Athens Fine Art School

On a certain level, the Athens Fine Art School was the most appropriate possible setting for Emily Tsingou’s group exhibition of recent video installations and projections by nineteen artists entitled “PUSH-UPS.” Essentially a DIY project put together over a period of years by the students and teachers who took over this broken shell of a building, the school is an immense and beautiful open space reclaimed from the ruins of an abandoned industrial zone. In the same way, as the title implies, “PUSH-UPS” presented a wide range of contemporary video practice within a larger framework of DIY reclamation of various kinds. Whether manifested on the theoretical level, in pieces like Miltos Manetas’ Soft Driller, 1996, and Vanessa Beecroft’s Untitled, 1996, or in a more physical way, in Julia Scher’s Fibroid Reliquary Table, 1996, or Alex Bag’s Video Art is Really Hot (I’m burning), 1996, (both

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