*Poros.piece.no.1

Poros.Piece.no.1

Done with the help and support of Kourd Gallery residency

For more information about the residency program: connect to: http://kourdresidency.wordpress.com/

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Thematic influences: Artchitecture, roadside rickety structures, urban sprawl, economic and social meltdown, garbage dump, kipple, the end of a travel- the end of a story, island, fishing life, mediterranean climate, mediterranean city.

Screen-prints for a crumbling landscape (left:Snehta,middle:shrubland,right: the beast)

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Bearings

The installation work “Poros Ricketier” was produced during the Kourd residency which was inaugurated on the 5th and lasted until the 25th of August 2010, all it’s activities took place on the island of Poros, Greece. Kourd gallery, sponsored the construction of the work for an in-situ intervention on the neo-classical building of Sygros, planned by the German architect Ernst Chiller.

The work was crafted by ephemeral found material and new material which were brought from the city of Athens. A majority of material (insulation and readymades) were collected from various locations on the island, including; the islands garbage dump, the fishing dock and various other roadside sites. The work was crafted in situ – intuitively and was exhibited in public until the end of the residency. The work was initially crafted at the backyard of the building and eventually got installed on it’s facade; it’s consequent de-installment signified the end of the residency program. Parts of the work were then transfered in Athens and which are going to be used in the future as parts or composites of an installation work, that can be similar or different in nature.

Why and Because

The island of Poros belongs to the group of islands of the Argosaronic sea. Amongst all the islands of the group; Poros hosts tangible elements of the urban city sprawl of the city of Athens, note: Athens is sited 27 nautical miles north from the island. During the 1970’s and 1980’s extensive activity of the building and civic construction industry extended the city to areas that were considered by tradition rural and non-domestic – Poros can be considered one of them. Even nowadays two years after the economic crisis hit Greece, it appears that the urban development still supports a large part of the wounded economy as it is still one of the leading industries in the country. Land use and construction through a series of sprawling waves has altered the physiognomy of the traditionally urban and rural sites on extended geographical zones around the city and has therefore brought along with it a variety of contrasting effects that very successfully characterize Athens as highly heterotopic and antinomic i.e (co-existence of the old and the new). Urban sprawl and the idea of civic and urban expansion can be assumed to be a social behavior that is both anarchic, unplanned but highly definite predefined and even atavistic…

“Poros-ricketier” has borrowed it’s character from the real world which I have observed and briefly defined above. It defines urban sprawl in a rather awkward way, as it is primarily an ephemeral ‘parasite’ (neither a sculpture or an architectural structure – but something in between) fitted on the neoclassical structure of the Sygros building. It was installed there for the duration of the residency in order to make a point on that terminology and redefine it by offering a sculptural and likable structure that could summon and make the audience interact with it.

The materials used in the construction complement the Athenian urban realm. I.e, expanding foam, insulation slabs, wood, readymades etc. It’s physical manifestation and construction was intentionally both unplanned and intuitive, the later was a deliberate performative attribute which propagated the Greek civic behavior and the Greek  behavioral identity in general…

Augustus Veinoglou

Sculptor. September, 2010.



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Coastal, urban sprawl, continued in the island… … Snehta > reverse for Athens.. >  Sorop > reverse for Poros

Ropes and tying

Poros garbage dump (an endless source of used polystyrene)

boats and texture ashore

tools and stuff

working outside

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installed at the entrance of Sygros building

_2. views from inside out

_3.complete views

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