Geometries will be a dense three-month cycle of sowing and reaping, activating different layers and locations of academic life, and an open invitation for a walk through the University’s gardens. An exhibition, with new productions, contemporary and historical works, will provide the framework for a public programme with seven Sundays dedicated to our environment: a procession honoring urban rivers, a rowing competition and an open-air cinema with a film programme dedicated to the issues raised by climate change. The exhibition unfolds in the Agricultural Museum, in the University’s central building and the extensive gardens of the Agricultural University of Athens.
The public programme is divided into 7 themes – salt, fire, gardens, seeds, water, earth and air – within which numerous events will take place: workshops, cooking sessions, food, talks, recordings, performances, walks and readings amongst other things. Throughout the public programme Athenians will be invited to discover known and lesser known aspects of the University – the vineyard, the orchard, the botanical gardens, whilst becoming living participants in the University’s constantly evolving history, from Ottoman times till now. Visitors will have the chance to learn alternative farming practices, discover hands on the philosophy of building from earth, meditate on the history of stones, discover new ways of communing food, gain insights into the history of man’s own evolution set off by the agricultural revolution, focus on climate change as well as be immersed in many more vital facets of our natural world.
At the exhibition opening, on Tuesday 27 March, the Turkish artist Cevdet Erek will perform Davul, a large drum with many names, common from the Southeastern Europe to the Middle East, known variably as a daouli (Greek), tupan (Bulgarian), dahol (Kurdish), or tabl (Arabic), to cite a few. Erek plays the drum with his own unusual method, utilizing a large soft mallet alongside various smaller implements to beat and distort the skin of the drum. Cevdet Erek was born in Istanbul in 1974, where he would initially study Architecture. Erek has also been the longtime drummer with Turkish experimental music stalwarts, Nekropsi. Erek’s installations and performances have been presented far and wide and he represented Turkey in the 57th Biennale of Venice.
(At 20:30 & 21:30 | Duration: 20 min | Sideri amphitheatre)
Curated by locus athens
In collaboration with the Agricultural University of Athens
Architectural design & signage: AREA, Architecture Research Athens
Participating artists is the exhibition:
Anna Boghiguian, Yto Barrada, Natasa Biza, Vlassis Caniaris, Carolina Caycedo, Christos Chrissopoulos, Céline Condorelli, Dora Economou, Cevdet Erek, Alekos Fassianos, Angelos N. Goulandris, Inas Halabi, Peter Halley, Federico Herrero, Athina Ioannou, Valentina Karga, Kassandras, Miltos Manetas, Nikos Markou, Petros Moris, MoY Studio, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Dora Oikonomou, Uriel Orlow, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Maria Papadimitriou, Voula Papaioannou, Didem Pekün, Standart Thinking, Serkan Taycan Hiroshi Sugimoto, Thanasis Totsikas, Mario García Torres, Yannis Theodoropoulos, Paki Vlassopoulou.
Participants in the public programme:
Omar Amiralay, AREA Architecture Research Athens, Will Benedict, Tristan Bera, Yannis Baziotis, Penelope Bebeli, Michel Bertet, Betty’s Bakery, Ursula Biemann, Wang Bing, Chouska, Metin Erksan, Eparkeia, Jorge Furtado, Takis Kanellopoulos, David Leonard, Yannis Manetas, Sakis Maniatis, Jumana Manna, Angela Melitopoulos, Peter Nadin, Iris Nikolaou, Andriana Papanikolaou, Véréna Paravel, Nausica Pastra, Rena Papaspyrou, Artavazd Pelechian, Marjetica Potrč, Filipa Ramos, Scholi Edafous, Vittorio de Seta, Stagones, Standart Thinking, Serkan Taycan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Aimée Toledano, to peliti, Roikos Thanopoulos, Troō Food Liberation, Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, Rebekka Tsiligaridou, Natsuko Uchino, Ana Vaz, Dimitris Zenghelis, Fay Zika.
Opening: 27 MAR | 19:00
Cevdet Erek’s performance: 20:30 & 21:30 (Duration: 20 min | Sideri amphitheatre)
Agricultural University of Athens (Iera Odos 75, Athens)