MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF CRETE
ANTHROPOCENE, 20ο C
Andreas Sitorengo
Video installation in situ

Curator: Anna Hatziyannaki
Under the auspices of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
Opening: Monday, 16 January 2017, 19:00 – 21:00
Kara Moussa Passa Mosque, Arkadiou & V. Hugo St, Rethymnon


The exhibition “Anthropocene, 20° C” by Andreas Sitorengo opened on Monday, 16 January 2017 at 19:00 at the Kara Moussa Passa Mosque in the Old City of Rethymnon. It was an in-situ video installation presented under the auspices of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete.

The title of the work alludes to the accelerated climate change due to manmade causes, which mark the dawn of a new geological age that scientists have named the Anthropocene Age. The recent official announcement of temperatures rising by 20ο C in the North Pole is a comment added to the title to describe the specific subject of the work, which is the melting of polar ice due to human factors.

The video installation unfolds as a narrative onto the architectural elements of the specific interior, from the vaults and the lozenge to the dome, and involves six projections: the vaults carry the phases of a Sisyphean uphill course of a modern man dragging a block of ice; the lozenge shows the level of the rising water, while the video projected on the dome suggests the viewer’s entrapment in the water as the lid over the water surface is slowly closing.

The layout of the installation, complete with the video and the sound environment in which the subject is acted out, was designed in situ by the artist and the curator in late November, 2016 in order to integrate the work within the specific architectural setting.

It is noted that in recent years and in the context of Environmental Art and Artistic Activism, the question of the escalating climate change in the Anthropocene age has become the subject of various group exhibitions, mobilizing artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Ai Wei Wei and curators-theorists like Nicolas Bourriaud.

The exhibition run through January 28, 2017.

The exhibition was supported by the 28th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities.

Artist: Andreas Sitorengo
Camera: Constantinos Tyligadis- Andreas Sitorengo
Curator-texts: Anna Hatziyannaki


CONTACT:
Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
Messolonghiou 32, 74 131 Rethymnon
Τ: +30 28310 52530, F: +30 28310 52689
E-mail: info@cca.gr • http\\:www.cca.gr
Andreas Sitorengo: andreas.sitorengo@gmail.com

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