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The New Together Vol. II
Wednesday 02/11 – Wednesday 30/11/2022
The physical presentation of The New Together project concludes with the exhibition of three collaborative works created following Ngallery's open call for remote co-creation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition entitled "The New Together Vol. III" will be presented from Wednesday, November 2, until Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at the hybrid space of Ngallery.
During the pandemic lockdown, contemporary music composer and sound researcher
Nicoleta Chatzopoulou’s Ngallery made an open call for participation in an art project with the sole prerequisite being long-distance collaboration. Composers, musicians, artists, performers, directors, writers, scientists and intellectuals from all over the world were invited and challenged to create collaborative works, overcoming the impossibility of physical presence in the same space.
Although restrictions were largely lifted and mobility restored, the art world is struggling to recover from a global event that has brought enormous economic damage and uncertainty. At the same time, we are facing a new unprecedented energy crisis, forcing many of our fellow human beings to impose a self-lockdown in order to meet the cost of living. The New Together project, born as a reaction and response to the challenges for artistic creation, communication and presentation caused by the pandemic, remains extremely relevant in a highly critical present and a dystopian future that stretches before us.
The following works are exhibited at the third and final edition of The New Together project:
“5walls with Anna Pangalou”, Longform video; 4 recordings of extended Zoom calls with no prescribed time limits
Tim Tsang x Anna Pangalou
During May and June 2020, during the height of the pandemic for many countries, Tim and Anna decided to meet together virtually from their homes in Los Angeles and Athens, without any prescribed time limits, and extensively carried out longform conversations filled with honesty, sincerity, with a curiosity toward new forms of knowledge and being. Carried out as a quiet, un-advertised form of action, they met a total of four times, with each meeting being anywhere from 2 to 4 hours long. Topics covered included cybernetics, sociology, art, music, creative life, loneliness, life struggles, culture, history - seamlessly weaving in and out from the societal to the personal. After the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, Tim and Anna spent their fourth conversation in complete silence for over one hour, after listening to a recording together of Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” (“Songs on the Death of Children”).
“Stitching Borders”, Installation
Constantine Katsiris x Louisa Stylianidi
The work of Louisa and Constantine is centered around the idea of maps and borders, creating soundscapes and landscapes. In this collaboration, they worked together to think about the lines of borders and how borders can be changed. Louisa’s sewn pieces are of drawings she made that are thought of as map-poems. Visualising sound and also trying to sew land together or trying to sew the sea with the land is almost impossible and that “sewing” of land creates marks. These marks then become the drawings of the sewn pieces. Louisa also questions the materiality of land, of clay and of material, considering the arduous, craft-like process of sewing. Constantine’s sound is of different places that he “sews” together and reflect his photographs that are map-like, showing the remnants of different places and spaces visited.
“Losing Touch”, Micro-short film
Mavra Peponi x Nicoleta Chatzopoulou
Synopsis: A cat in spring– quarantine
This micro-short film was created through the remote collaboration of director Mavra Peponi and composer Nicoleta Hatzopoulou during the quarantine of 2020. It was screened at festivals in Europe and America, and in 2022 won the Experimental Edition Award at Oaxaca Film Fest.
The exhibition “The New Together Vol. III” will be open by appointment only from Wednesday, November 2, to Wednesday, November 30, with free admission. For appointments please contact us by email at [email protected] The use of mask is mandatory in the exhibition space.
4, Kazantzaki St, Chalandri, Athens (MS: Agia Paraskevi)
Tim Tsang performs with technology in poetic ways. Often in collaboration with artists, musicians, philosophers, architects, lawyers, dancers, painters, readers, machines, and objects, Tsang scripts friendly spaces that encourage critical thinking, contemplation, and escapism in the contexts of exhibitions, academic conferences, events, games, and concerts. Often through over-identification and over-exposure toward the social, these spaces activate poetic explorations, re-framings, reflections and expansions of interactive creative processes. His work has been presented at Automata (Los Angeles), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Human Resources (Los Angeles), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Galerija Reflektor (Užice, Serbia), Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland) and Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon (MOCAM). Tim holds a B.M. in Music from Berklee College of Music, and an M.F.A. in Music and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts. He is the Creative Technologist at Automata.
Anna Pangalou is a voice soloist performative artist with dark dramatic colour who explores the boundaries of classical vocal practices and the new forms created by experimental sound practices. She has studied classical singing in Cannes, Vienna, Rome, and Athens. Prizes and scholarships include Alexandros Onassis Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, and Dimitri Mitropoulos International Music Competition. She has appeared as a soloist in Greece, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Egypt, Turkey and the United States, performing Opera, Lied, Oratorio, New Musical Theatre, and Contemporary Music. She specialises in avant-garde and experimental contemporary music. Contemporary composers have composed works for her voice. In her practice as sound artist she is exploring the dialogue that breath and voice have with space, soundscape and water, in any possible form, presenting sound installations where the space is received and performed as a 3D score. She enjoys co-creating with people from different trajectories, exploring new paths of perception as an art form.
Louisa Stylianidi has an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is an artist and art educator. She has been an Artist in Residence at Liverpool Hope University and helped to create and lead workshops for the University for the Creative Arts’ schools programme. She works between sculpture, drawing, film and writing and has had exhibitions and taken part in residencies in London, Cyprus, New York, Michigan, Denmark and Athens. She does research on materiality and sound and is currently looking at borders, craft, language and material and their relationship. Recent exhibitions include “Elephant x Griffin Prize Shortlist” at Elephant West (London), “And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks” at the Chisenhale Art Place (London), and “There Is A Time For Reciting Poems And A Time For Fists” at the Enclave Lab (London).
Constantine Katsiris is an artist of Greek descent currently living and working in Saskatoon, Canada. An avid phonographer, he has travelled extensively to conduct field recording expeditions around the world from urban settings like Paris and Prague to more remote regions such as the Amazon rainforest. These audio-based activities are kept in balance with his work in the visual arts as a photographer. His practice in both fields utilises the same basic processes of capturing sound or images from his surroundings and recontextualizing or abstracting them. He is also director of the Panospria label, a non-academic curator of exhibitions and collections, as well as a composer of experimental music.
She is a Greek-American filmmaker currently living in Athens. She received a BA in Film and Video from Georgia State University, and an MFA in Film Directing from California Institute of the Arts. She is an Onassis Foundation Fellow. From 2017 to 2021 she was an instructor at the California Institute of the Arts. Her first short film, entitled “Still” received the Motivation distinction by the Greek Film Center at the Drama International Short Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. It was included in the 6th season of the PBS series “Film School Shorts”.
A composer, viola da gamba performer and a researcher in the field of Music and Architecture with a background in astrophysics. Her compositional work includes acoustic works for solo instruments and diverse chamber music ensembles, electroacoustic works, chamber operas and vocal works, algorithmic and site-specific compositions. She has been commissioned by numerous organisations, ensembles and musicians to compose new works, performed in venues and festivals across Europe, the U.K, U.S., South America and Australia. As a viola da gamba performer she enjoys taking part in diverse projects ranging from early repertoire to contemporary and improvised music. She organises and curates projects in her space Ngallery, also running its audio imprint Timebend, which specialises in physical limited releases. Currently, she has a solo project and is also a member of an international trio.