Visual artist Aude Barrio will present some of her works, and in particular those that are linked to sound or music. This includes collaborations with the contemporary music ensemble Batida, composer Brice Catherin and visual artist Barbara Meuli. She will also speak about the publishing house she co-founded with her friends in 2004, Hécatombe. Hécatombe has 6 members who are all authors and editors of their own books. They believe the form and the content of a book are both part of one single process.
June 16, 2016
Rinos Stefani and Susan Vargas
Renown artists Rinos Stefani and Susan Vargas presented their multifaceted work and more specifically their “Praxeis” as they refer to their actions. The two artists posed questions on current ecological and social matters, like the protection of the biodiversity of Akamas, overconsumption, and the destruction of the environment.
Education and Museums in Cyprus
December 06, 2015
The workshop will be developed in two parts. During the first, Pasia will present the outcomes of a research project conducted in 2015 by Pasia and Stalo Antonio and concerns educational programs that take place in museums. The presentation of the outcomes focuses on the thematics of the various programs and touches upon their relationship with the history of museum development in Cyprus. It also refects upon the scientific fields and educational mediums used by these programs. During the workshop's second part, hands-on activities will take place. Starting from students' understanding of the concept of the museum, notions of place and space, and of museum education, the workshop will discuss the ways in which an interdisciplinary approach and use of mobile technology is possible to produce new educational processes in the museums space. The educational program "At Hadjigeorgakis or Marouthkias: Researching Gender through a House-Museum" will be used as a case study.
Museums, Visitors and Photography
November 29, 2015
In this workshop Stylianou-Lambert presented her research from the Smithsonian National Potrait Gallery, Washington DC, in which she examed the relationship between photography, visitors and museums. More specifically, her research examed how visitors use their cameras (including mobile phones and tablets) in the museum and the reasons they take photographs of both the museum and its exhibits. The workshop included a presentation, hands-on activities and group discussions.
Urban Emptiness Nicosia is a two-week artistic laboratory in the city fabric of Nicosia, with artists from the US, Puerto Rico, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium, UK, Holland, Catalonia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece and Cyprus.
The Festival, between 1-10 December 2017, explores the interconnection among walking and new media in digital and physical space with interdisciplinary performances, dance - movement - walking workshops and a complementary exhibition (till 16 December) of video and sound pieces, mapping and walking related indoor/outdoor installations, documented walks, simultaneously happening in Nicosia and other cities, and of work in progress by students in New York, Brussels and Athens.
Special attention goes to the exploration of the city of Nicosia, its people’s everyday actions and to negotiations of city spaces revealing their potentiality and hidden qualities. The Festival takes place in various locations in the city most notably the Dancehouse Lefkosia, Old Market (Municipal Market), Point Centre for Contemporary Art.
INAUGURATION and INSTALLATIONS at Old Market (Municipal Market of Nicosia )
DECEMBER 1ST, 19h30
The URBAN EMPTINESS NICOSIA FESTIVAL is sponsored by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, the Flemish Ministry of Culture, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels and European Cultural Foundation.
The Festival concurs and is supported by the No_Body Festival, organized by Dance Gate Lefkosia, is facilitated by Point Centre for Contemporary Arts and is part of the Pop-up Festival Nicosia.
The A.G.Leventis Gallery in collaboration with the European University Cyprus and the Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts Lab, have organised a one-day colloquium on "Building the Future of Museum Education" in view of the International Museum Day, 2017. The main aim of this event, is the presentation of good practices in designing, developing, presenting and promoting educational programs at different museum in Cyprus, as well as opening the floor for critical dialogue regarding the relationship between museums and education at different levels.
Museums and Technology: (Inter)action, Accessibility and Audiences
April 07, 2017
This is the second roundtable discussion on museums for 2017, organised by the Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts (CSCA) lab in collaboration with the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies lab. The emphasis of this second roundtable is on the relationship between museums and technology. More specifically, questions raised are: What is the relationship between museums and technology? How is technology changing the museum experience? How could technology be used for enhancing accessibility and learning for all? How could virtual reality applications provide opportunities for a differentiated visit that promotes interaction and active engagement? What are the challenges of the use of new technologies in the museum?
Dr Katerina Mavrou, Dr Despina Michael-Grigoriou, and Panayiotis Kyriakou
Museum Education Practices: Challenges and Dilemmas
January 20, 2017
The Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts Lab organizes its first roundtable of 2017 with emphasis on Museum Education. Different museum professionals, educators and researchers come together to discuss specific programs designed for varied audiences and applied at different local museums. The aim of this roundtable is to familiarize the public with current programs and trends in museum education in Cyprus and become a platform of an open dialogue between museums and its publics. Specific questions to be discussed involve but are not limited to accessibility, inclusion, and the democratization of museums through their educational philosophies and practices, as well as to the challenges faced by museums and professionals alike considering the development, execution and funding of programs for different audiences, considering the socio-political landscape. Questions for the future will also be discussed.
Despo Pasia, Dr Andri Savva, Valentina Eracleous, Evgenia Achilleos, Sophia Rossidou, Constantina Vasiliou, Dr Tereza Markidou, Kypros Gewrgiou.
Discussant: Dr Elena Stylianou
** The Roundtable Presentations and Discussion in Greek.
Greek-Cypriot Locality: (Re) Defining our Understanding of European Modernity
September 06, 2016
Elena Stylianou and Nicos Philippou
This lecture discusses the emergence of Greek-Cypriot modernity, with regard to wider socio-political and cultural changes on the island of Cyprus at the turn of the twentieth century. We identify three main forces: (a) British colonialism, (b) Greek nationalism, and (c) an organized Left and labour movement. The lecture considers these forces in relation to relevant changes in the visual arts through a detailed examination of the work of Ioannis Kissonergis (1889-1963), Adamantios Diamantis (1900-1994), Costas Stathis (1913-1987), and Loukia Nicolaidou (1909-1993). We also make reference to vernacular photography and wider culture to further support our tracing of Greek-Cypriot modernity in the visual arts and its relationship to the established orthodox narratives of European modernity. We finally argue that these influences have led to the emergence of an alternative modernity in Cyprus that is site-specific, and which allows us to reconsider and challenge conventional understandings of European modernity as singular and homogeneous.
From Xenakis to The Present: The Continuum in Music and Architecture
12-14 Jun 2016
Since the Classical era and the Middle Ages, and in particular since Plato’s Timeus, the concept of continuum has preoccupied thinkers. In the early 20th century, this notion was reactivated by the theory of relativity as well as other theories such as the uncertainty principle, changing our perception of the world, and consequently artistic discourse. Even if this upheaval corresponded to technological advances on the one hand and the collapse of the romantic model on the other hand, it was only around the middle of the 20th century that artists adopted these new physical and metaphysical concepts, prompting new creative tools, especially in music and architecture.
We propose to examine where we are today in terms of the concept of continuum, both in theory and in practice. An interdisciplinary approach will enable us to evaluate the relevancy of this notion, comparing and contrasting it with other methodologies, during this international conference organized in partnership with the European University of Cyprus (Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts research laboratory (CSCA) and University of Cyprus (Architecture Dept.), the Centre Iannis Xenakis, the GRHIS (Université de Rouen), ENSA Normandie. Parallel to our interrogations, two concerts will be hosted inspired by the sound continuum.
4th International Conference of photograpgy & Theory: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE EVERYDAY
2-5 Dec 2016
Research in historical, artistic and vernacular photography has been rapidly expanding in the past few years. Responding to this trend, the International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT) was created with the aim to provide an outlet for an interdisciplinary and critical theoretical exploration of photography and photographic practices. The 4th International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT2016) aims once again at bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields of study, who share a common interest in photography.
This year’s topic, ‘Photography and the Everyday’ investigates the current meanings, distribution, materiality, impact, and affect of vernacular photography (or else everyday photography) in relation to our economy of images. Furthermore, it aims to examine the ways vernacular photography influences, shapes and challenges memory, individual and collective identities, historical and other narratives, the social fabric, issues of authorship and authenticity, privacy and public life.
With the advent of the digital era, an unprecedented volume of photographs are being produced, shared and distributed, perhaps signalling a shift in our engagement with vernacular photography. Smartphones, tablets, social media and photo-sharing applications seem to have altered our economy of images, making everyday photography more immediate, accessible, shareable and visible than ever. The ease of taking vernacular photographs has resulted in fleeting, temporal, and what they are often described as ‘superficial’ images. However, the growing and overpowering number, the viral nature, and often personal – yet universally - understood content of such images cannot be easily dismissed. More so, online photographic collections have established a diverse and flexible channel for exchange of both images and discourse around everyday photography, whilst producers and consumers of photographic images have assumed curatorial roles over these collections.
A one-day symposium will be organized in May 21, 2016. The symposium with title "Cyprus Museums: Cultural landscapes and memory" celebrates the International Museum Day. The talks to be presented during the symposium examine the various narratives constructed in and by different Cypriot museums, the ways in which these affect collective memory and identity, and the role of museums as agents of potential social change. More so, a workhop on the notion of the Participatory Museum will take place in the afternoon. For more information click here.
In this lecture, Illustrator Marios Constantinides presents his ongoing research and visual diary about his latest project titled "Patterns and symbols in search of identity." Constantinides began this project by recording patterns and symbols encountered in ancient Cypriot art, while working as a freelance illustrator for antiquities in museums, archives and archaeological sites. Reflecting upon selected motifs and symbols and illustrating them in sequences, or by creating contradictions between them, he aims at mapping potential conceptual developments and at shifting existing narratives and representations relevant to our conventional understandings of Cypriot antiquities and our past.