Many artists, cultural workers and activists who visit Athens ask us about the situation with the neo-nazi organisation Golden Dawn, an organisation which has gained power and notoriety in recent years. Today we dropped by the offices of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Athens and picked up several copies the new book 'Golden Dawn on Trial' by Dimitris Psarras, which they have published, and which gives an insight into the background of the group and the current trial against them. We also picked up several copies of the info-graphics pamphlet from Golden Dawn Watch, which visually lays out several of the key aspects of the trial and the events and people related to it. This pamphlet is also available online HERE. We will be helping with distributing both the book and the pamphlet to international visitors who we have contact with.
If you're in Athens and you want copies, get in touch and we can get them to you, or contact the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, who are based in Exarchia, and pick some up there. The publication is free.
A significant aspect of the Holobiont Project concerns expanding our already existing networks. We are currently looking for new partners in Iceland and Norway specifically, though our interests are not limited to these two countries.
Back in 2012 the art project Angeli Novi produced the film 'You Can't Stand in the Way of Progress' as a part of a larger solo exhibition in the Museum of Living Art, Reykjavik, September 29 - December 2, 2012. Much of the footage in the film was shot in and around Athens and the topics are just as relevant today as in 2012. The project brought together local, international and Icelandic individuals and artists and is representative of the kind of collaboration and networking which the Holobiont Project wishes to accommodate. Nik Karlsson worked on several logistical aspects of the film.
More info about the project from the artists can be found below.
The big art event documenta, which takes place every five years in Kassel, will for the first time exist in a new location. The event will start in Athens in 2017, then start in Kassel where it will also finish. The publication South as a state of mind will act as a as a publication from within which documenta 14 will provide "research, critique, art, and literature paralleling the years of work on the exhibition overall, one that will help define and frame its concerns and aims". It would be fair to assume that the art and cultural worlds of Athens will be affected by the presence of such a big and well known occurrence and we will be looking into this effects and what the possibilities are for collaboration or parallel artistic and cultural work.
Please read below to see the introduction to this upcoming collaboration:
We often imagine our place in the world—or others imagine it for us—via loaded directionals like North and South, East and West. Or it might be said that one's movement in these directions is paramount. What does it mean, then, in 2015 for documenta—a German institution firmly rooted in the global North, begun, as it was, as an exhibition dedicated to “Western European art” in 1955 in the city of Kassel, which once looked toward West Germany’s Eastern frontier– to publish a magazine called South? Further, what does it mean for documenta 14 to be hosted by an already-existing Athens magazine called South as a State of Mind? These are some of the questions we have asked ourselves as we spent the past several months editing the first documenta volume of South in Athens. In its new, temporary role as the magazine of documenta 14, South arrives late this October, a year and a half before the exhibition is scheduled to open, first on April 8, 2017, and then in Kassel two months later, on June 10.