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I hope my legs don’t break

2017

videos and mix media installation: stainless steel, fabric
Curated by: Benjamin Cohen & Noemi Niederhauser

«I Hope My Legs Don’t Break» takes place four times throughout 2017 (March, May, September, November), with each event hosting a selection of different short films which were submitted through an open call. The chosen films are presented from a transitory structure, in situ alongside several disused kiosks across Athens (Kypseli, Keramikos, Gyzi)

«I Hope My Legs Don’t Break» investigates the relationship between place, architecture, memory and temporality: taking the Kiosk as an entry point. The Kiosks (Periptera), visible all over Athens, are frequently witnessed as no more than redundant structures. In their time, and when in use, they have the capacity to act as sites that trigger and promote societal exchange. The Kiosk is now often only seen as a hollow shell; a stranger within its own time; an outsider within its own topology; an outmoded site withdrawing to the architecture of memory. The Kiosk, in its unused form, resembles a landed UFO; an obscure object that has returned from the future, or voyaged forth from a time before time. It is both ‘alien’ and ‘alienated’; a space that simultaneously speaks of and is disconnected from its own past(s) – present(s) – future(s). The Kiosk belongs to all and none of these at the same time.

Through a shift, reverse or rupture in chronology, the Kiosk can re-emerge as something else altogether: its identity, purpose and function can be re-defined. «I Hope My Legs Don’t Break» screens works that present an investigative and innovative approach to film in direct relation to overlapping notions of place, architecture, memory and temporality.

Part I. contributing artists:
Akmar (NL) – Newspaper Hat, 2015
Eden Mitsenmacher (USA) – Forever in a Day, 2016
Stéphane Charpentier (FR) & Patrick Andrew Boivin (CAN) &
Alyssa Moxley (USA/IRL) – Pieces of Time that we Taped on the Hills, 2014
Anna Banout (PL/SY) – Identity : Other, 2016

Part II. contributing artists:
Kristín Helga Rikharõsdóttir (ISL) – IN IT – to win it, 2017
Herve All (FR) – White Light, 2012
Jonathan Johnson (USA) – Explosions Bring Us Closer Together, 2012
John Christopher Kelley (USA) – Pause, 2012

Part III. contributing artists:
Marit Lindberg (SWE) – The Colossus of Prora, 2016
Jørgen Johansen (NOR/COL) – Akvarium, 2013
Yesenia Thibault-Picazo (FR) – Craft In The Anthropocene, 2013
Jørgen Johansen (NOR/COL) – The Plastic Bag, 2015

Part IV. contributing artists:
Quenton Miller (UK/AUS) – The Trial, 2015
Helen Anna Flanagan (UK) – Trance, 2014
Angharad Davies (UK) – Iceberg, 2014
Sofia Touboura (GR) – A Way To Get By, 2006-2016

Special thanks: Thanos Vasiliou