A 3- Day Festival in artist-run spaces
By Athens ArtCore
ABOUT ATHENS ARTCORE
We are an association of artist-run spaces in Athens, with the goals of creating a network of support, advocacy, collaboration, and shared curatorial programming, as well as raising the visibility of the value of these types of non-commercial spaces. As a first step toward these lofty goals, we propose a 3-day festival, to take place in March 2020, in which each space/platform will independently host a project under the common aegis of Athens ArtCore.
The festival bears the name Death in Athens, departing from Thomas Mann’s classic Death in Venice. Death in Venice deals with themes of inspiration, the struggles of creation, and the distinct relationship of the creative process to city and location. It deals, furthermore, with the Platonic theory of forms and how its legacy in Western traditions of art-making furnish disjunctures of idea and form, of signifier and signified. Death in Athens prods these themes for their specific resonance within the Greek capital today.