Χθες και σήμερα 07 Μαρτίου παρουσιάστηκαν στην Στέγη του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση τα ‘Συμφωνικά ζωγραφικά soundtracks’ του Δημήτρη Παπαδημητρίου , με την ερμηνεία της Κρατική ς Ορχήστρας Αθηνών υπό τη διεύθυνση του κορυφαίου Έλληνα μαέστρου Γιώργου Πέτρου.
Δύο πραγματικά μαγικές βραδιές για ακρόαση κάθε ηλικίας όπου ζωγραφική και μουσική υμνούν και υμνούνται από την καλλιτεχνική δημιουργία.
Ο Δημήτρης Παπαδημητρίου μαγεψέ το κοινό με τις δημιουργίες του με νέα ακούσματα, αλλά και το εκπαιδεύει , συνδέοντας ζωγράφους από διαφορετικές περιόδους με τη μουσική.
Με δημιουργίες που πραγματικά ζωγράφισαν μουσικά τους Ιακωβίδη, Μονέ, Πόλλοκ, Χόπερ, Μπαίκλιν, Τουλούζ-Λωτρέκ, Αϊβαζοφσκι, Ο Δ. Παπαδημητρίου ταξίδεψε το κοινό σε εποχές και μέρη μοναδικά.
Η Κρατική Ορχήστρα Αθηνών υπό την καθοδήγηση του Γιώργου Πέτρου υπηρέτησε τους μουσικούς σκοπούς του Δ. Παπαδημητρίου με άψογη ερμηνεία, φοβερό συγχρονισμό και πάθος για τη μουσική.
Ευχαριστούμε τη Στέγη που για μία ακόμα φορά έγινε σπίτι της μουσικής!
Η Στέγη για 6η συνεχόμενη χρονιά διοργάνωσε Open Day ανοίγοντας τις πόρτες της δωρεάν για το κοινό. Φέτος, η γενικότερη θεματολογία των παράλληλων εκδηλώσεων ήταν ο Μάιος του ’68 και η γενικότερη κουλτούρα και επιρροές που άφησε τόσο στη Δύση, όσο και στην Ανατολή.
Η Στέγη για μία ακόμα φορά γέμισε με κόσμο κάθε ηλικίας και μας έδειξε τον πειραματικό χαρακτήρα της. Όσοι βρεθήκαμε εκεί είχαμε τη δυνατότητα να περιηγηθούμε σε κάθε γωνιά του κτιρίου και να δούμε διαφορετικές δράσεις.
Σε αυτές, ξεχώρισε το πειραματικό σύνολο μουσικής που παρουσιάστηκε από το Μουσικό Σχολείο Παλλήνης.
Ενώ η εκδήλωση διέθετε πολλές και διαφορετικές δράσεις, δεν φάνηκε να περνά τα μηνύματα της θεματολογίας που επιλέχτηκε ή τουλάχιστον όχι με τέτοιο τρόπο ώστε να τα περάσει στο ευρύ κοινό. Δημιουργήθηκαν ερωτήματα για το αν θέλει να προβληματίσει ή να εκπαιδεύσει και αν είναι για τους πολλούς που ενδιαφέρονται να αναπτύξουν την γνώση τους γύρω από τις τέχνες ή αφορά τους λιγότερους που ήδη έχουν εντρυφήσει στο χώρο αυτό και θέλουν να κάνουν το ένα βήμα παραπάνω.
Σε γενικές γραμμές, ήταν μία ημέρα που εκτέλεσε το στόχο του να περιηγηθεί ο κόσμος σε όλους τους χώρους, αλλά όχι απαραίτητα να κατανοήσει το θέμα της εκδήλωσης,
Σίγουρα αποτελεί ένα κέντρο με άριστο προσωπικό που δίνει στην Αθήνα ένα παράθυρο στη σύγχρονη και στο χώρο των γραμμάτων.
Αναμένουμε με αγωνία τις επόμενες εκδηλώσεις!
This year’s Athens Photo Festival just finished this Sunday.
Once again located at the lovely Benaki Musuem(at Pireos St. Annexe), the Festival celebrated its 30 years under the title “Still searching” exploring the social impact of the ever-changing visual culture. The exhibition was more international than ever with 30 entries. Nonetheless, for a visitor that has seen the exhibitions of the last three years, it was a disappointment.
As a whole, the exhibition was nice with photos that capture the visitor’s attention and feeling. Many of the artefacts had strong political messages that made the viewer realize that in every corner of the world, there are and there were in the past too, similar political issues just named differently. As far as curation is concerned, some of the exhibits of the main programme did not have any relevance with the title. Furthermore, “Still searching” was mentioned only at the very beginning of the exhibition. Even at the relevant website the title of this exhibition was “hidden” for some reason. The circulation among the artefacts had no easy to see order path and the information of some installations were located on the right and some on the left of the entries. That made it difficult to follow, especially for a two floor exhibition.
Nonetheless, it is still very important and nice that the effort to keep arts alive in Greece andto keep being international continues and has success as there were many international visitors and Greek too. We expect to see an even better Exhibition next year!
Last weekend (May18-21), the Athens Digital Art Festival 2017 took place for another year! “Postfuture “, the theme title of this year’s festival describes long story short what one could see.
These kinds of projects prove that despite the financial and sociopolitical issues, Athens remains a city “thirsty” for creativity and new ideas!
Ti begin with, the thing that made me happy as a visitor and art lover in this Festival, was the number of visitors and the variety of people (art students, youngsters, tourists, but also families with their kids).
Two more outstanding elements of the Festival were the international character of the showcases, including pieces from all over the world (one was made by Bjork!) and the great organization of the event and the work of the volunteers(despite the long hours of work since the festival was open tall day till midnight). One could see that all the people working in the exhibition were happy about it, loved it and they were really helpful and well informed. I took the guided walk and it was very informative. It took us a bit less than 3 hours to see the exhibits in all 5 floors but it was very interesting and our tour guide knew everything by heart, she had humor and a great plan for moving in the exhibition, despite that large number of the group.
Located in the heart of Athens, in a quite new building that combines neoclassic architecture with modern lines and materials, the exhibition was easy to access and very audience friendly with all the freebies, the labs and the augmented reality games offered by the sponsor.
As far as the exhibits are concerned, each and every piece of them had a very special character and approach. What is interesting is that despite the different mediums or ways of expression, one could notice that contemporary artists, no matter what background and were they come from, have the need to showcase with their work same kind of issues and concerns like socioeconomics, environment and the question of the different dimensions that exist and that we cannot see. Thus, all the pieces were to the point of the title of the festival ”postfuture”.
Last, but for sure not least, I feel I need to talk about the floor dedicated to kids… and maybe not only the kids! There was a floor dedicated to interactive projects that invited kids to play and enjoy and older people to find the kid hidden in them and just have fun. A very educational way to enjoy technology!
Let’s hope next year we will see something as exciting as this year! It was a definite must see! Congrats to all participants, volunteers, sponsors and the organizing team!
For third time the Eastpak Artist Studio is taking place world-wide:
365 days, in which 56 artists, from 14 countries, on 3 continents, have turned 1 limited edition Eastpak Padded Pak’r® into ∞ possibilities
The Greek participation celbrated the finissage of the bags created by greek artists in an event full of creativity and… Eastpak bags used in a unique way. The event took place last Thursday in Apotheke bar. The bags of the artists were introduced to the greek audience under the sounds of deep house music by Dj Chris in a lovely ambience created by the people of Eastpak! Mad tv was also there to briefly interview the artists.
DAA (desiggnersagainst aids.com):
“All proceeds of the sales will go to the charity organization Designers Against AIDS
Millions of people die because of HIV/AIDS. Meanwhile, a lot of youngsters still have little knowledge on how devastating this illness can be. The non-profit organization Designers Against AIDS (DAA) therefore has a very important message to deliver. Founded in 2004, their goal is to raise awareness amongst youngsters so that they grab the message: “Dude, if you’re old enough to have sex, you’re old enough to have safe sex.”
The best way to reach young people is through pop culture and its celebrities. That’s why DAA chose to collaborate with various famous brands, bands, sports and designers. Eastpak Artist Studio is all about helping DAA as much as possible.” (http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/about)
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The greek participation is composed of four bags that are completely different inbetween them. The concepts, the styles, everything was so unique in each creation. The artists were allthe to be photographed with their creations and to explain their ideas. There were also projected amazing videos about each bag, giving allthe information about each concept. These videos can be found @ http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/creations
The artists:Antonis Panagiotopoulos: freelance artist -> “Anything goes.” http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/creationsartist/antonis-panagiotopoulos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k26uvGU20E8
Celebrity Skin: a dynamic, avant garde designer duo -> “Dare to wear.” http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/creationsartist/celebrity-skin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvgVOkBOMUQ
Konstantinos Melis by Laskos: fashion design collaboration -> “Secret box is your secret life.” http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/creationsartist/konstantinos-melis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEBGWUhctA8
Pansik: A group of students and the creative director of PANSiK Fashion School joined forces to design a different kind of back pack… -> “Creative FREEDOM.” http://artiststudio.eastpak.com/creationsartist/pansik http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhzGLDOg5EA
Overall, It was a great night in a very cosy place with amazing music, wine, fingerfood and little goodies at the end to rememberthe great night!
Dalston Takeover @ VICTORIA& ALBERT MUSEUM late fridays!
Everyone knows that V&A museum is one of the largest art & culture museums in the world. What makes it so special is that it constitutes a contemporary cultural centre that embraces today’s lifestyle, creativity and diversity. Who could imagine listening to reggae next to Canova’s amazing sculptures? who could imagine listening to DUB music and drinking mojitos in an art museum? This is why V&A is so unique and special and makes life come into the museum.
So, some words about the event… Every last Friday of the month V&A remains open till late so that visitors can enjoy the museum at night. Under this concept, last night there was a special FREE event in the museum : DALSTON TAKEOVER!
Dalston is located in East London. It is an upcoming hipster style area, where a lot of alternative theatres, musician and artists in general choose to live and work. V& A is promoting contemporary creativity and as a museum of London, it promotes life in it. Therefore, a series of four nights promoting creative communities started last night, under the title of “FRIDAY LATE DALSTON TAKEOVER”. Live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs, late-night exhibition opening. The event started at 18.30 and finished at 22.00. It ended as a big party celebration. This series of events constitute a unique mixture of modern culture and creativity , having as a background the art of the past. A totally recommended event! Congratulations to all the people who contributed to this event! These events make London worth living in it!
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Last year was the first time I heard about Free Range Fair. As a third year Design, Branding and Marketing students at that time, my classmates and were trying to find the best place to showcase our work. Free Range was one of the best options an seeing this year’s exhibition i can confirm that it remains a really great opportunity for creative graduates to showcase their work.
To my eyes, Free range constitutes a synonym of upcoming artist from al the creative industries, showing new fresh ideas. 3000 students from many english universities are exhibiting what they have been working on during the third year of their studies.
Visiting the exhibition this year, I would say that, undoubtably, the level of creative culture in UK maintains high. No wonder why creative industries represent 13% of the national economy.
This year, a big part of the Free Range Fair is dedicated to Photography. Innovation, creativity and personal expression would be my words for characterising this exhibition. It is located in the “heart” of the new creative businesses area, Brick lane, and using the Old Truman Brewery that is a spot that many people pass by, makes the exhibition even more successful.
The exhibition will last till 15th July.
more info @ : http://www.free-range.org.uk/