DOCUMENTA 14 AT POLYTECHNION 28 March 2016

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DOCUMENTA 14 AT POLYTECHNION
CONTINUUM: MARCH 28—APRIL 11, 2016

Jani Christou’s “Epicycle,” the composer’s 1968 score for a “continuum,” provides the experimental framework for the first working sessions between artists, curators, and the team of documenta 14, leading to the formation of the exhibition and programs in Athens and Kassel. Students and faculty members are invited to engage in this ongoing process at the Prevelakis Hall of the Athens School of Fine Arts at Ethnikon Metsovion Polytechnion (National Technical University of Athens). documenta 14 at Polytechnion (Prevelakis Hall) will be open daily from March 28 to April 11, 2016 Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am—9:00 pm.
The epicycle began with an opening event on March 28 including an introduction by documenta 14 Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk and the curators. It culminates on April 8 in a “conduction” (conducted improvisation) open to all present. As a guest of the Athens School of Fine Arts, documenta 14 unfolds its first act at Polytechnion—an invitation to experience and share the elaboration of the exhibition in the semi-public dimension of a studio space.

THE FOLLOWING RITUALS, IF ANY, WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT THE DAY:
Methodos: peripathetic reading, mapping, errant practices
I owe you a word: bring a book that you wish to offer to a common library–anybody wishing to contribute is invited
Vigils: nomadic, after-hours, night-day-night

THE CONTINUUM FROM MARCH 31 TO APRIL 1, 2016 IS SUSTAINED BY THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES AND PARTICIPANTS:
George-Icaros Babassakis, Hendrik Folkerts, Irena Haiduk, José Maceda, Mattin, Paolo Thorsen-Nagel, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016

Methodos
On some markets and publishing houses with George-Icaros Babassakis, local poet and historian. George-Icaros Babassakis will lead us through one of the oldest market streets in the center of Athens, home to an underground historical publishing house (literally).
10:30 am–12:30 pm, meeting point: Prevelakis Hall, ASFA
To reserve a place, please send an e-mail to aneducation@documenta.de

X-Event 2.6 (according to the protocol Le goût)
Workshop, Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
Within the framework of a workshop for non-dancers, the work is directed towards the quality and presence of the individual’s gaze, and how it’s projected onto others. The dancers walk freely within a defined space. They stare at one another or at the visitors in a neutral fashion, without any intention. They do not talk; they sit or lie down on the ground continuously trying to make eye contact with the public. This action is maintained for several hours.
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOP PLEASE WRITE AN EMAIL WITH THE SUBJECT LINE “Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet” to program@documenta.de
11:00 am–1:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA (max. 20 participants)

I Owe You A Word
Can the global debt be paid only with words? Who do words belong to? To whom are they owed?
How can we use them and distribute them anew? How many words can we gather together to bail out the debt that the “North” has imposed upon the “South”? Which words would you choose to bail out the debt? What are the books that you would offer to collectively write a new social contract?
The project “I Owe You A Word” employs a technique of giving away language—a commoning of words and a bailing out of symbolic debt. In order to constitute the common library of the “Parliament of Bodies,” each artist, curator, student, activist, or visitor is asked to offer two books: one for Athens and for Kassel.
4:00–7:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA

What am I doing?
Mattin
“​I will try to answer this simple question in relation to the practices that I am involved in noise and improvisation and the theoretical research that I am currently doing on the notion of alienation. Why alienation? My problem with the practices of noise and improvisation is that they presuppose a certain agency of the individual that given today’s conditions seems very questionable. I want to argue that the concept of alienation allows us to demystify not only previous conceptions of religion and bourgeois political economy, but also the idea of the self as proprietor of its own experiences. I will show how this theoretical research feeds in to my practice: a practice that takes unfreedom as a starting point.”
Mattin is an artist working with noise and improvisation. His work seeks to address the social and economic structures of experimental music production through live performance, recordings, and writing.
7:00–9:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA

Tuning the Room (Material Features II)
Paolo Thorsen-Nagel
The artist will perform a location-specific concert, continuing a series of works that consider a given architecture’s sonic qualities, tuning it as one might an instrument. For this performance numerous speakers are spread across the space of the Polytechnion and are attached to its surfaces, turning the room itself into a kind of sound system. The different speakers’ singular characteristics act as a tuning tool to reveal the architecture’s acoustic and emotional qualities.
Paolo Thorsen-Nagel (1985, Chicago) is a German-American musician and artist. His work is informed by disparate musical styles and artistic interests, ranging from jazz, field recordings, and electronic productions to installations and films. In his solo works he concentrates on the materiality of sound and its relationship to physical and psychological space.
7:00–9:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016

Methodos
Pikionis Path with Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, architect & historian
Together we will walk through a system of paths built by Dimitris Pikionis and his students in the late 1950s on the Filopappos hill. These paths were made by reusing some ruined fragments from the area. At the top of the hill we will take some time to rest, eat, read, and contemplate.
10:30 am–2:30 pm, meeting point: Prevelakis Hall, ASFA
To reserve a place, please send an e-mail to aneducation@documenta.de

I Owe You A Word
Can the global debt be paid only with words? Who do words belong to? To whom are they owed?
How can we use them and distribute them anew? How many words can we gather together to bail out the debt that the “North” has imposed upon the “South”? Which words would you choose to bail out the debt? What are the books that you would offer to collectively write a new social contract?
The project “I Owe You A Word” employs a technique of giving away language—a commoning of words and a bailing out of symbolic debt. In order to constitute the common library of the “Parliament of Bodies,” each artist, curator, student, activist, or visitor is asked to offer two books: one for Athens and for Kassel.
4:00–7:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA

How to surround yourself with things in the right way
Irena Haiduk introduces Yugoexport
“The Western relation to art comes from its treatment of all things, including humans, as expendable raw material. This is why the West wastes and sucks the life out of things to make them art—things must be dead and drained of all utility to be art. Then, the West can step back and look at a thing made solely for contemplation. After laying claim to it, the West packages an import. It needs the lives of imports because it is in a decline. The West nourishes itself on the life it takes, especially once that lifetaking can be retroactively displayed as a primary feature of the import. This feature ultimately assumes the form of an artwork. This kind of nourishment must be withheld. In this way, the entire Western tradition can waste to death. Finally, after the life is sucked out of it, the West can die and become for itself an object of contemplation, an artwork in its own right.
Sucking the life out of things accumulates. What can we do with all this life in our lungs? We can blow life back into things and give them the utility of life. We can re-learn how to surround ourself with things in the right way.” (Irena Haiduk)
7:00–9:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA

José Maceda Urugnayan (Correlation, 1974)
Hendrik Folkerts introduces (and invites to enact) the work of José Maceda.
José Maceda (January 31, 1917, Manila–May 5, 2004, Quezon City, Manila) was a Filipino composer, ethnomusicologist, and writer, whose work has been performed and published internationally. Maceda studied piano with Victorina Lobregat at the Academy of Music in Manila (graduated 1935), with Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (1937–41) and with E. Robert Schmitz in San Francisco (1946–49). He obtained a degree in musicology at Columbia University and Queens College, City University of New York (1950–52) and then continued to study anthropology at the University of Chicago, and ethnomusicology at Indiana University in Bloomington in 1957–58 and the University of California, Los Angeles from 1961–63, where he earned his PhD. His work as both a scholar and composer focuses on the relations between European music composition and indigenous music in the Southeast Asian context, and how this connects to such notions as colonialism, temporality, and methods of scoring.
7:00–9:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA

X-Event 2.6 (according to the protocol Le goût)
Performance, Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
Within the framework of a performance for non-dancers, the work is directed towards the quality and presence of the individual’s gaze, and how it’s projected onto others.
Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet are associated since 1994 under the generic title les gens d’Uterpan. Their creation focuses on experimentation.
7:00–9:00 pm, Prevelakis Hall, ASFA

In collaboration with/Σε συνεργασία με
Athens School of Fine Arts
Πληροφορίες / Information
program@documenta.de

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documenta 14 at Polytechnion
Athens School of Fine Arts, Prevelakis Hall
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Opening hours: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
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