Through the rodablocks
  • through the roadblocks
  • Through the rodablocks, Phillip George,George Alexander
  • Through the rodablocks, Helene Black, Peter Lyssiotis
  • Through the rodablocks, Dimitris Charitos, Coti K
 

Through the Roadblocks: Exhibition

Cyprus EU presidency logo
 

The challenge facing the curators has been the consideration of what is the art of a place or region or, more importantly, what are the problems associated with curating an exhibition from a politically and geographically defined region, namely, the Mediterranean and the Near East, a space punctuated with roadblocks and borders as agents of exclusion and obstacles to crossings. Nonetheless, people and ideas do cross roadblocks exposing the porosity and instability of these enforced demarcation lines. Many artists’ works from this region propose a transnational narrative, suggesting that notions of collectivity and shared identity are much more fluid and circumstantial than narratives of nationalism and/or ethnicity would have us believe.

The concern of the curators has been to focus not only on the final outcome but, more importantly, on the relations between the participants, on the networks of agency that have been generated by them, on process, on the value of interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as on the value of the arts as a research methodology that provides a creative framework for establishing collaborations across national boundaries.

Participants

Lanfranco Aceti (IT//UK/TR), Ali Akay (TR), George Alexander (AU), Klitsa Antoniou (CY), Mirene Arsanios (LB), Helene Black (CY), Bernd Bräunlich (DE), Çağlar Çetin (TR), Dimitris Charitos (GR), Yiannis Christides (GR/CY), Marianna Christofides (CY/DE), Antonis Danos (CY), Yiannos Economou (CY), Phillip George (AU), Jean-Pierre Hébert (FR/US), George Katodrytis (CY/AE), Tahl Kaminer (IL/UK), Nesrine Khodr (LB), Gabriel Koureas (CY/UK), Coti K (GR), Peter Lyssiotis (AU), Seza Paker (TR/FR), Guli Silberstein (IL/UK), Sharmeen Syed (PK/AE), Nicos Synnos (CY), Yannis Yapanis (CY), Iannis Zannos (GR)

  • Curators: Helene Black (CY), Antonis Danos (CY)
  • Coordination and Exhibition design: Helene Black (CY), Yiannis Colakides (CY)

Through the Roadblocks: realities in raw motion

The Through the Roadblocks: realities in raw motion conference is co-organised by NeMe, the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts (Art History and Theory Research Lab) of the Cyprus University of Technology, and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Through the Roadblocks: realities in raw motion aims to examine the complex dynamics and often overlooked inter-connections between inclusion and exclusion, sharing and denial, identity and borders, the status of citizenship and the fundamental aporia of democracy in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

The conference is held during the Cypriot Presidency of the European Union, which is not only a motive to examine the recent history of the divided island of Cyprus, but also a perfect occasion to spotlight the roadblocks, whether real, implied, concealed and repressed which still exist within this region.

After the “Arab Spring” and Occupy movements, the enthusiasm which existed only one year ago has now turned into a long-lasting process of restructuring and reverberations of different policies and developments. Does everything, as Tomasi di Lampedusa’s famous saying reminds us, have to change, so that everything can stay the same, or can we really say some roadblocks were knocked down and passed through? Whatever the answer may be, what is the role of art and what happens when art meets politics, and vice versa?

Roadblocks and borders exist to exclude and stop crossings; yet, people, ideas, culture and in many cases, trading of political ‘products’ expose the porosity of these enforced demarcation lines. What is the nature of, and the transformations that take place during, these crossings? And, are roadblocks of any kind simply division/obstruction ‘lines’ or are they spaces that contain (in all meanings of the word) activities that are unique to them?

To answer these, and many other questions, philosophers and artists, theorists and activists, from different professional fields and from different parts of the world will meet in Limassol, showing that already this unique event helps to create a shared engine which puts in question different roadblocks.

The exhibition is under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Speakers

Through the rodablocks, Nikos Trimikliniotis
 
Distinguished keynote speakers
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (IN/US), Tariq Ali (PK/UK)
Session keynote papers
Lanfranco Aceti (IT/UK/TR), George Alexander (AU), Srećko Horvat (HR), Nada Shabout (IQ/US)
Speakers
Klitsa Antoniou (CY), Boris Bakal (HR), Antonis Balasopoulos (GR/CY), Helene Black (CY), Umut Bozkurt (CY), Bernd Bräunlich (DE), Çağlar Çetin (TR), Dimitris Charitos (GR), Yiannis Christidis (GR/CY), Marianna Christofides (CY/DE), Antonis Danos (CY), Yannos Economou (CY), Mayssa Fattouh (LB/QA), Phillip George (AU), Jean-Pierre Hébert (FR/CA), Tahl Kaminer (IL/UK), George Katodrytis (CY/AE), Lara Khaldi (PS), Yazan Khalili (PS), Nesrine Khodr (LB), Gabriel Koureas (CY/UK), Maria Lianou (CY/GR), Peter Lyssiotis (AU), Andri Michael (CY/FR), Andreas Panayiotou (CY). Katerina Pejovic (SI), Artemis Potamianou (GR), Ghalya Saadawi (LB/UK), Nana Sachini (GR), Guli Silberstein (IL/UK), Sharmeen Syed (PK/AE), Nicos Synnos (CY), Nicos Trimikliniotis (CY), Susanne Weiß (DE), Yannis Yapanis (CY), Iannis Zannos (GR), Lena Zeise (DE)
 
  • Conference chairs: Antonis Danos (CY) & Helene Black (CY)
  • International Coordinator: Srećko Horvat (HR)
  • Cyprus Coordinator: Nikolas Defteras (CY)
  • Editor of the Conference reader: Denise Robinson (AU/UK)

Through the Roadblocks

Dates & Venues

23 November 2012, 11:00 – 13:30
In Context: art in Translation (Session Keynotes and Papers)
Moderator: Denise Robinson
Berengaria Room, Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol, Cyprus
23 November 2012, 15:00 – 17:30
In Context: art in Translation (Session Keynotes and Papers)
Moderator: Yiannis Colakides
23 November 2012, 20:00 – 22:00
Introduction Srećko Horvat
Distinguished keynote speaker: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus
24 November 2012, 11:00 – 13:30
Through the Roadblocks (Session Keynotes and Papers)
Moderator: Antonis Danos
Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus
24 November 2012, 15:00 – 17:30
Memory: through illusion, shadow and the future (Session Keynotes and Papers)
Moderator: Nikolas Defteras
24 November 2012, 20:00
Opening of the exhibition
25 November 2012, 11:00 – 13:30
Transgressing the Visible (Session Keynotes and Papers)
Moderator: Yiannis Colakides
Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus
25 November 2012, 11:00 – 13:30
Between walls and beyond borders (Session Keynotes and Papers)
Moderator: Nikolas Defteras
Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus
25 November 2012, 20:00 – 22:00
Introduction Srećko Horvat
Distinguished keynote speaker: Tariq Ali
Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

Credits

Concept
George Alexander (AU), Helene Black (CY), Peter Lyssiotis (CY/AU)
Coordinators
Yiannis Colakides (CY), Maria Hadjiathanasiou (CY)
Photography
Christiana Solomou (CY), Alexis Andreou (CY)
Video Camera
Ioanna Lyssiotis (AU), IST multimedia (CY)
Graphics
NDLine
Sponsors
Cyprus Ministry of Education & Culture; Cyprus University of Technology; Evagoras and Kathleen Lanitis Foundation; Limassol Municipality; Embassy of Germany in Cyprus; Embassy of Israel in Cyprus; Ionian University, Department of Audio and Visual Arts; Sabanci University; IFA; The Australia Council of the Arts; AlphaMega
Support
NDLINE; The Copy Shop; Petousis Brothers ltd
Hospitality
Kanika Pantheon Hotel
Media Sponsor
Parathyro, Politis Newspaper
Thanks to:
Koula Sophianou; Frances Lanitou; Theophilos Tramboulis; Angeliki Gazi; Natalie Demetriou, Christiana Solomou; Maria Hadjiathanasiou; Christos Christou; Alexis Andreou; Ioanna Lyssiotis; Jeremy Sarchet; Yiannis Demetriou; Marios Theophilides; Nicholas Demetriou; Evis Michaelides; Zoi Anastasiadou; Lefki Dimitriou; Alina Zaritska; Eleni Elia; Gerasimos Katsikarellis; Elli Kyriakou; Stavros Panagiotou; Milan Trajkovic; and the students of the Media and Communications department of the Cyprus University of Technology for their online promotion.
 
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