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HYBRID STORIES- FROM THE EMST COLLECTION

27/06 - 29/09/2013

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Hybrid Stories – From the EMST Collection

27/06/2013 – 29/09/2013

Curated By: Stamatis Schizakis

The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) presents Hybrid stories, from the EMST Collection, an exhibition of 14 works, of video art and film, by acclaimed artists such as Robert Wilson, Rebecca Horn, Gary Hill, Jean –Luc Godard, among others.

This particular selection of works combines the other aspects of the new narrativity which formed during the 70s when artists chose video as their new medium of recording or started undermining the established cinematic practices. From a medium of recording, video became in the hands of these visual artists an exceptionally flexible and expressive instrument. Through the hybrid character of the produced artworks, in which painting, sculpture, music, theatricality, cinematic narrative and television are brought together, one recognizes the concerns of contemporary aesthetics in relation to the correspondence of the arts of space and time and also the realization of the demand for the synthesis of the arts.

In his ritualistic work Deafman Glance, a televised adaptation of his five-hour “silent” opera, Robert Wilson, intersects theatricality with visual arts. Rebecca Horn’s films integrate (and redefine) her sculptural world, her performances and her body pieces into the “reality” of the cinematic narration. Jean-Luc Godard along with Anne-Marie Mieville analyze the political economy of personal and mass media communications in a provocative critique of the power of media images in contemporary culture and everyday life. In the works of Gary Hill the viewer observes the passage from the pictorial use of the medium to the artist’s own linguistic-centered games. Dimitris Kozaris draws his material upon hundreds of neglected “spaghetti” western movies. He parodies not only the “low” products of mass culture but to a much greater degree, he criticizes the position of the contemporary artist, who erects communication networks through deconstructionist activities. In the cross-section of the cinematographic and photographic storytelling, the work of George Drivas which also integrates the written word, sound, even architecture, detects the boundaries and the relations between reality and fiction, objective testimony and aesthetic construction.

From the 2nd of July until the 15th of September at the Project Room will be screening the documentary film Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism ensnares Democracy (2008), by Richard Brouillette. Drawing upon the thinking and analyses of renowned intellectuals, this documentary sketches a portrait of neo-liberal ideology and examines the various mechanisms used to impose its dictates throughout the world.  Featuring Noam Chomsky, Ignacio Ramonet, Normand Baillargeon, Susan George, Omar Aktouf, Oncle Bernard, Michel Chossudovsky, François Denord, François Brune, Martin Masse, Jean-Luc Migué, Filip Palda, Donald J. Boudreaux.

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George Drivas
Empirical Data, 2009
HD digital video
Black and white, with sound
Duration 34΄
Rebecca Horn
Buster’s Bedroom, 1990
35mm film transferred to DVD
Color, with sound
Duration 104΄
Screening hours: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, Thursday 19:00

Rebecca Horn
La Ferdinada: Sonate für eine Medici-Villa, 1981
35mm film transferred to DVD
Color, with sound
Duration 85΄
Screening hours: 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00 Thursdays 18:30, 20:00
Robert Wilson
Deafman Glance, 1981
Video, color, with sound
Duration 26΄53΄΄

Sophie Calle & Gregory Shephard
Double- blind, 1992
Video, color, with sound
Duration 75΄58΄΄
Screening hours: 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00 Thursdays 18:30, 20:00

Dimitris Kozaris
Once upon a time in the western, 2000
Video, color, with sound
Duration 35΄

Ρισάρ Μπρουγιέτ
Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism ensnares Democracy (2008),
HDCam shot in 16mm
Black and white
Duration 160΄
Screening hours: 12.00, 16.00, Thursday 12.00, 16.00 and 19.00

George Drivas
Sequence Error, 2011
HD digital video
Color with sound
Duration 11’

Rebecca Horn
Der Eintänzer, 1978
16mm film transferred to DVD
Color, with sound
Duration 47΄
Screening hours: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00 Thursdays 19:00, 20:00, 21:00

Rebecca Horn
Cutting through the Past, 1995
16mm film transferred to DVD
Color, with sound
Duration 55’

Garry Hill
URA ARU (the backside exists), 1985-1986
Video, colour, with sound
Duration 28΄30΄΄

Shelly Silver
What I’m Looking for, 2004
Video, color, with sound
Duration 75΄58΄΄

Chris Marker
Immemory, 1997
Multimedia CD-Rom

Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville
Soft and Hard (A Soft Conversation on Hard Subjects), 1985
Video, color, with sound
Duration 48΄11΄΄

GARY HILL
URA ARU (the backside exists), 1985-1986
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