ΚΑΤΟΊΚΗΣΗ | HABITATION

Η κολλεκτίβα Depression Era προσκλήθηκε να συμμετάσχει στη Μπιενάλε της Αθήνας 2015-7, με μια σειρά δράσεων στο κτίριο "Μπάγκειον" στην Ομόνοια. 

Για την περίοδο 19-29/11 θα εκδίδεται καθημερινά ένα τεύχος από την κολλεκτίβα που θα το επιμελούνται διαφορετικά μέλη και προσκεκλημένοι καλλιτέχνες. 

Το τεύχος no 3 το επιμελήθηκαν ο Άκης Κόκκινος και η Κορίνα Γιαλίδου.

 

“Even though psychological pressure is included among the most important problems that the first humans will encounter in Mars, it rather does not constitute an insuperable obstacle that could abort any plan for the creation of a colony on the Red Planet” 1

Depression Era is a collective experiment of narration, and a continuous creative research on the urban and social landscape of the crisis. A group of 30 artists is seeking common ground by forming a mosaic of images and texts, and transmitting speech against the media montage of the Depression Era. It is pursuing new political and artistic identities – further away from the epoch of auspicious endings.

As a response to the Athens Biennale’s invitation, Depression Era will coordinate a series of short, articulated activities and meetings in the abandoned hotel Bagkeion, in Omonoia.

Omonoia and Bagkeion constitute our raw material.

Omonoia is not just a square, but also a network of people, spaces, and situations. It stands on its own as a symbol-object, historically uninhabitable.

Omonoia is the people that ceaselessly pass through it and around it. Today, when millions of refugees are crossing through Europe once more, in Omonoia, a nοn hearth (ανέστια) hearth (εστία) is being created.

How, through a non-place do we imagine an ecumenical hearth (εστία) ?

Habitation, is a work that is looking for lodging within the agony and estrangement of our times. It is a practical contemplation on dwelling. 

The primary activities will materialize in the space between the 19th and 28th of November. They include the placement of some of the group’s older works and texts within a new context, the construction of a large communal and modular working surface and communication center, as a reflection and documentation of the building and its surrounding area, and the production of a daily publication.

The collective’s members will explore the conditions of co-habitation and communication with other artists of the Bagkeion, as well as with its visitors, ways of documenting the building and the area of Omonoia at large, and the possibilities of intervention in the aforementioned spaces.

 

[1] K. Deligiannis, Psychological pressure does not constitute an obstacle in the habitation of Mars. Kathimerini, Sciences, 27/06/2015.

 

2 S. Michail. Heimat – Depression Era exhibition catalogue (Benaki Museum), Athens, 2014: KOLEKTIV8

 

Everyday a new issue, curated by different members and invited artists will be published and distributed in Bageion, Omonoia square (19-29th November)

The 3rd issue curated by Akis Kokkinos and Korina Gialidou.