Sofia Bempeza, Carola von der Dick, Sofia Dona, FYTA, Lisa Glauer, Pablo Hermann, Robert Huber, KavecS (Kostis Stafylakis/Vana Kostayola), Jenny Kneis, Panos Kompatsiaris, Brigitta Kuster, Paris Legakis, Ilias Marmaras (personal cinema), Maiden Monsters, Metatheodosia, Vassilis Noulas, Stefan Nowotny, Georgios Papadopoulos, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Guenther Sandleben, Maria Sarri, Jamie C. Schearer, Ruti Sela/Maayan Amir, Zafos Xagoraris.
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S. Bempeza is an artist, art theorist, faculty member of Department Art & Media – Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and board member of Shedhalle Zurich. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts and holds a Master of Art in Context (University of Arts in Berlin). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her thesis explores contemporary art practices and strategies within an ant/agonistic public sphere, especially the relation between art practices, hegemonic order and conflict. As an artist she works with text, installations and performance art intervention focused on themes such the politics of public spaces, gender attitudes, the field of art as a place of work and art production in the post-fordist era.
Carola von der Dick
Carola von der Dick has worked and done research in the fields of ethnology, art and knowledge production since 2007. Her interests include social change in contemporary communities, religious movements, and feminist cultural anthropology. She spent a year studying in Semarang, Indonesia in 2008 while she was enrolled at Humboldt University in Berlin. She returned to Indonesia in 2011 to organize a Forum Theatre performance in cooperation with the theatre community Sintenasmane in Yogyakarta. She obtained her B.A. in Asian/African Studies and M.A. in European Ethnology in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
Sofia Dona (Athens 1981)
S. Dona studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and in the Master of Fine Arts of the Bauhaus University of Weimar (“Public Art and New Artistic Strategies”). She has been awarded with the DAAD prize for the best foreign student in the Bauhaus University of Weimar (2010) and also with the SADAS architectural award for the design and the construction management of the “Vacation house in Agios Nikolaos, Mani” (2010). She curated the exhibition “Austausch/Exchange” in Athens in collaboration and support of Goethe Institut-Athen and the Bauhaus Universität Weimar (2012). She taught architecture design in the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Darkhan (2005). She has been realizing projects in the field between architecture and art in various cities such as Leipzig, Detroit, Chicago and Pisa. As a member of the art group “Errands”, she has participated in exhibitions such as the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009) and the 7th Sao Paulo Bienal of Architecture (2007). She is a PhD student in the department of architecture at the University of Thessaly, working and researching on the symbolic twinning of distant cities such as Leipzig and Detroit.
FYTA is a conceptual art duet operating since 2012. Their main aim is to destabilise narratives around greek reality and the world of greek fine art. They have released 5 anti-music LPs and manufactured a number of tactical trolling stories within the country’s media, including a video proving the biological inferiority of greeks. In October 2013 they curated a big series of events as part of the Athens Biennale Agora, involving 50+ artists.
L. Glauer has been teaching theory and practice in the MFA Program Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-University in Weimar (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar) since 2009. She grew up in London, Marseille, Rabat, Prague, Genoa and Athens. She studied Visual Art at State University of New York, Purchase (BFA), completing her graduate studies in Painting and Art History at Pratt Institute, New York (dual degree, MFA/MS). She then completed the postgraduate program Art in Context, at the University of the Arts, Berlin (MA), and recently handed in her phd, focussing on (human) milk as drawing material, and historic science fiction imagery from the GDR/FRG (ABD). She is co-founder of the project space arttransponder in Berlin and was its artistic co-director until 2009. arttransponder focuses on participatory art at the interface to other disciplines. Selected projects: 2013, Auktions Komitee Wedding[ap1] , OKK -Berlin, Athens Biennial, 2013 (with Robert Huber, Pablo Hermann), Invisibilities at the Edges, resident artist for a research project at the border of USA/Mexico (UCSD): 2013, Later, she will build nuclear vessels, with the European Society for Research and Art and OKK, Berlin; 2012, Milky Images, Nano/Macro/Mega, Department of Structural Engineering, (UCSD); 2011, Beyond Reproduction, Kunsthaus Bethanien, Berlin; 2010, Oscillogrammes, 2B Gallery and Goethe Institute, Budapest; Re[ap2] /Positioning: Critical Whiteness and Perspectives of Color (2009, ngbk, Berlin); 2005, The Missing Link, Museum of Medical History, Berlin and Schafler Gallery, New York.
P. Hermann lives and works since 2003 as an artist and activist in Berlin. He studied Fine Arts in Santiago de Chile and holds a Master of Arts in Context of the University of Fine Arts in Berlin. Together with Zorka Lednarova he founded in 2007 the Projectroom Organ kritischer Kunst in the Berlin district of Wedding.
Robert Huber PhD
*Aulendorf, Germany in 1975
Huber’s work investigates the expanding domain of sculpture and its socio-political potential. In 2012, he completed his PhD at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is CBO of PaintSyndicate.com, director of EGFK (Europäische Gesellschaft für Forschung und Kunst) and founding member of AKW (Auktionskomitee Wedding). Huber has shown internationally and was awarded numerous prices and scholarships from prestigious institutions. He spends his time doing art, writing about art, writing applications and collecting rejections on a big scale.
KavecS (Vana Kostayola & Kostis Stafylakis)
The artists, and their collaborators, put to test several forms of artistic interventionism in order to reprocess public discourse and its hegemonic “nodal points.” They impersonated authorities and misused positions of power. The artistic practice employed by KavecS is inspired by practices of “over-identification”, but tries to further blur the boundaries between incarnating a hegemonic identity and subverting it. Recent participations: 1st NSK Biennial of Folk Art (2014), Hell as Pavillion, Palais de Tokyo (2013), Truth is Concrete, Graz (2012), 3rd Athens Biennial, Media Impact – 4th Moscow Biennial (2011).
K. Stafylakis is an art theorist and artist. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts. He holds an MA in Modern Art and Theory (Uni. Essex) and an MA in Continental Philosophy (Uni. Essex). He received his doctorate from the Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University (Athens), focusing on the political discourse launched by 21st century global art shows and especially Documenta 11. He was a post-doc researcher at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2011-2012) studying the influence of Ranciere’s and Badiou’s political theories on the art field. Along with Yannis Stavrakakis, he edited the greek anthology “The Political in Contemporary Art.” Some of his recently published essays focus on activist practices of “overidentification” amidst the Greek crisis while others are critical responses to recent artistic collectivism. He currently teaches “Research-based Art” at the Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Athens School of Fine Arts and “art and visual communication” at the University of Patras. He was co-curator of AGORA, the 4th Athens biennial. He was artist in residence at Utopiana, Geneva.
V. Kostayola is a new media artist who works with performance and digital media (photography and video) on subjects inspired by the socio-political current issues. Her research and artistic practices are coupled with methods of visual anthropology, socio-economic theories and feminism. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Art. She holds an MA Fine Arts (Central Saint Martins, London), an MA Interactive Media (University of Goldsmiths, London) and an MA Critical Curatorial Cybermedia (HEAD, Geneva). She works as a video-installation artist for theater and dance companies (http://vanaktheatreworks.blogspot.ch/). She also works in different levels in education. She was invited by the HEAD (High School of Art and Design, ‘Work Master’, Geneva) for organizing workshops, reading groups and art projects with fine art master the students on the theme of addiction which took place in CAAP: the Center of Addictions in Geneva.
J. Kneis studied art and philosophy in Berlin, Leipzig and Vienna. She is currently working on her dissertation in philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Visiting lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2013/14) and at Zurich University of the Arts (2015). Kneis lives in Berlin.
P. Kompatsiaris is a PhD candidate in art and visual culture at the University of Edinburgh. His thesis explores the tensions and conflicts around the socially interventionist and activist agendas of contemporary art biennials in Europe during the current economic crisis. He has published papers on creative labour, social media and neo-Nazism as well as the political turn in contemporary art.
B. Kuster is an artist, cultural researcher and writer, primarily interested in visual and film studies, postcolonialism, migration and border studies. Her recent research projects, exhibitions and works include: Ndana! (2014), a video on the legacies of colonialism in Cameroon in the framework of the longtime filmic research project choix d’un passé (with Moïse Merlin Mabouna); research into migrant participation in transnational digital networks, border crossing, and biometric identities within the context of the project Mig@Net, 2010–2013; Rester et partir [Staying and Leaving], Musée de Bamako, Bamako, 2011; and Traces the Sand Left in the Machine, Forum Expanded, 60th Berlinale, Berlin 2010. She is currently at work (with Artefakte artist collective) on the transnational research and exhibition project artificial facts/künstliche tatsachen, initiated by Kunstaus Dresden, in cooperation with partners from South Africa and Benin and supported by the TURN Fund. Kuster lives and works in Berlin.
P. Legakis was born in 1981, Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2009 with honors and in 2010 he won the scholarship from the institution of Panayioti and Efi Micheli Foundation. He finished with honors his MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, in the Bauhaus – University Weimar (2010-12). In 2008, he studied in the University of Lisbon, Portugal (Socrates Erasmus Scholarship). In 2011 he was honorably mentioned in the Unbau Competition of Weltecho, Chemnitz, Germany. He was a grand holder for the marathon camp ‘Truth is Concrete’ in Graz, Austria, 2012. He performed in the dance-theater play ‘Providurium’ which was nominated in the Avant-Art Thuringen Theater Festival, 2012. In March 2013 he was in the residency program of Incheon Art Platform in South Korea, while he was invited afterwards to Honguen Seoul Art Space residency. He participated in R.I.C.E. ‘The Choreography of Humans’ residency in Hydra, 2013, and he was selected for the parallel program of the 3rd Thessaloniki Performance Biennale, ‘Artivists for Change’, Greece, 2013.
Paris Legakis currently has a mobile life, travelling in different parts of the world and researching the concepts of ‘social borders’ and ‘theatricality in everyday life’. Through his experience he has devised his own methodology, ‘Irregular Temporary Interactions’ (I.T.I), which aim at intervening the daily life and influencing the society.
I. Marmaras is a media artist born in Athens in 1960. He studied Plastic Arts, Urbanism and Philosophy at the university Paris VIII. He is a co-founder of the New Media Arts collective Personal Cinema. He writes articles regarding Media arts and activism for newspapers and magazines, and he directs projects mostly concerned with game art and political criticism.
“In 2007, we founded Maiden Monsters to examine if, and presuming that a fake band can be as good as a real band. Since then, we’ve surreptitiously invaded music, theater and political stages, art galleries and public space.”
Maiden Monsters are: Tanja Krone, Doris Kleemeyer and Wanja Saatkamp. They are seeking to push the boundaries of theatre, music and performance, to raise political topics and intermingle different social contexts. All three graduated from University of Hildesheim’s interdisciplinary cultural studies. Tanja Krone works as theatre director, Doris Kleemeyer is in charge of the musical direction of theatre productions (A. Hirche, H. Fritsch among others) and Wanja Saatkamp works as video artist and musician in theatre and political contexts.
Metatheodosia is the project of Alexandra Dimitriou, which arose from her collaboration with FYTA. Metatheodosia creates collages made of found sounds in the greek reality and prose of a queer-meets-prol housewife pompous personality.
V. Noulasis a theatre director and visual artist based in Athens. In his work, he attempts to re-approach elements of the Greek and the European traditions of “melancholy”, hence gradually constructing his personal spiritual genealogy. He is founding member of the theatre collective Nova Melancholía and of the Mavili Collective.
S. Nowotny is a philosopher based in London, Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and member of the eipcp (http://eipcp.net). Nowotny´s research focuses mainly on political theory, the linguistic and social complexities of translation and the entanglements of historical and contemporary epistemologies and imaginaries. He has been part of the eipcp’s transnational projects transform and translate (2005–2008) and done research or taught at universities in Belgium (Louvain-la-Neuve), Germany (Lüneburg) and Austria (Klagenfurt) since 2001, alongside various other project involvements and collaborations with both visual and performance artists. He has published widely on philosophical and political topics, co-edited several anthologies, translated a number of texts from both French and English into German, and co-authored the volumes “Instituierende Praxen”.
G. Papadopoulos combines economics and philosophical analysis with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. He holds a Master in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and has finished his PhD at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Between 2008 and 2009 Papadopoulos was a researcher at the theory department of the Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht, and in 2012 he was awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research by the transmediale festival and the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. He has published in scientific journals, art reviews, and edited volumes in English, Greek and Spanish. His has also written Notes Towards a Critique of Money (2013), a monograph on the nature of money and an edited a volume on the Eurocrisis, entitled Grexit (2012).
D. Papanikolaou is Associate Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College. His research focuses on the ways Modern Greek literature opens a dialogue with other cultural forms (especially Greek popular culture) as well as other literatures and cultures; the other important strand of his research focuses on queer theory and Greek queer cultures. He is committed to literary and cultural theory and the new perspectives they offer for the study of literature. He has written the monographs Singing Poets: Literature and Popular Music in France and Greece (in English, Oxford: Legenda, 2007) and “Those made like me”: Queer Cavafy and the poetics of sexuality (in Greek, Athens: Patakis, 2014). He is currently writing a book on the representation of the family in recent Greek novel, theatre and film.
G. Sandleben is a writer who lives in Berlin. Aside from numerous essays, he has published „Nationalökonomie & Staat. Zur Kritik der Theorie des Finanzkapitals“ (2003), „Politik des Kapitals in der Krise“ (2011), „Finanzmarktkrise – Mythos und Wirklichkeit“ (2011) und – zusammen mit Jakob Schäfer – „Apologie von links“. In terms of critique of leftist crisis politics (2013). Out of his more than 20 year of working practice as financial analyst he knows the inner workings of „financial capital“ and has dealt intensively with the interaction between the financial markets and the economy. After studying economic theory in Dortmund and Berlin he initially worked as scholarly assistant, focussing on history and economic theory. During this period he dealt in particular with classical political economy and ist marxist critique. A large part of his publications can be found in his personal webpage linked above.
M. Sarri is an independent artist, born and living in Athens. She studied fine arts at Athens School of Fine Arts and conservation of antiquities at TEI. She currently works at the Ministry of Culture and does her masters degree on cultural studies at the Bilgi University of Istanbul. Her work focuses on social issues such as nationalism, gender, urbanization, immigration, and post-colonialism. She uses mixed media such as research archives, video, photography, installations, and performances. She has participated in many exhibitions and projects.
Jamie C. Schaerer
J.C. Shaerer studied political science, North American studies and cultural anthropology. She is a board member of the Initiative Black People in Germany (ISD). Her working fields are racial profiling, language and racism, community building as well as national, European and international networking. She is Co-founder of the Twitter project #Schauhin that aims to raise awareness for everyday racism in Germany and brings together perspectives of People of Color and Black People from Germany. Since 2014 she is also board member of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), a pan-European anti-racist Network that provides advocacy for racial equality and facilitates cooperation among civil society anti-racist actors in Europe. Jamie is also a movement worker with the Bewegungsstiftung.
R.Sela and M. Amir initiated in 2009 the art project “The Exterritory Project” which won the award for young artists from The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO, 2011).
R. Sela is an artist – her works are shown internationally at various exhibitions and venues, including the Biennale of Sidney (2006) Istanbul Biennial (2009), Berlin Biennial (2010); Manifesta 8 (2010), Israel Museum, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art in General, New York; Tel-Aviv Museum, Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume, ZKM, Ludwig Museum, HKW, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo among many others.
M. Amir is an artist and independent curator. She holds and MFA in cinema and she is completing her Ph.D at the ‘Center for Research Architecture’ at Goldsmiths University of London. She edited a book about Israeli documentary cinema which was published on 2008. She has curated many exhibitions in different venues. Her collaborative works with Ruti Sela are shown internationally in exhibitions such as the Sidney Biennale (2006) Istanbul Biennale (2009), Berlin Biennale (2010) and venues such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Art in General (NY), Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume, Ludwig Museum, HKW, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo among many others places.
Zafos Xagoraris (Athens, 1963)
Z. Xagoraris has studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His Ph.D. from the National Technical University of Athens was about the construction of miracles by Hero of Alexandria. He has presented various personal exhibitions and his work consists of public installations, participatory events, obstructing devices of visual or other signals and environments with the use of sound amplification mechanisms (for example at the deserted villages of Cyprus, 2003-5). He has participated in exhibitions such as: 4th Athens Biennial, “Cliché Verre Reloaded”, Spinnerei Archiv Massiv, 2013, “Sotto Quale Cielo”, Museo Riso, 2011, Manifesta 7, 2008, 1st Bienal Fin del Mundo, 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, 2007 and the 27th Sao Paulo Bienal, 2006. He was one of the curators of the Greek Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of architecture (2004) and the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009). He’s an Assοciate Professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts and was a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University, NY, (2004). He was invited to present his work and other topics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, D’Annunzio University, Pescara, IUAV, Venice, School of Visual Arts, NY and many others.
Savickas works in the art sphere at times, having exhibited, presented performance work and initiated discussion. In his opinion, the processes sped up by his activity are key, rather than a “material” outcome or pieces of art. Andrius regards art as one of the many specializations of the alienated society, but he does not withdraw from addressing and using the art world. In his approach, the “autonomy” of art should be exhausted in order to challenge that over-valued social construct that “art” itself is – before the golden rays of the rosy dawn of communism can bless our smiling cheeks.