on the limits of the canvas, finding it to be quite restrictive. He is influenced by the invisible borders and territorial conditions of the urban setting, including aesthetic and cultural values. Anestis Ioannou tests the limit in form’ while seeking the border between public and private (exhibition) space. In his work he transforms an object and disassociates it from its former identity, through a variety of practices. He seeks limits in the component of material, same as in the real life situations, thus moving in and out from the spontaneous and instinctive to the premeditated, from real to the beautified, from the pristine to the damaged.

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Vangelis Savvas, “Rescue forces” [Photo © FIST]


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Vangelis Savvas, “Muzzle flicker ” [Photo © FIST]


Vangelis Savvas tackles the social aspect of limit, as he revises objects and their functionality. He uses symbolic objects, and re-composes them to comment on social exclusion and voidance of Human Rights. The limit is expressed as geographical boundary but also as an acupuncture of survival.

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Dimitris Tzikopoulos, “Critical Thinking” [Photo © FIST]


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Dimitris Tzikopoulos, “Inner Corruption” [Photo © FIST]


Dimitris Tzikopoulos seeks elements of fragility as concurring forces that collide and interact. The action-reaction cause in both artwork materials and within the very concept of the work creates a direct association to social tension and violence, and given order within society.

“Crossing the Limit” exhibition is a part of the Offspring Young Artists / Offspaces International Research Program for the cultivation and facilitation of new generation artistic practice.

Agenda

FEBRUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 28, 2017

“Social Distortion, Less real, More human”
Artists: Martina Menegon Alexander Martinz Stefano D’Alessio, Kostas Lales, Magda Lambropoulou.
Curated by: Martina Menegon, Alexander Martinz and Stefano D’Alessio
with Fotini Kapiris and Georg Georgakopoulos
Exhibition Space: The ArtWall Project Space, Athens, Greece
“Social Distortion” Full article

October 6 – November 4, 2016

“Golden Aid”, Eleanna Balesi
Artist: Eleanna Balesi (solo presentation)
Curated by: Stratis Pantazis
Exhibition Space: The ArtWall Project Space, Athens, Greece
“Golden Aid” Full article

June 24 – JuLY 18, 2016

“It Never Happened”, Christos Vagiatas
Artist: Christos Vagiatas (solo presentation)
Exhibition Space: The ArtWall Project Space, Athens, Greece
“It Never Happened»?” Full article

June 4 – June 11, 2016

Back to Athens 2016 International Festival
Organized and coordinated by: CHEAPART
“Who is afraid of «rhinoceros»?” Group exhibition
Participating Offspring Artist: Christos Vagiatas
Exhibition curated by: Maria Xypolopoulou
“Who is afraid of «rhinoceros»?” Full article

June 17 – June 21, 2016

“POWERFOOL” Group exhibition
Exhibition Space: Flat 1, Vienna, Austria
Participating artists: Vangelis Savvas, Eleanna Balesi (Offspring Young Artists)
Curated by: Georg Georgakopoulos, Christian Rupp

April 5 – May 5, 2016

“Crossing the Limit”
Exhibition Space: The ArtWall Project Space, Athens, Greece
Artists: Filippou Zoe, Ioannou Anestis, Savvas Vangelis and Tzikopoulos Dimitris (FIST)
“Crossing the Limit” Full article


Applications open

Upcoming exhibition dates: To be announced
Applications open for: Artists & Curators

Who can apply

Offspring Program accepts applications from:

(a) Independent artists
(b) Artists who recommend other artists, curators or cultural organizations.
(c) Art Groups, Curators, Art historians, Culture managers, Art spaces, Cultural Organizations.

Artists

Eligible for the program are visual artists and artists of all creative media including:

(a) Painting and sculpture, new media and installation artists, and performance artists.
(b) Fine Arts Graduates or students in their final year in Greece and from abroad.
(c) Preferably under 30 years of age.
(d) Limited exhibition experience.

Artists apply for the program and their portfolio is assessed by the Offspring Team and International Curatorial Team.
If accepted, s/he will be assigned an exhibition space based on application. Artists may be notified immediately of an exhibition slot, or have their request pending from 1 week – 1 month.
Artists will automatically be included in the exhibition network, meaning that s/he may have priority on open calls for concept exhibitions, festivals or other art initiatives that are affiliated to the program.

Art Groups and Organizations

Art organizations may propose a curatorial project to be hosted within the Offspring program agenda.
In addition, many art groups have exhibition spaces, which can be integrated to the International exhibition agenda and foster other curatorial proposals to increase awareness of their space.

Curators

First time curators, emerging or established, are invited to apply. Offspring Program seeks innovative ideas for exhibitions and projects that deal with current issues. A curator may assemble a specific curatorial proposal, propose one or more artist/s, or declare availability to the program and benefit from the network for inspiration and the cultivation of future partnerships.

Declaration of interest by curators, if submitted in the form of a concept proposal, must include a detailed presentation of the framework of their idea (text proposal and images).

Art Spaces. DECLARATION OF INTEREST

Art spaces affiliated to the program must offer one and/or two dates (20 day intervals) for the presentation of an exhibition or project. Offspring Program requires each space to host an art project, (an) artist/s or (a) curator/s from another country as a collaborative exchange.

Locations assigned for upcoming exhibitions and projects will be announced, prior to the upcoming agenda.