For our July ONE WORK event we are excited to host an online discussion with Alkmini Gkousiari unfolding the themes behind her work ‘You didn’t come from the egg but also not made from soil and water’ (2022) on Thursday 27 July from 7 – 8pm. Book your place for the online discussion here.
‘You didn’t come from the egg but also not made from soil and water.’ will be available to view online via the LUX Scotland website from 1 – 31 July, 2023. We recommend watching the film in advance of the discussion, you can view the work here.
This short film is a collection of found and personal images and footage that together form the documentation of an entity that enters the human world. This entity comes and goes in and out of the earth’s surface to try and understand and document what lies beneath and above it: fragments of fossils and stones, logic and religion, of cars, dwellings and human activity. With playfulness this something-entity explores the world and its creatures and after its long journey it decides to settle. The work listens to its squeaky voice and sees, through its shaky gaze, journeys through what seem simultaneously like centuries and seconds. This film explores the death of an archive and the birth/creation of a new one by extracting the data from its static and ordered state and presenting a perspective of uncertainty, curiosity and disorder.
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response.
The event will take place on Zoom. The Zoom meeting link will be available via the Eventbrite booking link. To download Zoom, visit here: https://zoom.us/download
The event will be live captioned by 121 Captions.
The film will be available with closed captions.
Watching the work in advance
We encourage audiences to watch‘You didn’t come from the egg but also not made from soil and water.’ in advance of the discussion event, as the conversation will be focused on this work and audience questions, reflections and contributions are an important part of this event series. ‘You didn’t come from the egg but also not made from soil and water.’ will be available to watch on the LUX Scotland website from 1 – 31 July 2023.
Participating in the Event
We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.
We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants.
Audiences are encouraged to contribute, and the host will open up the group conversation for questions after a short introduction to the work by the artist. We ask that one person speaks at a time and that you type‘hi’ in the chat to indicate you want to contribute. A member of the LUX Scotland team will keep a track of who wishes to contribute and will direct the conversation to you. You may also wish to use the chat box to type your question or comment, should this be preferable for you. We ask that you keep your microphones on mute until you are going to speak to ensure everyone can hear clearly.
LUX Scotland is dedicated to providing a welcoming online environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. Participants who do not adhere to this code of conduct and the participation guidelines will be asked to leave the event.
Alkmini Gkousiari lives and works between Glasgow, Berlin and Athens. Her practice attempts to encapsulate the myth of creation or coming-into-being through engagement with the conflicts that arise from multiple cultural identities. As a Greek artist, she explores her country’s ancient gods, rural and orthodox rituals and family traditions to create new understanding of these dualities and multiplicitous identities. Alkmini also uses her playful sense of storytelling in collaborations, performances and site-specific works to interrogate whichever landscape she finds herself in through the process of myth- making. Alkmini’s practice spans drawing, sculpture, writing, sound and performance.
Alkmini (b. 1997, Athens, Greece) holds a BA (Hons) in Sculpture and Environmental Arts from Glasgow School of Art (2020) and a degree in Sculpture from Manchester School of Art (2018). Alkmini’s recent exhibitions include ‘with an ear, as big as the universe, I listen’ at the Johnston Terrace Garden as part of her REACH Residency at ESW(2023), group show at Glasgow Project Room ‘to tease, to hold, these stories through and through’(2023), the collaborative performance ‘I planted a clock and swallowed a seed’ with Isobel O’Donovan at GoMA Glasgow (2021), ‘They had 4 years’ at Generator Projects Dundee (2021), Market Radio at Market Gallery Glasgow (2021), ‘HOT WHEELS’ at the Glue Factory Glasgow (2021), and ‘Spirit’ at Ruya Maps Athens (2021). Alkmini attended Globe Gallery Residency at Heilstatte Grabowsee, Germany in 2020/2022 and Cove Park Funded Visual Arts Residency in September 2021 fully funded by the Bridge Award. Alkmini has published writing with Muckspace and the Lye Planet Research Unit.
Image description: A person sits outside on a patch of concrete in a vegetable garden. They are sitting on a low wooden stool and wearing a broad woven straw hat which hides their face and a black shirt and pants. They are leaning forward to paint a pale yellow gourd a light pink colour. They are surrounded by chopped wood, stacked, lengths of bamboo and a variety of plastic bottles, opened paint pots and upturned bowls.
Notes Online discussion will be live captioned.
Closed Captions Online screening with have closed captions available
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.