Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Could a salon for the 21st c. be organized at a farm house in Peloponnese - Greece?
Can it be DEmaterialized and REmaterialized, beamed from Thermissia-Greece to Chelsea-N.Y.?
Is it possible for Family Business to work as a transporter???? (and do we risk a transporter accident in the process?)

Artists Lakis and Aris Ionas -The Callas, Family member / curator Nadja Argyropoulou and a group of artists and art works are the fearless voyagers of the dematerialization / rematerialization project LUSTLANDS (a family noir under the sun: the N.Y. rematerialization), hosted at Family Business from January 24, 2013 to February 16, 2013.

The project appears in N.Y. after originating, as LUSTLANDS (a family noir under the sun and other experiences), for one day (23 June 2012), in a family farm, situated at the area of Thermissia in Argolida and the South of Greece. Months after being just an energy pattern—due to the serious European crisis that affected all related circuits―Lustlands is reconverted into matter that matters; thanks to Family Business and the valuable energy source ever known as Lust and found in abundance at the much condemned South.
Lust, enchantment (sagéne) as has been investigated by the cooperating project members, has been first transferred to the Greek province, exactly where it is rumored that, because of the crisis and the ever impending ‘Drachmaggedon’, everything and everyone will return.
Nostalgia for the oddities and clichés of the small home towns, desire, ecstasis, black humor, the aimless midsummer days of childhood, ‘friendship’ as a ‘family noir’ of adult life, the shimmering sun and it’s strange light, a ‘museum of the intimate’ installed in the wet yards and among the flower pots and olive trees of vacation houses, the concept of stasis, the ethics of failure, malfunctioning and the paradox of objective chance: all of the above (and hopefully more) has shaped LUSTLANDS. The wild and remote lands, suggested by the project’s title, may be those of Lust or even those of Last but are definitely part of the commons and as such are accessible to all.

The VELVET team, which The Callas have founded and operates like an extended family for the last five years (Velvet Magazine, Velvet Bus, Velvet Festivals, Lust magazine) in Greece and abroad, constitutes the project’s backbone. Artists, writers, curators, musicians, designers, film makers, friends and relatives have become part of the experience continuum and contributed in many ways.
Many of them are also beamed to N.Y., and due to loss of matter stream and britch of safety protocols, they reappear in many altered states and forms (clothes, rags, texts, paintings turned photocopies, photos shrunk, events condensed into notes, delicious foods recreated as films, cicada fuzz reassembled as digital sound, nets and lights, animate and inanimate things and pleasure patterns); as an unpredictable, low-fi, paradoxical salon. Local N.Y. bands will celebrate the oddities, The Callas will be beamed over and perform at the last day, February 16, on the special occasion of the Family Business first birthday!!
Imagination will be summoned to fill in the gaps. And hopefully this will not be the end of it...
LUSTLANDS (a family noir under the sun: the N.Y. Rematerialization) will be the calling card, a summons so to speak, for a 2013 Summer visit to Greece (June 4) where xaos (chaos) will be revisited at the same farm in Peloponnese, right across the sea from the island of Hydra, and right over the N.Y. Atlantic coast.

The list of Lustlanders includes (and is not limited to):
Nadja Argyropoulou, Lakis and Aris Ionas (The Callas), Extra-Conjugale (Irini Karayannopoulou & Sebastien Marteau), Dora Economou, Loukia Alavanou, Eleni Bagaki, Panos Papadopoulos, Tassos Vrettos, the family of Nanos Valaoritis, the family of Andreas Embiricos (including Yannis Tsaruchis), Thanos Murray-Velloudios, magazines Pali and Nea Synteleia, Saprophytes, Spyros Staveris, Frown Tails, Konstantinos Ladianos, Ioanna Gouzeli, Supermarionetta, Selana Vronti, Lightroom Projects, Thanos
Kosmides, Ilias Polyhroniades, Panagiotis Loukas, Lydia Venieri, Iris Touliatou. / Victory Collapse, Moa Bones, Le Page, Conductive, Kostas Varotsos (Victory Collapse), Afroditi Stereo, Anda Theodorakaki, Irene Zografou, Dimitris Kotselis, Nikos Triantafyllou, Elias Papazacharias, Dionysia Bosmi and the contribution of Restless Wind, Sonic Playground, Fab Liquid Studio.

Live gigs are scheduled for:
- Opening -Thu 24 Jan – Psalms (20.00)
- Sat 2 Feb – Poison Dartz (20.00)
- Closing event / Family Business Birthday Party – Sat 16 Feb – The Callas (20.00)
More TBA…!
LUSTLANDS (a family noir under the sun: the N.Y. Rematerialization): January 24-February 16, 2013
520 West 21 Street, New York, NY 10011

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