More Projects, Paris
Davide Bertocchi and Sergio Verastegui
More Projects presents Toomanyrecordss, a proposal by Davide Bertocchi and Sergio Verastegui.
Toomanyrecordss is a potentially expansive invitation, a scalable project.
Davide Bertocchi and Sergio Verastegui invite artists to play on 33 rpm records they choose and send them by mail. It is a « carte blanche » to create a work with / or on the cover or on the vinyl (or both). Records of various and varied origins, sometimes chosen according to the musical tastes of the two artists
“Curators” of the project, sometimes because one or more elements in the cover appeal to an imaginary close to the invited artist.
Each vinyl becomes a “unique” piece, designed by the guest artist but from the invitation of Davide Bertocchi and Sergio Verastegui. This invitation takes a plastic form and the collaborative process generates a new object, consummable (or not), a hybrid work, always from the format vinyl / cover.
A list of artists (33 to start the project with Art-O-Rama) generates a record collection, a disco, listenable, but whose interest lies not only in listening.
Vinyl became a fetishistic form in our social relationship to music, it was supposed to disappear, then it was reintroduced into the market in a desire to restore a “more authentic” listening. The retro game and the relationship to the past in the contemporary world (the future is necessarily retro), are activated by a growing consumption of vinyl records, at the same time old and postmodern, floating, in an industry governed by the digital technology. Between fashion and rigorous music, the return to analog reveals the imaged appearance of music, opening the door to plastic possibilities hidden in a fetishist relationship to culture, touching the reappropriation, collage, sampling, republishing , mixing, etc. So many words in a vocabulary of perpetual recycling of forms, eliminating the hierarchy between present, past and future.
Toomanyrecordss is also a pretext for collaboration and dialogue in an international network of artists, from a simple, standard, and uninhibited form, allowing experimentation and fluidity.
The project will also be on the Internet in the Discogs platform, a platform for the sale and resale of vinyl records, where each piece will be exposed virtually and simultaneously to the sale, like rarities.
Hot Wheels Projects, Athens
Xenofos, Vasilis Papageorgiou and Yorgos Prinos
Between Speed and Stillness is a presentation that brings together the works of artists Marina Xenofotontos (CY), Yorgos Prinos (GR) and Vasilis Papagieorgiou (GR). This is a presentation that provides insight into gestures of the social, the political, and the historic.
Xenofotos will be presenting two works from her recent series, Linear A-b– bronze casts carved in oil and mounted onto the wall. The works fuse tagging culture (as a sub-form of graffiti), with the Fer Forgé (wrought iron) technique. Fer forgé is a historical blacksmith technique used for rail construction and producing custom window & door coverings during the Industrial Revolution, as well as being used to depict recognizable symbols and ornaments. However, within the context of Linear A-b, its historic position is subverted. Xenofontos expands the technique by employing gestures taken from street art, seen as a form of contemporary hieroglyphs. Both the properties of the material and its charged historical context are challenged through the work.
Vasilis Papageorgiou will be presenting a floor sculpture that visualizes Papageorgious’ long term research into bar culture as representation of social space. Through the use of sourced objoects he is presenting these gestures are suggestive of a life that was once lived through the object. Recently his practice has looked to explore notions of gathering space in regards to leisure, placing emphasis on the cognitive value of leisure space.
Yorgos Prinos will be presenting a series of seven photographs shot in New York City that explore issues of power at its intersection with human psychology. These images focus on psychological spaces registered on the human body in urban environments. Faces and micro-gestures form a landscape of political and social tension.
Previous guest projects
- 2018 Cordova, Barcelona
- 2017 Frankfurt Am Main, Berlin
- 2016 The Green Parrot, Barcelona