Anthony Muisyo, Illustration for the upcoming publication “More Than Words” - a collection of illustrated queer stories by the Nest Collective, Courtesy of the artist



FRIDAY 29.09-SUNDAY 01.10.2023

EMΣΤ announces a three-day festival as the exhibition Modern Love: or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies approaches its end. During an entire weekend the museum will present a rich programme of talks, panels, screenings, music and performances that look into, like the exhibition, the relationship between humans and technology, focusing especially love and close human relationships in the age of late capitalism, globalisation, digital connectivity and social media.

The Festival is realised in collaboration with IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture (NL)

Organised and curated by Katerina Gregos, Anna Mykoniati and loli Tzanetaki


FRIDAY 29.09

19.30: Opening of the exhibition The Nest Collective Stories of Our Lives: in Search of Queer Sanctuaries, EMΣΤ Μezzanine

20.30: The Nest Collective, Stories of Our Lives, film premiere. Followed by a Q&A with Sunny Dolat, member of the collective and Ioli Tzanetaki, curator of the exhibition in the screening room

The duration of the film is 60’ and it will be screened in a loop until midnight
22.30: Nick Fox Longing Disco @ EMΣΤ café

Your lovelorn record and lovesick stories can now become part of Longing Disco, a unique, live event by artist Nick Fox, where you are invited to come along to anonymously share your favourite tunes and unspoken stories of desire in an evening of music and dance inspired by the emotional spectrum of love, longing and desire.


12.15: Introduction by Katerina Gregos, artistic director EMΣΤ, and Arjon Dunnewind, General Director at IMPAKT, Centre for Media Culture, Utrecht (NL)

*12.30-13.15: Keynote speech: Juliet Jacques, writer, journalist and filmmaker,

The Impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on the arts in Europe and North America

Jacques will talk about how she came to understand the great trauma that had affected the generation of queer artists before hers.

Followed by the screening of her film You Will Be Free (2017), 10’ 13’’.

13.30-14.30: Octopus: EMΣT’s digital journal launch & discussion on Queer Archives with Juliet Jacques, Dimitris Papanikolaou, professor of modern Greek and comparative cultural studies, University of Oxford and Theophilos Tramboulis, Advisor, EΜΣT Publications (moderator)
14.30: Lunch break

15.30: Natalie Dixon, lecture-performance Senhora

16.30: Screenings

Marge Monko, Dear D (2015), 8’ 10’’

Johan Grimonprez, Every Day Words Disappear (2016), 15’ 30’’.

Followed by Q&A with the director

17.00: Short break

17.30: Utter Voice, performance by Erica Scourti

18.15: Screening, shorts

Shelly Silver, What I’m Looking for (2004), 15’

Eva Stefani, The Kiss (2007), 4’

Followed by coffee break

18.45: Tour of the Modern Love exhibition by Katerina Gregos followed by the activation of Ariane Loze’s performative participatory work Our Cold Loves (2023), Floor: -1

20.00: Break

21.00: Screening: Gabriel Abrantes, Artificial Humours (2016), 30’

21.40: Screening: Valerie Kontakos, Queen of the Deuce** (2022), 1h 18’, followed by a Q&A with the director and Anna Mykoniati, curator, EMΣΤ.

23.00: Drinks at the bar and playlist by flex in the mind (Berlin), inspired by Modern Love

** Valerie Kontakos’ documentary Queen of the Deuces is shown exclusively on Vodafone TV.

SUNDAY 01.10

*12.30: Keynote speech: Srećko Horvat, Love in the Age of AI intimacies, followed by Q & A with the audience

13.45: Lunch break

14.30: Screening: Cecile B. Evans, What the Heart Wants (2016), 41’

15.30: Keynote speech: Nóra Ó Murchú, curator, researcher and artistic director, Transmediale, Berlin: The Never Ending Hellscape of Online Dating, followed by Q & A with the audience

16.30: Video shorts

Lauren Lee McCarthy, Social Turkers (2013), 1’ 49’’

Lauren Lee McCarthy & Kyle McDonald, pplkpr (2015), 1’

Jonas Lund, video presentation of One on One +1 (2021), 5’ 16”

16.45: Screening: Kyriaki Goni, The Portal or Let’s Stand Still for the Whales (2020), 6’ 11’’ followed by artist’s talk entitled Data sets of love and other stories

17.45: Music video break

18.00: Screening: Maja Borg, Future My Love (2012), 1h 37’

19.45: Screening: Melanie Bonajo, Night Soil – Economy of Love (2015), 32’ 46”

Introduced by Arjon Dunnewind

Throughout the duration of the Modern Love Festival Maria Tsagkari’s participatory performance #loveshots or collected histories of an infinite longing (2020) will take place in the ΕΜΣΤ Foyer on the ground floor

Friday 29th of September 18∶30-20∶30
Saturday 30th of September 12∶00-20∶00
Sunday 1st of October 12∶00-20∶00

Visitors are invited to take part


Participants include among others: Gabriel Abrantes, Melanie Bonajo, Maja Borg, Natalie Dixon, Sunny Dolat, Arjon Dunnewind, Cecile B. Evans, Nick Fox, Johan Grimonprez, Kyriaki Goni, Srećko Horvat, Juliet Jacques, Valerie Kontakos, Ariane Loze, Jonas Lund, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Kyle McDonald, Marge Monko, Nóra Ó Murchú, The Nest Collective, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Erica Scourti, Shelly Silver, Eva Stefani, Theophilos Traboulis, Maria Tsagari.