Smoking and waiting. Waiting and smoking.(The Stranger I)
Monday 25.09 – Thursday 28.09
from 4.30 p.m until sunset
at BRDG, Antwerp
Special thanks to Mathias Mu

Revisiting the public space as a space where strange and accidental encounters take place every second, this performance explores the daily use of public space and questions the proximity between individuals that share the same cityscape.
In a moment where mobility rights are threatened what does it mean to stand still in a city like Antwerp for quite long without any justification?

images (c) Mark Rietveld

The anti angelic host

@The Pink House, Antwerp

a project by Danai Giannoglou, Ersi Varveri, Paky Vlassopoulou, Gijs Waterschoot

&release of the PHp 1 magazine
contributions by
Gregor Andzelm, Machteld Bernaert, Jo Camino, Valentin Cernat, Camille Cluzan, Lynn Depreeuw, Voebe de GruyterMichaella Del Brollo, Nico Dockx, Fabio Ramirez Enrique, Casper Fitzhue, Adam Galach, J.Krissis, Erik Hagoort, Erin Helsen, Rien Schellemans, Idris Severans, Sorry Future Proof, Vasilis Papageorgiou, Zena Van De Block, Danielle Van Zuijlen

The hostess as a hostage
A text by Danai Giannoglou

I am in an empty house which is full of people, I do not know what to do with my hands nor my mouth. When I wake up I pretend to sleep for a little longer and every time I need to use the bathroom I do the same thing.

I feel like a mother who thought she wanted children, because she thought they were something else than what they actually are. I feel like a mother who doesn’t like her kids.

This summer I woke up from a terrible nightmare. The nightmare was that the people living in my guest house had drunk water from the tap which I forgot to tell them that wasn’t potable.

In French the same noun is used to describe the host and the guest. This noun is masculine. When the noun is used in feminine it only evokes the hostess.

My mother used to say to my father «what would you like to do for your birthday honey?» and she would go on «just do not tell me you want to invite people over»

I wonder if we spend all of our lives being either hosts or guests. What do you do better?

Yesterday night I googled: Ideas on how to be a good hostess when at the same time you feel like a stranger.

A hot host held a hostess hostage, the hostage hostess shot the host, it was hot.

If Future a Dead Loss
March 18–April 15, 2017
Werft 5 – Raum für Kunst, Köln

How cultural history shapes our imagination of the past, the present, and the future?
Is there any time left to envision the future? «What happens if the young are no longer capable of producing surprises?» Is future a dead loss?
If Future a Dead Loss is an exhibition about time, loss, emptiness, unmet expectations and hidden desires and has nothing to do with sci-fi scenarios, melontology or futuristic post-internet aesthetics.
During the opening night three performers where serving drinks to the guests. In a certain moment, even if they were still taking orders for drinks, they wouldn’t deliver them. Many of the visitors left the exhibition shortly after.

*Mark Fisher,Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?, John Hunt Publishing, 2009


Flip Book with David Bowie’s «Heroes» album cover, released in 1977

Cause love is such an old fashioned word (Δουρειος Ίππος)
June 2016 @Enterprise Projects
Στο έργο συμμετέχει ο Κοσμάς Νικολάου με τα Πεζοτράγουδα για την Καλλιόπη (ή διαφορετικά το πένθος ταιριάζει στη Ηλέκτρα)

With a contemplation that begins with the case of the Kalabsha temple in Egypt and with the old story of the Trojan Horse, Cause love is such an old-fashioned word (Δούρειος Ίππος) is an exhibition about the ideas of monument and moving, of ruin and time and ultimately about war and seduction. The exhibition space becomes a false historical site where everything that is used for its construction is either found randomly in the space or brought from the artist’s studio mostly as leftovers. The Welcome banner imposes the in-between moment that any encounter holds.

δελτίο τύπου / press release

photos: Stathis Mamalakis

Be quiet
29.3. – 7.5.2016
Prague/ Czech Republic
curated by Edith Jeřábková

«I imagine a performer whispering “be quiet” in the ears of visitors, I imagine a male figure screaming at his desk, a psychotherapist with his client, a group of people in danger, a mother and child, and an artist in an empty room. All of these incarnations are stereotypical, since they live in us like archetypes from the past, though their irruption creates an uncertain tension. Fear of the historical means enslavement in the present. Controlled repetition has the ability to affect other recognition receptors. This exhibition should be both a particular and a universal starting point for individual considerations.»
read the full by text Edith Jeřábková/CZ_EN

images by Peter Fabo