“As One” NEON and the Marina Abramović Institute Benaki Museum | Pireos St. Annexe 10/3 – 24/4/2016

“As One” NEON and the Marina Abramović Institute Benaki Museum | Pireos St. Annexe 10/3 – 24/4/2016

 


NEON’s programme for 2016 opens with a wide-ranging and substantial collaboration with the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI).
 
NEON was founded with the aim of broadening the Greek public’s access to various forms of contemporary art. To this end, it partners with cultural organisations and institutions in Greece and across the world to realise pioneering projects, presenting Greek and international artists, events and discussions within the very fabric of the city in order to form part of its daily cultural life.
 
Performance art is an essential element of contemporary culture. MAI serves as the legacy of its greatest exponent, Marina Abramović, and works to promote and present collaborative projects and young artists.
 
With the "As One" project, these two organisations share the same vision: to promote the art of performance, and to help familiarise and educate the widest possible audience in this form of contemporary art. In addition, the project seeks to bring a new generation of young Greek performance artists to the fore.

Over the course of seven weeks, "As One" will present the Abramović Method and an extensive programme of performances, lectures, screenings and workshops, with the participation of 29 artists. This Greek programme, one of the largest to have been dedicated to performance art in Europe, was created by NEON and MAI, and is being realised by the two organisations, together.
 
Abramović Method
 
The Abramović Method is a series of exercises designed by Marina Abramović to engage the public with participatory experiences. The Method draws upon a huge reservoir of the artist’s experiences, performances and practice over the last 40 years that is gradually being distilled into a series of exercises that seek to connect us with our own selves, and with those around us. The Method is founded upon individual and collective participation, and forms an experiential approach to immaterial art.
 
Since this process is being continually explored and reshaped by its creator, the specific form of the Method to be presented in Athens will be a unique evolution of comparable works presented by the artist across the world over the years. 
 
It is a public, participatory experience designed for large groups of people inside a communal space, where visitors are invited to undertake a series of exercises and watch others do the same.
 
A core part of the "As One" project, the Abramović Method takes place on the ground floor of the Pireos St. Annexe of the Benaki Museum. As visitors enter the Method, they are asked to store all their personal belongings inside special lockers: wristwatches, mobile phones and cameras. Under the guidance of the facilitators, trained by Marina Abramović’s associate Lynsey Peisinger, visitors perform a series of warm-up exercises designed to stimulate the senses, stretch out the body, and focus the mind on what is to come. This preparation allows participants to centre their attention on being present inside the moment, motionless and connected without obstacles of any kind.
 
Performances
A total of 29 Greek and international artists are taking part in "As One". The Greek artists, selected by Marina Abramović and her associates Serge Le Borgne and Paula Garcia following an open call, will present new commissions.
The performance programme includes six long-durational works by six Greek artists, performed for eight hours each day throughout all seven weeks of the project. Another 21 performances by 23 artists (18 Greek and five international) will be presented as interventions lasting between one and six days each.
 
The participating artists are:
Long-durational performances – Yota Argyropoulou, Virginia Mastrogiannaki, Lambros Pigounis, Nancy Stamatopoulou, Thodoris Trampas and Despina Zacharopoulou.
 
Performance interventions – Rafael Abdala + Jessica Goes, Yannis Adoniou + Stavros Apostolatos, Thanassis Akokkalidis, Elena Antoniou, Spyros Charalampopoulos, Dimitris Chimonas, Amanda Coogan, Thomas Diafas, Serafita Grigoriadou, Maria Herranz, Giannis Karounis, Marianna Kavallieratos, Alexandros Michail, Kira O’Reilly, Katerina Oikonomou, Nikolaos, Anastasia Papatheodorou, Yiannis Pappas, PASHIAS, Evgenia Tsanana and Christina Vasileiou.
 
Completing the programme are two re-performances of works by Marina Abramović – “Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful” (1975) and “Cleaning the Mirror” (1995) – by the artists Dimitris Bampilis, Dimitra Billia, Gitsa Konstadoudaki, Martha Pasakopoulou, Eliane Roumie, Vassiliki Spachou and Kalliopi Zervoulakou.
 

ΝΕΟΝ+ΜΑΙ: As One
Dates: 10 March – 24 April 2016
Open Day: 10 March 2016, 12.00-20.00
Benaki Museum | Pireos St. Annexe, 138 Pireos St. (on the corner of Andronikou St.), Athens
 
“As One” will be hosted throughout the spaces of the Benaki Museum’s Pireos St. Annexe. The Museum will be extending its opening hours for the duration of the project.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Satur day: 12.00 – 20.00
Friday: 12.00 – 22.00
Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
Monday: closed
 
Entrance is free.
 
Abramović Method participants must be aged fifteen or over. Entry into the Method ends 45 minutes before the Museum closes.
 
More information
 

Date

Mar 02 2016

Time

12:25 am - 12:25 am
(e)Magazino