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15 12 2011 to 8/1/2012


LOL-Konstantinos Patsios

Sarcastic artistic thinking / Contemporary linguistic conventions

TAF is pleased to present the exhibition LOL, which opens on Thursday, December 15 and will run until January 8, 2012.

The exhibition discusses issues related to contemporary linguistic conventions as well as the ways in which electronic media have acted in forming everyday communication.

LOL means «lots of laughter» and constitutes an abbreviation of «laugh out loud». At the same time, it is a common element of Internet slang. Historically, it was used on Usenet, one of the precursors of today’s Internet, but is now widespread in other forms of computer-mediated communication, and even further face to face communication. LOL is one of many initialisms for expressing bodily reactions, in particular laughter, such as ROTFL or ROFL («rolling on [the] floor laughing») and BWL («bursting with laughter»), which is considered a great compliment according to technology columnist Larry Magid. Additional interpretations of LOL are offered by previous communication forms, including letter-writing in which LOL was used to denote «lots of luck» or «lots of love». The explanations of abbreviations mark manifestly the conditions, the expectations and the content of each era.

The group Provo Principles was formed in 2011 and consists of the artists Giorgos Karagiorgos, Konstantinos Patsios, Nikos Sepetzoglou and Giorgos Tserionis. The group is active in a world of continuous transitions, producing artworks and inviting artists and theoreticians in site-specific projects which function as islands of thought. The exhibition LOL is their first undertaking for which all the artists have produced new works of art, exploring the conditions of the current social environment in Greece and encouraging the expansion of the sarcastic artistic thinking.

Curating: Provo Principles

Participants: Giorgos Karagiorgos, Konstantinos Patsios, Nikos Sepetzoglou, Giorgos Tserionis

Opening: Thursday 15.12.11, 20:30

Admission Free

Exhibition: 15.12-08.01.2012

Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday 13:00-24:00

Address: 5 Normanou str. 105 55 Athens, Monastiraki

tags: installation / exhibitions