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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The fund-raising campaign of the upcoming Eternal Internet Brotherhood


Athens 10/07/2012

The Eternal Internet Brotherhood is an initiative for a 5 day collaborative camp. It is a program of holidays featuring activities and events  that will take place between the 9th to the 15th of August 2012 on the greek island of Anafi. This aegean island is located on the south-east edge of the Cycladic cluster and can be reached only by boat.

This initiative will host artists, curators, writers and friends working on or dealing with the vast landscape of internet culture. This is an international group, coming from different parts of the world but collectively part of a compact online community who believe that the creative integration of the offline and online modes of well-being can spark a liberated intellectual evolution and reveal an all-union of disciplines. I invited people whose work expands notions of communication, distribution, dissemination, compression and simultaneity.

The participants will evaluate and activate ideas of deeper spiritual virtuality, explore and invent new visual codes and behavoural modes, using the island itself as an interface: a new consciousness of time and space. We aspire also to compare Internet social conventions to actual space, minimizing or maximizing the intervention of technology.

Participants are free to realize their projects in any medium: from a workshop to a lecture to a performance to an installation to a video to a website to an mp3, anywhere on the island: by the beach, by the bar, underwater, in the monastery.

The Eternal Internet Brotherhood will provide a “space” of total intellectual liberty and will act as a post-privacy outpost. We will escape from the visual provincialism of technology within which we now live in a meta-internet corporeal idyllic context.

Angelo Plessas, 2012

more info here

About This Campaign:

The Eternal Internet Brotherhood is an artist-run initiative. This means that we are doing this without the support of an institution or any state funding. This has to do with the specifics of the context [Greece in crisis as a microcosm or natural exemplar for the precarity of global hypercapitalism in liquid modernity] but also to do with a shared conviction that funding bodies carry their own agenda which often ends up curtailing artistic autonomy. Most of the artists taking part are not part of the object art economy, preferring to practice in more distributed ways: using our bodies or furnishing spaces or experimenting with new forms of image-making online. We build our community in the mould of Web 2.0; open source sharing, wikiesque knowledge distribution, an economy of affect; in this spirit, we seek assistance from our friends, peers and critics in helping us build an IRL model of the gift economy. 
The money is going towards food and accommodation for the artists while in Anafi. We are partially funding ourselves, as we see this as an important part of setting up an initiative - covering our own travel and a portion of our expenses. But to make it possible for this to work well, we need your help! Please donate generously for the good of post-internet generations to come. 

List of participants (list under construction)

Amalia Ulman
Amateurboyz (GR)
Andreas Angelidakis
Angelo Plessas
Billy Rennenkamp
Dora Maja DM (DE)
Georges Jacotey (GR)
Harry Burke
Jesse Darling (UK)
Katerina Kana (CY)
Miltos Manetas
Mona Mahall and Asli Serbest (Junk Jet magazine
) (TR/DE)
Paolo di Landro (IT)
Petros Moris (GR)
Pegy Zali
Priscilla Tea (IT)
Rafael Rozendaal (NL)
Rozsa Farkas (UK)
Travess Smalley (US)
Vincent Charlebois (CA)





Thursday, July 12, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Mia Lundström

Anthropoligist and urban planner  Mia Lundström

Tell us the story of your life in 140 characters
Friends, love, nature, work, curiosity, change, having fun, running, writing, travel. Trying to find ways to bring together, evolve and expand all of the above.

Which would be your dream project? 
There is not one dream project. But several and I am working on them right now. Exploring and connecting urban planning, architecture, art, food, politics, social structures, people. Linking different worlds together to make a difference and having lots of fun doing it.

What was the most interesting thing you heard lately?
Actually, it was not what I heard. It was what I felt visiting Athens recently. What is going on in Greece right now affects all your senses.

Read in greek via Lifo

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Temple of Truth" review by Marina Fokidis on Art-Agenda

Link here

July 9, 2012

Angelo Plessas’s ”Temple of Truth”

May 30–September 22, 2012

Communication is the quest, communication sans barriers. Angelo Plessas’s works form a certain kind of a deliberate “digitally naive” poetry, like a weed within the over-wrought special-effects garden of cyber space. His works are connected with the internet through organic and natural processes—but it’s not that he’s fascinated with technology as such. Most of his works exist as web pages that are projected in the white box environment (on occasion) or on public walls within the city. The domain names of these websites are as much a part of the work as is the content. People can interact with them through their computer, from the couch or wherever they happen to be. Yet, this facility of interaction is not used by the artist as a gimmick. The fact that the works are also to be seen online is just a casual incident. Plessas seems to be a veritable bohemian, rather, who oscillates between fertile constellations and specific locales within the net, no different than a bohemian flâneur, drifting through the streets of Paris. He is a part of a kind of “celebrity neighborhood” where members create freely and dwell in and out of the internet without having to undergo any sense of transition.
In 2007, he founded the ”Angelo Foundation,” a fictional organization that aims to investigate and contextualize the social life of the internet and its relation, or better yet, its parallel existence, to a more physical reality via performances, installations, sculptural objects, and collages. His first solo exhibition at Rebecca Camhi Gallery is the most recent project of that foundation, an installation that includes sculptures, flags, neon, websites, projections, and a program of parallel events based on meditation and other rituals of “self-inspection.” The gallery space has been transformed into a peculiar black-and-white temple with a shrine, icons, sculptures—a sacred space of both confession and seclusion.
This “retro-futuristic” stetting for communal experience aims, according to Plessas, “to present methods of mind and body improvement through creative integration of the offline and online modes.” The concept of the show is based on Extropists’ philosophy. What’s that, you ask? It is a movement that empowers progress and evolution of human values without the intervention of any religious principles, but through the use of science and technology. The Extropists believe that the latter will redefine every human need. Plessas uses the methodology of this rather extravagant new age philosophy as a conceptual device, so as to create a space that accommodates diverse fantasies beyond Extropism itself. He is not into preaching the beliefs of a new way of living based on progress. Instead, he attempts to actively create—in his own words—a “social environment surrounded by ideas and principles that are focused on human beings and their prosperity” through a collage of aesthetic symbols and cultural mannerisms.
Leaving the city behind when entering the space, you definitely feel that you have entered a sanctuary, but not one of a specific religion or ideology. It’s a super-stylized room offering up a variety of ways of contemplation beyond the restrictions of religion, race, sex, age, and socio-economic backgrounds. The black-and-white striped walls and furniture act as a camouflage, providing an entrance into a manipulated cosmos that bears only the traces of the familiar. Like an extension of the simulated environment of digital games—but the avatar here is the physicality of the viewer himself.
A set of beautiful banners featuring collages of nonsensical symbols designed by Plessas and found images from the web, together with a pyramid and other symbolic structures (such as objects simulating tombs and other ritualistic tools) co-exist with projections of websites (like, which constitute a Sufi-like dance of shapes and motives floating in the free space. The artist’s sarcastic title “The Temple of Truth” is inscribed in neon and hangs on the wall like a sign heralding the threshold of the invisible social-networking altar. (It also provides the password to the gallery’s wi-fi network, no secrecy, no exclusion, free access to this hotspot in all senses of the word).
Marina Fokidis 2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

* NEW column * The Silver Couch Couple: Maria Ines Rodriguez and Juan Gaitan


Γιάννης και Μαρία

I am starting a new selection on the Silver Couch called Couple. This week friends from Mexico City Maria Ines Rodriguez and Juan Gaitan are the first of the column. 
We wish them blissful moments.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Cibelle

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Artist Cibelle

Who is your hero?
People who just really living out their personal truth and people who say "This is who I am!"

What do you imagine doing in 30 years from now?
I can see my hair as Silver fox with really long white hair and probably dressed in white and spending time on the beach

Read in greek via Lifo

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Sound Meditation of Truth tonight

Cibelle reading the text of her own Truth at my apartment yesterday

Tonight 04/07/2012

I have the pleasure to invite you to the Sound Meditation of Truth tonight between 19:00-21:30. The first of a series of events taking place during the exhibition ''TEMPLE OF TRUTH'' by Angelo Plessas  at Rebecca Camhi gallery.

I am inviting the yoga and meditation instructor, Alexander Papanastasatos.

During the session participants will take part in energy exercises that will culminate with the sonic meditation and harmonize soul and mind with the sound vibrations of the gong and quartz crystals. 

Tomorrow I will have a downloadble MP3 for your devices for future private meditations.