Friday, October 23, 2009

The View from Here (Athinia)

Monday, October 19, 2009

UNREALTIME: Mark Amerika

National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST

Vas. Georgiou Β’ 17-19 and Rigillis street
11743 Athens


Curated by: Daphne Dragona

The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, presents UNREALTIME, a retrospective exhibition of pioneering American artist Mark Amerika. The exhibition runs from October 22nd, 2009 until January 3rd, 2010.

Amerika's first solo exhibition in Greece is curated by Daphne Dragona and features many of his works of Internet art, digital video art, multi-media installation art, and language art. The exhibition will also include the European premiere of his most recent work, Immobilité, the first feature-length work released in his "Foreign Film Series." Immobilité premiered in New York in April at Amerika's solo exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum.

The exhibition will be supplemented with a 92-page catalog featuring color images of his artwork, selected texts from his oeuvre, and critical essays by McKenzie Wark (The Hacker Manifesto, Harvard University Press, 2004) and Steven Shaviro (Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead and Deleuze, MIT Press, 2009).

As part of the opening week of events, Amerika will be in Athens to present "Living in Unrealtime: A Networked Narrative" and conduct a workshop on "Tactics of Postproduction and Remix: Critical Reflections" for emerging Greek artists.

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

For more information visit the museum website:

For more information on the workshop:

For the Immobilité website:

Mark Amerika has exhibited his artwork in many venues including the Whitney Biennial, the Walker Art Center, the Denver Art Museum, and the American Museum of the Moving Image. He has had four early career retrospectives including the first-ever net art retrospective in the summer of 2001 at the ACA Media Arts Plaza in Tokyo, Japan, and later that year at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 2004, he had two follow-up retrospectives, one at Ciberart Bilbao in Spain, and one at the Festival International de Linguagem Eletronica at the Gallerie do SESI in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A cult novelist, media theorist, web publisher, and VJ artist who has performed internationally, Amerika is the author of many books including his recently published collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press). The premiere solo exhibition of his feature-length art film, Immobilité, took place at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York in Spring 2009 and will be included in his mid-career retrospective, UNREALTIME, at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, in the fall of 2009. Amerika is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. More information can be found at his website,

Daphne Dragona is a media arts curator based in Athens. She has worked with Fournos Center for Digital Culture (Greece) for the International Art and Technology Festival "Medi@terra", with LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre (Spain) for the international exhibitions "Gameworld" and "Homo Ludens Ludens" and with Alta Tegnologia Andina (Peru) for "Video Games: Tales of Play, Games of the Unexpected". Currently she is collaborating the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. She is also a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens and a member of the new media arts collective Personal Cinema.

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