The Marathon -
2015 Athens Performance Art Workshop
epitelesis Performance Art Foundation
- Andreas Pashias, Founder
14th - 20th September 2015
€250 per person
Performance Art Workshop Athens 2015 “The Marathon” hosted by epitelesis – Performance Art Foundation, Athens consisted of five consecutive workshop days, one day of participants live presentations, followed by Sunday’s critical discussion from the 14th until the 20th of September, introduced by international artists Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith and Zierle & Carter, with guest artists Andreas Pashias and Francesco Kiais, at multiple spaces provided by Booze Cooperativa – a cultural hub located in the heart of Athens.This experimental and experiential workshop offered participants a unique and intense input/collaboration with five internationally established artists, in order to experience an array of methodologies, processes and approaches to performance art, whilst being actively encouraged to delve into new and unchartered territory.
The workshop led into a final night of live performances open to the public and curated specifically according to the resulting work of participants on Saturday 19th of September. Within the workshop week, the special event “epitelesis presents… Zierle & Carter” allowed both participants and the public to personally experience the duo’s artistic practice.
CONCEPT + METHODOLOGY
/ The self-evident has to be contemplated first.
/ The sense of foreboding is condensing certainty.
/ The feeling that something is about to happen,
like a breeze passing by, and the recognition determines
an unforeseen quality.
/ Identifying landmarks and signs
“…wenn mich die Dinge nicht rufen, gehe ich nicht hin.”
/ Joseph Beuys said once:“…if things don’t call me, I am not going.”
The marathon is often used as a metaphor for strenuous efforts and intense concentration, aimed to reach a distant goal. But a marathon runner learns how to distribute his energy on the way, making of every step a ‘finish line’.
Along our ideal marathon through the city, -which is a daily theatre of millions of marathons-, you were invited to find your own ‘finish line’, proceeding in your personal research.
Through the encounter with different methodologies of the facilitators, and with other participants, the process of the emotional, spatial, visual, and physical negotiation generated a common territory to meet, to share discussions and actions, and giving space for risk taking, and shifting known parameters.
Giving weight to the individual in its particularity and originality, the “Marathon” project lead to different theoretical and practical experiences and exercises, opening up the necessary amplitude to develop his/her visual/action-based vocabulary, in a supportive environment, with artistic and practical feedback.
The “Marathon” offered a route into five stages where each participant passed through four different artistic and pedagogical approaches, in terms of individual and collective experiences, with moments of verbal and practical reflection, analysis, and synthesis. At the end of this path, each participant had marked a new ‘starting line’, presenting their own work.
“epitelesis presents… Zierle & Carter” – Evening special event
Semelis Agrafiotis and the Marathon Workshop Facilitators
epitlesis Performance Art Foundation
‘epitelesis Presents…’ Volunteers:
All the workshop participants
Nikos Louvros and team
Dafni Lianantonaki, Petros Koumantaris, Dimitris Priftis, Titika Stamouli, and Semelis Agrafiotis