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Exhibition The Secret of the Phaistos Disc


The DESTE Foundation’s exhibition space at Hydra hosts until September 29, 2014 the exhibition “The Secret of the Phaistos Disc” by the Polish artist Pawel Althamer.

This is an interactive project that combines sculpture and performance with a series of experimental ways of social communication and creativity.

The focus is on the nature of families, family relationships and more generally on human relationships and the way they fit into society to form a ‘universal’ family that lies at the centre of today’s ‘city’. Once again, Althamer pushes the boundaries of contemporary sculpture to the point where its essence acquires a human aspect.

The main role in this work is played by the artist’s own family. Children and adults alike are invited to take part in the happening and to activate the very process and the properties of the creative act which is the main aim of the project and the artist. The works which come out of the performance remain installed in the Slaughterhouse throughout the exhibition.

The sources of inspiration behind this project are the “Phaistos Disc”, considered to be the earliest known example of typography and encoded information (Middle Bronze Age: 17th c. BC) and the “Emerald Tablet”, a text attributed to a figure from Hellenistic times known as Hermes Trismegistus.

For more info: www.deste.gr

Photo© Pawel Althamer

Exhibition The Secret of the Phaistos Disc

23/06/2014 - 29/09/2014
Location: ATTICAATTICAHydra

Hours - Comments
Dates: 23/06/2014 – 29/09/2014. Place: Hydra – Argosaronic Gulf. Venue: DESTE Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse, Hydra. Op. H..: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 13:00 & 19:00 – 22:00. Tuesday: Closed


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