Screening Program

PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating is not only an exhibition, neither is only an intensive program of talks, conferences, debates, presentations, discussions. It combines the two formats, working on a different level: re-desing the exhibition space as a study-space while confronting each other, discuss and grow. It is like you, as visitor, were allowed to enter in to a curator’s mind.
Along this intensive format goes a great screening program both on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The screening program will be held in the AUDITORIUM in Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

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FRIDAY 4/11 – I(IM)MATERIAL GESTURES 
from 5 pm to 9 pm

  • Loukia Alavanou

The Hunter, 2013-2014, single screen HD video with sound, running time: 8 mins.
Courtesy the artist

The Hunter is a collage-like film composed of disparate material relating to the recurrent emergence of gold in times of Depression, as both a symbol and commodity. The departure point for the film is the recent events in the Cassandra gold mines in Northern Greece, which have caused much controversy, with the local population resisting the mine’s non transparent sale by the state and its long-term environmental destruction. On the other hand, gold as an obscure object of desire is appearing in all sorts of forms in crises-laden Greece.
The film makes an allegory between the surface of a gold mine and the surface of cinematic images through an associative montage structure that assembles the artist’s filmed sequences of ‘cuttings’ and ‘crushing’ in the Cassandra Mines and interweaves them with found footage fragments. Sound is used as a unifier, simultaneously creating a flow between the disparate images and a Brechtian Verfremdungseffect. Parts from film dialogues are being dubbed by the artist’s voice and re-assembled with other constructed sounds, creating a layered soundtrack. Using her voice like a ventriloquist or puppeteer becomes both a way of ‘possessing’ the found film fragments and of ‘making strange’.

  • Sofia Dona

Twinning Towns: Leipzig-Detroit, 2010, video, running time: 4:05 mins.
Courtesy the artist

This video forms part of a broader project based on the concept of “town twinning” (sister cities), where towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired. The “twin towns” concept was applied to the cities of Leipzig and Detroit, focusing on issues of urban shrinkage, abandonment and potentiality.
The project consists of a split video, where two trombone players perform in two abandoned swimming pools, one in Leipzig and the other in Detroit, in such a way that the music of both trombone players creates a unified composition. The sounds made by each musician activate the space for a specific period of time – the minutes during which they play. The empty volumes of the building amplify and multiply the sounds played by each musician, and the tones are distorted by the architectural elements. The image of each musician playing alone in an empty building is reevaluated the moment the two videos are projected together to create an image of two brass players composing together, two buildings in a dialogue, two distance places that connected through sound and image.

  • George Drivas

Sequence Error, 2011, video, running time: 11 mins.
Courtesy the artist

In Computer Science, it is an error that arises when the arrangement of items in a set, does not follow some specified order. Sequence Error is inspired by the well known Karl Marx quote, “History repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce”, and re-uses parts of two famous speeches of the 20th century delivered by Che Guevara (1963) and George Marshal (1947). In a contemporary corporate environment and on the occasion of a sudden system crisis, two leaders of two different groups (workers vs. executives) deliver some parts of the two aforementioned speeches.

  • Anna Lascari

Left of the Parthenon, 2015, 3D animation, running time: 2 mins.
Courtesy the artist and a.antonopoulou.art.

Left of the Parthenon demonstrates an anxiety, the cries for help, the alarming efforts to find a way to escape, and after a long struggle to overcome fear, it leads to a revolt for freedom. The setting of the animation is in the commercial area of downtown Athens, which is mostly deserted at nights and on the weekends. A cat is locked outside a narrow balcony on the first floor office of a commercial building when the office is closed. We observe the cat’s desperate efforts to attract attention as if there were someone inside the office. We watch her nervously and endlessly pace on the balcony, while picking up her pace in repeated movements to calculate a possible jump on the street. We hear her constant, distressed meowing as she searches for someone to help her. Finally, we witness a vicious attack, which, nevertheless, drives to a miraculous escape.

  • Orestis Mavroudis

Attempt to Fly, 2013, HD video with sound, running time: 4:50 mins.
Courtesy the artist

Attempt to Fly presents a man, in his dark lab, building a paradoxical flying machine. Eventually, he goes to the mountain in order to test the potential of his construction. The end leaves the viewer questioning the success or failure of the man’s effort. This attempt can be seen as a parallel to current social, political and financial conditions and, consequently, result in a mixture of optimistic and pessimistic feelings.

  • Eva Stefani

ATHENE, 1995, video, running time: 37:29 mins.
Courtesy the artist

The movie ATHENE documents the life of the train station ‘Larissis’ in Athens during the spring of 1995. The focus is on the “permanent residents” of the station, Antonia, Floraki and Yorgos.  

SATURDAY 5/11 – NO MORE SLEEP NO MORE
from 1 pm to 8 pm

  • Danilo Correale

No More Sleep No More, 2014/2015, HD video with sound, running time: 240 mins.
Courtesy the artist and Raucci/Santamaria Gallery, Naples.

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Danilo Correale, No More Sleep No More, 2014-2015, Full HD video with sound, 240 min, still from the video. Courtesy the Artist

In 2014 Correale started a series of conversations with various experts on sleep: doctor David M. Rapoport, anthropologist Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, historian Roger Ekirch, sociologist Simon Williams, labor studies scholar Alan Derickson, geographer Murray Melbin, philosopher Alexei Penzin, feminist Scholar Reena Patel, investigating the condition of wakefulness in postmodernity.

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