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Photocredit: Alexandra Masmanidi

Installation close up
“In A Nutshell”
Digital print (b/w), DIN A1
pencil on paper

In a Nutshell
(Performative reading and installation) as part of the exhibition As I Intensify I Become More Singular, curated by Ioanna Gerakidi. April 14—21, 2018, Sub Rosa Space, Athens, GR.

With works by Gianmaria Andreetta, Margaret Haines, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Danae Io, Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou, Anastasia Pavlou, Stefanie Rau, Paky Vlassopoulou, Danielle Zorbas.

“O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell
and count myself a king of infinite space—
were it not that I have bad dreams.”
Hamlet, II.ii

Following Marguerite Duras’ and Hélène Cixous’ reflections about the act of writing, this text deals with different insides and outsides, the notion of doubt as a driving force, concluding in the image of the walnut, yet to be cracked.

The installation includes a b/w printed poster on the wall and the identical print including the handwritten, fragmented text. In a performative act the text is read, with the body of the performer moving accordingly to the position of the text on the paper – treating the text as material with one needs to interact. This material is left over as a trace in the exhibition.

Photocredit: Alexandra Masmanidi
Performative reading at the opening of As I Intensify I Become More Singular
April 14, 2018, Sub Rosa Space, Athens, GR.

Photocredit: Alexandra Masmanidi

On Hands In Gloves

Apparition Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester Castle, U.K.
March 9, 2018.
With contributions by: Jussi Parikka, Freyja Hartzell, Helen Margaret Walter & Peter Quinn Davis, Emine Gorgul, Benedict Carpenter & Max Mosscrop, Jane Birkin, Oksana Chefranova, Lesley Halliwell, Alistair O’Neill.

LOW TEXT #3 Instructions,
Flutgraben Projektraum, Berlin.
May 24, 2018
Organized by Maru Mushtrieva.
With contributions by: Graw Böckler, Jan Domicz, Vitya Glushchenko, Katharina Ludwig, Inger Wold Lund, Noah Lichtblau.

The essay On Hands in Gloves takes the cursor symbol of the white pointing gloved hand as a starting point to think with and through its history and symbolism about the complicated relationships between bodies and technology.

Apparition symposium, Leicester Castle. March 9, 2018

Photocredit: Nailya Bikmurzina

Reading at LOW TEXT #3 Instructions, Flutgraben Projektraum, Berlin.
May 24, 2018

Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart. September 6, 2017

Critical Studies End of year programme, Amsterdam. June 16, 2017

Tropes Of A Palm

London Conference in Critical Thought,
University of Westminster, London, U.K.
June 30, 2018
Organized by Joseph Doubtfire, Sarah Horton, Judith Stewart and James Quinn.

As a reading performance as part of the exhibition Präsenz, Kritik, Utopie, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
September 6, 2017.

Tropes of a Palm departs from looking at the artwork ‘0° Latitude’, an installation of two artificial palm trees commissioned by and for the German Federal Intelligence Service, located at the rear of its new headquarters in the center of Berlin.

In a performative lecture multiple relations hidden behind, within and underneath the image of these specific palm trees, its contexts as well as its symbolic qualities unfold and offer critical reflections. The palm tree consequently becomes an associative tool that is used in order to reflect and think with and think through, with the intention of offering different understandings of the artwork, acknowledging its setting and its broader cultural, political and historical implications.

Photocredit: Vanessa Gravenor

Museum für Fotografie, Berlin. September 29, 2016. Photocredit: Lukas Feigelfeld.

Videostill, HD Video.

Feeding Back
(Or: And Still We Keep Holding On To Our Spoons)

(Lecture Performance, Essay Film)

Lecture Performance / Installation Essay Film at SEEN BY #6: On Off Shore September 30, — October 30, 2016. Curated by Paul Feigelfeld.
Museum for Photography, Berlin, DE.
With works by: Antonia Cattan, Liesel Burisch, Vanessa Gravenor, Ben Mccready, Julia Mensch/Aurelio Kopainig, Stefanie Rau and Bruno Siegrist.

Lecture performance at the Virtualities & Realities Conference, October 21, 2017,
Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, LV.

Screening at International Political Activist Short Film Festival 2018, Booze Cooperativa, Athens, GR

The starting point of “Feeding Back...” is the occasion of receiving three silver spoons by my grandmother. They carry her personal history of migration, of having had to leave her hometown Riga at the age of 19. The text then unfolds into a contemporary reflection of the migration of people, data, capital and images. I understand the silver spoon not just as a tool or a symbol but through its greater historic relationships of believe systems, value, trading and exploitation. The silver spoon serves as a metaphor that allows me to speak about the use of technology and our dependency within a paradox media-materialist reality.

To reflect about the a ‘virtual silver spoon’ then is a logical consequence of looking at my grandmothers gift through a perspective of computation and value creation. The material both of digital devices and spoons carry similarities that can be drawn between data mines, silver mines and urban mines as a specific example of today’s nature-culture-waste-relationships. Throughout the text the image of the soup and spoon returns in order to circle around the development of currencies, its colonial history as well as image production.

In the performative lecture the use of specific technological tools is reflected and becomes part of the text.