Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 19:00-21:00
Exhibition Dates: April 13–July 3, 2016
Opening Hours: Tuesday–Saturdays, 13:00-21:00, Sundays 12:00-20:00
Alt Art Space presents Andreas Angelidakis’ sculptural installation Soft Ruin, 2006 and single-channel video Building an Electronic Ruin, 2011. These two works translate Alois Riegl’s idea of “age value” into the now out-dated online life-simulation game, Second Life, in this way continue the conversation of Alt’s inaugural season dedicated to contemporary issues of authorship.
Building an Electronic Ruin follows the “avatar” of the artist in Second Life, as he goes step-by-step through the process of “building a ruin” on this online platform. This act of construction parallels the crumbling popularity of the game—a “ruin” in its own right. The installation Soft Ruin, on the other hand, comprises soft sculptures that recall the ruins Angelidakis himself builds in the video. Building on a history of soft sculptures, he translates the disappearing popularity and outdatedness of the game into a tangible phenomenon.
Andreas Angelidakis, 1968, Athens. Selected solo exhibitions include: Every End is a Beginning, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2014; CrashPad – Preliminary Statement for the 8th Berlin Biennial, KW Institute, Berlin; The Angelo Foundations Headquarters, with Angelos Plessas, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2009; Future Paris, Visionaire Gallery, New York, 2001. Selected group shows include: Alejandro Jodorowsky, CAPC Bordeaux, 2015; 1:1 Period Rooms, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 2015 (curating and exhibition design); Fin de Siècle – Inaugural Edition of Annual Design Series, Swiss Institute, New York, 2014 (curating); DO-IT Moscow, Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2014 (exhibition design); System of Objects – The Dakis Joannou collection reloaded, DESTE Foundation, Athens, 2013 (curating and exhibition design). Angelidakis has works in the collections of Art Institute of Chicago, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens and is represented by The Breeder Gallery, Athens.