The VOID Gallery Space is happy to host “UNLIKELY OUTCOMES: AN IMPROVISION”, a one-night event of free improvisation by the music band Ramdat in dialogue with photographic works by Nikolas Ventourakis and Melina Wicht.
We tune in and out, at every moment of our lives, we assert ourselves and withdraw, struggling to find a balance between our impulses and our senses. In other words, we constantly improvise, we select and combine from a pool of unprepared sounds and silences thus creating a rhythm to guide our way through the structures of our everyday lives. “UNLIKELY OUTCOMES: AN IMPROVISION” invites us to look for the unforeseen. Each member of Ramdat will respond to one of the artworks on display in order to construct a new dialectic composition that happens on site. Through this dynamic interrelation of visual and sonic elements “UNLIKELY OUTCOMES: AN IMPROVISION” questions the limitations of our already formalized structures and creates a piece that resonates with a place and time in perpetual flux. Its momentary existence transforms the world that it simultaneously records. By breaking the rules of composition each individual act comes together as a collective endeavor to trace the harmony that exists within contradiction, opening up the sites of possibility to imagine a new landscape that is already in transition.
The performance will start at 8:17 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.
Curated by: Myrto Katsimicha
Ramdat formed as a trio of guitar, saxophone and drums in Spring 2016 influenced by a wide variety of genres that include noise rock and free jazz. A year later they started performing as a quartet with the addition of keyboards, expanding their sound and they currently operate as a trio or quartet, depending on the circumstances. As of now they have three records released (two studio and one live recording) and they are currently working on their next release. Their aim is to create a fulfilling musical experience in each and every one of their performances through a focused and into the moment improvisational process with a no-barriers and genre nonconforming attitude. In “UNLIKELY OUTCOMES: AN IMPROVISION” Ramdat are Giannis Arapis, Vangelis Dimos and Dimitris Ventourakis.
Nikolas Ventourakis is a visual artist living and working between Athens and London. His practice situates in the threshold between art and document, in the attempt to interrogate the status of the photographic image. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art (Photography) with Merit at Central Saint Martins School of Arts (2013) and is the recipient of the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography (2013). He was selected for Future Map (2013), Catlin Guide (2014) and Fresh Faced Wild Eyed (2014) in the Photographers Gallery as one of the top graduating artists in the UK. In 2015 he was a visiting artist at CalArts with a FULBRIGHT Artist Fellowship and is a fellow in New Museum’s IDEAS CITY. He was shortlisted for the MAC International and the Bar-Tur Award. Recently he has exhibited in FORMAT Festival, Derby; the NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, the Mediterranean Biennale of Young Artists 18, the parallel program of the Istanbul Biennale , Hors Pistes 14 at Centre Pompidou, and The Same River Twice, at the Benaki Museum. Since 2017 he is the artistic director of the Lucy Art Residency in Kavala, and is co-curator of the project “A Hollow Place” in Athens.
Melina Wicht (b. 1999) is a visual artist working with photography. She is currently completing her studies at Centre d’Enseignement Professionnel de Vevey (CEPV) in Switzerland. She has received a Movetia scholarship and has been living and working in Athens, Greece since August 2019.