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EMERGENCY ROOM opened at the Ileana Tounta Centre for Contemporary Art on 8th September 2007, at 20.00.
EMERGENCY ROOM is a pioneering visual project that was first presented at the Galerie Olaf Stόber, Berlin, at Nikolaj art center, Copenhagen and at PS1, New York. The project’s next stop is Athens and the Ileana Tounta Centre for Contemporary Art. Following its presentation in Athens, the project will travel to London, Paris, Cairo and Barcelona.
EMERGENCY ROOM is an international visual platform that is daily updated. Colonel brings together in this venture a number of artists who seem to agree that the planet is in a state of dire emergency. The project encourages artists to engage in dialogue on issues resulting from the current state of affairs, and to be swift and spontaneous in expressing their own critical view of them within a strict time limit. EMERGENCY ROOM is an expression of the art that is happening now – that is, today – and a record of the pulse at the heart of the contemporary community of visual artists. More specifically, the gallery’s first floor will host a circular structure (the emergency room) where artists will be mounting works corresponding to the latest developments in Greek and international affairs, daily and at a given time (12.30 pm). The above process will be monitored and documented by the art critic Giannis Konstantinidis and regularly updated in the webpage: http://www.emergencyrooms.org/athens.html
EMERGENCY ROOM aims to foster a spirit of collectivity among participating artists and to create a set of conditions that will enable the gallery to act as a platform for the exchange of ideas and as a space of personal expression and institutional experimentation. The project will itself be a work in constant progress.
Furthermore, EMERGENCY ROOM will be complemented by the DELAY MUSEUM. This part of the project is more traditional in character; it consists of a space reserved for the presentation of the most important works created in the context of the emergency room. Finally, archival material from the project’s previous presentations will be on show at the gallery’s ground-floor.
Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel (b. 1951) is a Danish / French conceptual artist. He has enjoyed an international career since 1995. He has recently presented solo exhibitions at the Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, the IKM Museum, Oslo, Norway, the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany and at Dervon Arts, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. In 2003, he was honoured by the French Republic with the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
The Danish Arts Agency is the grand sponsor of Emergency Room at the Ileana Tounta Centre for Contemporary Art.
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