Jun 22 2016

Atopos cvc

72 Salaminos str.
104 35 Athens

Atopos BlahBlahBlah is a project curated by Vassilis Zidianakis and inspired by Atopos’ research for its new book titled UNLOCKED; a publication that attempts to “unlock” the depiction of the Naked Body in post-photographic, digital era.  Atopos BlahBlahBlah program continues with Ilan Manouach and the presentation of his new book Harvested in the premises of Atopos. Ilan Manouach has participated in the Slaves to Atopos #15 Self Publish Be Happy publication that was created in the context of the SPBH workshop in Atopos cvc in April 2016.

Artist David Bergé and contemporary art curator and editor Theophilos Tramboulis have been invited as responders to the launch event of Harvested, an anthology curated by microworkers. More than two thousand adult movies were bulk harvested from p2p websites directly to a server location for the creation of Ilan’s book. Following two separate scripts, the clips were automatically trimmed down to the first ten minutes and then broken into thousands of low-quality JPG snapshots awaiting to be filtered. The pool of images was later submitted to crowdsourced services that enable the coordination of human intelligence in the performance of tasks that computers are currently unable to do. A selected group of microworkers were assigned to filter these thousands of images according to a consciously vague instruction: as to whether or not they displayed contemporary art.

Harvested brings to the foreground five-hundred found artworks from households, studios, movie sets and other heterotopias of the adult films industry. While this anthology underlines the importance for a contextual, industry-specific art history, it posits by the same token, the need to activate peripheral vision in regard to scopophiliac practices. While IKEA paintings are pervasively dominant, one can find works from modern masters such as a rip-off from Fernand Leger, an unknown Joan Miro, Castle and Sun from Paul Klee but also contemporary works such as Quote, 1964, a print from Robert Rauschenberg, a series of paintings from Mark Rothko, School of Fontainebleau from Cy Twombly and even some replicas from Frank Stella and Lucio Fontana.

During the presentation guests will also be able to visit Atopos’ new exhibition Occupy Atopos #The_Dreamer which will be on until June 24th.

Date and Hour
Wednesday June 22nd 2016 // 20:00 to 22:00

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