IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN

04.02. - 23.06.2021 

Exhibition-Relay 2021 

10 Shows, 10 Artists, 4 Guest Curators

 

This program is designed to support the artists, curators and creative individuals to fight back against the COVID-19 disaster.

 

Think about the alarming crises in the world. The spreading pandemic, racism and discrimination, growing far-right propaganda, international terrorism, and climate change are to name a few of the perceived threats to our existence. Some people are paralyzed by uncertainty in this unpredictable time, and yes, we are also confronted with severe socio-economic problems. In addition, this unexpected crisis has, unfortunately, accelerated the rate of restrictions on civil liberties, and mass surveillance methods have uninterruptedly risen.

 

Even if it may sound utopian, we are forced to think about new models of how we live” in these perilous times. The image of Utopia” maybe a romantic and unrealistic concept, but it is an urgent one as we try to revise our current problems.

 

Under the title It may sound utopian, DISKURS Berlin launches the second round of the Exhibition-Relay in 2021 to attract, select, and provide an opportunity to artists, curators, and creative individuals. In the first Exhibition-Relay 2020, 16 artists and 2 guest curators were chosen and created 11 exhibitions that received attention from the public and the press. For the past program, please visit.

 

With the second round of the Exhibition-Relay in 2021, we encourage creative thinkers to create personal utopias in this unpredictable and vulnerable world.

 

This project is specifically designed to be viewed through the windows of DISKURS Berlin as our doors remain closed. With the exhibitions changing every two weeks, this fast-paced exhibition program aims to support the art scene to fight back against the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Die ungebremste Ausbreitung der Corona-Pandemie, Rassismus, Diskriminierung und der Klimawandel sind nur einige Bedrohungen für unsere Existenz.  Welche Strategie verfolgen wir angesichts dieser alarmierenden Situation in der Welt?

 

Viele von uns sind in dieser unvorhersehbaren Zeit durch Unsicherheit gelähmt und mit schwerwiegenden sozioökonomischen Problemen konfrontiert. Unzählige Ausstellungen und Projekte wurden entweder verschoben oder gar gecancelt. Gerade Kulturschaffende haben daher kaum mehr Möglichkeiten, ihre Arbeit zu präsentieren.

 

Auch in Zeiten einer Pandemie braucht die Welt Kunst. Diskurs Berlin will in dieser schwierigen Zeit Solidarität zeigen.

Künstler*innen und Kurator*innen wird daher Zusammenarbeit in einem besonderen Ausstellungsformat angeboten.

 

In der ersten Ausstellungsstaffel 2020 wurden 16 Künstler*innen und 2 Gastkurator*innen ausgewählt.

Es resultierten 11 Ausstellungen, die Aufmerksamkeit in der Öffentlichkeit und der Presse auf sich zogen.

 

Unter dem Titel „ IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN “ startet DISKURS Berlin die zweite Runde des Ausstellungsrelais in 2021. 

 

10 Internationale Künstler*innen und Kurator*innen wurden durch Open Calls IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN

für 5-monatige Ausstellungsstaffeln ausgewählt. 10 Einzelausstellungen sind für jeweils 2 Wochen von Februar bis Juni geplant.

 

„Utopia“ klingt vielleicht nach einem romantischen und unrealistischen Konzept, aber mehr als je zuvor brauchen wir es dringend, um diese schwierige Zeit zu überwinden.

 

Dieses Projekt wurde speziell entwickelt, um durch die Fenster von DISKURS Berlin betrachtet zu werden, während unsere Türen geschlossen bleiben. 

 

Da die Ausstellungen alle zwei Wochen wechseln, soll dieses rasante Ausstellungsprogramm die Kunstszene dabei unterstützen, sich gegen die COVID-19-Krise zu behaupten und die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft nicht zu verlieren.

 

Jung Me Chai

 

 

 

 

 

©Courtesy of Artist & Diskurs Berlin

 

 

IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN Nr. 1

Yiannis Pappas – Half-Staff

04.02. - 17.02.

 

If anything, Covid-19 represents yet another momentous challenge to the legitimacy of the nation-state. Covid-19 doesn’t ‘think’ in terms of countries, it largely ignores man-made borders, and exposes a need of globally synchronizing in the battle against the virus. The fact that such synchronizing shows to be an extreme challenge may well point to the obstructive aspects of dividing the world up into ‘countries’. How countries — states with their attached nations — are all a matter of ‘made-up-ness’, has been sufficiently argued. For example by Benedict Anderson (1983) in his imagined communities argument, or more recently by Yael Navarro (2012) about the make-believe work that is involved in maintaining the "Autonomous Turkish Cypriot Administration”.

Pappas’s work “Half-Staff” still carries traces of the context it was originally created in: the size was determined by the dimensions of Schloss Ringenberg's great hall. The castle and its related emblazonry inspired the artist and curators to think about the perpetuation of power structures such as the nation-state with its flag. But just as a nation-state, an artwork is an inherently unstable object. How does the artwork change by presentations in different rooms and spaces? Also, more poignantly, how does it change against the background of radically disrupted times?

In this current moment, Pappas’s work may pose questions like: how does Covid stretch and strain the meanings and the shelf-life of the flag? And consequently, the apparatus of the nation-state that makes the flag an ongoing reality?

- Herbert Ploegman

 

 

Yiannis Pappas is a visual and performance artist. Throughout Pappas’ work runs a deep fascination for the relation between space and the human body in natural and urban environments. Underscored by a critical interest in space, as sites of physical and symbolic enactment, his artistic work and research explore how different places are sustained collectively and individually throughout history.

 

Yiannis studied sculpture and photography at the Athens School of Fine Arts (Integrated Master of Arts) and at the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK). Awarded by the Academy of Athens and by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) he completed the artistic and scientific MFA “Space Strategies” at the Academy of Arts Weißensee in Berlin. His art-based researches have been assigned by the Goethe Institute and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) through interdisciplinary projects in Asia and the Middle East. An interventionist by nature, he looks for ways to find unlikely methods to engage responsiveness. His resonant and visual language includes video work, photography, performative, and installative practices, all of which bear the signs of Pappas’ anthropological and phenomenological approach toward his subjects.

 

He exhibited internationally through Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South and North America (Bangkok Biennale 2020, Biennale of Architecture Venice 2018, Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Athens Biennale 2016, 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, and more) while he attracted the attention of the worldwide press (Sky Arts, CNN, New York Times, Art Forum, etc), have given his effort positive reviews. Yiannis Pappas was born on the island of Patmos, he lives and works in Berlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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