Anthropocene on hold

20 international visual and video artists in a major online exhibition
The PCAI online group exhibition opens on May 14, 2020.
Anthropocene (anthropocene, /ænˈθrɒp.əˌsiːn) was spread as an environmental term in the early 21st century by the Dutch Nobel Laureate and pioneer of atmospheric chemistry, Paul Crutzen. It is a proposed geological age that begins with significant human impacts on Earth's geology and ecosystems, including climate change as a result of human activity.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization will officially announce the emergence of a new virus called covid-19. The invisible threat will affect human health and safety on a global scale, the economy and collective action while at the same time implementing precautionary measures such as home restraint or controlled access to public spaces. Deserted streets and cities, amid social unrest, economic uncertainty and climate crisis, reflect the urban void and the need for collective vigilance.
What does waiting and stagnation during the pandemic and lockdowns, which seem to be the result of dystopian fiction, mean for Earth and the Anthropocene? What are the challenges and environmental concerns posed to an artist? How can social distances and quarantine reshape artistic practices and environmental narratives? In what ways can covid-19 affect the environmental issue and our broader understanding of it?
PCAI, in the context of the exhibition Anthropocene On Hold, invites 20 international visual and video artists to answer these questions with the aspect of the impact on artistic production, the relationship with the public and the sustainability and sustainability of the planet.
James Bridle, Ionian Bisai & Sotiris Tsiganos, Matthias Fritsch, Kyriaki Goni, Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller, Hypercomf, Rindon Johnson, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Leto Kattou, Bianca Kenzzngi Tragedy & Ciminy Limin Hacin Marcin, the Swan Collective Nikolaou, Andrew Norman Wilson are participating with new projects in the first online group exhibition of PCAI curated by Kikas Kyriakakou, an ongoing digital project, which will be hosted from May 14 to December 31, 2020 on the YouTube channel of PCAI.
Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) was founded in 2014 by Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Executive President of the Polyeco Group, with the aim of environmental awareness through contemporary art and video art. The organization achieves its goals through three areas of activity: its Art Collection Collection, which is mainly based on assignment projects, the Projects it organizes and the Support it provides to artists and cultural initiatives. Since 2018, PCAI has been a member of the International Association of Contemporary Art Collective Collections IACCCA and has been distinguished many times for its Collection, its educational programs and its collaborations with other organizations. Kika Kyriakakou, Artistic Director of PCAI, designed in 2019 the organization's artists-in-residence program, which focuses on the interaction between contemporary art and environmental awareness. The jury of the relevant open call, consisting of Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of Serpentine Galleries, Krist Gruijthuijsen, director of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and directors of PCAI, selected artists Rindon Johnson and Leto Kattou to participate in the residency. of 2020.


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