- ReMap4 ADDRESS
15 Leonidou, 5th floor
Artists: Norbert van Ackeren, Michel Blazy, Ceal Floyer, Gereon Krebber, Ugo Rondinone, Karin Sander, Gregor Schneider, Michael Staab, Nisrek Varhonja, Laurence Weine
Curators: Silvia Guerra and Michael Staab
Poems: Rui Costa
Music: Hélène Breschand, Jean-Francois Pauvros
In co-operation with Theatre Synergio and other actors from Europe
Images and texts courtesy of the artists
Lab’Bel (Laboratoire Artistique du Groupe Bel)
Metaphoria II / Athens
The Metaphoria exhibition project started in 2012 with a dialogue between the Portuguese poet Rui Costa and the Paris-based curator Silvia Guerra. The initial idea was to enable a dialogue between poetry (and metaphors) as a means of transportation for images, ideas, places, among others, and the visual arts. Simple house-moving boxes where used in the dialogue as a metaphor.„A box arrives. You have filled it with objects from your old house. Objects you would like to have in your new house. You know that the box may be empty – emptiness is a box so small it can’t be seen – or one that contains an even bigger box. If the box within the box is really large, then it is called universe. It is not possible for the box to contain exactly what you placed inside it – you say, but no one can explain what it takes to turn that into a work of art.“ ( Rui Costa)
Rui Costa died in a violent and unexpected way on January 2012 and was found drowned in the Douro river. The project was resumed by other poets, artists and musicians, curated by Silvia Guerra and shown in 2012 in Guimarães, Portugal.
Now, in 2013, together with Michael Staab, from Cologne – who acts as the project’s co-curator, but also as a stage director and as an artist -, Metaphoria II will take on a different shape in Athens as part of the ReMap4 project (a co-production with Lab’Bel, Paris). We will continue presenting a group show that works as an open dialogue, which takes place on the top floor of an abandoned building in the Metaxourgio area. From the project’s location we can see a full panoramic view of Athens; inside the space we see the art works, which are also metaphors. Meanwhile, we will be listening to recordings of a Pan-European chorus of actors reading a key element for the show – a poem by the late Rui Costa called “The Tourists” :These are the tourists, they come from Greece / to see me. They don’t know that I have been extinct for a million years and that I have transplanted myself into the vertex of a star lost in the future(…)They are the tourists, they clean the nails to the seagulls and eat tuna paste (…)»(extract)
So, Metaphoria is also a travelling, ongoing, site-specific project that sometimes arrives somewhere. An art exhibition that works as a research laboratory for all kinds of perceptions of the inner images triggered by a poem and, on the other hand, shows visual images based on artworks to express movement and the notion of moving on. It’s not so much a usual art exhibition as a reflection on art, guided by a dialogue that seeks the possibility of building different, common and shared spaces for the arts, together with other curating and reception processes.