Lito Kattou, Petros Morris – institute of anxiety
The Institute of Anxiety is an international open-ended art project addressing a phenomenon of anxiety as a prevailing condition of nowadays society. The institute focuses on the collective anxiety that permeates social structures and impacts the lives of individuals on an everyday level, as well as economic, political, social and institutional systems and was therefore established as a research laboratory and communication platform for the collaboration of artists, theorists, philosophers, researchers and activists. The institute aims to draw on the potential of a common problem to initiate new forms of work and sharing and find new sources of creative energy. The outcomes of the institute will along with other less standard formats include residencies, exhibitions, performances, screenings workshops, conferences, lectures, and discussions.
Throughout 2018, the institute’s program will take place in Prague, Czech Republic; Nisyros, Greece; Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany; and Amman, Jordan and involves collaboration of a number of cultural institutions and organizations – Are | are-events.org, Prague; Sterna Art Project, Nisyros; Spring Sessions, Amman; Prinzhorn Collection and Theater und Orchester Heidelberg; and Volksbühne Berlin that will organize and/or host creative and educative outcomes of the institute.
The program of the Institute of Anxiety in Nisyros comprises residencies, screenings, exhibitions, meetings, educative and socially engaged events. The project will take place at several locations in Nisyros island from April until November 2018 and host Greek and international artists, historians, writers, activists, architects, collectives, geologists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. The project is organized by Sterna Art Project in a curatorial collaboration with Greek independent curator Nadja Argyropoulou and curators of Prague-based organization Are | are-events.org – Zuzana Blochová and Edith Jeřábková.
The comprehensive program will gravitate toward and manifest in a special four-day event curated by Nadja Argyropoulou entitled “Making Oddkin. for joy, trouble and volcano love” scheduled on early September 2018. “Making Oddkin” will along invited participants integrate research and outcomes of the residency program and involve representatives of the partner institutions (Goethe-Institut in Prague, Volksbühne Berlin, Prinzhorn Collection and Theater und Orchester in Heidelberg, Spring Sessions in Amman).
The program will also cooperate and involve local cultural community such as the Educational & Cultural Society of Nisyros and the ANAEMA, an initiative educating on Nisyrian culture, history and traditions through an alternative approach to tourism.