Athanasios Argianas: The Length Of A Strand Of Your Hair, Of The Width Of Your Arms, Unfolded

Having just returned from a whirlwind two-week trip in which I covered seven cities within six countries within two continents and two time zones, I am the last person you want to ask what time it is. Or even what day. What’s so exciting about these sort of adventures is precisely that lack of attention to time—save for making sure to catch a train or plane. In our day-to-day lives, time—really schedule—seems to control every single action we take, and we lose the sense of impulse that makes vacation so fun.

This idea of non-linear time has been investigated by artists, writers and musicians (or at least maybe that’s what jazz is about) for years and is currently the source of inspiration for Greek artist Athanasios Argianas. For his current project at National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, Greece, entitled The Length Of A Strand Of Your Hair, Of The Width Of Your Arms, Unfolded, Argianas has created new work dealing with “memory and the way we process and translate information.” The title piece of the show is an eerie installation consisting of a metal mobile, which hangs in the way of two projection screens, casting a silhouette of itself onto the projections. It is described by the museum as “interrupting” the projection, which recalls the way one’s memories interrupt the present every so often, layering themselves upon your consciousness like shadows on a screen. Sometimes memories—particularly the really good and the really bad—have a way of interrupting life this way, causing us to momentarily lose sense of time and place. Additionally, Argianas’ piece involves the intermittent presence of a silhouetted man walking across the projection screen, reading aloud from a text, which is “key for understanding the work.” The Length Of A Strand Of Your Hair, Of The Width Of Your Arms, Unfolded runs through September 5, 2010.

Athanasios Argianas was born in Athens, Greece and currently lives and works in London. He earned his MA at Goldsmiths College, London. He has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including at: The Breeder (Athens), La Chambre, Xippas, (Paris), Faye Fleming & Partner (Geneva), The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (London). He was selected to participate in Heaven the 2nd Athens Biennial (Athens), and was shortlisted for the 2009 Deste Prize.