You can find me these days at The Drawing Room of the Fruit and Flower alond with David Adamo, Aids- 3D, Marina Fokidis, Ivana Franke, Gallery Niklas Belenius, Ylva Ogland and Snöfrid, The Oracle, Angelo Plessas, Dennis Oliver Schroer, Emily Sundblad, The Keeper
A cruising site in the park is waiting for the Monument to Internet Hookups
Follow the trail of Angelo Money
and literally few steps further the Oracle is happening
The Prospect Academy started yesterday with a super fun workshop with kids aged 5-10. The workshop started with an introduction to online activities such as collaborative drawing where kids started drawing on online drawing pads such as this one. The theme was focused on portraiture with participating kids enthusiastically drawing faces especially super smiley ones which they saved to their email account and will be published soon.
Then we concluded with "Hide and Seek: Skype edition". This game consists of 2 groups of 4-5 people and each group is obliged to communicate via Skype with a super light laptop(suggested 1 here). Game starts when Group 1 goes to hide and then Group 2 starts guessing where Group 1 is by looking their Skype window and guessing Group 1's whereabouts. This game can be very difficult because Group 1 misguides Group 2. It is interesting how kids discover new ways to achieve goal and trace or avoid opponents. The workshop took place at the 2nd Athens Biennale venue in P. Faliro.
The Prospect Academy will continue next summer with a Computer Camp for both Adults and Kids in a place we will announce soon.
The inaugural presentation of the BAM/PFA NetArt portal features work by young Greek-Italian artist Angelo Plessas. In a series of four related “mini-sites,” Plessas offers his whimsical and nuanced critique of the society of spectacle, appearance, and commodity. These works are like small derailments or turnabouts that disrupt the dominant glitz blitz via the Internet. In Plessas’s work, the viewer may quietly spend time balancing balls on a scale or styling the hair of a silhouetted woman. The purposeful and limited interactivity of these hypnotic works alludes to no goal, no score, no mastery to attain; it functions like electronic prayer beads instead of a virtual joystick.
Though wryly critical, these works are anything but dystopic. They do not propose a retreat from contemporary media and society into neo-Luddism or the romantic myth of the artist. Nor, in their quiescence, do they lull one into a state of numbed passivity. Rather, these works create a situation that allows one to hear one’s own senses and to ask, “What am I doing, right here, right now?” This series exhibits a highly personal touch and a sense of transcendent play. Describing another group of works by Plessas, an ArtDaily critic wrote: “alternating between funny and poignant, (Plessas’s works) reflect the abstract emotions often experienced in electronic communication and everyday misunderstandings. Works such as MeLookingAtYou.com (2004) . . . owe as much to text emoticons as to Paul Klee’s naïve and complex emotional spirituality.”
Richard Rinehart Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator