MART present “The Non Zero Sum Art Games” in Athens
An art event based on inventivity and the joy of playing in the age of crisis stories from the sea
Written by: Stella Pekiaridi
MART is an artist initiative set up in 2006 by Matthew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan. MART’s primary aim is to create a platform for new media, installation, sculpture, experimental film and performance artists. The initiative was founded on an inclusive ethos, which aims to break down boundaries in the visual arts through its ability to inspire a curiosity for knowledge and education through art. MART aims to bring contemporary art to the forefront of culture by actively engaging people from all sectors of society in both its viewing and production. Although the team has been formed in Ireland -more specifically in Galway- they have being quite active organizing events and exhibitions beyond its borders: in Germany, Slovakia, Norway, England and the US. Their latest project called “The Non Zero-Sum Art Games” is a program of exhibitions and performances focusing on the power that art and people have to transform the socio/political psyche of the public in 3 European cities; Dublin, Lisbon & Athens all whom have recently hit by financial crisis.
A Non Zero Sum Game is in game theory a situation where one decision maker’s gain (or loss) does not necessarily result in the other decision makers’ loss (or gain) – a win-win game. They generally have both competitive and cooperative elements. Players engaged have some complementary interests and some interests that are completely opposed. Based on this concept, the exhibition features projects made according to some rules:
The artists are playing against each other to win a game with no results. They were not allowed to bring any materials or equipment with the exception of 1 Mobile Phone and 1 Laptop. They were given €100 to source materials/equipment in the host country. They should work with at least one local artist/resident. All artworks will be destroyed when the show is complete.
As far as the part of Greece is concerned, five Irish artists (Andrew Carson, Adam Gibney, Samantha McGahon, Matthew Nevin, Ciara Scanlan) landed in Athens and had 5 days to create a piece of installation or sculpture artwork working under that set of rules and regulations. The result will be exhibited on March 7th at the main exhibition space of metamatic:TAF. Moreover, a team of Greek artists (Stefanos Athanatos, Panos Profitis, Kyrgiakos Tsiftsopoulos, George Gyzis, Maria Tzanakou, Christos Papasotiriou) collaborated with the Irish artists creating joint projects in the rooms of metamatic: TAF’s old building.
ελculture.gr had the opportunity to have a sneak peek at the making of the exhibition: The Greek alphabet, the Greek kiosk, the Greek press, freebies we may all get in a daily walk in the city, improvised prizes were a few of the main materials that were used for the making of the exhibits. The artworks make us reconsider the notions of possessing, being a winner, being a loser, communicating and deciphering media messages as well as conceiving the urban space. Most of the projects deal with universal questions such as the meaning of the notions of winning and losing in a consumer society and the media propaganda while others seem to be inspired conceptually by the Athenian urban landscape or even by the Greek language. For those interested in an insight into the whole procedure of the making of the exhibition from its beginning until a few hours before the official opening there is enough documentation on the blog of the project.
To coincide with MART’s Athens Exhibition, MART have been hosting 2 Portuguese and 2 Greek artists in Unit 4 Gallery. The exhibition features George Gyzis, Orlando Franco, São Trindade, Maria Tzanakou and runs from March 7th to 24th. Τhe performance event shall consist of 5 performance artists (Vanessa Daws, Francis Fay, Eleanor Lawler, Katherine Nolan, Aine Phillips) who have been working in Plataforma Revólver from March 4th to 7th devising 5 performances, which will be performed at the opening event on March 7th at 10pm.
The entire event is being launched on March 7th with a live video link between the cities. The exhibition at metamatic: TAF runs from March 7th to 24th.
– See more at: http://www-en.elculture.gr/elcblog/article/zero-sum-art-552008#sthash.veqH9aLJ.dpuf
March 7th 2013
An art event based on inventivity and the joy of playing in the age of crisis
The event is being launched on March 7th with a live video link between the cities. The exhibition at metamatic: TAF runs from March 7th to 14th.
– See more at: http://www.elculture.gr/elcblog/article/non-sum-art-games-552007#sthash.Dy3dEVSS.dpuf