• Parallel Perceptions [video walking performance, workshop] 2017-18

    in collaboration with choreographer and visual artist Maya Dalinsky

    “Parallel Perceptions” is a collaborative format which explores various aspects of video walking and its applications in specific socio-political environments. Video walks allow the videographer to share her/his perception with another person by layering times and spaces: a video is recorded in a single shot, then given to another person who watches and re-animates in situ the videographer's movement on a handheld device. "Parallel Perceptions" guides participants through “affordance theory” and somatic-based exercises to awaken individual and group perception, and to build a shared toolkit of compositional approaches to space.

    Mayas interest is in the medium’s potential for “digital uncanny”: a disorienting perception of self that results when digital technologies layer times, spaces and perspectives. She approaches the format from a movement background and roots her practice in notions of embodiment, co-presence, cycling feedback, and proprioceptive expression. Elli, coming from architecture and socially-engaged art is  interested in the social aspect of the medium. How do we construct spatial narratives, how do they relate to our gender, size, history, age and how do these narratives, when shared, transform individual ones? Can the collective kinesthetic practice of video walking subvert the sociopolitical and architectural conditions of a space? Is that polyphony, experienced non-verbally, able to shift our identities, build counter maps, oppose pre-established dominant narratives and lead to place-making?
    workshops and lectures:

    Participative Video Festival, Ghent, May 2018, De Koer, participation in the panel: Technologies, methods & epistemologies

    Publieke_Salon_Public, Brussels, April 2018, workshop for a community participative design project at Saint Josse.
    La zone du Dehors, Brussels, March 2018, Erg school of Arts, Putsch Gallery, workshop and video walk action.
    Urban Emptiness festival, Nicosia, December 2017, bi-communal workshop and video walk action.
    La marche comme pratique de recherche, Brussels, December 2017, workshop with the students of Arba-Esa
  • School Of LOVE

    www.schooloflove.info SOL is a platform for collective practices that stem from reflections on the notion of Love as a public concern and a political mode of being that should be taught in schools. It was initiated in 2016 by students and teachers from the Autonomous Design department at KASK school of Arts (Ghent, BE), but consists of artists and researchers from different fields. SOL is practiced through regular weekly meetings, events, workshops and performances that engage with the exploration of Love and School as charged with potential for change in society. SOL aims to contribute to the perception of school as more than just a safe incubator that prepares the inexperienced to an existing reality outside of it. We approach school as a place for experiment, reflection and collectivity, that can change society instead of adapting to it. We insist on learning how to deal with the unknown, rather than in learning how to know.
  • Syntrofi [σύντροφοι] performative lunches – research\social design 2017

    Syntrofi [σύντροφοι] performative lunches

    Master visual arts - Autonomous design

    Syntrofi: Greek compound word coming from feed [trofi] + together [syn] and means companions,comrades,lovers...

    Syntrofi is a series of performative Lunches in which stories of exclusion within art schools are served, processed and digested. Taking on a perspective of the vulnerable observer who is being both an artist in and a researcher of the educational institution, Syntrofi examines the (missed) potential of school environments to facilitate practices of commoning and inclusion. The project draws its material from collective processes, classrooms and kitchens, students, teachers, maintenance personnel and administrators, as well as from those who, for one reason or another, ended up outside art school's walls. Throughout the performances, we share our stories, not as individuals but as cases that bring up interesting dilemmas and reflections about the world and art education today.
    Assemblism is an urgent response to the need for new social infrastructures . The Syntrofi project crosses through artistic and social design practices, where the observer is the part taker, the public is the performer, the artistic is the political and individual cases become a collective concern. In the Syntrofi table, public is invited to chew upon stories served by the performers and is welcome to have a conversation on each of them. The public is also asked to share their own stories, experiences and thoughts and research concerns about schools in nowadays societies.
    Initiative, Concept: Elli Vassalou
    Realization, Performance: Hazal Arda, Bilal Kamilla Arnout, Ritam Hazarika, Elli Vassalou
    mentors: Adva Zakai, An Van Dienderen
    Supported by: SOL, KASK, HOGENT, BUDA art center, 123 Logements
    exhibition/performances:
    MAP expo, KASK, Gent February 2017.
    M55 Art residence, Athens, Greece, March 2017. KASK,  Zwarte Zaal - graduation expo, Gent June 2017.
    Nominated for the Horlait-Daspens price.
    Published on Metropolis M Magazine, August 2017
  • The city as a dream of presence [Geopeotics urban laboratory] 2016

    The City as a Dream of Presence; an urban performance laboratory November 2016
    facilitators: Elli Vassalou (architect, multimedia artist, performer) Anna Tzakou (performer, theatre deviser)
    Exhibition [OUT] TOP\AS: Performance & Public / Outdoor Space
    Benaki Museum - Peiraios 138
    www.benaki.gr
    If the city's experience fades away from its norms What would there be to notice, to affect and be affected by, to care and dream of? Would it signify the discovering of a new or hidden place that it has been sending us insightful messages of who we are and how we stand in this world?
    In this laboratory we use the body as a mean of activating space. Through movement (or stillness) we explore the urban space as a kinaesthetic and audiovisual environment.  We experiment with the senses and their objects such as form, shape, perspective and time in order to expand the mind to new mythologies of the urban space. The workshop addressed dancers, performers, artists, architects and anyone wishing to explore the city with her body and sight.
    The workshop took space in and around the areas of the Benaki Museum [Kerameikos- Metaxoyrgeio].
    photos by: Elli Vassalou, Christina Thomopoulou, Eleni Mastrogeorgopoulou
  • the Narrative Thread [collective action] October 2016

    residency at Zsenne Art Lab, Brussels, October 2016
    OUTSIDERS project, initiative by Eve Bonneau video of the project presentation here
    The Narrative Thread** video installation, public participatory action by Elli Vassalou
    video action: following the path of an unknown person that in an unknown time stacked outside of Zsenne gallery the sticker "no one is illegal", I follow the stickers through the city, making visible the narration of this previous action. In the same time, with my blue yarn, I  frame and connect items and relations I see [through this trajectory] in the public space, related in a way with the notion of the stranger\foreigner, legal illegal and more.
    I create a "film" that the body is the celluloid and the blue yarn is the camera that zooms in details, creating the story.
    live action 2: after watching the instruction video - installation, the people can follow the path and also take pieces [threads] of the blue yarn and add up their narrations and interests in the "story".
    Different people took the same path in public space, connecting their bodies through time and movement. the yarn plays the role of the storyteller, but the story is be open for interpretation of the people that  follow the trajectory. The Narrative thread makes the exploration of the public space a polyphonic collective experience, that activates one body at a time but connects the bodies through different times in space.
    ** thread: a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibers used in sewing or weaving.
    Narrative thread: A narrative thread, or plot thread (or more ambiguously, a storyline), refers to particular elements and techniques of writing to center the story in the action or experience of characters rather than to relate a matter in a dry "all knowing" sort of narration. [wiki]
  • Performing Objects – End To End [Experimental research project] 2016

    Initiated by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Kristof Van Gestel www.enoughroomforspace.org For the project End To End the experimental group Performing Objects is inspired by Lean Management, a form of factory management developed by Toyota in Japan. They learned about Lean Management during a workshop in the Central Recycle Plant in Antwerp, BE. For the group this management method emphasizes the importance of the individual in the production line. Lean Management facilitates a possible interaction between man and thing - in contradiction to capitalistic production lines where only (the mass production of) the object counts. In Lean Management it is very important to organize evaluation moments with participation of the workers, clear visualization of problems that occur, relations between several segments of the production line and the people that work in it, etc. For the continuation of the project as part of the exhibition 'Private Tag' at the Raversyde site, some members of the group will develop an installation as an artistic interpretation of an assembly line where systems of interaction between man and things will be investigated. Objects will be transformed and manipulated during performative acts, outlined in a score that leaves space to free interpretation, reflecting both on factory work and on the creative process of the artist. During the performance the group-members are constantly searching for a harmony between efficiency, planning, improvisation and reflection. Through the techniques of Lean Management, they try to give structure to their performance in which they have to collaborate and handle objects and vice versa. 18 September - 13 November 2016 Performing Objects – End To End Exhibition, Private Tag, Vrijstaat-O, Atlantikwall Raversyde, Ostend, BE Performing Objects are for this project represented by: Leontien Allemeersch, Bart Van Dijck, Kristof Van Gestel, Lauren Grusenmeyer, Bie Michels, Anouchka Oler, Anne Marie Sampaio, Dries Segers, Dimitri Vangrunderbeek, Simon Van Schuylenbergh, Elli Vassalou, Danny Vercauteren. There will be a live performance by Performing Objects every saturday between 13:00 and 17:00. Every session starts with a brainstorm and ends with an evaluation.
  • water and dreams [research in underwater dance] 2015

    by Elli Vassalou

    research and experimentation on apneustic underwater movement https://vimeo.com/157566520 Water is the element that gave birth to life. The sea is not the natural environment of the human being, but there is a memory of it hidden underneath our daily selves, that goes back in the womb or even further back to our evolutionary body characteristics. The Mammalian diving reflex is an automatic reaction when we submerge in water, t causes Bradycardia, a decrease in heart rate that is also occurring normally in the state of deep sleep and meditation. That makes aquatic environment a common place for dreams and introspection. In the underwater world, human body can move liberated from gravity and fly over the landscape. Movement is not devised by weight but from buoyancy and respiration. What are the possibilities of working in this environment while discovering the personal and communal psychophysical effect?

    7 days workshop in the submarine landscape of Maherida Beach performers, movement researchers: Gitsa Kostantoudaki, Elli Vassalou Chania, Crete, Greece, August 2015

    video documentation & editing by Elli Vassalou music in the video documentation composed by Tom Adams for Piano Day March 29 2015, track "Submarine"
  • BLIND DATE #12 [assistant curator] 2006-2015

    weddingcave.wordpress.com + blinddate12.blogspot.gr

    Blind Date #12 is an interdisciplinary, art research platform, having as its basic axis the collaboration between a changing group of contemporary fine artists and a group with a background in arts and sciences of other disciplines. The project begins with the meeting of 12 people (6+6) without any of the members of the first group knowing any of the members of the second. The date is blind. During the first meeting couples are formed and each one is then asked to coexist and jointly produce action and thought in 45 days time. Blind Date#12 is an encounter. Its rationale is founded on the creative co-action of individuals, who have different points of departure share the will for co-operation and have a strong inquisitive sense. The aim is not a simple crossing of media, artistic or other but the project itself as the evolution of cooperative otherness. “One” being the intention, can it be produced by two people?
     
    BLIND DATES
    - The Holy Bachelorette in the Wedding Cave - Greek festival 2015
    - Set out for Ithaca 2013 / a poetic blind date - Ithaca island 2013*
    - Arts and Philosophy - gallery Thision Lofts 2007
    - Arts and Literature - Industrial Space of Keriadon and Sfittion 2006
    *not participated
    visit site for more information
     
    Curator: Adonis Volanakis
    Curator assistant: Elli Vassalou
    Web+Graphic design: Elli Vassalou
    Photography: Alexander Koromilas
  • open nature – physical theatre training and improvisation in Lycabettus [participation] 2014

    research-workshop, training leader Angela Delichatsios
    September - November 2014. Athens, Lykavittos hill // facebook
    photos G. Doukas
    We invite you to a research project about the relationship between physical theatre and nature, which will take place over a series of eight sessions in the “small canyon of Lykavittos hill”. In these sessions, we will train in physical theatre practices from the lineage of Polish theatre influenced by Grotowski. We will also base our training in techniques of meditation and improvisation from Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice, and we will work with text using selections from the poems of George Seferis. The development of Contemplative Dance Practice in a natural environment is a product of the Geopoetics doctoral research practice of Anna Tzakou (Nisyros, 2013).
    The workshop is a continuation of research and training Angela Delichatsios undertook while developing her work-in-progress performance “Entering the Canyon”, which was shown in June 2014 in Lykavyttos, with the collaboration of Andriana Alexiou. The themes of the work-in-progress, and also of the current research, are related to the following questions:
    - what is missing for us from nature when we live in the city?
    - can we make up for some part of this “missing piece” through theatrical meetings in nature?
    - can you build a future performance where the audience and the performers both experience restoration and connection in nature?
    At each meeting, the first part will be made up of training, so that the participants can develop a common vocabulary with which to improvise in the second part. Angela Delichatisos will lead the training, and she will hold the space during the open improvisation time, meaning she will operate as an ouside observer, in order to provide feedback to the participants and to observe the development of the research.
    The research workshop is open to actors, dancers, musicians, and performers with an interest in physical theatre and nature. The workshop is also open to people who are interested in deepening their contact with their bodies, with nature, and with their expressive potential. All that is asked is that the participants offer their full presence.
    We hope to see you in the Canyon! May the forest be with you!
  • SHETISTES [photography] 2014

    Site Specific Installation at the Slow Festival, held in semi-abandoned building at Panepistimiou 64 Omonia Sq.
    by Marianna Xyntaraki + Lida Voutsina
    photography Elli Vassalou
    more about this project @hiboux Architecture
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    An empty sex shop that  moved across the street … Sexual equipments for sale, items designed to increase desire and intensify sexual contact. Erotic mediators that regulate behaviors and establish ways of approaching the other. The sexual act is condensed in the temporality of  ¨sex¨ and established within the domain of privacy.
    On the contrary at the public sphere the collective behaviors are automated and repeatable leading to a continuous production of the same.
    Waiting time, the dead  time spent at the subway, in the bank, at the cashier of the supermarket. Time  vulnerable and  fragile  precisely because it is time – in between-.
    We attempt to disrupt the automated collective behavior by making use of two archetypical gestures:  touching under the table seen as a sexual allusion and the scratching of the back as a physical pleasure.
    As we depart from sex shop products, equipments that are intended to accelerate the desire and maximize pleasure during sex, we shift to artifacts that explore the  relationship between desire and pleasure by constantly delaying and postponing sexual intercourse.
    Actually sexual contact Is decompressed , its realm expands and  intrudes into the public sphere , so as to include all the processes of managing  the distance from each other.
    Artifacts attached to the body [as references to those of the sex shop] are displaying another kind of sexual practice. A kind  that addresses a public availability.
    Odd objects and  artifacts of questionable effectiveness. Unclear messages in a communication whose means should be re-explored.