Andreas Angelidakis‘Crash Pad’, 2014

In the context of the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 2014 Outset Greece supported the project Crash Pad by Greek architect Andreas Angelidakis. The room installation opened on 25th January 2014 as a preliminary project, being the first commissioned work of the 8th Berlin Biennale.

Located in the front building of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Crash Pad is a multi-purpose room comprising a library which is drawing upon the idea of the 19th century salon as a setting for cultural and political conversations.

The room is formed by an arrangement of ancient, folkloric Greek rugs together with a set of columns. Displaying a transitional iconography from an Ottoman to a European tradition, the carpets as well as the columns represent two conflicting systems that modernized Greece in the 19th century: the Europeanized Greek diaspora educated in Germany, France, and England, and the peasant guerrilla fighters under general Theodoros Kolokotronis. Andreas Angelidakis also references the first bankruptcy in the history of modern Greece in 1893, which lead to a series of failed governments and economic crises.

The room offers a space for events and discussion within the 8th Berlin Biennale, as well as a place for contemplation and exchange for the traveling artists arriving at KW Institute for Contemporary Art. The opening of the installation was accompanied by a public conversation between Andreas Angelidakis and Juan A. Gaitán, curator of the 8th Berlin Biennale.

Born in Greece in 1968, Andreas Angelidakis holds a BA in Architecture from Sci-Arc, Santa Monica, and an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York. In 2013 Angelidakis created the Frieze Art Fair Projects’ space and curated and designed The System of Objects, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens. Among the exhibitions he has designed are the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale (2011) and the 2nd Athens Biennale (2009). Andreas Angelidakis lives and works between Oslo and Athens.

The 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place from 29th May until 3rd August 2014 at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Haus am Waldsee, and Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin