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Practice Statement, Profile & C.V.

STATEMENT

I think of my art practice as a series of studies on Relatedness.
The reassessment of heterogenous fragments and the will to bring seemingly disparate elements together, are at the core of this practice. Oscillating between literature searches and fieldwork, most of my works find their final form in time based media outputs, films, essayistic video works and photography. I often start with compiling collections – of images, footage, texts, words or sounds – with the intention to seek out and unsilence the histories that resound within them. By re-contextualising the fragmented, the suppressed and displaced I am searching for forms of diegeses through which „other worlds possible“ emerge – and can be enacted.

 

STORY

Born in Athens I grew up in a bilingual environment in-between two cultures: the Greek and the German. Interpretation (and estrangement) are given in mixed marriage families. I believe that this is where my interest in relatedness and difference, my engagement with processes of translation and interpretation stem from.

In 2000 I enrolled on a B.A. in Film & Photography in Edinburgh and absolved it with a solid training as director, editor and photographer. Between 2003 and 2008 I worked as video editor for documentaries at the Edinburgh-based independent production houses Beanland Films and Wee Red Films. In parallel I nurtured an arts practice with international presence, showing in museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

During my Master’s (Fine Art, 2004-2005) I focused on working with sound. The audio-works I produced thereon fused elements of performance with ambient sound recordings captured on location during travels. The works used the dictionary as metaphor for migration, cultural estrangement, language acquisition and the forming of identities.

In 2008 I came across a small number of photographs in the City Archive of Munich that represented Gastarbeiter migrants. The photographs evoked questions I decided to address in a practice-led Ph.D research (2009-2013). Why had fourteen million people left  almost no photographic trace in the public archive of a city that operated as the ‘Ellis Island’ of West Germany?

My work as artist-researcher was widely received as an innovative approach to the Ph.D by practice research format. During this research I produced the feature length audio-walk History Remix (http://www.historyremix.de), series of video essays and a thesis, part of which was later published by the University of Lisbon, in the volume „Research in the Arts. The Oscillation of Methods“ (eds. José Quaresma and Fernando Rosa Dias).

In 2009 I started collaborating with the two Berlin-based companies Expedere, The Story Factory and Story Dealer on large scale, comissioned, performative events. In the past nine years we have realised more than twenty projects in Europe and further afield. Since 2012 I am co-owner of Story Dealer Berlin-Heidelberg (www.storydealer.de).

In 2014 Panos Adamopoulos and I founded the independent production house lucid walks (www.lucidwalks.com) and have embarked on the adventure of making arthouse films. After the film essays The Eye of the Beholder (2014) and Drive Through (2015) we created the medium length experimental documentary Studio Harmattan (2017), and are currently developing a feature length documentary and a medium length fiction film.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Qualifications
2013-2009: Ph.D. [practice-led], DJCAAD, University of Dundee
2005-2004: M.A. Fine Art, DJCAAD, University of Dundee
2003-2000: B.A. Film & Photography, Screen Academy, Napier University Edinburgh

Filmography
2018-14: Drive Through – author, director, editor, co-producer
2017: Studio Harmattan – author, director, camera, editor, producer
2014: The Eye of the Beholder – author, director, editor, producer
2009: Backgrounds Up Front – editor, producer

 Upcoming
2019: Über das wahre Leben: Abenteur Glamour, Rückzug, Sabine Wild, Berlin
2019: Friedenale 2019: Bundesplatz Kino, Berlin

Film Festival Participations
2018: Barcelona International Film Festival, Spain – Studio Harmattan
2018: 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival [Agora], Greece  – Studio Harmattan
2018: Visions du Réel
[Industry Media], Nyon Switzerland – Studio Harmattan
2018: Docs Without Borders Film Festival – Studio Harmattan

2018: Hellas Filmbox, Berlin, Germany – Studio Harmattan
2017: International Film Festival Beveren, Belgium – Drive Through
2017: Stockholm Independent Film Festival, Sweden – Drive Through
2017: Hellas Filmbox, Berlin, Germany – Drive Through
2016: Berlin Experimental Film Festival, Germany – Drive Through
2016: Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, British Columbia – Drive Through
2016: L.A. Cine Fest, Los Angeles, USA – Drive Through
2016: Depth Of Field Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada – Drive Through
2015: Berlin Independent Film Festival, Germany – The Eye of the Beholder
2015: Berlin Short Film Festival, Germany – The Eye of the Beholder

 Screenings
2016: Friedenale 2016, Berlin, Germany – Drive Through
2015: Friedenale 2015, Berlin, Germany – The Eye of the Beholder

 Exhibitions
2019: Show Your Darling IV: Wildnis, Kunstwild, Berlin
2018: Show Your Darling III: Das Bett, Kunstwild, Berlin
2017: Show Your Darling II, Kunstwild, Berlin
2016: Traces, Thumbs & Noise, Kunstwild, Berlin
2016: Perfomance Biennial, Athens
2016: Performing Arts Festival, Berlin
2015: Show Your Darling, Kunstwild, Berlin
2015: Vagabond Flux / Micromegas, Artconnexion, Lille
2012: History Remix Revisited, City Museum Munich
2011: History Remix, Kulturreferat & City Museum Munich
2009: Talking Through the Images of Others,  Dundee Contemporary Arts, VRC, Dundee
2009: 5 Rooms, Kappatos Gallery, Athens
2009:  In Transition Russia, The National Centres of Contemporary Art Moscow
2008: Living Language, East Gallery, London
2008: In Transition Russia, NCCA National Centre of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg
2008: Sound : Space, South Hill Park, Bracknell
2007: Soundlab IV, MAC Museo Arte Contemporaneo Santa Fe
2007: Vertical Hold, The Punch Gallery, Seattle
2007: FILE Hipersonica, SESI, Sao Paolo
2007: Art Athina, Athens
2007: Virtual Residency, Europäisches Zentrum Für Kunst, World Heritage Site Volklingen
2007:  5 Rooms, Kappatos Gallery, Athens
2007: Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam
2006: Rotterdam [Inter]national, Kunstambassade Rotterdam
2006: The Virtual Residency, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe

 Commissioned Enactments – Story Dealer / Expedere
2017: Quinta Essentia, Mainz-Mommenheim
2016: To Touch the Sky, Längenfeld
2016: Keine Macht dem Zweifel!, Heidelberg
2015: A la Recherche de l‘ Avant-Garde, Grassau
2015: Chasing Shadows, Lake Constance
2014: Tableau Vivant, Vienna
2014: BLIP, Cologne, Sao Paulo, Shanghai
2014: The Frame: Der Weg Entsteht beim Gehen, Steiermark
2014: Loch im Wasser, Münster
2013: Chicken 8.0, Wolfsburg
2012: How to Take a City Overnight, Berlin
2012: Wie kommt Neues in die Welt?, Heidelberg
2012: Journey into the Light, Berlin
2012: Expedition in die Macht des Augenblicks, Mannheim
2011: Klare Linse Frischer Blick, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne
2008: Baumschach: 1. Zug, Piedmont
2008: Kleiner Ausflug aufs Land, Brandenburg
2008: To Bring a Tale to its End, Bremen
2008: Eine kulinarische Reise, Lake Constance

 Prizes & Awards
2016: LAB Award for script development FEST 2016, Espinho, Portugal
2011: Edith Haberland Wagner Stiftung, München
2010: Kulturreferat München, Production Bursary for History Remix
2009: Edinburgh Visual Arts Awards 2008/09, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
2008: William Sangster Award, Dundee, Scotland
2008: Hope Scott Trust Award, Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland
2007: Arts Trust Scotland Award, Arts Trust of Scotland, UK
2006: Edinburgh Visual Arts Awards 2008/09, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

 Residencies
2007: Hospitalfield Residency, Arbroath, Scotland
2007: Villa-Waldberta Residency, Munich, Germany
2006: Stichting Duende Aktiviteiten, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2005: Scottish Sculptural Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland
2004: Corte dei Miracoli, Siena, Italy

 Conferences, Symposia & Workshops
2016: (Non)performance as Method, Conference, Athens
2016: Die Kraft des Zweifelns, Symposion, Heidelberg
2016: Pitching Forum & Official Film Pitch in FEST 2016, Espinho, Portugal
2014: Systemix Reloaded,Symposion, Heidelberg
2012: Wie kommt Neues in die Welt?, Symposion, Heidelberg
2010: Memory, Identity and the Archival Paradigm, Conference, Dundee

 Publications
2017: Eingriffe in das Organisiert-Sein, In: Jacques Chlopczyk ed. Beyond Storytelling
2015: Notes on Establishing an Aesthetics of Relation, In: José Quaresma and Fernando Rosa  Dias,
eds. Research in the Arts, The Oscillation of the Methods
2013: Performing a Practice-led Research on the Gastarbeiter Legacy: Toward the Production of an
Aesthetics of Relation, Duncan Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee
2011: History Remix, (published with the support of Edith-Haberl & Wagner Stiftung and the City
Museum Munich)
2008: Virtual Residency 2006-2007, Krüger&Druck, Dillingen
2008: In Transition Russia, NeMe, Cyprus
2007: Open Here: Construcktions Connextions, Landeshauptstadt München, Kulturreferat, Munich
2006: discparc 003: Converse Without Leaving Home, Exhibitions Department of Duncan Jordanstone
College of Art and Design, Dundee