In his work Angelo Plessas makes internet psychogeography. He names places on the web and makes interactive portraits of his friends or other versions of himself (MeLookingAtYou.com, 2001, www.plagueoffantasy.com 2010). He makes places where people can meet offline (Monument to Internet Hook-ups, 2009) and he organizes situations with internet friends in remote locations (Eternal Internet Brotherhood 2012-ongoing). Sometimes Plessas’ websites pretend to be monuments in real cities (Every Website is a Monument, Milan 2010, Mexico City 2011, London 2012). He also registered his own foundation, The Angelo Foundation, which he uses as a vehicle for educational meditational participatory setting like the “Temple Of Play” (Frieze Projects 2013), “School of Music” (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens 2011). Other times the foundation hosts performative works, like the auto-complete theatrical play “Fantasy Plot Generator” where actors recite dialogues produced by a web software fed character names by internet users. All these works are more or less based on the social lessons that the internet has taught us: you can say anything, be anyone, meet everybody. Nobody will know what color you are, how old you are, or if you are in fact a human or a bot. Angelo Plessas’ work revolves around these issues of internet freedom and online personality that evolves through social media. In between all the social happenings, he keeps making the websites that started his art practice in 2000. They are in a way sketches for online personas, and their single domain-name titles make them unique internet objects. In the last couple of years Plessas has been focusing a lot on the Eternal Internet Brotherhood, a gathering and recidency for internet artists that he organizes independently and crowdsources once a year. It has already happened in the Greek island of Anafi, in the surrealist park of Las Posas in the Mexican jungle and most recently in the West Bank in Palestine. It is an ephemeral exhibition where the only audience is the participating artists. Everybody is free to make what they feel like, whatever the chosen location tells them. Plessas tries to make work for the current time of the internet. The focus of his work is to network the offline with the online in ways that make us understand aspects of both conditions and to generate new ways of relating to both. When it’s a gathering of people who know each other online only, we observe how they react with each other, what works they make, what they won’t do. When it’s a website work projected in a real space, we observe a usually solitary internet object interacted with, in a public space. When it’s a monument generated by a website, we understand that cities are just places we scroll and click through, massive multiuser environments full of precarious information graphics.

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Past Exhibitions

Si Sedes Non Is

The Breeder
06/04/2017 — 31/05/2017

Deste Prize: An Anniversary Exhibition 1999-2015

Museum of Cycladic Art
06/04/2017 — 17/09/2017

Angelo Plessas: Mirage Machines

The Breeder
19/02/2015 — 28/02/2015

Solo Shows

Ethereal Sunrise, special commission by Stegi/Onassis Cultural Center, Athens
Eternal Internet Brother/Sisterhood (1-3), Deste Prize 2015 (winner), Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
Mirage Machines, The Breeder gallery, Athens, Greece
Mirage Machines, curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini and Rhys Coren, bubblebyte.org
Independent projects, curated by Maria Ines Rodriguez, ArtBo, Bogota, Colombia
The Twilight of the Idols, Every Website is a Monument, Cell Projects, London
Temple of Truth, Rebecca Camhi gallery, Athens – Every Website is a Monument: Mexico City, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City
The Angelo Foundation School of Music, curated by Stamatis Schizakis, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Angelo Plessas presents, Triennale Bovisa, Milan

Group Shows

2017
Learning from Athens, curated by Adam Szymczyk, Documenta 14, Athens/Kassel
Other Oracles, curated by Clarissa Tempestini & Rachel Walker, Horse and Pony, Berlin

2016
OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, presented by EXPO CHICAGO and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago
Winter is coming, curated by Maria Arusoo, Georg Kargl gallery, Vienna
Chez Euz: Unseen collections, curated by Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos, Circuits and Currents, Athens
Art & Nature – Walking with Senses, curated by BAU, South Tyrol, Italy
Jumanji, curated by Soft Focus Institute, Tatjana Peters gallery, Ghent

2015
Super Superstudio, curated by Andreas Angelidakis/Vittorio Pizzigoni/Valter Scelsi, PAC, Milan
Trust, curated by Sonia Dermience, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
We’ll Meet Again, curated by KA team, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens

2014
A Cab, curated by Valentinas Klimasauskas, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens
A Cab, curated by Valentinas Klimasauskas, Podium, Oslo, Norway
Food, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg, MuCEM, Marseille, France
Monument to Cold War Victory, curated by Yevgeniy Fiks and Stamatina Gregory, Cooper Union, New York
Parallel Borders, curated by Mark Mangion, Forum Stadpark, Graz, Austria
Food, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Sesc Pinheiros, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2013
Scenes d’Europe, curated by Florence Derieux and Antoine Marchand, Frac Champagne-Ardenne
Frieze Projects 2013 curated by Nicola Lees, Frieze London
Parallel Borders, curated by Mark Mangion, Malta Contemporary Art at Remap4, Athens
Digitart at Studio13/16, curated by Abdel Bounane, Centre Pompidou, Paris
This must be the place, curated by Marina Fokidis, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens
bubblebyte.org, Secondo Anniversario, Seventeen gallery, London
Group Mountain, a show curated by Andreas Angelidakis, The Breeder gallery, Athens
I don’t know it’s an illusion I don’t care, curated by Preteen, Vamialis gallery, Athens

2012
Food, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Ariana Museum, Geneva
Mythologies Onlines, curated by Nadya Suslikova and Katya Sinitsina, Polytechnic Museum of Science, Moscow, Russia
Rhizome/Fact for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, curated by Joanne McNeil and Omar Kholeif
Parallel Borders, curated by Mark Mangion, Malta Contemporary Art
Everything was Michael Bolton and nothing hurt, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City
Visions Fugitives, Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, France