Street culture at the Athens Biennale

October 13, 2009

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The sound of the Athenian streets resonated through the Athens Biennale during  Heaven’s two day Hip-Hop music event, which brought together thousands of visitors of all ages and 14  music groups. The barriers of “high” and “low” art are being constantly questioned fopr a long time now, in a perfect place like Heaven, however, they just don’t exist.

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“Heretismoi” by Eva Stefani

October 5, 2009

stefani2_webstefani_webEva Stefani’s Virgin Mary, in her performance “Heretismoi”. The controversial Greek artist-cinematographer delivered a poetic performance as part of  “Heaven_Live” exhibition, curated by Dimitris Papaioannou and Zafos Xagoraris, in front of Flisvos building by the beach.

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Little Angels

October 2, 2009

educational04weducational02weducational03weducational01wUnder the title “Little Angels”, the educational programme of the 2nd Athens Biennale run through September, offering the opportunity to young visitors to try out their own artistic inclinations. Organized in collaboration with the artists of the exhibition, the programme provided children with the chance to work and play, familiarizing themselves with sculpture and painting, web art and interactive games. Heaven’s theme was complemented by artistic innocence.

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Building Heaven: Andreas Angelidakis

September 19, 2009

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Andreas Angelidakis gave a lecture yesterday, in the Glass Building, next to the main venue of the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN. He walked us through various projects he has completed in the last ten years, and he spoke about the intricacies of designing exhibitions. He described various ideas that inform his work, and how they they played a part in the design of the 2nd Athens Biennale. Those not fortunate enough to have listened to the lecture may find more information on Andreas Angelidakis’s work on his website and his blog. A text covering the process that led to the highly acclaimed design of the Biennale is included in the 2nd Athens Biennale catalogue.

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International Necronautical Society – The Athens Declaration on Inauthenticity

September 17, 2009

The International Necronautical Society (INS), founded in 1999 and based in London, delivered the Athens Declaration on Inauthenticity, on Sunday 14 June 2009, as part of the “Hotel Paradies” exhibition, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN. Watch the video of the event that took place on the Esplanade, near the main venue of the Biennale. More on INS: http://necronauts.org

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Michael Gibson – YNWA

August 26, 2009

Artist Michael Gibson worked with sound engineers at ARUP to create YNWA (2009), an installation of three sound samples: Liverpool football fans, the voice of Marcel Duchamp, and The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola. These correspond to three functions: transposition, negation, and substitution.

The work was commissioned by the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN, as part of the Splendid Isolation, Athens exhibition, curated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz.

Listen to the sound piece by Michael Gibson, while touring through the space where it is presented, at the Biennale main venue.

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monument to internet hookups

August 20, 2009

“Monument to Internet Hookups”, a work by Angelo Plessas, takes a ride through downtown Athens, from the Athens Pride parade to its exhibition space at Trocadero Park, close to the main Biennale venue. The work is a new production of the Biennale, part of the “Splendid Isolation, Athens” exhibition, curated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, and is presented in collaboration with Athens Pride. More photos from “Monument to Internet Hookups” here.

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art walk goes to heaven

July 24, 2009

This short documentary by Art Walk – TVXS.gr, presented by Iliana Fokianaki, gives us a tour of the exhibitions in the main venue of the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN. The presentation is in Greek, but we hope the images transcend language barriers! Take the tour!

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make me look good

July 22, 2009

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The overlooked art of portraiture takes a fresh approach at The “Beret from Montmartre” project, part of the Velvet festival. Well known artists recapture the spirit of Montmartre (and even the common Greek island sight of sidewalk artists) doing for free  the portraits of  the audience and passersby. You made me look great!

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St Peter was the referee

July 20, 2009

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The ultimate football game between artists and musicians was the highlight of the Velvet Days in Heaven  festival. Under an amazing dj set of international and local football anthems pulsating the Water Plaza,the home team of Artists beat the team of Musicians with a score of 4-3, therefore the trophy will adorn the biennale’s headquarters for the next two years

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Our nights are better than your days

July 17, 2009

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The Flakes performing live just outside Flisvos building, the central venue around which the exhibition “Live”, curated by Papaioannou and Xagoraris, revolves. Electrifying the Faliro promenade.

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Man in the sea

July 16, 2009

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Antti Laitinen’s work “It’s My Island” has already been identified as an iconic work of the 2nd Athens Biennale. His performance of rowing his self made island as well as the one during which he built a new small island from scratch, are parts  of Faliro beach-goers’ daily life.

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UFO sighting at Faliro

July 13, 2009

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Errands’ installation of a 70’s futuristic house by the sea. The strange spaceship-looking house became a hub for various activities (such as KU’s  live performance in the photo)  and is the ultimate landmark of Flisvos promenade!

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Yoga time

July 10, 2009

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Its time for Yoga in the work of Benita and Immanuel Grosser! Although the two artists/yoga instructors are not in the venue anymore, the mats and recorded instructions are still available for you to use. So stretch out cause art can be good for your health too

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life+art=LIVE

July 10, 2009

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Larry Gus performing at the small playground of Batis beach. A spontaneous mixture of daily life and art,  swimmers and kids under the spell of contemporary music. Who said that art is only for museums, galleries and art centers? Yet another public intervention from the exhibition “Live” curated by Papaioannou and Xagoraris.

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no clouds, just happy hours!

July 9, 2009

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The somewhat biblical clouds in AB2’s posters are actually inspired from the sky in Faliro, as you can see from the photo taken at HEAVEN’s cafe by the sea at the Water Plaza, the biennale’s main venue. This is the definite meeting point for late drinks and getting together.

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et in Faliro ego

July 8, 2009

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Filopappou group has turned the promenade into a lively platform for partying/relaxing/discussing/gathering with their public intervention titled “Et In Arcadia Ego”. One of the most idyllic spots at the Faliro coast and a perfect communal stop-over.

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wet wings

July 8, 2009

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My Wet Calvin in a ‘mystical’ live performance at Batis beach. The passers-by were curious “is it a new religious sect?, is it a ceremony?”, as paper wings were mandatory for everyone wishing to enter in the tent and a paper-bearded St Peter made sure nobody with clipped wings would enter. Finally the tent was torn and the angels spread in Faliro.

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Guide Angels

July 6, 2009

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Angels in action! AB2’s  devoted team of volunteers are the spirit of the free guided tours in HEAVEN held weekly. The visitors are thrilled to get to know the works in depth in special 90min tours through the 5 exhibitions of the main venue. The guided tours targeted to the art aficionado and the general public alike are carefully planned by AB’s educational team and one of the things that make us proud, and the public tends to agree :-)

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a car made symphony

June 29, 2009

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Internationally acclaimed experimental music composer ILIOS performing live in Heaven. His “Symphony for Electronics and Internal Combustive Engine” resonated the arches of the Water Plaza.

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not blurry just 3D…

June 29, 2009

ZoeBeloffZoeBeloff2A group of visitors in 3D glasses enjoying one of the most captivating works on display: Zoe Beloff’s “The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C”, part of the exhibition “Hotel Paradies” (curated by Nadja Argyropoulou). A video installation of 4 projectors recapturing with a wink the essence of early 20th century spiritualistic seances with ghosts, mediums and ectoplasms.

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Konstantinos B

June 29, 2009

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Konstantinos B, prominent figure of greek electronic music and former leader of Stereo Nova, in a guerilla DJ set playing his favourite vinyls in Batis stage by the sea. Nostalgic songs and sea breeze.

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art gives you wheels

June 29, 2009

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Biennale’s intern Kyle Dancewicz (center), a Harvard college student, is giving a tour to twelve of his classmates at the outdoor installations in Water Plaza, using the free bicycles offered by Biennale’s major sponsor COSMOTE.

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Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN TV Spot #3

June 28, 2009

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Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN TV Spot #2

June 28, 2009

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Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN TV Spot #1

June 28, 2009

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a great feast

June 24, 2009

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A feast for hundreds the work of Lucy + Jorge Orta “70X7 The Meal”. In case you are wondering, it was grilled chicken, greek salad (of course) and wine!

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mysterious ship

June 24, 2009

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Carrier ship Chloe close to Faliro beach. Artist Adrian Williams refuses to disclose information on it. Rumors on Chloe have already spread in the daily press but AB’s press office is unable to confirm.

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Tea Makipaa’s beach piece

June 24, 2009

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Tea Makipaa’s fully functional water pipe system of a stripped down house is now part of everyday life of Faliro beach goers. Art and beach games or art as a beach game?

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Modernism and Eggs

June 24, 2009

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The colossal “Egg Tray” by Kostas Roussakis at the Water Plaza as part of the “How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?” exhibition (curated by Christopher Marinos). An amazing ‘alien intelligence’ sculptural or even architectural work.

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Monika in heaven

June 24, 2009

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Monika is performing live in the middle of the huge children’s playground in Flisvos Park. The black star on her robe makes you think that she is a true (dark) star, while her amazing songs and deep voice bring thrills to the audience. Monika’s captivating performance was part of “Heaven_Live” exhibition curated by Dimitris Papaioannou and Zafos Xagoraris.

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new house

June 24, 2009

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A newly wed couple taking photos in Manfredi Beninati’s “Triangles and Squares Made out of Circles”. Part of the “Hotel Paradies” exhibition curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Beninati’s work resembling ruins of an imaginary hotel room is already a landmark at the Water Plaza.

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Sandra Kranich’s fireworks

June 24, 2009

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Sandra Kranich’s mesmerizing firework-sculpture “Lost Star” in Heaven’s opening. “Lost Star” is part of the exhibition “Hotel Paradies” curated by Nadja Argyropoulou.

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NousGuide your personal guide to Heaven

June 24, 2009

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The Key to Heaven is  Hi-Tec! The 2nd Athens Biennale, with the aid of its major sponsor Cosmote, created a novel way of experiencing contemporary art exhibitions, bringing engagement with contemporary art to the next level. Through a specially designed application by the austrian company NousGuide in collaboration with AB’s team, all visitors can use for free their very personal I-Phone guides throughout all 6 exhibitions. With hundreds of entries covering all works, visitors can learn much of the complex artistic practicies each artist deploys.  Take your time to browse Heaven!

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Malcolm McLaren’s premiere of new film “Paris”

June 24, 2009

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Malcolm McLaren’s new film “Paris” premiered in the Athens Biennale, as part of the “Splendid Isolation, Athens” exhibition curated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz. McLaren shared his views on the city of Paris, romantic encounters, old TV commercials and much more  in his own distinctive way.  “Paris” will be screened at Faliron Village Cinemas.

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“The Callas” performing in Heaven

June 24, 2009

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The Callas featuring the Callasettes in a truly magical midnight summer gig in Flisvos park.

the orange umbrellas of Barking Dogs United

June 24, 2009

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The work of Barking Dogs United forming the phrase “For Sale” with the use of orange beach umbrellas, part of the exhibition “Heaven_Live” curated by Dimitris Papaioannou and Zafos Xagoraris. The umbrellas are enjoyed daily and free of charge by hundreds of swimmers and sunbathers

Athens Biennale 2009 in Faliro 15 minutes from Syntagma Square

June 21, 2009

June 19, 2009

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