National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens: Hybrid stories

Hybrid stories, from the EMST collection

27/06/2013 – 15/09/2013
Curated By: Stamatis Schizakis


HILL GARY, URA ARU (the backside exists), 1985-1986, Colour videotape, with sound Duration 28΄30΄΄ Purchased in 2000 Inv. No. 60/2000
© Photo: Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) presents from the 27th of June until the 15th of September 2013 the Hybrid stories, from the EMST collection, an exhibition of 14 works, of video art and film, by acclaimed artists such as Robert Wilson, Rebecca Horn, Gary Hill, Jean –Luc Godard, among others.
This particular selection of works combines the other aspects of the new narrativity which formed during the 70s when artists chose video as their new medium of recording or started undermining the established cinematic practices. From a medium of recording, video became in the hands of these visual artists an exceptionally flexible and expressive instrument. Through the hybrid character of the produced artworks, in which painting, sculpture, music, theatricality, cinematic narrative and television are brought together, one recognizes the concerns of contemporary aesthetics in relation to the correspondence of the arts of space and time and also the realization of the demand for the synthesis of the arts.

In his ritualistic work Deafman Glance, a televised adaptation of his five-hour “silent” opera, Robert Wilson, intersects theatricality with visual arts. Rebecca Horn’s films integrate (and redefine) her sculptural world, her performances and her body pieces into the “reality” of the cinematic narration. Jean-Luc Godard along with Anne-Marie Mieville analyze the political economy of personal and mass media communications in a provocative critique of the power of media images in contemporary culture and everyday life. In the works of Gary Hill the viewer observes the passage from the pictorial use of the medium to the artist’s own linguistic-centered games. Dimitris Kozaris draws his material upon hundreds of neglected “spaghetti” western movies. He parodies not only the “low” products of mass culture but to a much greater degree, he criticizes the position of the contemporary artist, who erects communication networks through deconstructionist activities. In the cross-section of the cinematographic and photographic storytelling, the work of George Drivas which also integrates the written word, sound, even architecture, detects the boundaries and the relations between reality and fiction, objective testimony and aesthetic construction.

From the 2nd of July until the 15th of September at the Project Room will be screening the documentary film Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism ensnares Democracy (2008), by Richard Brouillette. Drawing upon the thinking and analyses of renowned intellectuals, this documentary sketches a portrait of neo-liberal ideology and examines the various mechanisms used to impose its dictates throughout the world.  Featuring Noam Chomsky, Ignacio Ramonet, Normand Baillargeon, Susan George, Omar Aktouf, Oncle Bernard, Michel Chossudovsky, François Denord, François Brune, Martin Masse, Jean-Luc Migué, Filip Palda, Donald J. Boudreaux.

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