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Program

The 6th Athens Biennale ANTI offers a wide variety of performances, talks and more events throughout the exhibition. For more details, please visit the weekly calendar. For the opening program, please download the following pdf.
Opening Days
26 — 28 Oct
Fri 26 Oct 2018
15:00 - 16:00
Performance
How to become a nationalist popstar, 2018

Esperia Palace, ground floor

Dressed in black, with red armbands and banners emblazoned with an apple, the Front Deutscher Äpfel propagates the need to maintain the purity of the German fruits, worshiping the apple as the most emblematic German crop. The Front fights against the infiltration of the German agriculture by alien species and calls for the deportation of tropical fruits such as bananas. At AB6, the Front Deutscher Äpfel perform based on a manual explaining how to produce a local division of the group and a nationalist popstar.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
16:00 - 17:00
Performance
YGRG 159: SULK, 2018

TTT building, 3rd floor, room 302

Young Girl Reading Group is a performative framework, investigating the act of reading as an intimate experience and holding the potentiality to become public performance through the “outlouding” of words. Here, meaning is growing out of reading and extending to the non-organic world through smell, vision, and touch.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
17:00 - 17:30
Performance
This organ wants this, that organ wants that, 2015-ongoing

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Shana Moulton’s dreamy world is inhabited by Cynthia, her alter ego. Cynthia is a psychedelic lady, a playful impersonation of escapism, the pursuit of personal fulfillment and happiness, the promise of self-healing and spiritual improvement. Alternative remedies, sacred sculptures and crystals, and secret pathways through bedroom furniture comprise the hallucinatory space of Cynthia.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
17:00 - 22:00
Performance
Chessboxing, 2018

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Chessboxing is a hybrid fighting sport that combines chess and boxing. It was initiated in 2003 by Iepe Rubingh, inspired by Enki Bilal’s 1992 comic Froid Équateur. Rubingh understands Chessboxing as a massive social sculpture, questioning traditional masculinity. The mixed-gender sport is now represented by eleven national chessboxing organizations with a total of 3,500 fighters. Teaches Athenians the rules and introduces the game in Greece.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
17:00 - 22:00
Performance
Club of opportunities, 2018

Esperia Palace, ground floor

In “Club of Opportunities”, close-of-a-day feelings, depressive moods, bitter hopes and the semi-dimmed lights of a bar make the atmosphere for a lecture on the ontology of celery and its impact on the theories of games by philosopher Kamil Nábělek. An electric piano improvises on Rihanna’s ‘We found love’.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
18:00 - 19:30
Talk
On art in the age of post-truth

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Panel talk with the participation of Stefanie Hessler, Joey Holder, Poka-Yio, Iliana Fokianaki, Augustine Zenakos and others

Reactionary politics thrive on disinformation and its dissemination through reductionist slogans and hateful memes. The aggravating annihilationist tendencies in alt-right movements seek to ring in a new era steered by placing separationism and emotion, faith and presumption above knowledge. Today, bursts of antagonisms affect wide arenas of social life including cultural expressions, identity politics, art labor, and media. This raises urgent questions, such as how can we deal with the flood of fake news and visual regimes geared at triggering our emotions? How can we simultaneously buttress freedom of expression and a variety of tactics to deal with increasing populism and the avoidance of actual debate? And how—if at all—can artistic practices, writing, and exhibitions grapple with and deviate antagonistic, mutually aggravating feedback loops and neoreactionary politics?

Fri 26 Oct 2018
19:30 - 20:30
Performance
Cargo, 2018

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

The artist explores how strategies of collective self-ridicule can challenge hegemonic narratives.In Cargo, sets up a neo-tribal community inhabiting an undefined dystopian future. In the aftermath of some unprecedented catastrophe, Greece is inhabited by a Mad Max-type social clan decorated with varied symbols of modern Greek nationalism.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
20:00 - 21:00
Performance
Amusementorium, 2018

TTT building, 4th floor, room 403

Spyros Aggelopoulos’s practice is off the radar. Shadow theater has a long tradition in Greece and the East. In Aggelopoulos’s shadow theater, a mash-up of politicians, media figures, superheroes, cinema characters, and villains—from Donald Trump and Slavoj Žižek to Rocky and Freddy Kruger—competes in an imaginary arena.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
20:00 - 21:00
Performance
The House of Le Bas Gypsy Couture, 2018

TTT building, 3rd floor

She is the personification of the wandering Roma, the trickster of the settled and the petite bourgeoisie, the nemesis of our comfort and trivial aesthetics. Delaine Le Bas in her Gypsy Couture acts like a contemporary Fury, an anti-Vivienne Westwood, a true counterculture icon, unclassified and elusive, haunting the European conscience.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
20:30 - 23:00
Performance
My pain, your thrill, 2018

TTT building

Playing with the practice of mummification, the collective brings the sexual practice of a specific subculture into general public attention. In Athens, the collective plays with the perception of love in the old age. Couples of different age and sexual orientation are mummified on pedestals and benches.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
21:00 21:30
Performance
Pigpen, 2016
by

Benakeios Library

Is it a queer performance of operatic proportions or an allegory created to initiate kids in veganism? Are those cute piglets to be hugged and petted or are they bloated sexual fantasies to be acted out in role-playing? In Saeborg’s Pig Pen the humans step aside while the pork-chops trot in the spotlight.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
21:30 - 22:30
Performance
YBDG

TSMEDE

YBDG presents works in various contexts such as squats, parties, theaters, biennales, festivals, queer spaces and as well on YouTube and on Instagram. The shows of YBDG question originality and claims for authorship, often quoting, citing and appropriating from Instagram, YouTube and from already existing work by other artists.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
22:45 - 23:00
Performance
Play, 2018
by

TSMEDE 

In the night club device of AB6, Zhala exhibits a new song and presents a live performance adapted for the context as a cosmic LARP, inviting the audience to participate as their cosmic selves. Zhala will also, together with Karlsson and a group of friends and film directors, assemble for an extended live action roleplay workshop for a telenovela involving larping as a strategy for the expansion of roles in the play of life.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
23:00 - 23:30
Performance
Actually Huizenga performing as Patriarchy

TSMEDE

Patriarchy, as per her band’s name, is her post-feminist target, which she attacks with her videos and performances that take unexpected turns and reverse the plot. Glam-goth, S/M, vampiric, medieval, fashion icon, rock star––Actually’s constantly shape-shifting art persona is deliberately hard to pin down, refusing to settle or be projected into a single identity. AB6 hosts Actually’s video clip shot in Athens for the occasion and a live performance.

Fri 26 Oct 2018
23:30
DJ set
Opening party

Are you an ANTI-party type of person? Or a party animal? It doesn’t matter.
Join us to celebrate the Opening of the 6th Athens Biennale ANTI. 

After all, ANTI is about maximizing our senses. Do not resist. 

On decks: Valisia Odell

TSMEDE, Kolokotroni 4
FREE entry. All welcome

Opening Days
26 — 28 Oct
Sat 27 Oct 2018
15:00 - 16:00
Performance
Greek Lovers on Screen, 2018

Esperia Palace, ground floor

His Kosta Rapadopoulos puppet, a hilarious, penniless yet disarmingly goodhearted Greek gastarbeiter, has late-night TV show and appears on Youtube clips philosophizing on Greek lifestyle, history and contemporary politics. Rapadopoulos performs in the space “GiGi, a product of German-Greek love”, presents interviews and analyzes his own work.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
15:30 - 17:00
Performance
My pain, your thrill, 2018

Syntagma Square / Ermou Street

Playing with the practice of mummification, the collective brings the sexual practice of a specific subculture into general public attention. In Athens, the collective plays with the perception of love in the old age. Couples of different age and sexual orientation are mummified on pedestals and benches.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
16:00 - 17:00
Workshop
How to become a nationalist popstar, 2018

Esperia Palace, ground floor

Dressed in black, with red armbands and banners emblazoned with an apple, the Front propagates the need to maintain the purity of the German fruits. At AB6, the Front Deutscher Äpfel will offer a workshop based on a manual explaining how to produce a local division of the group and a nationalist popstar.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
17:00 - 17:30
Performance
This organ wants this, that organ wants that, 2015-ongoing

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Shana Moulton’s dreamy world is inhabited by Cynthia, her alter ego. Cynthia is a psychedelic lady, a playful impersonation of escapism, the pursuit of personal fulfillment and happiness, the promise of self-healing and spiritual improvement. Alternative remedies, sacred sculptures and crystals, and secret pathways through bedroom furniture comprise the hallucinatory space of Cynthia.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
17:00 - 22:00
Performance
Chessboxing, 2018

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Chessboxing is a hybrid fighting sport that combines chess and boxing. It was initiated in 2003 by Iepe Rubingh, inspired by Enki Bilal’s 1992 comic Froid Équateur. Rubingh understands Chessboxing as a massive social sculpture, questioning traditional masculinity. The mixed-gender sport is now represented by eleven national chessboxing organizations with a total of 3,500 fighters. Teaches Athenians the rules and introduces the game in Greece.

 

Sat 27 Oct 2018
17:00 - 22:00
Performance
Club of opportunities, 2018

Esperia Palace, ground floor

In “Club of Opportunities”, close-of-a-day feelings, depressive moods, bitter hopes and the semi-dimmed lights of a bar make the atmosphere for a lecture on the ontology of celery and its impact on the theories of games by philosopher Kamil Nábělek. An electric piano improvises on Rihanna’s ‘We found love’.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
18:00 - 18:30
Performance
Spa & Beauty, Athens, 2018

TTT building, 3rd floor, room 304

A woman is caressing a large trunk of polymer, the torso of a mannequin. The body of the performer, with its flexibility, temperature, and moisture, clashes with the dry surface of the object. Is this performance a ritual of technosexuality or a simple display of the versatile uses of the products?

Sat 27 Oct 2018
18:00 - 19:30
Talk
Mechanical turks, life loggers and reality miners

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Panel talk with the participation of Franco Mattes, Yuri Pattison, Caroline Busta and Vladan Joler

 

Sat 27 Oct 2018
19:00 - 20:00
Performance
Café Abyss, 2018

Esperia Palace, ground floor

In an inversed or parallel world, like in the series Stranger Things, the culinary media apostles of Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, and Jamie Oliver would be substituted by rogue chefs like The Domestic Godless. The trio come from a remote place with little culinary tradition, Cork, Ireland. Like true descendants of local foragers, they mix their acquired mastery of chemistry and arts in a blended sacrilegious practice that defaces both culinary and performative arts alike.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
19:00 - 20:30
Screening
The Greek neighbour/Katzelmacher, 1969

By Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Esperia Palace | 1st floor

Sat 27 Oct 2018
20:00 - 21:00
Performance
Amusementorium, 2018

TTT building, 4th floor, room 403

Spyros Aggelopoulos’s practice is off the radar. Shadow theater has a long tradition in Greece and the East. In Aggelopoulos’s shadow theater, a mash-up of politicians, media figures, superheroes, cinema characters, and villains—from Donald Trump and Slavoj Žižek to Rocky and Freddy Kruger—competes in an imaginary arena.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
20:00 - 21:00
Performance
The House of Le Bas Gypsy Couture, 2018

TTT building, ground floor

She is the personification of the wandering Roma, the trickster of the settled and the petite bourgeoisie, the nemesis of our comfort and trivial aesthetics. Delaine Le Bas in her Gypsy Couture acts like a contemporary Fury, an anti-Vivienne Westwood, a true counterculture icon, unclassified and elusive, haunting the European conscience.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
21:00 21:30
Performance
Pigpen, 2016
by

Benakeios Library

Is it a queer performance of operatic proportions or an allegory created to initiate kids in veganism? Are those cute piglets to be hugged and petted or are they bloated sexual fantasies to be acted out in role-playing? In Saeborg’s Pig Pen the humans step aside while the pork-chops trot in the spotlight.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
21:30 - 22:00
Performance
A glitch in the echo chamber of big sister’s cave, 2018

TSMEDE

In A glitch in the echo chamber of big sister’s cave, Pierce installs an echo chamber, a techno-simulacrum of mediated life in which beliefs are amplified by communication and repetition. Her space is devised as an infinity vortex, an infinite mirroring of the visitor’s selfie that is eventually interrupted by the image of Pierce appearing as a “Big Sister” or a “data dominatrix,” bitching herself into the other’s visual territory to rob personal data.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
22:00 - 22:30
Performance
Disco Halkoutsi, 2018

TSMEDE

Anna Goula is a pop idol created and impersonated by the artist Chara (Joy) Kolaitis. By overflowing the local/patriarchal vision with an unbearable pastiche of its own idols, Anna Goula glitches Greek societal structures such as the family, the community, and the ethos of newly rich strata, jeopardized by the financial crisis.

 

Sat 27 Oct 2018
23:00 - 23:30
Performance
Actually Huizenga performing as Patriarchy

TSMEDE

Patriarchy, as per her band’s name, is her post-feminist target, which she attacks with her videos and performances that take unexpected turns and reverse the plot. Glam-goth, S/M, vampiric, medieval, fashion icon, rock star––Actually’s constantly shape-shifting art persona is deliberately hard to pin down, refusing to settle or be projected into a single identity. AB6 hosts Actually’s video clip shot in Athens for the occasion and a live performance.

Sat 27 Oct 2018
23:30
DJ set
Party

Are you an ANTI-party type of person? Or a party animal? It doesn’t matter.
Join us to celebrate the Opening of the 6th Athens Biennale ANTI. 

After all, ANTI is about maximizing our senses. Do not resist. 

On decks: Pramateftis

TSMEDE, Kolokotroni 4
FREE entry. All welcome

Opening Days
26 — 28 Oct
Sun 28 Oct 2018
13:00 - 14:00
Performance
Schwarmwesen,The Geopathology of Parthenon [6.1.6], 2018

Performance at a prominent tourist site

Book your seat now for Johannes Paul Raether’s only performance as part of the 6th Athens Biennale ANTI. Raether creates fictional characters that he refers to as his tools and with which he generates and navigates situations in public space. Speculating on and animating future identities, these figures insert themselves in situations that involve both participants and uninvolved onlookers, raising questions of self-determination, gender, and posthuman futures. Schwarmwesen invites AB6 visitors to a guided tour performance at a prominent tourist site in Athens that plays a central role in the construction of Greek identity.

Limited capacity, book your seat now!

More details on the meeting point will be distributed directly to participants before the performance. 

 

Sun 28 Oct 2018
16:00 - 17:00
Performance
Nein! Nein! Nein!, 2018

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Sun 28 Oct 2018
16:00 - 18:30
Performance
My pain, your thrill, 2018

 

Kolokotroni Square

Playing with the practice of mummification, the collective brings the sexual practice of a specific subculture into general public attention. In Athens, the collective plays with the perception of love in the old age. Couples of different age and sexual orientation are mummified on pedestals and benches.

Sun 28 Oct 2018
17:00 - 20:00
Performance
Chessboxing, 2018

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Chessboxing is a hybrid fighting sport that combines chess and boxing. It was initiated in 2003 by Iepe Rubingh, inspired by Enki Bilal’s 1992 comic Froid Équateur. Rubingh understands Chessboxing as a massive social sculpture, questioning traditional masculinity. The mixed-gender sport is now represented by eleven national chessboxing organizations with a total of 3,500 fighters. Teaches Athenians the rules and introduces the game in Greece.

Sun 28 Oct 2018
17:00 - 22:00
Performance
Club of opportunities, 2018

Esperia Palace, ground floor

In “Club of Opportunities”, close-of-a-day feelings, depressive moods, bitter hopes and the semi-dimmed lights of a bar make the atmosphere for a lecture on the ontology of celery and its impact on the theories of games by philosopher Kamil Nábělek. An electric piano improvises on Rihanna’s ‘We found love’.

Sun 28 Oct 2018
18:00 - 18:30
Performance
Spa & Beauty, Athens, 2018

TTT building, 3rd floor, room 304

A woman is caressing a large trunk of polymer, the torso of a mannequin. The body of the performer, with its flexibility, temperature, and moisture, clashes with the dry surface of the object. Is this performance a ritual of technosexuality or a simple display of the versatile uses of the products?

Sun 28 Oct 2018
18:00 - 19:30
Talk
Role-playing and mimetic strategies

Panel talk with the participation of Ed Fornieles, Linnéa Meiners, Maria Saridaki, Henry Mahla Kostis Stafylakis and others

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

This panel discusses mimetic practices, including live action role playing (larp), which started in the Nordic gaming community. Players convene in closed group encounters in which they collectively develop scripts, design games, and immerse themselves in role plays, sometimes returning to the same game for several months and even years. Larp relies both on cognitive mediation through the design of the characters and game structures, and on direct and experiential immediacy. Some games are designed specifically to evoke “bleeding” of experiences and emotions as they flow from the context of the game into the players’ real lives. In recent years, several artists who grew up with the internet and computer games have created larp performances and drawn on its gaming techniques. The participants in this panel discuss different methodologies of role play, and their resonances with artistic strategies including mimicry, re-enactment, and subversive affirmation.

 

Sun 28 Oct 2018
19:00
Screening
Premiere of Liberation Day by Uģis Olte & Morten Traavik, 2017

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

Under delicate diplomacy by artist and filmmaker Morten Traavik, the government’s negative reception of Laibach is appeased, and the Slovenian group has a green light to perform in North Korea. But this is not the end of Traavik’s and Laibach’s trouble. The plan for the concert undergoes various levels of censorship. What remains is a small number of songs accompanied by edited visual material approved by the Censorship Bureau.

Sun 28 Oct 2018
19:30 - 20:30
Performance
Cargo, 2018

Esperia Palace, 1st floor

The artist explores how strategies of collective self-ridicule can challenge hegemonic narratives.In Cargo, sets up a neo-tribal community inhabiting an undefined dystopian future. In the aftermath of some unprecedented catastrophe, Greece is inhabited by a Mad Max-type social clan decorated with varied symbols of modern Greek nationalism.

 

Sun 28 Oct 2018
20:00 - 21:00
Performance
Amusementorium, 2018

TTT building, 4th floor, room 403

Spyros Aggelopoulos’s practice is off the radar. Shadow theater has a long tradition in Greece and the East. In Aggelopoulos’s shadow theater, a mash-up of politicians, media figures, superheroes, cinema characters, and villains—from Donald Trump and Slavoj Žižek to Rocky and Freddy Kruger—competes in an imaginary arena.