cul-de-sac

Back to Athens 4 / 2016. Exarchia The Exarchia district, flourished between 1870 and 1880 at the confines of the city, playing a significant role in the social and political life of Greece. Μany intellectuals and artists live and work within the Exarchia perimeter. Historical and architectural landmarks of the area are the National Metsovian Polytechnic and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The Metsovian Polytechnic, founded in 1837, features a suite of magnificent neo-classical buildings by architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou, while the museum has an imposing neo-classical design, initially planned by the architect Ludwig Lange and later modified by architect Panagis Kalkos, Armodios Vlachos and Ernst Ziller. The Exarchia area is cultural hub for the arts, for theatrical performances and concerts that take place around the central square. Cul-de-sac Pinelopi Triantafyllou,Elina Sfountouri /PVC, LED /Dimensions...

City’s Bond

 City’s Bond concept is a unique portrayal of Amsterdam, attempting to embrace symbolically the past, the present and the future of it as a city. The concept, which is inspired by the artwork of Dutch artist Escher, Bond of Union and the circular arrangement of the urban net of Amsterdam in combination with the cultural enclaves, targets at capturing a new view of the city via a light installation. Like a dreamy city that is hovering above the water and it is mirrored on that. A bond which starts from the urban net, unfolded above the canal like the net of concentric semicircular canals, called De Grachtengordel. Small and large globes, like satellites, surround the bond, representing -in that way – the hundreds of nationalities who peacefully coexist at the city of Amsterdam. City’s Bond seeks to stimulate the imagination of the viewer and make him to reflect on the city via that artwork. Α city which is both existing and existent at the globe of imagination and memory. A city which has an exceptional arrangement and water, as a principal part of its structure, mirrors the daily life. A city which is anthropocentric and simultaneously, multicultural with a wealthy cultural heritage. The viewer is invited to recognize Amsterdam as the city where he lives or visits and through that artwork, he/she approaches himself/herself as a vital piece of the city. City’s Bond aspires to make viewer feel that a huge bond cuddles him/her and place him/her at its core, given the core of that welcoming city is human itself. Nella Stefanatou, Pinelopi...

light_TIN PHONE

  THE CONCEPT LighTIN PHONE is a project that transforms communication to a visual, interactive, real-time game. Inspired by our childhood’s tin can telephone, LighTIN PHONE transmits sounds, feelings, and emotions based on multi-color light paths that visualize the inherent human tendency for contact. Visitors, situated on the banks of the river or at a nearby park, start chatting through pairs of LighTIN PHONES and simultaneously light signals are transmitting as linear light beams between them, connecting strangers. Their color will change according to people’s voice tone. Silence will be translated into darkness while the more people are chatting the more floating colored light beams will travel in space, creating a luminous network of communication, a matrix of friendship. THE VISITOR EXPERIENCE Like the dual nature of light, LighTIN PHONE offers a dual experience for both the users and the visitors-viewers. The visitors are motivated to start a call, by pressing a button on the side of the can. Then a white light will flash at the paired LighTIN PHONE, inviting another person to respond the call. Thus, both users come in contact. During the call, they discover that they are in control of the visual effect as they are chatting. The communication becomes an interactive visual experience, through colored light beams traveling in space. Both users and external viewers experience a visual realization of communication and friendship....

Readings on garments

 What are we without our clothes and what are our clothes without us? Does matter have a soul? One of its own; that of its creator or maybe that of its user? Can a garment narrate a story? A story of birth or death, love or hate, pain or fear, joy or sadness? Pieces of fabric dress our naked bodies. Pieces shaped after our bodies, still bear their warmth and smell, their curves and breath. Clothes that are empty but still full; full of life. Full of soul; mine or yours, a mother’s, an actress’s who was sweating to move you, a boy’s who was aroused when he touched you, a grandmother’s who came out of the kitchen while cooking for her grandchild. A room empty of people but full of their clothes that could tell their stories and reveal a part of their soul. Besides the smell of the flesh, what light of our soul remains on our clothes every time? Can artificial light and the shadow it creates, reveal whatever remains from ourselves and make clothes speak as they do when we wear...

Tourlida project

The current essay is an attempt to create a set of three artistic projects, whose basic ingredient is light, subjected on a basic theme and integrated in the natural environment. More specifically, the projects will be placed in the area of Tourlida and of the Messologi lagoon, a place with special beauty but also with particularities, since it is a rare wetland, already overburdened by environmental pollution. Through this thesis, we will attempt first of all to approach an artistic work, whose primary ingredient and aim is light, and we will analyze the path from motives, through foundations and concerns up to its...