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a transmission by

3 137

@Alserkal Avenue
Dubai, UAE

18 March-30 April, 2019


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Installation: Anastasia Douka

Screening: curated program by Filipa Ramos

with films by Gerard Holthuis, Karrabing Film Collective, Basim Magdy, Ben Russell

Radio Shows: Daphne Dragona, Bedouin in Furs, Apart Collective, Madhursee Dutta, Heather Eade, Enterprise Projects, Raja’a Khalid, Metasitu, Nima Nabavi, New Media Society, Riwaq, and VASL Artists’ Association

Workshop: Eduardo Navarro

Texts: Rahel Aima, Tom Clark, Miss Dialectic

Clothes: Christina Christodoulou - it’s a shirt

Design: Panos Papanagiotou

Alserkal Residency has selected 3 137 to curate Rhodiola, the first commission under Alserkal Avenue’s not-for-profit Alserkal Residency. Rhodiola, a project by Athens-based collective 3 137—made up of artists Chrysanthi Koumianaki, former Alserkal Residency artist-in-residence Kosmas Nikolaou, and Paky Vlassopoulou—will launch on March 18, 2019 during Art Week at Alserkal Avenue. The programme-based commission will serve as an intervention in Nadi Al Quoz in The Yard, and will act as an informal group portrait of participants, visitors, and hosts. This will mark the 19th artist commission by Alserkal Avenue.

Rhodiola, curated by 3 137, explores the idea of maintenance in everyday life. Borrowing its title from the rhodiola rosea flower, a perennial golden root which grows in wild Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, the commission is inspired by rhodiola’s healing properties and its ability to help combat stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

For six weeks, Rhodiola will unfold through talks and interviews, exhibitions, performances, screenings, and community activities. It will run sporadically, at variable tempos, acting as an amplifier at times and as an ambiance at others. Looking at hybrid forms of communication, Rhodiola takes its inspiration from radio frequencies, and will come to life across five "Waves."

Wave 1: AC/Scaffold
Staging your well-being: domesticity / infrastructure / support / urbanist / futurology / ruin / artificial / setting / programme / communication / transport / handle / zero carbon / haunt / process / decoration

Wave 2: Cookies
An invisible statistical map: comfort / biscuit / language / geography / immaterial / tube / high performance / queue / contract / start up / franchise / labour / convention / customer / demands

Wave 3: Dentist
For the making of the perfect Avatar: profit / cleaning / care / stereotypes / normal vs casual / duties / internship / coaching / rescue / post human / cabinet / mechanics / hucksterism / spectacular

Wave 4: Snooze
Be ready to be cured and listen to your personalised divination: oracle / cosmism / benefit / concentration / treatment / beautician / meditation / transit / school / degrowth / divination / preemptive / superheroes  

Wave 5: Sunscreen
A casual service: tourism / dog walker / slow food / happiness / psychoanalysis / upbringing / trainer / online banking / service / state / customer / pen friend / love affair / handle / transmission

Rhodiola challenges ordinary perceptions of domestic life and public affairs, and offers a place for moments of active pause.

On 18 March connect with for transmitions and new texts!

Download the full program and text here. 

All photos: Nikolas Leventakis

Video: Manolis Foinikianakis