The ATOPOS cvc collective has the pleasure to inform you about its participation with the ”artist-critic” Clo’e Floirat, to the project Lustlands Vol.II – on The Great Eastern (after Andreas Embiricos). Lustlands Vol. II is curated by Nadja Argyropoulou and the artists Lakis & Aris Ionas/The Callas and will take place on Tuesday June 4th 2013, in a family farm at the area of Thermissia in Argolida, Peloponnese.
Comprised of 642.000 words in 8 volumes, The Great Eastern is a fierce erotic-political utopia that references Fourierism, the writing of Marquis de Sade as well as Jules Vern (who actually conceives his Une Ville Flotante within the other book) and a great number of writers and thinkers of the 19th and 20th c. and was published only between 1990-1992, raising major criticism. In this magnum opus of a novel, the New World is the destination, the steamship of the title is the floating paradise of free eroticism, and society is re-imagined as the innocent and fair kind of co-existence that only this freedom can generate. Inexorably repetitive in the narration of the sexual gyrations of its passengers, The Great Eastern is also characterized by its formally polished style, and almost archaic language, an idiom into which European “classics” were translated in Greek in the late 19th century.
Lustlands Vol. II – On The Great Eastern (after Andreas Embiricos) is a small step towards investigating all of the above by means of thinking, acting and enjoying in a collective -or not level. Things, events, low-fi gigs, countryside sculptures and rural installations, performances, projections, food and drink will be featured.
Clo’e Floirat is a French art critic and artist: ”artist-critic”. She began her rigorous training in New York, fleetingly leaving France to then attend the design academies of Reims and Eindhoven, Netherlands. Following those six years, suffering an “overdose of objects”, she changed direction with several ”exploratory” periods of discovery, traveling to Ethiopia, Mongolia and the Middle East, as well as across America on the trail of the elusive vestiges of land art.
This led her to Berlin, working with architects specializing in art spaces for another five years. From working with Robert Wilson as well as Rufus Wainwright in New York for several years, her interests have recently culminated in her graduation from the new MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, London. Mixing and blending different disciplines and formats, she investigates ”Critical Drawing” alongside ”Critical Writing” merging both into what she calls ”Drawing Crit’ Writing”. Clo’e was recently invited by ATOPOS cvc to document and comment on the “ARRRGH! Monstres de Mode” exhibition at LaGaîté Lyrique.