“Plásmata” – which runs from May 23 to July 10, 2022 – opens at the statue of King Constantine I and reaches all the way to the Alsos Theater and the pine forest that lies beyond.
This year, the exhibition will follow pathways that ask us to discover parts of the park that are not, in the main, known to the general public. We’re inviting exhibition visitors to explore those Pedion tou Areos areas that run alongside Alexandras Avenue – the side where the statue of the goddess Athena stands – and to wander around the digital pavilions and events sited in the clearings and flowerbeds hidden away inside the park. This is a conscious curatorial approach that allows visitors to engage with the exhibition in Pedion tou Areos’ most popular areas before being invited to lose themselves within the park in order to discover startling exhibits, collective activities, and events. Just like last year, the rationale is one of curated serendipity, with three suggested routes through an exhibition that’s nevertheless accessible every which way: engaging with one exhibit means at least one other is in sight, and so visitors can lose themselves within Pedion tou Areos.
With 25 international pieces, new commissions, more than 250 square meters of LED works, 40 solar batteries collecting the energy of the Attic sun by day to create an artificial moon 70 meters above the ground using laser beams by night, a humanoid handing out medicine in an abandoned pharmacy at the edge of the park, and a huge red planet that reminds us of our overheating Earth and of our inability to formulate a collective political subjectivity, “Plásmata” promises to entertain us but also to give us pause for thought in the Athenian summertime.
“Plásmata” includes a series of discussions and workshops that will be announced shortly.
"Quantum Memories - Probability" by Refik Anadol, Photo: Stelios Tzetzias