POTENTIAL SPACE (ATHENS)
Marc Einsiedel & Felix Jung
PV Wednesday 5 April 2017, 7-9pm (performance at 8pm)
6 - 29 April 2017, open Thu-Sat 12-6pm and by appointment
Drakou 9, Koukaki, Athens 117 42, Greece
“The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed,”
-- Michel Foucault, ‘Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias’, 1967
Slate Projects is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Marc Einsiedel & Felix Jung (We Are Visual): Potential Space (Athens). The work comprises slide documentation, framed photographs, monochrome pigment reliefs, found objects and performative sculpture, re-presenting in the gallery thirty-six ‘potential spaces’ found throughout Athens.
We Are Visual focus on empty, hidden or forgotten spaces, as well as visible and invisible boundaries. By analysing these ambiguous non-places, partially revealed and systematically ignored, they visualise the link between demographic problems and urban incoherence. The status of ‘potential spaces’ as either public or private remains contested, their awkward geometries are clues to the invisible economic, political, and cultural forces shaping the contours of the city. We Are Visual create spatial interventions in the gallery to open up debate about subcultural, collective and alternative forms of living as ‘informal-urban-development’ or ‘DIY urbanism’ in the context of fragmenting and homogenising urban spaces.
Potential Space (Athens) is the fourth iteration in the series. Previous city-specific projects have been executed and exhibited in Hamburg, Brussels and London. Potential Space (London) was included in the group exhibition ‘Maybe your lens is scratched?’ curated by Bianca Baroni and Alex Meurice at the Averard Hotel in June 2016. The Hamburg and Brussels exhibitions were curated by Âme Nue, Hamburg.
The exhibition is located the basement of an old music hall, in a historic townhouse in the Koukaki neighbourhood of Athens. The space is a short walk from EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, host institution for documenta 14 in Athens, and adjacent to Syngrou-Fix metro station.
A repeat performance by We Are Visual is scheduled for Friday April 7, to coincide with the opening of ‘Universitas’, a group exhibition on the subject of migration and learning with artists from Syria, Greece and Germany, organised by AthenSYN, and curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis.
We are grateful for the invaluable support from our friends at the Trii Art Hub.
About We Are Visual:
Felix Jung (b.1985, Germany) and Marc Einsiedel (b.1983, Germany) have worked together since 2010 in Hamburg as an artist-duo with the name We Are Visual. They immerse themselves in public space, expanding on this experience through a process of adding, misusing and recycling. They manifest that which has been forgotten: the grievance, the issue, the confounding, the absurd and the contrasting. We Are Visual shows work as interventions in public spaces, galleries and museums. www.wearevisual.orgView catalogue