Global Dance

By Eleanna Martinou

The situationist drift is the structural element behind the construction of images where multiple layers of events create a mesh of intersecting trajectories, whose densities increase or decrease like in music. With the abolition and reconstitution of form evolves the idea of a new global community, without beginning, middle or end.

General Concept:

During the last two decades in Greece, money, as a means of acquiring commodities, has become an end in itself. Albeit, this was never the product of labor or strategic programming, but an immense bubble that was either inflated through global market procedures, or underestimated altogether, without any sense of measure or balance. History is written by everyday people and involves trivial moments, rather than great leaders or the occasional authorities. The network which connects the inner vision and the bodily record constructs a new mechanism from the bottom up, whose temporality is no longer linear. Within that framework, the individual gets connected to the whole and to the market and the new society emerges devoid of supreme principles; the only principle is the market itself. On the one hand, there are stages of emergence of the work of art / network; on the other, images / photographs / documents of the Protagonists. In conjunction with previous works – Imaginary Metropolis and Radar, the Prosopon now creates a Republic through a mesh of trajectories and superimposed layers. This Republic consists of the lines suggestive of the traces and events created by each Prosopon, through its presence and its partaking in the making of history. The Body of the Metropolis is the aggregate of the Prosopa dwelling there, shaping it through the flux of time. It is molded inside the non-linear continuum of time. The nexus of the trajectories, the choices of the Prosopon and the chance encounters between humans, emerges through superimposed layers of documents (photographs, newspaper clippings, film stills). The work integrates dancing gestures. With the abolition and reconstitution of form evolves the idea of a new global community, without beginning, middle or end.

Short bio:

Born in Athens (1981). Studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (2006) and graduated with a MA in the Arts (2009).  She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Mexico, Croatia, France, Turkey and Latin America. Also, she has worked on theatre stage sets and book illustrations. Solo exhibitions/presentations: 2013 Gavriilidis publications, Athens 2012 Batagianni gallery, Athens | 2010 Apotheke gallery, Nicosia | 2010 Openartspace, Vitrina Project, Athens | 2011 BIOS, Athens. Group (selected): 2013 Αenaon gallery, Athens | 2013 Cultural Bridges Athens-Quito, Ecuador | 2013 Batagianni gallery, Athens | 2012 Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens | 2011 AAO project & Parsons The New School for Design, Benaki Museum, Athens | 2011 Liquid Cities & Contemporary Identities, International  Artexpo & Elmur, Street Screenings, Lleida, Spain | 2011 Layering Athens, Beton7 gallery, Athens | 2011 N.Kessanlis Laboratory, Athens | 2010 Hidden Athens, Τaf, Athens | 2005 French Institut, Athens. Her works belong to copelouzos collection and private collections in Greece, Ecuador, Istanbul and Cyprus. She lives and works in Athens.

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