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Friday, 18 April 2014 10:26

A thousand doors

05.05.2014 till 30.06.2014

NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery are collaborating to present an exhibition of works by Greek and international artists at the Gennadius Library curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition will be installed throughout the venue, both inside the library spaces and outside them in its formal gardens. The selected works are executed in a wide range of media, and include video, sound and sculpture installations.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programmes (free guided tours, open discussions, and educational programmes) created by Greek and international curators who have participated in the Curatorial Exchange Programme organized by NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery since 2012.
Participating artists include Edward Allington, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Büchler, Michael Dean, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Shuruq Harb, Nigel Henderson, Georg Herold, Susan Hiller, Hannah Höch, John Latham, Mark Manders, Juan Muñoz, Giuseppe Penone, Elizabeth Price, Michael Rakowitz, Annie Ratti, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Daniel Silver,

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A visit to the Byzantine and Christian Museum does not resemble a solemn pilgrimage or an intrusion into a holy of holies, in spite of the churchy and otherworldly connotations ascribed to its name and collections. Sculptures, wall paintings, icons, objects of minor arts, ceramics, textiles, manuscripts and early-printed books, paintings, mosaics and other opulent artifacts of the Byzantine legacy are the contents of this arc of treasures, whose secrets -unlike those of other treasuries of the past- become unravelled before the eyes of its visitors.

Upon arriving at the museum and its surroundings, a historic complex of buildings and gardens (the latter still being under construction) originally pertaining to Sophie de Marbois-Lebrun, Duchess of Plaisance (1785-1854), the visitor descends to its ample semi-underground exhibition space for a time travel into the Byzantine and post-Byzantine era. Its clerical, artistic, decorative and everyday life objects are displayed in loose chronological order and grouped in units that place them dashingly and comprehensibly in the socioeconomic, intellectual, spiritual and artistic milieu of their time; different aspects of the religious and secular life of Byzantium unfold as the exhibits mark the

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The Non-Profit cultural organization Pantheon and Gerasimos Kappatos present the third season of the programme Art Professionals-In-Athens Residency, which is centred upon the production and exhibition of new work by American performer, Miriam Simun.The third resident of the programme Art Professionals-In-Athens Residency, Miriam Simun, is in Athens since the beginning of March and creates the series Three Rituals for the Eco-City, which is based on the rituals of «mourning», «cleaning» and «eating».

Rituals are among the first symbols of culture, often used to perform the human experience of ecological processes, such as birth and death; eating and drinking; markers of time whether passing to adulthood or the change of seasons. Simun is interested in exploring the relationship between ecology, human ritual (and the ideology and culture it signifies), and the performance of multi-species bodies in urban space.

For Three Rituals for the Eco-City, each ritual proposes a way of being in the world that challenges our conceptions of what it means to ‘live ecologically' and to build and participate in ‘eco-cities'. Building on recent work by Bruno Latour, Timothy Morton, and Slavoj Zizek, these rituals reject the concept of ‘nature' in favor of a more holistic understanding of ecology. According to this thinking, whether or not we accept 'nature' as inextricably linked to ourselves, the very conceptualization of ‘nature' positions ecological forces in opposition to the human and human-built ‘civilization'. ‘Nature' is thus positioned as something other than human. Three Rituals for the Eco-City takes a systemic approach to viewing the natural world, understanding the human species (including human industry, artifice and pollution) as a fundamental part of the global ecological system.

Three Rituals for the Eco-City imagines three daily personal rituals for a world without nature. Three rituals - intimate and personal activities - are re-imagined as bodily performances that not only perform their human function but address the actions' greater ramifications on the ecological system within which they reside. Thus the ritual incorporates action/performance, meaning/symbol, and reflection/re-action, displaying an intentionality and corporeality towards not only the human action but a redress to its ecological effect.

During the course of the residency Miriam performs and documents each ritual. Each ritual will involve an object, a performance, and will result in a video piece. The ritual object serves a functional purpose for the action, existing as a physical connection between the human body that performs, and the other urban bodies that are cared for, during the ritual performance. Some performances may include participation of invited audience or passers-by. Each piece will perform a ritual for living in the new eco-city: a ritual for eating, a ritual for cleaning,

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