In a series of curated journeys unfolding through Pedion tou Areos (Athens’s largest public park), Plásmata: Bodies, Data, and Dreams brings together site-specific installations inviting visitors to explore the body — individual, collective, human, non-human, or planetary — and how technology and technologically-constructed worlds are shaping, affecting, and impacting our bodies, identities, and sense of place.
We experience, perceive, move, think, feel, and explore the world with and through our bodies. However, as technology has become so deeply entrenched in our lives, it is changing how we behave, interact, and regard ourselves, as well as the way others perceive us. Our bodies are measured against societal expectations presented through technological worlds, advertising, and social platforms; they are constantly surveilled, objectified, measured, and quantified, while certain bodies are valued more than others.
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The “plásmata*” one encounters here reveals a view of the human experience as a blending of material and immaterial, organic and machinic, human and non-human, social and physical. Can these imaginaries, hybrid forms of human, animal, plant, bacteria, and other species, and fluid and flexible identities help us envision post-anthropocentric perspectives that enable kinship, equity, and relationships across all forms of life, a collective and interconnected body?
Morehshin Allahyari / The Alternative Limb Project /Refik Anadol / Frederik Heyman / Ekene Ijeoma / Keiken x Clifford Sage / Kimchi and Chips / LaTurbo Avedon / Marshmallow Laser Feast / Eva & Franco Mattes / Christian Mio Loclair / Matthew Niederhauser, Elie Zananiri, John Fitzgerald / NOWNESS / Tony Oursler / Maria Papadimitriou / Eva Papamargariti / Annie Saunders, Andrew Schneider, Emma O’Halloran, OpenEndedGroup / SHOWStudio / SpY / SUPERFLEX / Dries Verhoeven / Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm / Saya Woolfalk / Liam Young
Curatorial Direction: Afroditi Panagiotakou
Curation: Irini Mirena Papadimitriou, FutureEverything
Executive Direction, Scientific Advisor: Prodromos Tsiavos
Exhibition Design: Studioentropia Architects_ (Yota Passia, Panagiotis Roupas)
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*plasmata nn, pl /ˈpla.zmata: creatures, beings, things · inventions, figments