Hope Signals from Athens

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00 to Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 13:00

Hope Signals from Athens
Rosina Ivanova and Guerrilla Optimists

Place: Streaming takes place at the square between Beddingen 2-4-6 str.

1 June 2017, make a listening rainbow of bodies
2 June 2017, make a ringing triangle
3 June 2017, disperse
Time: 12:00-13:00 Trondheim / 13:00-14:00 Athens, each day

The Guerrilla Optimists share through a live stream the sounds of their explorations from Athens, Greece, to Trondheim, Norway.

We will walk in the center of Athens ringing bells and blowing horns, through the suffering streets and neighborhoods of Athens, finding moments of hope and community. We will ring bells and blow horns with the people we meet along the way. Our actions are acts of resistance through their defiance of aggression and belief in hope. We send signals of tenderness, gentleness and activate our bodies in public open spaces. We do not overthrow governments, we activate and we heal one another.

We want to move these poetic sounds to Norway as a call for awareness. It is our call to attention to a global condition- how energy flows in the form of money, something that causes a lot of pain. Even if not visible, our breath and energy are the imprint of something left behind which does impact the space. Our sounds are moments of freedom that puncture the air of the universe and vibrate signals of hope.

For this project we have placed a speaker on the façade of Danske Bank building at Solsiden together with the poster describing our action and will broadcast the sounds from Athens to Trondheim.

Guerrilla Optimists are a fluid collection of individuals who engage in ephemeral actions in the city of Athens. Guerrilla Optimists are of multiple minds, but agreed in their enthusiasm to speak out, with absurd and poetic maneuvering as an artistic strategy for moral survival. While self-proclaimed optimists currently work together in Athens, there are surely others working in other parts of the world. Assorted collaborators over 10 years: C. Amalia Charikiopoulou, Alexandros Georgiou, Rosina Ivanova, Konate Mamadou, Soulis Moustakidis, Jennifer Nelson, Natalia Papadopoulou, Toby Short, Manos Tsatiris, Théophile Yerbanga.

The world needs optimists like us!

This event is part of EXIT, the master exhibition at KiT NTNU

Rosina Ivanova, b.1985, Rehearsal for Optimistic Poster - steps, 2017

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

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