Athens, Greece — This Sunday June 22, 2014 is the last chance to see Transart faculty member Angeliki Avgitidou’s video MyTop10, 2012 at metamatic:taf.
MyTop10 features Avgitidou dancing in anonymous, uninhabited metropolitan settings while listening to her favorite songs through headphones. Backdropped by fog and bare trees, she jumps around amongst piles of gravel to Destroy Everything You Touch (2007) by Ladytron, for example; later she rocks out in the sterile elevator lobby of a building to Intergalatic (1998) by the Beastie Boys. The viewer is unable to hear what Avgitidou hears, however, and is thus excluded from the artist’s private dance party. The work comments on technology’s potential to significantly enable and hinder human connectivity while mocking the idea of an interconnected city.
Avgitidou’s performance-based video is featured in the exhibition Goplacia, which opened at metamatic:taf last month. The exhibition title references English humanist Thomas More’s seminal text Utopia (1516), which describes a perfect sociopolitical state on an imaginary island in the Atlantic Ocean, a “noplacia (utopia)” or “goplacia (Eutopia).” Following More’s evocation of the potential of place, the show presents the work of ten artists whose practices reexamine that which is possible, ideal and attainable for the individual and for society.
Angeliki Avgitidou is an interdisciplinary artist working in new media, performance, video, photography and installation. She studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and earned MA and PhD degrees from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; and the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. In addition to teaching time-based media, performance in public spaces, and performance theory at Transart, Avgitidou is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia in Northwestern Greece.
metamatic:taf is an innovative cultural platform based in Athens. Goplacia is curated by Nansy Charitonidou, winner of metamatic:taf’s fourth annual Curatorial Open Call, which offers curators under the age of 35 the opportunity to realize a group exhibition.
Goplacia is on view until June 22, 2014
metamatic:taf: 5 Normanou str. 105 55 Athens, Monastiraki
12—9pm until Saturday, 12—7pm Sunday