PORTIKUS is pleased to announce the exhibition Georgia Sagri and I.
Portikus is an institution for contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main. Since its foundation in 1987 and as a fundamental element of the renowned art academy Städelschule, Portikus is dedicated to exhibit, publish and discuss young and emerging as well as established artists and their work.
Georgia Sagri and I is a playlist, a perspective on retrospective and an exhibition of exhibiting – an institution without confines.
For the first time, sculptures, video works and performances from the last ten years of Georgia Sagri’s multidisciplinary oeuvre come together. Their display is treated as a score that decides on tempo, duration, entry and exit. Screenscapes, landscapes, soundscapes are all part of it, as are performances, concerts, workshops and their organizing modes.
The exhibition began during the conversation between artist and curator on the Georgia Sagri Georgia Sagri exhibition at Kunstverein Braunschweig, where the symmetry of the architecture allowed the works to be accommodated and exist at ease in their module state. Module conveys the idea of the conceived possibilities of an object’s multiple meanings in space and time’s (gravity and temperature) impact. In rejecting the singular by the act of doubling, Sagri also rejects the hierarchies between object and subject with their spatial determinations. The white cube of Portikus however is in an ambiguous state, it can be many and is one. Its history and structure makes it an exhibition space per se, suspending other determinations. Georgia Sagri and I allows cracks and syncopations on this premises through the means of her works’ thought experiments.
In this continuum, friends, musicians, her brother poet and activist, and writers are some of the references of the artist’s home town Athens who bring more affects in the exhibition. Georgia Sagri’s performances are endurance in loop, where repetitions give space and time for contemplation. Hence, the exhibition is a tool for different bodies to use Portikus as a concert hall, an exhibition space, a memory bank and an art school.
June, 2nd, 8 pm Tasos Sagris & Whodoes, Live Poetry Performance and Electronics , Portikus
TASOS SAGRIS is a poet, theater director and activist born in Athens in 1972. In 1990 he co-created the international anarchist cultural group Void Network and at 2008 the Institute for Experimental Arts- a contemporary theater group for research, performance and cultural education. He tours often in Europe, Asia, Mexico and USA for talks, multi media poetry actions, exhibitions, performances and theater shows. His poetry is a melancholic call out for chaos, revolt, hedonism and social awareness.
Tasos Sagris was poet and frontman of the Greek music band Horror Vacui during the 90s and from early 90s until today he presents poetry events – cross platform collaborations of poets, djs, video artists and musicians. Organizing for more than 30 years festivals, events and actions in public spaces around the world he is an anarchist artist from 21st century. He participates in social movements in Greece and Europe.
About Human Love at Western Metropolitan Cities (poetry, Greece 2008)
We Are An Image From The Future -the Greek Revolt of December 2008
(co-editor / AK Press USA 2010)
Phenomenology of The Guillotine (poetry, Greece 2018)
From Democracy to Freedom (co-editor / Crimethinc USA 2018)
Horror Vacui- Pothos/ Desire- a Trilogy about an Angel (1994)
Tasos Sagris+Whodoes- Phenomenology of the Guillotine (2018)
The Maids by Jean Genet (2008-2009)
Dying As Country by Dimitris Dimitriadis (2010-2011)
4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane (2012-2015)
Yard Gal (Night!) by Rebecca Prichard (2017-2018)
WHODOES, was born in Greece-Athens in 1981. Whodoes’ music is a combination of ambient / soundtrack music, post rock, shoe-gaze, cinematographic electronica and ethnic soundscapes. His poetic sound works like a bridge for experiential experiences of the past to the present and the future, while at the same time sensitively approaching the functions of life in direct connection with urban environments and secret nature. Guitarist – a composer, a true fan of experimentation, research and improvisation, sharpening his imagination using foreign bodies on the guitar such as effects, violin-bow,
metal slide, e-bow, wood (turning the electric guitar in a Mediterranean traditional “Santuri” instrument), combined with the use of music technology, turntables, loops and programming creating a special sound with which he composes. With his own musical identity and style, he presents alone or together with poet Tasos Sagris a unique audiovisual spectacle on stage.The music of Whodoes has been hosted in music collections of his genre, while the passion for the combination of sound and visual art has compelled him to compose music for musical theater performances. Recently he created his third personal musical album, “HOURS”, which includes eight instrumental compositions while he works with Tasos Sagris for the conclusion of the album “Phenomenology of the Guillotine”. In the past, he has created two other albums, “EMPIRICO” and “DOLPHINS IN THE SKY”
more sounds at https://whodoes.bandcamp.com/
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