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Tyler Mallison

Learning from Athens

Learning from Athens

Syllabus Artists at documenta 14

Hosted by Spike Island, UK

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th June 2017

I’m thrilled to be travelling to documenta 14 in Athens this June with Syllabus ii and our host Spike Island, along with representatives from Wysing Arts Centre.

This is an opportunity for the group to experience a wide range of contemporary practice together, while considering questions of democracy, the politics of the present moment and participation. Sessions with visiting artists have been designed to open space for each individual to consider their own practice in relation to issues of display, with regard to power relationships, choreography, place and context.

As the meeting point of the economic and migrant crises that have consumed Europe, and as the foundation site of European democracy itself, Athens is a loaded site from which to explore current global complexities.

A highlight of our schedule includes visiting the Athens Conservatoire in conversation with artist Cally Spooner to discuss curation by Pierre Bal Blanc, which takes avant-garde Greek composer Jani Christou’s 1968 work Epicycle as its starting point—and visiting Vivian Suter’s paintings at the Church of Agios Dimitrios in the hills surrounding the acropolis.

Additionally, we will be at the EMST-National Museum of Contemporary Art, Benaki Museum and the Breeder gallery, co-founded by George Vamvakidis and Stathis Panagoulis, discussing the local art scene and current exhibition ‘SI SEDES NON IS’ curated by Milovan Farronato.

Athens, Greece

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