For its 2023 edition "Back to Athens 10 | 2023: Geometry of racional", the established International Art Meeting of artistic activity in the heart of the Athenian center opened at the monumental early 1920’s Isaiah Palace.
The international arts meeting "Back to Athens 10 International Art Meeting | 2023: Geometry of rational" presented the dynamics of 185 artists through 40 group exhibitions, installations, screenings, and performances.
On a scale of quantifiable features, their participation in the annual review is a unique opportunity and tool for developing new artistic research and showcasing experimental visual work. Participants were exposed to a novel kind of hybrid contemporary art communication, both educationally and practically significant.
Back to Athens is an annual profile of the ideas and proposals of the art community that reflect the identity of everyday culture. In response to the critical issues and current social and artistic transformations developed within the course of the previous year, Back to Athens defines as an important interdisciplinary art platform that connects the contemporary Athenian art community and alerts the public to the critical issues and current social and artistic transformations developed within the course of the previous year. This year's meeting unfolded 40 curatorial exhibitions, installations and performances with the participation of 185 international artists, curators. Since 2012, Back to Athens has created a cultural mapping of Athens by re-opening and revisiting important Athenian buildings and distinctive landmarks that are defined by their own cultural and historical heritage. In this context, each year Back to Athens International Art Meeting chooses to visit locations within the Athenian heart, that are characterised by a diversity of backgrounds and cultures.
In the present society where the entire world has become interconnected, Back to Athens 2023 under the title “Geometry of racional, a review”1 aims to present a series of exhibitions and curatorial projects that explores the connections between artists and the actual impact of their artwork on society. In Back to Athens, artistic research and visual work are placed on a scale of comparison of measurable elements. Artistic research and practice, and the actual artwork on a scalable comparison of measurable components, while discussion arises on the disruption of the current exhibition model and communication in contemporary art.
Back to Athens examines 5 issues, creating a value system that connects these critical points to their associations. The aim is to analyze and conceive through tangible examples (in the form of exhibitions) and pair these values with each other, and define the specific role of each value as a contributor to the development of a new communication model and exhibition hybrid.
1. The mutual dependence of the artists of their work and their compatibility to the existing exhibition spaces. 2. Freedom and Independence, with the assistance of various contemporary systems (independent spaces, open studios, popup spaces) that have been introduced. 3. The importance of an interdependent or independent relationship and the theory of developing a new, singular exhibition and communication hybrid that can be developed and adapted as autonomously, without the need of continuity. In short, the approach to a new dimension of the geometry of the contemporary art world. 4. The most important, withstanding cultural exhibition models have already been evaluated, revealing those values that are evolve as the basis to future models. 5. A variety of experimental practices are introduced according to the needs of our times. The fundamental principles of the current exhibition model are a discussed, building both on its practical and educational significance.
Georg Georgakopoulos, Fotini Kapiris, Christian Rupp
1. Rational geometry is the science of space and deals with the fundamental properties that determine how the parts of space relate to each other. As such, it plays a central role in mathematics and applied mathematics, as well as in many other scientific disciplines. Rational geometry: builds on foundations laid down by David Hilbert in his 'Foundations of Geometry', first published in 1899. Topics include rational number & set theory. Non-Euclidean geometries. projective geometry and more.
Back to Athens 10 International Art Meeting | 2023: Geometry of racional
Isaiah Mansion 65 Patission Str., Athens 104 33
Opening: Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 16:00 - 22:00 Duration: June 28 – July 2, 2023 Hours: Wednesday – Friday 16:00 - 22:00, Saturday – Sunday 12:00 – 22:00
Organised by: APART Art Research and Applications With the financial support and auspices Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports («Glorious Elements / Plastic Kisses») Under the Auspices City of Athens Supported by: Austrian Embassy Athens Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport ZOIA Land Tirol Czech Centre Athens Coordinated by: CHEAPART Participation: Athens Intersection Cultural Program ARTmART
Back to Athens was implemented for the first time in 2012 within the wider area of Kotzia Square, up until 2014. From 2016-2017, it shifted to the historic square and Exarcheia district, in 2018 it gave a dynamic presence at the Athens Commercial Triangle, and since 2021 is hosted within the emblematic building of the Isaiah Mansion on Patission street.
💯 Years Isaiah Mansion 1923-2023 The four-storey mansion of G. Isaiah at the corner of Patisia and Ioulianou, was built in 1923 and is characterized by a tendency towards late eclecticism. It was constructed by the civil engineer Panagiotis Zizelas (1861-1931) and it belongs to the category of large buildings for wealthy clients-tenants. Both the size and the innovative form of the building played a key role in Athens' emerging image.
«remains of a life», Werner Widmer Curated by: widmertheodoridis
«Large Form Logic» Curated by: George-Icaros Babassakisς Artists: Kostas Tsolis, Eufrosyni Mytilineou, Nikos Papadimitriou, Vassilis Gerodimos, Eleni Babassaki, Pantelis Chandris, Nikos Navridis, Katerina Zacharopoulou, Katarzyna Wojtczak, Uli Schueppel. Giorgos Faraklas (Professor of Political Philosophy at Panteion University), Spiros Tegos (Lecturer of Early Modern Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies of the University of Crete), Niketas Siniossoglou (Senior Researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation) and Yannis Koilis (author & translator) are called upon to discuss with the curator, and amongst themselves, the urgency of reason in our times. Peris Michailidis (actor) will be called upon to recite out of Nikos Karouzos’ Large Form Logic and selected excerpts from works by Immanuel Kant and Hegel.
«Disorientation» Curated by: The Krank Artists: Ioannis Avgoustis, Haotique, Peggy Kliafa, Dimitris Kontodimos, Marilena Kranioti, Thanasis Mylonas, Yiannis Pappas, Dimitra Stavropoulou, The Bad Poetry Social Club, The Krank.
«Geometry of Interaction» Curated by: Johannes Rips Artists: Lars* Kollros, Kathrin Stumreich, Patrick Topitschnig.
«Reflections: The Christian tradition in contemporary art» Curated by: Elena Panayotova, Stratis Pantazis Artists: Yioula Chatzigeorgiou, Kiril Cholakov, Babis Karalis, Kyriakos Kousoulidis, Eleni Lyra, Penka Mincheva, Elena Panayotova, Jasmin Rapti, Andreas Savva, Dimitris Skourogiannis.
«Klimaka a solo performance» Idea-performance: Elia Verganelaki Text: excerpts from The MEANING by Maria Laina Kinesiology: Maria Mentez Music: Dimitris Sideris, lute electric Sound designer: George Liapis Costume: Lefteris Choudalakis Photos: George Anastasakis- South Space for Photography
"_to the wind to your sins_" Christina Karpouzou
«MOVING CONT(R)ACTS» Goldfuß unlimited: Anne Mégier, Johanna Tatzgern, Katja Teuchmann