"A FIRE TO BUILD"
21-22-23 OCTOBER, 2016
2:30-5:00PM, MEGALOCHORI SECRET LOCATION
Artist-produced recordings of Jack London’s short story “To Build a Fire,” in the original English and Greek translation, are played back on speaker drivers arrayed to be just within earshot of each other. The sounds of these readings are sent to the receiver not by cable, but by visible laser, so that a viewer’s passage through the work will interrupt the transmission. The words and meanings are subject to the subtractive effects of passage through the environment – from both dust and observers. The substance of the narrative — which tells of a journey through a powerful and wild natural environment — is experienced here in the guise of many analogues - as text, as audio, as light, as environment, and as somatic experience.
This installation is open to 5 people at a time and takes place in a secret underground location in Megalochori (the village across the street from Venetsanos). Open daily from 2:30pm-5pm Friday 21, Saturday 22, and Sunday 23. Please sign up to attend (free) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will give you instructions on where to meet us.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
BU-CON was founded in 2004 by artists in Detroit, MI, USA in an effort to inhabit the form of an infrastructure development company and effect an authorial position with respect to the troubling situation between technology and life systems in the world. The collaborative work of BU- CON in the category of art comprises material artifacts within an optimistic frame of reference as a resource in the Afterfuture, its term for an imminent non-utopia suggested by the material information of the existing world. The premise of BU-CON allows for personnel to develop contingencies for cases in which infrastructure foundational to contemporary life fails or becomes unavailable. The scope and vision of BU-CON addresses the scale of infrastructure for the scale of the Earth. However, its thinking is implemented at the scale of individual and regional vernacular, echoing in material aspect prior organized activity, such as the emergence of cargo cults and the Michigan Militia as local responses to social change. The theme of poverty in the work of BU-CON functions as both a hopeful indication of the common accessibility of its method of thinking and a formalistic acknowledgement of the material philosophy of artists such as Giovanni Anselmo who believed that the substance of artistic action lies not in the fixed image suggested in its material presence but in its underlying energetic phenomena. By attempting to open a common language of agency in the imminent world of the Afterfuture, BU-CON seeks to effect a pathway out of the anxiety of the present moment and into a new relationship between self and world, being and scale, despair and hope.
21-22-23 OCTOBER, 2016
8:30 - 10PM, VENETSANOS WINERY PARKING
The submerged Sea Diamond shipwreck has remained in the caldera for many years. Cordoned off with cables above the sea, the outline of its shape is visible from the terrace of the venue. This mixed media installation interacts with light, sound and the presence of visitors to disappear and re-emerg.