The first edition of the Performance Biennial will take place on 23 June to 4 July in Greece. Emerging from DIY self-organised cultural practices appearing during these past years in Athens, in a present without a future, this event seeks to critically interrogate the role of performance, historically and in the present, in relation to political and social materialities and imaginaries. Playfully subverting the term ‘biennial’ into a self-organised practice, the event will test self-instituted forms of culture and politics. Under the title “No Future” this guerrilla biennial will bring together forms of artistic, political and theoretical practice and discourse questioning the potential of a collective refusal to a referred futurity.
The Performance Biennial in its first iteration will begin in the occupied cultural space of Green Park, Athens, open out to embrace the park of Pedion tou Areos (transl. to Field of Mars – one of two central parks in Athens), and then depart via boat from Piraeus to the island of Cythera that geographically belongs to the Prefecture of Athens. Seeking to problematise the role of performance in the neoliberal narrative we will collectively engage in ongoing disruptions between the institution and the self-instituted, between buildings and parks, between the centre and the periphery, between urban and rural. The event will bring together both conventional and non-conventional investigations including: performances, talks, lecture-performances, workshops, discussions, interventions, city walks, community works, actions and screenings.
The notion and the myth of the future based on normative regulatory culture and a capitalist imaginary embraces a drive for ongoing progress, improvement and expansion. The operation of “debt” also implies a bet on the future as Lazzarato argues “by training the governed to “promise” (to honour their debt) capitalism exercises “control over future” … possessing the future in advance by objectifying it’ (2012: 46). What happens to political and cultural practice when it turns its back on “the future”? When the relation to the future appears fugitive? When continuity of the canonical is disrupted and a promised futurity cannot yet be imagined? Can this ruptured futurity offer us new possibilities to engage with the present and produce new relations with time? Can such impotential practices of a “here and now” offer new ways to engage with a “then and there” that in turn sketch different worlds to come?
Building on DIY experiments such as the reactivation of Embros theatre and Green Park in Athens, this inaugural Performance Biennial proposes a series of paradigm shifts in the modes of practicing, and of taking part in the political and cultural in order to critically interrogate the potential for radical experiments in cultural production. This guerrilla Performance Biennial will operate through a practice of “self-curating” as assembling. Resisting hierarchies and categorisations the programme consists of timezones of conflictual “fields” and practices that will be co-curated with the participants in a changing here and now.
WHW (What, How & for Whom), Ant Hampton, Adrian Heathfield, Britt Hatzius, If I Can’t Dance (Frederique Bergholtz & Susan Gibb), Joe Kelleher, Alan Read, Nick Ridout, PA Skantze & Matthew Fink, Joulia Strauss, Ash Bulayev, Jonas Staal, Snejanka Mihaylova, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Collective Skart, Miguel Robles-Duran, Urban School of Ruhr (Feredica Menin & Laura Lovatel and others), Andy Field, Ilan Manouach, Kristine Hymoller & Dina Roussou, Thierry Oussou, Gary Anderson, Wayne Lim – Sonia Kazovsky – Giulia Crispiani, Dieuwke Boersma, Katrin Wölger, Andreea Micu, Akoo-o Collective, Chrysanne Stathakos, Kleoni Manousakis, Alice Colquhoun, Mette Sterre, Sakina Shakur, Maria Mavridou, Maria Sarri, Vasia Paspali – Angeliki Chatzi – Alexia Karavela, Extra-Conjugale, KangarooCourt, Platon Mavromoustakos, Chrysanne Stathacos, David Whelan, Chryssa Tsampazi, Tasos Stamou, Georgos Makkas, Elpida Orfanidou, Giorgos Sampatakakis, Evi Prousali, Iliana Fokianaki, Eypraksia, Despina Panagiotopoulou, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Letitia Calin, Maria Schina, Elpida Rikou, Chryssa Tsampazi, Alejandro Alonso Diaz, Margarita Athanasiou, Maria Lalou, Maria Gorgia, Lisa Alexander & Hari Marini, Mediterranean Declaration, Natasha Papadopoulou – Yiannis Loukos – Eleftheria Togia – Stephanos Theodorakis Erica Scourti, Adam Gallagher, Wen Chi, Sara Hamden, Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, Giorgos Papadopoulos,Vicky Kyriakoulakou, Sofia Touboura, Michalis Adamis, Dora Economou – Kostas Tsioukas – Leda Dallas, Kostis Velonis, Georgia Karydi & Hypatia Vourloumis, Sofia Simaki, Ioanna Gerakidi, Despina Sevasti, Franscesco Kiais, Chara Kolaiti, Demosthenis Agrafiotis, Christos Giovanopoulos, Ioanna Kleftogianni, Evangelia Ledaki, Marina Gioti, KOSTADIS, Alyssa Moxley, Stefanos Chytiris, Eleni Kalara, Mary Zygouri, Eirene Eftathiou, Iro Apostolelli – Agni Papadeli Rossetou – Danae Papazian, Iliana Dimadi, Nelli Kounelli, Thalia Raftopoulou, Dimitra Kondylaki, Theophilos Tramboulis, Michalis Moschoutis, Nektarios Pappas, Stefanos Pavlakis, Stefanos Chandelis & Eva Koliopantou, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Το Κοριτσι κοιμαται, Geo Kakoudaki and more.
Initiated and organised by Gigi Argyropoulou, Vassilis Noulas and Kostas Tzimoulis
In collaboration with an expanding collective of people including Natasa Siouzouli, Emi Kitsali, Elisabet Xanthopoulou, Eleni Kalara, Stefanos Mondelos, Elina Mandidi, Hypatia Vourloumis, Sofia Dona, Myrto Xanthopoulou and more.
Performance Biennial :“No Future”
24 June – 4 July 2016 Athens & Cythera Island
A Self-Organised biennial for Performance, Art and Politics
More Info: https://performancebiennial.org