[artinfo] The Marathon Marathon project at the Acropolis Museum, Athens, this Sunday October 31st
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Thu Oct 28 14:39:25 CEST 2010
The Marathon Marathon Project (hereinafter
τουμαραθωνίουmarathonproject), will take place in Athens at the
Acropolis Museum on October 31, 2010 under the auspices of the
Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The project takes as its point of departure the impressive
international array of marathon-format events and in particular “The
Marathon Project”, which curator Hans Ulrich Obrist conceived in
Stuttgart in 2005. Obrist conceived this as a transdisciplinary model
which, as said György Kepes, tries to go beyond the fear of pooling
knowledge in order to create a platform for the production of new
The apparent tautology in the title of the Athens event comes from the
fact that τουμαραθωνίουmarathonproject —the “Marathon of the Marathon”
—is being held as part of the celebrations of the 2500th anniversary
of the Battle of Marathon and the organization this year of the Golden
Marathon. This meta-Marathon, the discourse about the Marathon,
provides an opportunity to creatively re-link the message of the
Marathon not only to its place of origin but also to the numerous
places around the world where this message was relayed and multiplied.
The project is being realized at a historical conjuncture which is
proving to be decisive for re-shaping the broader features of Greek
society and culture. The event explores such topics as the new
understanding of humanism that has emerged within contemporary
culture, the re-interpretation of innovation in a globalized world of
hybrid realities, and the role of the arts in the memorization of the
past, present and future. Other topics include the renegotiation of
the idea of the Other (which comes to the fore in the Battle of
Marathon itself and in Aeschylus’s Persians) and the symbolic
transformation of Pheidippides from soldier to warrior-runner.
Artists, writers, poets, philosophers, scientists from Greece and
abroad will take part in τουμαραθωνίουmarathonproject, which is being
curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Nadja Argyropoulou.
The Marathon marathon participants so far are: Daniel Birnbaum, Jeff
Koons,, Sarah Morris, Nikolaus Hirsch, Anna Boghiguian, Armand Marie
Leroi, Huang Yong Ping, Simon Fujiwara, Nairy Baghramian, Société
Réaliste & Jorgos Papadopoulos, Nanos Valaoritis, Vlassis Kaniaris,
Dimitris Dimitriadis, Panos Koutrouboussis, Christiana Soulou, Yiannis
Papadakis, Andreas Angelidakis, Yiannis Varelas, Antonis Liakos,
Vangelis Vlahos, Zyranna Zateli, Kostis Velonis, Athanasios Argianas,
Giorgos Koumendakis, Leda Papakonstantinou, Stelios Ramfos, Yorgos
Tzirtzilakis, Fivi Giannisi, Angelo Papadimitriou, Eva Stefani,
Vassilis Papavassiliou,Yorgos Sapountzis, Christodoulos Panayiotou,
Angelo Plessas, Maria Papadimitriou, Julia Peyton Jones, Ilias
Zenghelis, Luigi Ontani, Etel Adnan, Iannis Xenakis.
The proceedings will be published in book form and distributed
internationally.The Marathon Marathon or τουμαραθωνίουmarathonproject,
is being organized by the non-profit cultural initiative, Saprofyta
and realized in cooperation with the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary
Art and the Acropolis Museum.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. With the
support of OPAP S.A.
Sunday, October 31st 2010, starts 16:00, Acropolis Museum.
Information: saprofyta at gmail.com
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