The independent cultural foundation Studio 4, presents the project space Temporary Duplex; an unusual space, which –as its name implies– consists of two parts and is temporary. The room Temporary Duplex: The Lockers, is housed in a space that functioned as the premise of the “Skordadiko” until a few years back; a garlicgrocer behind Koumoundourou square. Up to date, the main use of the space, is the temporary storage of luggage.
Across the street, there is the room Temporary Duplex: The Laundry, housed in the space the Breeder gallery started. Up to date, the space functions as the warehouse and office of a tourist business, where –amongst other tasks– the daily laundry of the linen takes place. The remains of the previous uses and the traces of the main use are evident in the two rooms; a wooden door, a mural fragment, a mirror window, signs in English only.
The exhibition programme of the Temporary Duplex project space starts with the sound group show The Sound of Paint; it is curated by Andreas Fakis and it takes place within the framework of Public Art Festival: Survival.
The exhibition The Sound of Paint forms the third action of the 2nd edition of Public Art Festival and presents archival material by five graffiti crews –teams of graffiti creators– from Athens, in the form of audio clips, accompanied by photographic excerpts.
The Sound of Paint showcases archival material by the crews Udk (1996), Skids (1998), Fix (1999), Tbd (1999) and Mobs (2012), which in total, cover a time span of active action of more than twenty years that begins in the middle of the decade of 1990 and reaches up to present.
Through the audio extracts –which have been recorded in publicly accessible spaces– the exhibition The Sound of Paint attempts to focus the attention of the viewer to the sound element, providing a glimpse in regards to skills, abilities, emotions and actions, such as methodicalness, patience, boldness, rage, fear, risk and power.
Skills, abilities, emotions and actions, which are attempting to contribute to the literal and to the spiritual survival of the creators.
Inauguration: Friday 19 May 2017, 20.00 – 23.00 (admission free)
Duration: 20 May – 2 June, Wednesday – Sunday 12.00 – 18.00 (admission free)
Location: Epikourou 16 (Τemporary Duplex: The Lockers), Evmorfopoulou 6 (Τemporary Duplex: The Laundry)
PAF is a multileveled festival with Greek and international participations, it has a biennial frequency and it is constituted by cultural events that involve forms of art, which can be encountered in public space, such as street art, graffiti –specifically in the form of documentation material, or in a preservation context, regarding important pieces– and other forms of visual art. Public Art Festival: Survival is carried out under the auspices of the City of Athens.
As “public”, may be perceived any place –tangible or intangible, outdoor or indoor, private or public, underground or overground, central or peripheral, mobile or immobile, terrestrial or aerial– which any one can have –visual, acoustic, physical or other– contact with, sans terms.
The thematic of Public Art Festival derives from the current social and economic treaty of the Greek area, which –despite the fact that it lies several decades back– was widely understood during the year 2010, when the Hellenic Democracy used the mechanism of: the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, to postpone the possibility of bankruptcy.
In April 2010, Nikos Koundouros told me: “For tomorrow, we do not know. Some are frightened, some are hopping and some are pretending that nothing is happening”.
Survival has multiple uses and different readings.
It refers to the citizens of Greece, to Greece as an area, to Athens as the centre of Greece, and to the art the public space hosts, as its organic content.
At the same time, the open call is still on, for anyone who would like to contribute in the utilization of the 2nd edition of Public Art Festival. The open call for is addressed to volunteers of every specialty. Those interested, can contact us here , including a CV and the code of interest “PAF2_Volu” on the subject.
At the completion of Public Art Festival: Survival there will be a draw for two (2) accommodation packages for three (3) nights for two (2) adults at a four (4) star hotel in a summer destination. The accommodation packages can be used during September 2017.