Everyday like a poison, world news infects humanity, plunging the human conscience into a deep hibernation of frantic inactivity, in an attempt to find some serenity to endure in until the end.
However they say that if a tarantula bites you the only way to escape death is to dance day and night, jumping from the pain and staying awake, because if you let go and fall asleep you are lost. Such a crazy celebration of consciousness is the Mykonos Biennale as its theme for 2015 is the Antidote.
What is the antidote? Is it love? Is it power? Or is it sorcery? Always the artist, the scientist, and the alchemist have searched for the answer to immortality, the philosophers’ stone, and the magic portal. Their quest, itself, holds the answer for by it they have already danced the first steps of the Great Awakening.
The Mykonos Biennale will host a Kite festival at the beach of Ftelia on this island famous for its wind and windmills.
An exhibition of the kites will be hosted at the Elementary School. Talented students attending Art and technology colleges will participate in the Kite Festival, where they will present their constructions and a video with description details of their engineering and its significance, as well as their ideas about how toys and art can provide with alternatives for the energy of tomorrow.
The Kite Festival will place Mykonos among the pioneers in ecological alternative energy thinking, which is the “Antidote” to the consumer exploitation of our planet.
Boxes with the label “Antidote” will be sent to 40 artists around the world. The artists will return the boxes with a piece of art inspired by the theme. The boxes will be hidden in several places in the island of Delos. A treasure hunt will be organized, where visitors will scatter around to find the “treasures”. When all boxes are found, the art works will be revealed at a special ceremony and the founder will be awarded with a medal of the Art Seeker. The art works will be exhibited in the School of Fine Arts in Mykonos until the end of summer. Our long term goal is to attain the first floating museum - maybe an old war ship- where the artworks of the Mykonos Biennale will be exhibited, the museum of Archipelago.
In Mykonos, weaving is one of the most important artisanat which is rooted in Ancient Greece, and survived to our days. There are four weavers and four looms in the island. The craft, until the early 80's was a living tradition, and a way for people to make ends meet, but then it declined. The Mykonos Biennale will invite seven artists to work and collaborate with the weavers.
Penelope, for twenty years while waiting for Odysseus to come back, was weaving (ύφαινε) the burial shroud of her father in law, Laertis, old king of Ithaca. During the night, she was undoing her day's work, as she had promised her suitors that she would choose one of them as her husband and new king of Ithaca, when the shroud were ready.
Throughout the old town of Mykonos, famous for its white building and thus often called the bride of the Aegean, videos will be projected on the walls of houses and gardens transforming this town that never sleeps into a living theatre of video graffiti.and of the island and at the important Gryparion center.
An international dance theatre will do the stomping for the grapes, a real pigeage, as ritual initiation in the Orphic Mysteries. Pigeage is the origin of the dance theater, the comedy, and the tragedy, with Arion as the creator of theatre. A special vitage will be bottled from this dance.