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Christos Voutichtis

Interzones II

3 Dec 2020 - 8 Jan 2021 

“Living tomorrow is everyone's sorrow… Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares” 

- Black Flag  

 

The architect and artist Christos Voutichtis makes non-places visible in his intermedia works. According to the French scientist Marc Augé, highways, shopping malls, airports, transit locations are especially mono-functionally used areas in urban spaces. Their common ground is usually the lack of identity and history.

 

Inspired by non-places, Voutichtis creates a construct of defensive architecture that shows the connections between anarchy in the building industry and its effects on cultures.
 

The comment ‘Notes on the Search for… Processes of Dissolution’ by Theodore Spyropoulos declares Christos’ performance and  purpose in the spirit is a work in progress. He finds comparisons to works by Krzystof Wodiczko’s, like his Homeless Vehicles, the Anarchitecture group (i.e.,  Tina Girouard Swept House), the isolation devices of Walter Pichler’s TV-Helmet (Portable Living  Room) and his own.

 

The installation is accompanied by the curatorial text "From mass advertising to personalized advertising: the Billboard Cage Project of Christos Voutichtis" by the media theorist and Baudrillard expert Alan N. Shapiro.

 

Shapiro explains Voutichtis’ cage-like, internally empty architectural object in the form of an empty parallelepiped measuring 224 cm x 150 cm x 112 cm, which the artist first attached to a billboard from public space in November of this year, as a space that contradicts architectural space as we know it. 

 

The pop-up gallery will remain closed out of conviction that this is a way to counteract the infection. The installation is visible to passers-by from outside. Visits are possible on request.

 

Admission is free. The project is realized with the kind support of kulturhatd@franziskustreff.de of the Franziskustreff Foundation. 

photocredit: Christos Voutichtis

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