THE PAST OF THINGS TO COME

2018




In the central area of the city we came across some digital material which might give more clues to the current research. Our presumptions until now are that the city, after facing serious decline was gradually deserted. The material includes video and image files, originating mainly from surveillance cameras, all dated the year 2112. The fact that the room was most likely used as a refuge, as well as, the constant monitoring of the interior and the exterior spaces, leads to the conclusion that its residents were under serious threat. However we still do not know what had happened or what was that they feared so much. The research is in an early stage so we can only make assumptions.

The Past of Things to Come is an interactive installation based on the study of elements that belong to unofficial urban legacies of everyday city narratives. Zoe Hatziyannaki constructs an installation around an alleged occupation of a building and uses photography to create a critical and sarcastic narrative on a dystopic future by applying fictitious and real events. 
The space is approached through a potential future archaeology. The visitors are invited to observe archive material consisting of photos, texts and video footage from surveillance cameras. The material concerns a room which appears to have served as a shelter in 2112 and its exterior surroundings. The work poses questions and redefines incessantly the relations of the private and the public, the outside and the inside, the local and the global, the past, the present and the future without leaving room for fixed or secure positions.







             






                  




                       
        








Zoe Hatziyannaki, The Past of Things to Come
curated by Elina Axioti

A – DASH
a-dash.space
adashspace@gmail.com

Special thanks to:
Evangelia Argyrou
Dimitris Mitropoulos
Eleni Saroglou

With the support of NEON and the Architecture Syndicate.

    Supporting
    Creativity

             
 
 

The book of the exhibition The Past of Things to Come was published by Cube Art Editions with texts by Elina Axioti and James Bridle. Available for orders here.



AFTER THE END
Mare Crisium

2016



We are not in the world, we become with the world; we become by contemplating it. Everything is vision, becoming. We become universes. Becoming animal, plant, molecular, becoming zero.

Deleuze G. and Guattari F.
What is Philosophy? London, Verso (1994, p.169)



The main idea of After the End builds on a sci-fi, possibly doomsday, scenario where a group of people find themselves on a deserted land among dispersed apparatuses. The work reflects on the relations between society, technology and nature and the dystopian scenarios that largely surround them today.
The series editing follows a continuation as the photographs succeed one another, in an attempt to suggest the notion of movement and transition and the importance of passage, as a means of reinventing ourselves and our futures within the world.

ELECTRIC DREAMS

2019



Electric Dreams (2019) by Zoe Hatziyannaki is a site and context responsive installation reflecting on a future scenario where technology has obscurely reached a more advanced stage. A screen, a printer and other peripherals take the shape of a curious apparatus functioning on a self-programming and self-operating system. Artificial intelligence and its engagement with the advancement of technology lies within the artist’s immediate interests. The integration of simulated intelligence with emotional intelligence could be a credible plot changing the way we see technology today and how we interact with it.

The machine presented by Hatziyannaki belongs to a framework of a future reality, perhaps not so far away. It is able to enact its very own logic and reasoning and concomitantly perform a task while wielding its own emotional artificial brainpower. We witness a device that is surprisingly charmed by the ancient past and is attempting to rediscover the site of Kerameikos by autonomously accessing satellite footage and creating a brand-new work of art inspired by its beauty.

Analysing the topographical coordinates and other constituents with algorithmic and computational procedures, it automatically generates an image that for itself this represents the ultimate exquisiteness of aesthetics for such scenery.

With perspicuous allusions to the role of technological means over contemporary art practices, Hatziyannaki examines the debate on what is art today and to what extent technology is acceptable to be entangled with the production of an artwork. She challenges the belief that technology can arise as an obstacle for artistic expression as opposed to the fact that it is widely used to produce an artwork. The prospect of a self-thinking and feeling appliance might still be far away yet the sense of a manmade machine sharing mutual feelings with us may seem paradoxically comforting, especially when it comes to postulating a state of future dystopia on our planet.

Text by Kostas Prapoglou





“Electric Dreams” was created on the occasion for the group exhibtion +9.


+9

18-20 Iera Odos, Athens Greece
Duration: 20 June -  12 July 2019

Days & hours: Tues Wed Thurs Fri: 14.00 - 20.00
Sat Sun Mon: closed

Curator: Dr Kostas Prapoglou



Participating artists: 
Lydia Andrioti, Manolis Baboussis, Despina Charitonidi, Evangelos Chatzis, Lydia Dambassina, Diohandi, Kleio Gizeli, Zoe Hatziyannaki, Yannis Kondaratos, James Lane, Despina Meimaroglou,Eusevia Michailidou, Evi Savvaidi, Nikos Tranos, Adonis Volanakis, Eleni Zouni.

PRESS  RELEASE




Mark

C-BEAMS
2015



















I have seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

(Blade Runner, Ridley Scott dir., 1992)



C-Beams was part of the  Luminous Flux/Reflected Overlays on Locative Norms workshop organized by Campus Novel in Syros island.



LOCAL VARIATIONS
2014


.

My approach of Catholic and Orthodox churches in Tinos island is more social and spatial than historical or religious. It is a visual research into how the people of the island read and translated the coexistence of both creeds in their particular environment. A look into what extent different factors like tradition, society, location, ethics, individual beliefs intermingled and made their appearance in architectural forms.

The work obviously refers to the famous “Typologies” of Berndt and Hilla Becher and, as they proposed, it is a sort of an anatomy of the relations between constituent parts, where the objects of the structures need to be isolated from the context, without colour and as much as possible objectively portrayed. In this way the viewer can observe similarities and differencies and reflect on the multiple exchanges of specific geographical, social, historical and economical circumstances that construct them.

This work was made on the occasion of Bound for Tinos II exhibition in Tinos island.