Fireworks out of season – Riviera

Fireworks out of season – Riviera
Riviera open-air cinema

Participating artists: Zoe Giabouldaki, Mike Gibisser, Joan Jonas, Valentina Karga, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Vasilis Papageorgiou, Eleni Phyla, Kostas Roussakis, Paky Vlassopoulou

Curated by: Galini Notti

Duration: 30 January – 1 February 2015
Opening: Friday, 30 January, 20:00
Opening hours: Saturday 31 January & Sunday 1 February: 18:00 – 23:00
Address: Valtetsiou 46, Exarcheia

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Sunset, 2012, 00:15 min on loop, color, silent, video,courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, Istanbul/ London

Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Οne swallow doesn’t make a summer, 3.500 calendar pages on wall, courtesy of the artist

Eleni Phyla, Bubbles, 2014, bubble machine, green bubble solution, wire rope, light source, motion sensor, courtesy of the artist
Joan Jonas, Wind, 1968, 5:37 min on loop, b&w, silent, 16 mm film transferred to video, courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

performance: Johny fire 
Kosmas Nikolaou, What’s the day today?, 2015, fridge, cake, courtesy of the artist 

Kostas Roussakis, Pavilion, 2015, timber posts for formwork, nails, courtesy of the artist and Elika Gallery, Athens

Mike Gibisser, Blue Loop, July, 2014, 5:23 min on loop, color, sound, 16mm film transferred to digital file, courtesy of the artist

Paky Vlassopoulou, Aquaggaswack, 2015, metal, wood, camping lights, ropes, nylon, courtesy of the artist

Valentina Karga, The construction of fire and other stories, 2015, risograph prints, edition of 15, courtesy of the artist

Vasilis Papageorgiou, Homage to the dryly grasses, 2014, neon lights and metal elements, courtesy of the artist

Zoe Giabouldaki, In the out of sync edge, click revert, 2015, prints, glass, courtesy of the artist and Elika Gallery, Athens

photo credit  Mariza Nikolaou

The exhibition Fireworks out of season – Riviera is an unseasonal invitation. It
arrives when the open-air movie theaters are not yet open or are long-closed, before
or after the tourist season in the Côte d’Azur. It is an invitation to an inverted visit. 
The exhibition looks at different views and aspects of the space beyond its usual use
and function. It visits Riviera out of season, when it is closed, inaccessible and
invisible. It aims to create an environment of contemplation through a poetic
displacement, through a condition ‘out of time and place’ which shares the features
of a dream during sleep.
When Riviera does not function as a cinema it leads a secret parallel life. It looks like
a garden that grows by itself and a fallow field; nature recovers its rhythm there while
the enclosure separates it from its surroundings. Following Riviera’s ‘parallel life’, the
exhibition composes a parallel narrative that negotiates with the experience of
spaces, their representations and connotations: from Exarcheia to Côte d’Azur, from
an open-air movie theater to a summer destination by the sea. 
Moreover, the out of season condition is a discussion about the climate in both literal
and figurative meaning. Climate signifies atmospheric as well as living conditions that
prevail at a certain period and place. The seasonal character of particular activities,
events, habits and destinations explores the flow of time according to nature, society,
and daily life. The visit of an outdoors space during winter examines a series of
parameters that regulate the seasons and affect individual and social experience.