The terrain “as primordial matter”, a neoPoetics of cognitive performance



On Monday 11 April at 20:00 in Circuits and Currents there will be presented a performatively articulated dialogue between the honorary professor of the University of Thessaly, Filippos Oraiopoulos, and Radical Reading’s curators, Evangelia Ledaki and Petros Moris.

Radical Reading and Filippos Oraiopoulos will be discussing their collaboration in the framework of creating a new publishing project and will be disclosing the source material and the theoretical references that constitute the core of the publication. After the reading of the text The terrain as primordial matter, the two-hour event will be completed with a devised roundtable discussion about the terrain and the concept of neoPoetics.

RR [RADICAL READING] is an Athens-based curatorial project, which deals with contemporary art practice: the presentation and contextualisation of solo exhibitions as well as the theoretical and literary composite of heterogeneous elements that infiltrate and rearrange the sensible and the performative. RR was founded in 2014 by Evangelia Ledaki and Petros Moris.

Evangelia Ledaki (b. 1980, Greece) is an independent curator and art critic based in Athens. She studied anthropology (Goldsmiths College and Panteion University), curating (University of Essex) and art history (University of Crete). As a PhD researcher at the Department of Αnthropology at Panteion University she explores the topologies of borders and the constructions of identity. She is co-founder of the curatorial project Radical Reading,while she has curated exhibitions at the Delphi Archaeological Museum, the Association of Greek Archeologists, the Art Theatre, Circuits and Currents (Athens), and Point Centre of Contemporary Art (Nicosia, Cyprus).

Petros Moris (b. 1986, Lamia) is an artist based in Athens. He has studied in the Athens School of Fine Arts and has received an MFA in Curating from the Goldsmiths University. He currently undergoes Phd research at the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly. He has presented his work in solo projects at Duve (Berlin, 2014), Union Pacific (London, 2014), Project Native Informant (London, 2013), SPACE (London, 2013) and has been nominated for the Deste Prize 2015. As a member of the art collective KERNEL and the curatorial projects SIM and Radical Reading, he has curated shows and panels at the Athens Biennial 2011, the Chisenhale Gallery, the Whitechapel Gallery and Circuits and Currents.

Filippos Oraipoulos is an architect-theoretician and historian who studied mathematic logic, philosophy of knowledge, and neo-Hellenic culture in Paris, with a PhD on theory of Architecture (Sorbonne, Paris I), Emeritus professor of architecture  (School of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Greece), was founder and director of Laboratory of History – Theory and Conceptual Design, co-curator for the Greek Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (2004), co-founder of Built Event, spatial practices for architecture, art, curating and urbanism, presented in  Barcelona Landscape Biennale (2006), Sao Paulo Biennale of Architecture (2007), Galleria Contemporaneo, Mestre, Italy (2008), Thessaloniki Biennale of Art (2009), Gyumri Biennale of Art (2010). Visiting professor in Parson University (2013), Visiting fellow in the University of Princeton (2008), he also lectured in the Architectural Association (AA London), the University of Princeton, and the School of Visual Art in N.Y. He published books in both French and Greek, many articles in the architectural press, and various projects for architecture and arts. The last fifteen years he is preoccupied with the Neo-Poetical theory and practice in architecture and art, while he lately co-founded the Informal Studio of Neo-Poetics for research and practice.