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Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Natalia Tsoukala
Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Natalia Tsoukala

Nature and creation, division and composition. Thodoris Trampas delineates a process of union through destruction, and the need for reconciliation with the other side. In an enclosed space, six metres by seven, for seven weeks and eight hours each day, the body is set against the material world — a large piece of rock — in order to create its replica in plaster. This copying, this repetition, is a way of experiencing the existence of nature from scratch. Smashing the rock differentiates the copy from the original, and the resulting fragments accumulate and change the mass of the material — transform it, give it new form.

The Story

The title of the performance is drawn from the geological history of the earth, when 200 million years ago the continents were connected in a super continent, the Pangea. The work deals with the concept of union after the destruction, the need for reconciliation with the other side. A new determination of the relation between man and nature.

Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Natalia Tsoukala
Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Natalia Tsoukala

This documentary is the process where the long-durational performance becomes a movie. A visual documentary that describes life in the Pangea, which reproduces the wholeness of a visual work from beginning to end.

NEON + MAI are partnered to present AS ONE in Athens, Greece
NEON + MAI are partnered to present AS ONE in Athens, Greece

The work Pangea was realized as a complete long-durational performance which participated in the ΑS ΟNE exhibition, a co-production of MAI (Marina Abramovic Institute) and NEON (Organization of Culture and Development), where it was presented live to the audience in March 2016 in Benaki Museum for 39 days and in total 324 hours.

Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Panos Kokkinias
Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Panos Kokkinias

The exhibition drew more than 22,000 visitors within the first three weeks. Visitors not only watched but actively participated with the performances. AS ONE is considered the largest project for performance art in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. Almost 50.000 people visited the Benaki Museum.

Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Panos Kokkinias
Commissioned and produced by NEON + MAI, Thodoris Trampas, Pangea on the occasion of AS ONE, Benaki Museum, Athens, 10 March – 24 April 2016, Photography by Panos Kokkinias

The Plan

During the performance, the idea to record this work in the form of documentary came up along with the need to daily record all interactions taking place with the performance as a journal.

At the moment, more than 400 hours of raw material have been collected including the lifespan and progress of the work, people's reactions as well as face-to-face interviews with MAI members.

The plan is to create a visual documentary about long-durational performance aiming to make it more accessible and comprehensible to the public.

We need your help to bring this documentary to life. The money we raise on Kickstarter will fund the additional post-production editing needed to finish the documentary as well as support further dissemination activities of the documentary in other art exhibitions and festivals.

Last but not least, the documentary has already been selected participate in the XI Florence Biennale, the major contemporary art exhibition in Florence, Italy in October 2017.

The Artist

Thodoris Trampas is a visual and performing artist born in Devonport, Australia. He comes from Serres, Greece. In 2015 he graduated with honors from the Athens School of Fine Arts. During his studies he worked closely with distinguished professors like Giannis Psychopedis and exposed himself to multimedia, photography, design and engraving coursework. He also participated in a three year experiential training regarding performance. At the moment, he lives in Athens, dealing mainly with painting which has led him to bodily expression through improvisation, site-specific installation and performance. His work has been selected by MAI (Marina Abramovic Institute), NEON (Organization of Culture and Development) and other international exhibitions and festivals in India, Tokyo, Egypt and England.

 

Special Thanks

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our friends at MAI (Marina Abramovic Institute) and NEON (Organization of Culture and Development).

Also, special thanks go to John Nikolopoulos (video production), George Tsiolis, Aris Karam, Vahram Mirzoyan, Sona Hakobyan, and Benedetta Cicuto.

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Risks and challenges

Finishing a feature length documentary like this one is a great challenge. However, post-production costs is the only thing keeping us back from finishing this documentary.

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