Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Goat Song

Goat Song (detail), 2019  #NurseriesoftheUnconscious is the second episode of A Hollow Place.The second chapter is taking place on Wednesday 22nd from 6.30pm to 11pm, Kimeon 1, 11851 Athens 

"Is there any way you could get her to come out to see us and hear the sound of our words spoken in comfort? — If only she would somehow put aside her deeply felt anger and distemper, I am eager to help those dear to me. — But please go in and bring her here out of the house. Repeat our words. They are spoken from the heart. Hurry before she hurts anyone inside. Her grief is stirred up to such a pitch."

Nurseries of the unconscious

Nurseries of the unconscious. Desiring-productions and group fantasies’ curated by Christian Oxenius and Nikolas Ventourakis

A site-specific project in four chapters and an epilogue
which will take place at A Hollow Place and Yellow Brick
(please scroll down for details)

Yellow Brick presents 'Nurseries of the unconscious. Desiring-productions and group fantasies', the second episode of A Hollow Place. This unique project, curated by Christian Oxenius and #NikolasVentourakis, invites four internationally acclaimed artists to inhabit, with a site-specific and original project, the space of a natural cave in the centre of Athens for one day. In its second edition the works will then be presented as a collective exhibition hosted by Yellow Brick for an entire week, where the artists will have the occasion to unfold additional reflections on their topics.

For this episode, Hera Buyuktasciyan (TR), Viktorija Rybakova (LT), Augustus Veinoglou (GR) and Kostis Velonis(GR) were asked to engage with the concept of a nursery. This image serves as a reflection on a complex space where, as new-borns, we encounter a non-familiar life and face the institutions and their bio-power for the first time. Simultaneously, however, these are spaces where we construct collective fantasies about new life and the infinite possibilities entailed therein, thus becoming an epitome of desires. The cave, as a space set aside from our everyday experiences, serves as a machine for the production and reflection on that same unconscious, that starts to develop from those very first days of life. It further aids to highlight contradictions and conflicts within the bio-power apparatus of our nation-sates.

Supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund, NEON

May 15th, 6.30pm – 11pm, Augustus Veinoglou 'The house father built'
May 22nd, 6.30pm – 11pm Kostis Velonis 'Goat Song'
May 29th, 6.30pm – 11pm, Hera Buyuktasciyan 'Seismic Canopy'
June 5th, 6.30pm – 11pm, Viktorija Rybakova '⌇'

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

100 years BAUHAUS

Dirty Country Boy (Bauhaus Is Not Our House Series)  2004
Wood, plywood, acrylic, wax candle
94 x 170 x 40 cm 
Installation view, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

16 May @ 18.00, a lecture about Bauhaus and its relationship to the ethics of Christianity, especially Protestantism through the values of hard work, accumulation ( easthetics of stinginess) and asceticism. 

100 years BAUHAUS – a series of events, co-organized by the School of Architecture Engineers of the Technical University of Crete, the Goethe-Zentrum Chania and the Regional Unity of Chania, with scientific and organizational supervision by Amalia Kotsaki, Associate Professor at the Architecture School of the Technical University of Crete.
entrance is free and there will be simultaneous translation in Greek.
WHERE: Cultural Center, Chania 
The BAUHAUS 100-year event will take place from 13 to 16 May at the Cultural Center of Chania and includes a conference with lectures, Bauhaus research presentations, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops for children.Beginning: on Monday 13th May at 17.00 with a workshop for children.
Tuesday 14th 19.30  event on “Why the Bauhaus today? Art and everyday life “.
 Wednesday 15th May  18.00: a screening
Thursday 16th May  17.00  keynote speech by Dr. Regina Bittner, Director of the Bauhaus International Program at Dessau and Vice President of the Bauhaus – Dessau Foundation.
Also at 7.20 pm will be inaugurated.
The character of the events is international and is part of the larger event cycle entitled “100 Jahre BAUHAUS”
coordinated by BAUHAUS Architecture School in Dessau.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

"Curved Arrows"

ARTISTS_ Amalia Vekri, Alexandros Georgiou, Maria Georgoula, Zoe Giabouldaki, Dimitris Ioannou, Eleni Kamma, Nikos Kanarelis, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Markela Kontaratou, Karolina Krasouli, Konstantinos Kotsis, Margarita Myrogianni, Theo Michael, Myrto Xanthopoulou, Nina Papaconstantinou, Tereza Papamichali, Georgia Sagri, George Stamatakis, Stefania Strouza, Evangelia Spiliopoulou, Alexandros Tzannis, Panos Tsagaris, Dimitris Foutris, Savvas Christodoulides
A curved arrow stresses its ambiguity through the symbolic difference of masculine and feminine design . The arrow is used here as a metaphor of the god Eros in Greek mythology, whose thin, long and pointed objects in our case do not hit their targets. An arrow that always misses reminds us that the imaginary demands are by definition, unsatisfiable and that the original desire is sustained by its lack.
This exhibition is the continuation of a recent show (Stopping Point, 2018) based on a poem by Antoine Tudal, which describes the difficulty of love through the acoustic and verbal similarity of “love” (l’amour) and “wall” (le mur) in French. The“love-wall” (l’a-mur) in the second part of this visual research is titled as “Curved arrows” .
CURATOR_ Kostis Velonis
ASSISTANT CURATOR_ Faidra Vasileiadou

OPENING_ 30/04 at 19:00
OPENING HOURS_ Wednesday to Friday 15:00–18:00
DURATION_ 01/05/2019 – 28/05/2019

LOCATION_ Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Praterstraße 42, 1020, Vienna

image credits: Dimitris Foutris, Fitting In A Nice House, Cutting Several Pages In Pieces, 2019, pencil, carbon paper and acrylic on wood 20Χ30 cm


We cordially invite you to the exhibition opening and to the launch of the newest issue of Asthenia zine #O7 / Cosmology.

Participating artists: Stano Filko, Irini Miga, Albert Mayr, Katharina Hoeglinger, Chrysanne Stathacos, Lito Kattou, Alexios Papazacharias, Stephen Aldahl, Black Hole Generation, Kostis Velonis, Johana Pošová, Kostas Sachpazis, Hynek Alt, Thanasis Totsikas, Aleksandra Vajd, Jimena Mendoza, Antonín Jirát, Mariana Jirátová, Richard Nikl, Iris Touliatou, Jiří Procházka, Tomas Roubal, Amalia Vekri

Organised & edited by Amalia Vekri, Antonín Jirát, Alexios Papazacharias 

Opening: April 26th 
from April 27th to May 1st

Asthenia is an independent artists zine published and run by Amalia Vekri.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Life Without Tragedy

Life Without Tragedy by Kostis Velonis / Developed by Kostis Velonis and Christian Kotzamanis Fabrication by Youngbuk Art Services / Commissioned and produced by Onassis Culture, as part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy is Coming, co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater About the Onassis Festival: Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming Co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater.
photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Cosmological archeology: Practices of archeology in contemporary artistic production

Cosmological archeology: Practices of archeology in contemporary artistic production

Every Time the Force Attaching me to the Earth is Greater than the one Lifting me into the Air, 2018 

Faidra Vasileiadou will develop a dialogue with Kostis Velonis about the practices of a “cosmological archeology” in contemporary artistic production. The body of these artists understands the “origin” of the technique not as something that constitutes a simplification of the form, which at the moment becomes more interesting with the usage of contemporary know-how. The archaic origin of the technique is not treated in terms of the initiation of some questions that have historically been answered, but rather than the “hidden discovery” that is now revealed and constitutes a philosophical fiction about the genesis of the world. With the support of Outset Greece
Saturday 20 April, 16.00-17.00
Snehta Residency, Athens

Monday, April 8, 2019

Democracy is coming

Democracy is  coming 
The Public Theater andOnassis USA today announced additional FREE programming and participants for the ONASSIS FESTIVAL 2019: DEMOCRACY IS COMING, running April 10-28 at The Public Theater and also La MaMa. Actors Phylicia Rashad and André Holland, performer/singer-songwriter Diana Oh, architect Elizabeth Diller, author Siri Hustvedt, and Kostis Velonis’ art installation Life Without Tragedy join the Festival lineup. 
The 19-day Onassis Festival is a festival of arts and ideas that celebrates, evaluates, and considers anew the concept of democracy—perhaps the most renowned Greek innovation. Through a multidisciplinary program of theater, music, talks, and more, The Public Theater and Onassis USA, two agitators of public curiosity—one Greek, one American—bring together artists and thinkers from both countries to offer artistic interpretations and embodiments of democracy. The Festival is anchored by The Public’s new production of Tim Blake Nelson’s Socrates featuring Michael Stuhlbarg as Socrates and directed by Doug Hughes, running April 2-May 19. 
OnMonday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m., Public Forum will present OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE in the Anspacher TheaterTheater and democracy share a birthplace, share fundamental tenets, and provide opportunities for the people to activate and understand their own power. But in a world where both the arts and democracy are increasingly under threat, what does it mean to be a “fundamentally democratic” theater? And how can the theater continue to encourage our best hopes for democracy? Featuring The Public’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustisand The Public’s Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks in a conversation with philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah; the event will also include new announced performances from André Holland (Much Ado About Nothing, Academy Award-winning film Moonlight) and Diana Oh (24 Hour Punk at Joe’s Pub). 
On Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. the Public Shakespeare Initiative will welcome Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE PRESENTS: WHAT’S HECUBA TO HIM? GREEK TRAGIC WOMEN ON SHAKESPEARE’S STAGE in the Martinson Hall. Ancient Greek plays – and in particular, their titanic, tragic women – exerted a powerful and uncharted influence on Shakespeare's dramatic landscape. When Hamlet reflects on the moving power of tragic performance, he turns to the most prominent of them: “What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba/That he should weep for her?” Through commentary and readings from Euripides and Shakespeare, theater scholar Tanya Pollard and actors Isabel Arraiza, Tina Benko, and Ayana Workman, in addition to Phylicia Rashad, will illustrate how Greek plays and their towering female figures challenged Shakespeare to reimagine the affective possibilities of tragedy, comedy, and the emerging genre of tragicomedy. 
On Sunday, April 14, the Festival will present a DAY OF DEMOCRACY in the Shiva Theater at The Public. These three conversations will examine democracy's intersections with our everyday life. At2:00 p.m., DEMOCRACY IS THE CITY will include architect Alfredo Brillembourg, Onassis USA Senior Advisor Karen Brooks Hopkins, and artist/historian Kamau Ware, plus a performance from singer Morley; at 4:00 p.m., DEMOCRACY IS DIGITAL will include international public policy advisor Micaela Klein, Assistant Professor of Media Design at Parsons Katherine Moriwaki, and Buzzfeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, with a performance from Elle Winston; and at 6:00 p.m., DEMOCRACY IS COMING will feature civil and human rights lawyer Nora Benavidez, Executive Editor of The American Interest Damir Marusic, Founding Editor of Jacobin Magazine Bhaskar Sunkara, and What is Democracy filmmaker Astra Taylor, as well as remarks from architect Elizabeth Diller and a performance from Imani Uzuri. 
LIFE WITHOUT TRAGEDY, an art installation by Kostis Velonis, can be seen free of charge, at Astor Place South Plaza from April 10 through April 30. Velonis’ interest in democracy encounters ancient Greek tragedy, and the artwork consists of three sculptures, constructed of wood, that mimic an ancient Greek amphitheater. He identifies the notion of democracy with Greek tragedy, since the theater in ancient Greece was not only a form of art, but also a social institution. 
Public Theater Partner, Public Supporter, Member, and full price tickets are available now for ticketed Festival events. Tickets can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. 

Monday, April 1, 2019



Digging Out, 2015 

Wood, acrylic, stone, marble, plaster, concrete, plywood

48 x 31 x 18 cm

With the Slumber filter, images on Instagram can be transformed into milky veiled illusions. The state between waking and sleeping has collectively inscribed itself as a nebulous blur. The existential dichotomy of sleeping and not sleeping, which is brought together in the state of slumber, encompasses far more aesthetic approaches and artistic forms of confrontation than the strategies of fogging. Sleep and slumber touch on questions about the body in space, sensitize us to everyday environmental materials such as light, and affect rituals and life rhythms. Our individual sleep is not detached from social structures. How and when we sleep, as well as techniques of falling asleep, are deeply rooted in cultural processes and they are territory of biopolitical conflicts. Against this background, the conditions of sleep change parallel to social change. New ways of life generate other possibilities of sleeping and this in turn changes the spaces and places where we can let ourselves fall, dream and escape from self-control.
The exhibition BED MANNERS brings together contemporary positions that take up metaphors and states of slumber. Materials such as mattresses, body states such as lying and spaces such as the hotel room appear in new contexts. References to surrealist strategies and echoes of prehistoric camps and shelters are taken up as well as discourses that question sleep as a purely anthropological category. Isn’t an archive something else than a bedroom for things and how does a butterfly exhausted from death struggle regenerate?
Charlotte Silbermann

»Bed Manners«
Dafni Barbageorgopoulou, Carsten Becker, Henning Bohl, Dominik Bucher, Gastarbeiter on the Planet, Vassilis H, Nico Ihlein, Johanna Jaeger, Stelios Karamanolis, Tula Plumi, Max Schaffer, Peter Strickmann, Kostis Velonis, Moritz Wehrmann, Lily Wittenburg
curated by Charlotte Silbermann

Daily Lazy and frontviews at Kunstpunkt Berlin
28 Mar - 14 Apr 2019



Timon of Athens cursed loudly as he bumped into the wall, 2007
350 x 200 x 100 cm
Wood, acrylic 

Πέμπτη 28 Μαρτίου 2019, στις 19:30

Επιμέλεια: Σάββας Χριστοδουλίδης
Συμμετέχουν: Γιάννης Βαρελάς, Κωστής Βελώνης, Χάρις Επαμεινώνδα, Ανδρέας Ιωακείμ-Καϊμάκης, Κωνσταντίνος Καλησπέρας, Λητώ Κάττου, Γαλύκος Κουμίδης, Γιώργος Σαπουντζής, Νίκος Στέφου, Κώστας Σαχπάζης, Σωκράτης Σωκράτους, Κωνσταντίνος Ταλιώτης, Αλέξανδρος Τζάννης, Νίκος Τρανός και Νίκος Χαραλαμπίδης

Λεβέντειο Μουσείο, Λευκωσία 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Corona (Sun Assembly)

Corona (Sun Assembly) 2019
Zinc, iron, cement, ceramics, acrylic, oil, wood
36 x 27 x 43 cm 

Reading Matter

Reading Matter 

 Hydrogeny by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand

Atoms and particles, rare earth minerals and hybrid composites, precious metals and microwaves, matter is commonly perceived as a passive commodity ought to be mobilised to become material. But when approached through a lens of human productivity, only certain facets of matter get recognised as valuable part of the market. In this event, Evelina Domnitch will address strategies for expanding the human perception of the material forces and agency of matter, from chemical and quantum to micro-gravitational. Through performative environments and phenomenological experiments that exceed the scope of applied science and challenge the disciplinary boundaries, Domnitch invites to rethink the nature of human relationship with matter.

Using material and the concept of conductivity as a lens, Füsun Türetken will explore a range of instances where conflict and capital can be read through matter, more precisely metal. Acknowledging ‘metal as conductor of all matter’, her work proposes a theory of the complicity of metals as quasi-agents that influence and register events, and addresses metal’s role in shaping the world of finance, belief systems, geopolitical relations, (digital) bodies, even the stratosphere and the ‘climate-engineered’ weapons. Türetken will screen her latest film ‘Alchemic Desire’, which examines the parallels between the practice of trading metals at the world’s biggest physical metals exchange, the London Metal Exchange (LME), deleuzo-guattarian models of psycho-social dynamics, and the practice of alchemy.

The evening is moderated by design critic and curator Alice Twemlow.
The event is part of ‘Matter’ series, exploring the relationship between design and matter. It imagines different forms of engagements with materiality, and inquires what it means to design with social and ecological sensitivity in the age of escalating environmental crisis. The event is organised in conjunction with the Neuhaus programme for more-than-human knowledge, opening at Het Nieuwe Instituut in May 2019.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pomp, Circumstance, and the Performance of Politics: Acting 'Politically Correct' in the Ancient World

Pomp, Circumstance, and the Performance of Politics:  Acting 'Politically Correct' in the Ancient World

When we imagine ancient political life, we think of powerful rulers and awe-inspiring monuments, not grassroots movements. But if the cacophony of our modern political discourse can teach us anything, it's that negotiating power and legitimacy is an ongoing conversation, not a monologue. This conference investigates moments and spaces in the premodern world where audiences had the opportunity to weigh in on the messages their leaders were sending. How did ordinary people experience and contribute to their political realities, and what strategies did rulers use to gain support?
Bringing together scholars working in a wide variety of disciplines and time periods, from prehispanic Mesoamerica and early historic India to the Assyrian Empire and papal Rome, this conference takes a bottom-up approach to evaluating the risks and rewards of acting 'politically correct'—or incorrect!—in the ancient world.
March 7–8, 2019

The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Organized by Kathryn R. Morgan,
Postdoctoral Fellow

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

"Λυπημένες μέρες πια ποτέ δεν θ' ανατείλουν..."

"Λυπημένες μέρες πια ποτέ δεν θ' ανατείλουν..." 


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Voyage around my Room

Voyage around my Room

The particular exhibition embarks from Virginia Woolf’s legendary essay “A Room of One’s Own”, written in 1926, and its relevance to newly introduced sociological and political concepts like digital feminism and the #metoo movement. The room (ma chambre), personal space as described in Xavier de Maistre's classic book "Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre" (1794), where the title derives from, as well as concepts such as privacy, autonomy and self-expression are key points of reference to the exhibition works created by international contemporary artists and writers. The exhibition attempts to initiate a new discourse on the notion of room and personal space in continuation to the discussion that originated in classic essays and works of literature.

How to guarantee conditions of contemplation to the older feline population, 2006, wood, 310 x 165 x 52 cm

Participating artists: Sophia Al Maria, Theodoros Chiotis, Dora Economou, Philomena Epps, Jeanne Graff, Juliana Huxtable, Dimitris Ioannou, Sharon Kivland, Sylvere Lotringer, Jonas Mekas, Maro Michalakakos, Eva Stefani, Amalia Ulman, Kostis Velonis 

Exhibition curator: Kika Kyriakakou

Duration: March 18 – April 21, 2019
Location: Athens Municipality Art Center

Athens World Book Capital 2018 City of Athens, of which major donor is Stavros Niarchos Foundation, organizes the group exhibition “Voyage around my Room” in partnership with the City of Athens Cultural, Sport & Youth Organization (OPANDA).