curatorial statement

As a curatorial
Mapping an exhibition

The ‘auxlang’ exhibition can be viewed as a shared experiment compiled by individual works, where the idea that ran through was to investigate constructions of language and patterns of communication on a common ground, that of a quite specific space, an abandoned Athenian residence.
With the ambition one the one hand to craft and illustrate the codes of a language, an auxiliary language, suspended between the symbols and its significance and on the other hand reinventing the purpose of the space, the body of work in ‘auxlang’ created a spatial logic that followed around the house structure, in a way suggesting a heterotopia where the exhibited works existed in synchronous time, disrupted and challenged by its temporality.
The works of auxlang formed an idiom -constituted from personal and idiosyncratic narratives- that was marked by the exhibition site, investigating through aesthetic signals the relations between the space and the public, the immateriality of the works and the duration, the commodification and the value, but also took the form of histories, memories and traces characterized by an interest in spontaneity and serendipity.

The form of the ‘auxlang’ exhibition followed conditions of a workshop where the artists were asked to produce a site-specific work where ‘site’ was the actual spaces of the house but also the viewers, contemplating on the idea of artwork as a non-commodified artefact, and thus focusing on site-specific works, performance and live-feed acts.

The issues raised by the artists were the theatricality, the participation and the involvement, time and temporality, language as sign and artistic practices as language, the binary language and the trademark as sign, but also notions of the trace, loss, inversion of perception and power are some of the key words of the auxiliary language of the works that were created to help guide the viewer and define his own paths of communication, subverting the already known and expected.

The name of the group Solutionartemporary and the idea that ran through the projects they hosted in their space was to create a temporary condition.
Based on that temporary condition it was essential for both parts, the artists and their public, to engage and commit but also to act and react quickly and resourcefully in this context.

The ‘auxlang’ project lasted almost three weeks concluding in a three-days exhibition where the artists had 2 weeks to prepare and the public had three days to see the exhibited work and attend four different performances.
At the end of this 3-day project, the space closed to the public and returned to its owner.


Participating artists:
Benjamin Altermatt, Dimosthenis Agrafiotis, Georgia Desylla, Farida El Gazzar,
Nikos Goulis, Dimitris Ioannou, Stelios Karamanolis, Margarita Kataga,
Daniel Kemeny, Sifis Lykakis, Eva Michalaki, Otolab, Dora Oikonomou,
Tereza Papamichali, Kostas Roussakis, Mary Zygouri, Paul Zografakis

Curated: Margarita Kataga, Tereza Papamichali

Hosted: Solutionartemporary, Margarita Kataga, Tereza Papamichali

19-20-21 June, 18:00-22:00
Kodrou 14, Plaka-Athens

thursday 19/6:
Paul Zografakis: live-feed interviews from 18:30 to 22:00
Dimosthenis Agrafiotis: performance at 19:30

friday 20/6:
Paul Zografakis: live-feed interviews from 18:30
Mary Zygouri: performance at 20:00

saturday 21/6:
Paul Zografakis: live-feed interviews from 18:30 to 22:00
Sifis Lykakis & Stelios Karamanolis: live video shooting at 20:00