documenta 14 – Parallel Program

State of Concept: 'Heiter bis Wolkig' at Future Climates

Athens, GR
Type: Spatial Design

Commissioned by Antonia Alampi & iLiana Fokianaki

Future Climates

  • Spatial Design by Studio Miessen
  • Graphic Design: Studio Miessen
  • Project Leader: Markus Miessen, Berta Cusó
  • Team: Pelin Alkan, Tasos Antonopoulos, Anni Leo, Giannella Cocco, Paula Palermo
  • Photography: © Alexandra Masmanidi, Jens Maier-Rothe

‘Heiter bis Wolkig’ translates to sunny with cloudy intervals/ cloudy with sunny intervals.

As a commentary on the current, post-2008 conflictual relationships across Europe, which – at least partially – relates to linguistic misunderstandings cum spatial separation, our intervention regarding the school consists of a space of conversation based on the typology of a bar, which positions itself within a longstanding tradition of artist-run bars.

Precarious times of uncertain futures require different forms of discursive spaces. Instead of formalized institutional conditions, the project claims normative, popular spaces of conversation as a form of practice.

Our physical contribution to the gallery space consists of a single bar element – which acts as central assembly for Future Climates – as well as a shopfront-sign, a smoke-machine, and a double neon strip-light.
This physical set-up is being delivered in tandem with a protocol of use, added to the window in order to communicate a spatial time-code:

Private room 2pm-7pm
Hosted by Antonia Alampi & Iliana Fokianaki

Public room 7pm-2am
Hosted by rotation

As a general rule, the practice of hosting will switch from institution to open public at a set hour every day.
This role can also be assumed by participating members of the project.

Head of research: Evita Tsokanta
Co-ordination: Maria-Adela Konomi
School participants: Denise Araouzou, Jane Fawcett, Ioli Kavakou, Laura Lovatel, Federica Menin, Giulia Palomba, Sol Prado, Rosana Sánchez Rufete and Aris Spentsas, Sara Santana, Dora Vasilakou and Maya Tounta as repondent.

School contributors: Victoria Ivanova, Sophie Goltz, Prosorini Akadimia Tehnon Athens, Polina Kosmadaki, Emily Pethick, Martha Rosler, Bik Van der Pol, Nora Sternfeld, Olav Velthuis, 3 137 Artist Run Space, Enterprise Projects, Jens Maier-Rothe, Jonas Staal, Green Park, Theo Prodromidis, Mohammad Salemy, Libia Castro and Olafur Olafsson, Stella Baraklianou, Katerina Nikou, Georgios Papadopoulos, Glykeria Stathopoulou, Locus Athens, and many others.