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Despina Zefkili

Takis, the 'Instinctive Scientist' Ocula Feature Takis, the 'Instinctive Scientist' By Despina Zefkili, Hong Kong

Explore the life and work of Takis, the 'instinctive scientist' whom Marcel Duchamp called 'the happyploughman of magnetic fields'.

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Learning From Doxiadis: Object Lessons in Athens Ocula Insight Learning From Doxiadis: Object Lessons in Athens By Despina Zefkili, Athens

Fate of a Cell, a group show in Athens, is anchored to the ideas of 20th-century urban planner Constantinos A. Doxiadis.

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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World By Despina Zefkili, London

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl 's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing...

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Stefanie Hessler, Kostis Stafylakis and Poka-Yio Ocula Conversation Stefanie Hessler, Kostis Stafylakis and Poka-Yio By Despina Zefkili, Athens

In February 2007, the Athens Biennale announced its first edition, Destroy Athens, by distributing crumpled golden cards with dates and details among artists and art historians during a conference staged at the Goethe-Institut in Athens, Prayer for (Passive?) Resistance. The project seemed like a performative joke orchestrated by artist...

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Ekaterina Degot Ocula Conversation Ekaterina Degot By Despina Zefkili, Graz

Inaugurated in 1968, steirischer herbst is an annual multidisciplinary art festival in Graz, Austria. Every few years, the festival reinvents itself by inviting a new director to lead the event, with Ekaterina Degot recently taking on the role for the next five. Degot's stated intention for her tenure as director of steirischer herbst is to turn...

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Report: documenta 14 in Athens Ocula Feature Report: documenta 14 in Athens By Despina Zefkili, Athens

For the first time in its long history, the mega exhibition of documenta—which takes place only every five years—is split across two cities: its usual host city of Kassel, Germany (10 June–17 September 2017) and Athens, Greece (8 April–16 July 2017). Discussing this split and documenta 14's title, Learning from Athens, in a recent...

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Adam Szymczyk Ocula Conversation Adam Szymczyk By Despina Zefkili, Athens

Documenta didn't arrive in Athens to make discoveries, but to speak from Athens. And in this way, the Athens experience is actually very productive for many people not only outside of Athens but from anywhere practically.

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documenta 14: a reflection before the opening Ocula Feature documenta 14: a reflection before the opening By Despina Zefkili, Athens

Held at the end of February 2017, 'The Society of Friends of Ulises Carrión' was one of the 'Open Form Societies' staged as part of documenta 14's public programmes, 'Parliament of Bodies'. During this meeting, curator Magalí Arriola talked about Ulises Carrión's techniques as a conceptual artist, and the reception of his work within the Mexican...

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