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2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN | 15th June – 4th October 2009 | Palaio Faliro Beach, Athens | Curators: Dimitris Papaioannou & Zafos Xagoraris, Chus Martínez, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Nadja Argyropoulou, Christopher Marinos, Diana Baldon | Artistic directors: XYZ | Exhibition design: Andreas Angelidakis

The 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN is designed as a multi-faceted contemporary art event, comprising of several exhibitions, actions, music and theatre performances, film screenings, symposia, etc, with the participation of more than 100 international artists. The exhibitions and events of the biennale will unfold along the coastline of Palaio Faliro, at a short distance from the city centre, the public beach called “Eden”, in various buildings and public spaces.

Artistic directors XYZ, have invited an eclectic group of curators to contemplate the subject of Heaven.

XYZ at the 2nd Art Business Conference

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2nd Art Business Conference | Wednesday May 27th 2009 | King George Palace Hotel, Athens 

XYZ will be making a presentation at the 2nd Art Business Conference. XYZ will focus on issues of fundraising and financing large scale contemporary art exhibitions, particularly in relation to private vs public funding, and the way contemporary art is perceived in the context of the art market.

Please find more info (in Greek) on the conference, as well as the detailed programme, at Athens Art Business Conferences.

The Age of Biennials

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Museum of Cycladic Art | The Age of Biennials | Six Lectures, April 28th - June 2nd 2009, every Tuesday 18:00-20:00 | More information & registrations on the Cycladic Museum Website

XYZ are giving a series of six lectures, at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, on the "Biennial Phenomenon". Starting with their own experience as founders of the Athens Biennale, XYZ will explore the history of Biennales, issues of cultural politics and city development, while offering a backstage glance at the preparation of a biennale.

Goldfish Suddenly Dead

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GOLDFISH SUDDENLY DEAD | April 3rd – May 3rd 2009 | Opening April 2nd 2009 |Extra City Centre for Contemporary Art, Antwerp 

XYZ present the group exhibition Goldfish Suddenly Dead, at Extra City Centre for Contemporary Art, Antwerp. The exhibition includes works by Dirk BraeckmanT.S. EliotJan Fabre, Boris GroysVassilis KaroukMark MandersPoka-YioLucas SamarasGregor Schneider, Vello Vinn, and Eva Vretzaki.


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XYZ: CURATE! | Organized by ΑΚΤΟ | Duration: 20 hours, February 26th - April 9th 2009 | Information & Registrations  on the AKTO website

XYZ are giving a series of seminars on curating, in AKTO college of art and design. The seminars cover a range of material on contemporary curating, while also offering the opportunity to participants to consider the practical aspects of the profession, focusing on the preparations for the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN.

JOHN BOCK | A Lecture & Film Retrospective

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JOHN BOCK | A Lecture & Film Retrospective | A Lecture on a city bus: 29.10.08, at 12.00, 13.30, 15.00, 16.30, Reservations: 210 52 32 222 & xyz(at)xyzprojects(dot)org | Film Retrospective: 30.10 – 05.11.08, MIKROKOSMOS cinema, Screenings daily at 21.00 & 23.00, except Monday 03.11 at 17.00 & 19.00 (For a detailed screenings program click here.)

XYZ are proud to present A Lecture by John Bock.

Destroy Athens

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1st Athens Biennale 2007 | DESTROY ATHENS | 10th September - 18th November | ”Technopolis” of the City of Athens

Destroy Athens tells a story. A story about ruptures and dead-ends, which emerges from a completely empirical observation: we, each one of us, the subject of every action and every conscience is built through the eyes of others. What is important is that it is not being constructed by others – it is all an internal affair: the subject builds its own self, but its building material is the perception of others. And this fact is the precondition of any recognition, collectivity, connection, participation, sense of community.

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XYZ are Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio and Augustine Zenakos. They were formed as a curatorial trio in 2005. They curated the 1st Athens Biennale 2007 “Destroy Athens”, and they were artistic directors for the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 “Heaven”. XYZ are interested in manipulating the exhibition space in order to create a narrative experience for the viewer.

You can browse through XYZ's projects here.

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XYZ present XYZ Outlet and their new practice: "DRY: No drinks, no party, just an art quickie".

In a tiny, abandoned store, in the downtown area of Metaxourgeio, a variety of projects will be showcased every two weeks, every other Tuesday, starting December 7th 2010 and running until the end of 2011. Each project will start promptly at 20:00 and will last up to an hour.

The concept of this curatorial project is built along two main interests that form the core of XYZ’s practice: the politics of the personal, and the issue of narrative, ‘experiential’ and ‘immersive’ space. Along these two axes, notions of identity, representation, history, oppression, and possibilities of critical engagement in the face of crisis, will be addressed through versatile artistic gestures, selected for their intuitive, indirect, empirical and sometimes poetic approach. At the same time, a number of the selected projects will form part of a sort of ‘sketchbook’, a series of notes for the upcoming 3rd edition of the Athens Biennale 2011, co-curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and XYZ, the narrative of which begins with a rather peculiar encounter between Walter Benjamin and the Little Prince in contemporary Athens. 

A small stage for experimentation and presentation of idiosyncratic artistic positions, where, within short periods, projects will interchange in a relay and trigger discourse, XYZ Outlet will act as a twisted worrywart in the heart of one of the most controversial neighborhoods of Athens, and quite literally outlet a tangential view on exhibition making and structures. A cozy and friendly hub for unexpected and disconcerting ideas.

XYZ Outlet is located at 8, Perdika Street, Metaxourgeio, quite close to the Metaxourgeio Metro Station. (See map

Please bookmark the XYZ Outlet program page, so you can keep up with events, or join our facebook page for regular updates.

For inquiries, please contact XYZ.

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Please contact XYZ at: xyz(at)xyzprojects(dot)org

For inquiries about XYZ Outlet, please contact Ms Zoe Charaktinou, Assistant Curator, on +30 210 5232222, or at xyz (at) xyzprojects (dot) org.

Please note that although XYZ are happy to receive submissions from artists, and they do look at everything they receive, please consider that it is not always possible for them to give feedback or to enter into discussion about unsolicited submissions.

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XYZ Outlet : Poka-Yio | Bordello Nacional | Curated by Marina Vranopoulou | 12/9 - 15/12 | Iassonos 47, Metaxourgeio, 104 36, Athens
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XYZ Outlet #21: Giorgos Papadopoulos | Notes Towards A Critique of Money | Tuesday 8th November

XYZ Outlet #22: Giorgos Tzirtzilakis | What Is An Apparatus? | Tuesday 22 November

XYZ Outlet #23: Nicolas Vass | Reconstructing Hasil | Tuesday 6 December

Past projects:

XYZ Outlet #1: In Danger of Early Disappearance | A performance by Angelita Tsougou & Patricia Apergi

XYZ Outlet #2: Port Bou: 18 Fragments for Walter Benjamin | A film by Ross Birrell & David Harding

XYZ Outlet #3: Panayiotis Lamprou | Photos from "Untitled History"

XYZ Outlet #4: Yiorgos Veltsos | Talk

XYZ Outlet #5: "Mavros Kyklos" ("Black Circle")

XYZ Outlet #6: Harald Thys & Jos de Gruyter | “Ten Weyngaert"

XYZ Outlet #7: Panayiotis Loukas | "D'ailleurs, c'est toujours les autres qui meurent"

XYZ Outlet #8: George - Icaros Babassakis | DDD [Debord Dérive Détournement]: Guy Debord and the City as a Playground

XYZ Outlet #9: Ciprian Mureşan

XYZ Outlet #10: Stelios Karamanolis & Toula Ploumis | "The Collection"

XYZ Outlet #11: Irini Karayannopoulou & XYSM Live


XYZ Outlet #13: YELP danceco. | no end,then/parergon 2

XYZ Outlet #14: Elisavet Kapogianni | Are you enjoying an intercontinental life?

XYZ Outlet #15: Andreas Angelidakis | The Building that went to the Mountain (Demo of a study for a dying building)- A talk

XYZ Outlet #16: Jimmy Efthimiou & Orizontas Gegonoton | Eros or Nothing
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XYZ Outlet #17: Georgia Sagri| Antigone Model | Tuesday 13th September
XYZ Outlet #18: KERNEL | Index of Potential | Tuesday 27th September
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XYZ Outlet #19: Lakis and Aris Ionas / The Callas | “WALKING IN THE DARK / LOOKING FOR YOUR TOY” | Tuesday 11th October

XYZ Outlet #20: Panayiotis Koulouras | Impressions | Tuesday 25th October
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John Bock Film Retrospective

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Screenings Program
(all films have Greek subtitles)

Day 1 – Thursday 30 October 2008
Screenings at 21.00 & 23.00

Porzellan Isoschizo Küchentat des neurodermitischen Brockenfalls im Kaffeestrudel
2001, 01: 45 min, with John Bock
Zero Hero
2005, 35: 03 min, with John Bock and Thomas Loibl
2003, 20: 27 min, with John Bock
2004, 37: 00 min, with Anne Tismer, Lars Rudolph and John Bock

Day 2 – Friday 31 October 2008
Screenings at 21.00 & 23.00

2002, 02: 29 min, with John Bock
2002, 17: 43 min, with John Bock
2003, 13: 40 min, with John Bock
2007, 59: 14 min, with Thomas Loibl, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Gunter Ziegler, Ulli Lommel, Diego Wallraff, Adrian Lohmüller, Ryan Inouye, Ayana Hampton, John Bock, Thomas Schumacher, Clark Gentry, Earl Waterman, George Burgess, Shereen Staggs and The Sibleys

Day 3 – Saturday 1 November 2008
Screenings at 21.00 & 23.00

2002, 01: 58 min, with John Bock and William Parton
Antonin Artaud und die Pest
2005, 14: 29 min, with John Bock and Geraldine Py
2003, 07: 46 min, with John Bock
Wühl um die Klumpen
2002, 22: 10 min, with John Bock and Jochen Dehn
Inside Beyond
2007, 46: 31 min, with Anne Tismer, Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen and John Bock

Day 4 – Sunday 2 November 2008
Screenings at 21.00 & 23.00

2006, 04:00 min, with John Bock
Der Fischgrätenmelkstand kippt ins Höhlengleichnis Refugium

2008, 24: 00 min, with John Bock and Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen
Reziproker Break-even-point im Molloch

2002, 11: 56 min, with John Bock
2005, 54: 57 min, with Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir, Daniel Bjornsson and John Bock

Day 5 – Monday 3 November 2008 
Screenings at 17.00 & 19.00

2003, 03: 26 min, with John Bock
2004, 11: 24 min
Malträtierte Fregatte
2007, 66: 41 min, with John Bock, Thomas Loibl, Uta Priew, Anne Tismer and Blackmail
2006, 27: 30 min, with John Bock and Adrian Lohmüller

Day 6 – Tuesday 4 November 2008
Screenings at 21.00 & 23.00

Frau im Hotel
2006, 03: 13 min, with Anne Tismer
Alice Cooper
2001, 04: 55 min, with John Bock
Salon de Béton
2005, 22: 35 min, with Anne Brochet, Andreas Schlegel and John Bock
2006, 58: 55 min, with John Bock, Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen and Adrian Lohmüller

Day 7 – Wednesday 5 November 2008
Screenings at 21.00 & 23.00

Cappuccini e sigarette
2005, 11: 19 min, with Danilo Altese, Margherita Anello, Rita Casida, Gabriella Cianciolo, Massimo Corsini, Ambra Di Trapani, Antonia Giusino, Teresa Lo Monaco, Luca Mannino, Nadia Parisi, Alessandro Prestipino, Linda Randazzo, Maurizio Tedesco, Angela Viola, Viviana Zinna
Pied de Porc
2008, 15: 41 min, with John Bock
PestKOP im black rebel motorcycle club
2005, 24: 23 min, with John Bock
Lütte mit Rucola
2006, 35: 40 min, with Mario Irrek, Lütte and John Bock