Behind the Front Line: Archival Photography And The Military Camp
Elena Stylianou and Nicolas Lambouris
In Cyprus, the military base can be viewed as an empty space, relevantly transformed by the activities of the young men who are often forced to serve their country, as military service is compulsory. Researching different personal photographic albums and national archives of photographs taken in various military bases in Cyprus, the project aims to unearth all aspects of the everyday life of the soldier, as well as issues of identity representation both national and individual. Notions of gender, forms of leisure, even sets of beliefs are expected to be further examined in relation to the space itself.
Ar(t)chaeology: Intersection of Archaeology and Photography
Project Coordinator: Elena Stylianou
A collaborative project that will run from May to December 2017, organised by the International Association of Photography and Theory (IAPT) and will include regular meetings and a creative process that will result in an exhibition, a parallel one-day seminar, and a visual publication, which will negotiate themes that are considered central to this project.
The project seeks to investigate the relationship between archaeology and contemporary art photography. Cyprus, an island, the identity of which was born out of contested histories and conflicting narratives, can serve as a case study for the examination of the connection between these two seemingly diverse fields of practice. On the one hand, archaeology in Cyprus is usually seen as the meticulous, objectivity-driven, study of objects, artifacts, and material culture, which often uses photography as a tool for purposes of documentation, archiving, and representation. On the other hand, contemporary art photography can be seen as an entirely different practice to archaeological processes of presentation and preservation. Yet, both archaeology and contemporary art photography are connected by a common engagement with ideas beyond the tactile, and with an equally significant - often indirect – fascination with affect.
ARKWORK: Archeological Practices and Knowledge Work in the Digital Environment
COST-ARKWORK is a network funded by the COST scheme that brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact in the society.
The focus of ARKWORK is on training the next generation of scholars and stakeholders by involving future leaders of research but also high profile experts employed by the industry and public organisations through events and visits to foreign institutions is a key to the longevity of the outcomes. More information about COST-ARKWORK
Dr Elena Stylianou serves as one of the two Cyprus' representatives in the Management Committee.
Urban Emptiness / Soundscapes of Nicosia and Limassol
Urban Emptiness / Soundscapes of Nicosia and Limassol is a practice-based research laboratory that explores the interconnection among walking, sounds and new media in digital and physical spaces in both cities. The aim of the project is to generate collective experiences and documentation of the diverse processes within the urban landscapes contributing to the dialogues and practices of the Urban Emptiness Network. Collaborative creation and decision-making, open dialogues of the experiences, and documentation of the process are crucial for it prompts critical thinking about aesthetic experiences in relation to our everyday life. By generating transversal dialogical encounters with participants we root the aesthetic practice on relationships-relations; among each other and with the space we transit and inhabit as an ever changing dynamic.
Focusing on emptiness-silences-sounds-spaces-movements, this project consists of complementary creative practice and research based outcomes relating to an interdisciplinary approach to the relationships between body and movements, sounds and silences, digital and physical spaces. Special attention will be placed on the exploration of the city which draws our attention to people’s everyday actions and negotiations of city spaces revealing the potentiality of space. Outcomes for this audio-visual project are an exhibition of video and sound installations, (sound) walks through the cities, workshops, presentation of work in progress and a seminar.
The Participatory Museum Experience: an educational program for / with the public
An educational program will be designed (by Elena Stylianou Despo Pasia, Stalo Anthony) and implemented for the exhibition Glyn Hughes 1931-2014, presented at the Nicosia Municipal Art Centre, associated with the Pierides Foundation. The program is based on the concept of the Participatory Museum and aims to create an educational platform for dialogue and to explore and extend the participatory possibilities of a contemporary art exhibition today. The program will be implemented in three phases. During the first phase master students of the Department of Art, from the European University, Cyprus will participate in a relevant art workshop. In the second phase, which will be implemented on Museum Day in May 21, 2016, students will collaborate with educators of different teaching levels with the aim to design interactive activities for the general public. The research material, the visual documentation of the planning process and implementation of the program, and interactive activities produced during the two different phases will be presented in a dedicated area at the exhibition, enabling continuous public engagement. In the third and final phase, all the above material will be used for the design and implementation of specific museum and art activities for teenagers from the Cyprus University summer school and in collaboration with Dr. Andri Savva.
Motion Vibes is an educational project that teaches motion design exclusively to deaf people with an artistic inclination. A sign-language translator helps communicate the theoretical parts of the class to the students, but each week we also work on the practical incorporation of design to sound and music. To achieve this, I have studied the pedagogical methods used to teach sound, music, and rhythm to deaf people in other fields, especially dance, and have incorporated them into the teaching of motion design.
Demetra Englezou was interviewed by Merope Moyseos. You can find the interview (in Greek) at Parathyro online.
The Living Museums: Collaborative Creation, Performance & Education Based on Museum Artefacts Intensive Program will help to improve the quality and increase the volume of student and teaching staff mobility throughout Europe by facilitating an exchange between faculty and students of European University Cyprus, the University of Hull, UK and Koninklijk Conservatorium Royal Conservatoire, The Netherlands.
The teaching faculty for this program is comprised of practicing artists with both national and international reputations for excellence and the selection criteria for student participants are rigorous, based on an evaluation of the students past compositions, performances, artistic output and lesson plans and their potential to successfully carry out the work required by this Intensive Program. The students' overall GPA and active participation in their department and program of study has also been considered.
This Program will emphasize interdisciplinary collaborations, bringing together both faculty members and students from a variety of disciplines, including composition, performance, visual arts and art theory, helping participants learn to respond to multidisciplinary approaches to learning. It should also be noted that the Department of Arts at European University Cyprus consists of both the Music and Graphic Design programs, yet there is currently no course that brings together these two programs. The Living Museums Intensive Program will fill a need for an interdisciplinary approach between the two programs in the department and help to foster greater cooperation between the two programs. In addition, collaboration with a museum is a novel, multidisciplinary approach for each of the participating institutions that will bring together students from music, visual art and education disciplines. And finally, the quality of the proposed IP as a project-based course of instruction will be of the highest level, ensuring that students gain valuable hands-on professional experiences whilst making connections between their university curriculums and real-world applications of that knowledge.
This program will also help to improve the quality and to increase the volume of multilateral cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe by establishing an exchange between European University Cyprus, the University of Hull, UK and Koninklijk Conservatorium Royal Conservatoire, The Netherlands for the very first time. By bringing together arts faculty and students for an interdisciplinary project, the proposed IP hopes to foster continued collaboration between participants and inspire future projects of a similar nature.
The Program will also help to facilitate the development of innovative practices in education and training at tertiary level, and their transfer, including from one participating country to others. The project-based learning practice employed by this IP will be highly innovative and demonstrate best practices that can be transferred to other projects in each participating country. The Living Museums Intensive Program is specifically designed to give students greater insight into their own professional development by fostering interaction with professional bodies within the community and to develop highly transferrable skills that link classroom content with professional experience. Thus, participating students will have a new level of understanding of such content to share with their peers, which will enhance their continued studies and foster increased innovation, creativity and project-based learning at their home institutions.
Finally, the Living Museums Program will help to improve the quality and increase the volume of cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises by establishing a collaborative relationship between the three partner institutions and the Cyprus Museum, thus creating cooperation between higher education institutions and the cultural sector. The Program will serve as a catalyst for student involvement in a variety of cultural institutions within their community by giving the confidence and skills needed to successfully leverage these resources for creative and educational events.
on/curating is an online platform based on the research project: “The political potential of curatorial practices and educational paradigms” funded by the Internal Research Grant Scheme of European University Cyprus (Principal Investigator: Dr Elena Stylianou). The project started in 2011 and involves the critical investigation of various curatorial practices in Cyprus and abroad, as well as an international two-day symposium.
The international symposium “Curatorial Practices Reframed: Politics and Pedagogy in Curating Contemporary Art” that took place in November 1-2, 2013 in Nicosia, Cyprus was an integral element of the above mentioned research project. Its aim was to bring together curators, museum professionals, artists and academics, in order to examine the complexities of curatorial practices within the current socio-political and economic landscape, and to investigate curating’s political potential as a new radical trend of critical cultural production and pedagogy. The event was organized by the Department of Arts, European University Cyprus in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, associated with the Pierides Foundation.