HEAVEN Events: 11-13 September
"Hip hop supports the refugees"
On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September 2009, fourteen of the most popular hip hop groups of Athens will join their forces with the Greek Council for Refugees N.G.O. (GCR) against racism and xenophobia. The Greek Council for Refugees was funded in 1989 and is an exclusively philanthropic organisation. Its vision is for every refugee and asylum-seeker in Greece to have access to a life of dignity and its mission is to protect their rights and help them live without fear. The two-day festival will take place in the Water Plaza of the Esplanade building, as part of the on-going Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN (Tram Stop: Delta Falirou, next to the Tae-Kwon-Do court). The participating artists are:
Friday 11/09: Salto Mortal, Pyrini Lailapa, Orthologistes, Nea Taksi Pragmaton, Phyrosun, Phase3 and guest Eisvoleas
Saturday 12/09: Univers, Nekriki Sighi, Freedom of Speech, Bitman & El Pap Chico, Flowjob, MC Yinka and guest Nikolas Razastarr
This concert has a dual purpose; on one hand, to make young people more conscious of the necessity to protect and respect refugees through the dissemination of the message “life is a right, its protection is an obligation”, and on the other hand, to financially support the Greek Council for Refugees and enable them to carry on their diverse work. The Greek Council for Refugees collects funds from European and national programmes, sponsorships, donations, members’ contributions and from special events. Accurate information and the raising of awareness is crucial for wiping out social racism. Such actions and initiatives aim at making the world a better place and contribute to the process of approaching and accepting our fellow-man, no matter where he or she comes from. The festival is co-produced by “Lagnes Prod-actions” and the Athens Biennale Non-Profit Organisation. Free entrance
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 September Water Plaza (next to Τae Kwon Do Court, Faliron Olympic Complex)Tram stop: Delta FalirouStarting at 19.30
Filopappou Group - Natural Cultivation Workshop
Terminating the activities of the work Et in Arcadia Ego, Filopappou Group will sow clover, chinese cabbage, white beet, ruccola and a big variety of autumnal and spring flowers in an area of 100 sq.meters at the Faliro Park. The first sprouts will be visible in autumn, whereas more spectacular results will appear in approximately three years. This garden, a live sculpture, a land paradise, will be developed on an ongoing basis in the Faliro Park.
The work Et in Arcadia Ego is consisted of a series of performances, workshops and discussions that negotiate the notion of Arcadia and will come to an end on the 12th of September with the symbolic gesture of the sowing of a 100 s.m. land in the Palaio Faliron park. Seeds that will be used include clover, alfalfa, Chinese cabbage, white beet, rocket, and a large variety of autumnal and spring flowers. The first plants will begin to sprout in the fall. More spectacular results will become evident, roughly in three years. This garden, a living sculpture an earthly paradise, will continue to develop at the Palaion Faliro Park.
Filopappou Grouphttp://filopapou.blogspot.com/ The Filopappou Group is an open group of visual artists, without centralized organization or management and without official members. The coexistence and collaboration of people coming from various theoretical disciplines or spheres of action does not constitute a community, but rather functions on a network type structuring. The actions of the Filopappou network, on the one side aspire to reactivate sites and on the other attempt to elevate collective types of artistic practice. For the work Et in arcadia ego the participants are Mady Albany, Antony Volanakis, George Giannakopoulos, Georgia Desylla, Mairy Zygouri, Nadja Kalara, Tina Kotsi, Nikos Papadopoulos, Tereza Papamihali, Ageliki Svoronou, Anna Tsouloufi and Kostas Christopoulos.The work of the Filopappou Group “Et in Arcadia Ego”, produced by the 2nd Athens Biennial Heaven, is a “different” garden that invites the visitors to be part of it. An environment, a place for gathering of an immanent scenery, which hosts the negotiation of subject-related issues. Arcadia as the imaginary place of the frustration, which, among others, refers to an earthly and at the same time mythical paradise, to a garden of pleasures, to a contemplation on death and eternity but also to an inexplicable feeling of escapism. Our group research and study, as well as our stroll through Poussin's painting 'Et in Arcadia ego', drove us to consider topics such as natural and artificial paradise, pause and movement, the flourishing of people and artificial flora, death and eternity, rhizome and passage, and collectivity and community.
Saturday 12 SeptemberFlisvos Park (at the installation "Et in Arcadia Ego" by Filopappou Group)Tram stop: Flisvos Park Starting at 19.00
Matteo Fraterno και Cesare Pietroiusti - Performance
On Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September Matteo Fraterno και Cesare Pietroiusti will present a performance as part of the "Heaven_Live" exhibitions curated by Dimitris Papaioannou & Zafos Xagoraris.
The performance will take place at the Faliro beach and park during the day and will last until the evening. Taking as their starting point the slogans that filled the streets of Athens last December, the two artists will explore the relation between language and protest, using the human body as a 'site' for political protest.
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 SeptemberTram stop: Flisvos Park Starting at 12.00
The 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN organizes and presents educational programs designed for Primary, Junior High and High school. The aim of the programs is the development of critical thought by means of active participation, interaction with artists and conversation on issues related to contemporary artistic production.
School Days Teacher packs for Junior High and High Schools, especially designed for the preparation of the instructors, will be available prior to the class's visit to the exhibition. The packs include information on the works exhibited in the 2nd Biennale, explanatory texts, topics and questions for discussion, images of the works exhibited, and suggested activities in Greek and English. The School Days program aspires to enrich the students’ experience and facilitate their understanding of the creative process, encouraging them to observe, contemplate and express their ideas. For information: email@example.com tel: 210 52 32 222 and fax: 210 52 32 202
Little Angels For three consecutive weekends, children of ages 6 to 10 can participate in a series of workshops in which they will create works of art along with participating greek artists of the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009. The aim of these workshops is to familiarize children with art making through joyful, creative activities. Participating artists leading the workshops include Anastasia Douka, Andreas Kassapis, Panayiotis Loukas, Angelo Plessas, Kostas Roussakis, and Yiannis Skourletis among others. The workshops begin at 12:00 and their duration is 90 min.
Dates:Sat.12 and Sun. 13/09Sat. 19 and Sun. 20/09Sat. 26 and Sun. 27 of September
The participation to the workshop is free with the purchase of the reduced exhibition ticket.
Esplanade buildingTram stop: Delta FalirouStarting at 12.00
Prerequisite submission for participation: 210 52 32 222
Nikos Arvanitis - "Tonight Live"
The last fireworks of the work "Tonight Live" by Nikos Arvanitis, presented in the "Heaven_Live" exhibition curated by Dimitris Papaioannou & Zafos Xagoraris, will be launched on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September.
In regular intervals during the exhibition, a firework is launched to the sky from a point where the trajectory it follows is visible. The bright box acts like a notice board to the happening and refers to old retro signs of concert halls and cinemas.
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 SeptemberFlisvos Beach (next to the Flisvos Building)Tram stop: FlisvosStarting at 22.00
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