Kathimerini newspaper (Visual Dialogues 2013 special issue)
The parallel workshops of Onassis Foundation on Visual Dialogues 2013 exhibition have been published in a special issue of Kathimerini Greek newspaper (8 December 2013). There is a short interview of me entitled ‘The Urban Walker’, talking on my exhibited work entitled Urban Halo.
Onassis Foundation - Visual Dialogues 2013 exhibition trailer
Visual Dialogues 2013 Exhibition - Onassis Cultural Centre (GR)
Bill Psarras - Urban Halo (5:58)
The Visual Dialogues 2013 leave the confines of the OCC to transform the Plato’s Academy Leisure Park into an ideal space for exhibiting works inspired by the great Greek poet, C.P. Cavafy.
This year, the Visual Dialogues, which the OCC is staging for the third time, mark the 150th anniversary of the birth and 80th anniversary of the death of the great poet, C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933). A stroll through the Plato’s Academy Leisure Parkbecomes a journey around works by 10 contemporary Greek and international artists which deal with the presence of ancient Greek thought in Cavafy’s poetry. New and original art-works using modern technologies(video screenings, digital images, photographs and animation etc.) are shown in architectural constructions which become a compass for a journey with a difference.
Exhibition curator: Marilena V. Karra
List of Artists
- Joana Hadjithomas – Khalil Joreige , I stared at beauty so much…, 2013
- Theo Prodromidis, Towards the Bank of the Future, 2013
- Yiannis Theodoropoulos, Antioch, 2013
- Erica Scourti, Out of Time, 2013
- Maria Varela, And so much intensity in Greek phraseology, 2013
- Rick Myers, An Excavation / A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion), 2013
- Athanasios Argianas, Pinna, 2013
- Bill Psarras, Urban Halo, 2013
- Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos, Oracle, 2013
- Marianna Christofides, Here let me stand, 2013
Academic Advisor: Anastasios-Ioannis D. Metaxas
Designer of Ιnitiatives of the Archive: Afroditi Panagiotakou
Scholarly Advisor: Dimitris Papanikolaou
Project Manager: Theodoros Chiotis
This discussion forms part of the “Greek thought in dialogue: Experiential learning programmes” project, which is itself part of the “Academy of Plato: the State and the Citizen” Action implemented within the framework of the Education and Lifelong Learning Programme co-funded by the EU (European Social Fund) and national funds.
"Lighting Talks" Virtual Graduate Symposium (London/Toronto)
I am going to give a talk at the Lighting Talks Virtual graduate symposium; organized between Goldsmiths University of London (Goldsmiths Digital Studios and Design department, UK) and OCAD (Ontario College of Arts and Design, Canada), which will take place on Friday 18th of October 2013. It will be available on Goldsmiths, Ontario College and online streaming. My talk is part of the ‘Urban Frontiers’ panel (Moderator: Kate Sellen / Martha Ladly).
Conference talk at Radical Space Conference [London]
On 20th of October, I will also give a conference talk at the Radical Space conference - organized by the Centre of Cultural Studies, which will take place at University of East London premises. My paper (panel: Contemporary Psychogeographies) will focus on the metaphor of “weaving” which stems from Michel de Certeau’s standpoint of the walking as an action that ‘weaves spaces together’ (1984). The paper will cover issues of contemporary flanerie, which goes into an attentiveness of the personal and collective emotion by reflecting on one of my latest walking works; ‘Emotive Circle' (Athens, 2013). Further information can be found on Radical Space conference’s page.
Conference talk at Art of Walking International conference [Lyon]
On 9th of October 2013, I will be giving a conference talk at the the Art of Walking: Pedestrian Mobility in Literature, Philosophy and the Arts from the 18th to 21st century conference, which will take place at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon/CNRS. My paper (panel: Urban Flaneurs) will focus on the intersections of actions, senses and metaphors of the contemporary flaneur through embodied media art practices within the 21st century city. Further information on the context of conference can be accessed here (link)
Album teaser for my newest album ‘Terminal Stories’
'Terminal Stories' album out
Music composed, arranged and played by Bill Psarras
Electric, Acoustic, Bass Guitars: Bill Psarras
Drums Programming: Bill Psarras
Artwork design: Bill Psarras
Recorded during July - September 2013
Location: London, UK
Total Running Time: 38:03’
'The Terminal' group exhibition (London)
Two recent video works of mine were invited to be screened in the live art project / group exhibition ‘The Terminal’, organized by Something Human curatorial team in partnership with PUSH and SEA Arts Festival. The concept of the exhibition is strongly based on the notion of non-place (Marc Auge) and in-betweeness.
Date: 25 - 27 October 2013 || Location: London (UK)
My latest work Emotive Circle (41’ min) is available in Vimeo (English subtitles). It is a work I exhibited earlier this year as part of ROOMS 2013 exhibition of Kappatos Gallery, in Athens.
Concept, Direction and Creation by Bill Psarras
Walking and Discussion: Bill Psarras and S. Ntzioras
Cinematography - Photography: Nikolas Grigoriou, Dimitris Dermousis
Additional Cinematography and Sound recording: Bill Psarras
Montage: Bill Psarras
Subtitling: Nadia Georgiou
The artist would also like to thank: Janis Jefferies and Lanfranco Aceti.
Bill Psarras © 2013. All rights reserved
'Emotive Circle' is a walking-oriented artwork with actual and poetic implications towards an emotional geography of Athens in the current times of crisis. An essay film derived from the sensorial and emotional experience of the walkers.
On 22nd of November 2012, Bill Psarras conducted a 7 hours shared walk of cyclical shape with an invited co-walker, around the Lycabettus mount at the centre of Athens, Greece. The artist intended to walk, sense and express their emotion while walking and talking into a metaphorical interrelation between the social crisis (city) and personal one (self). His intention of walking a circle was to conduct a metaphorical “weaving” of the different areas around Lycabettus mount - areas with different social, spatial and historical ambiances.
Bill Psarras concept draws connections to the great cultural icon of W. Benjamin’s ‘flaneur’ by bringing it into the 21st century city of multiple contradictions. The walk was documented through filming, sound recording, notes and GPS data. Apart from ‘Emotive Circle’ (film), the outputs of such artistic walking experience also consist of a series of maps and audiovisual collages.
'Emotive Circle' film was exhibited as a mixed media installation in the annual exhibition of contemporary art of emerging Greek artists; ROOMS2013 of Kappatos Gallery (Athens); from 24th of January - 10th of February 2013.
(The original quality of film is full HD)
Film screening at Oriel Q Gallery (Wales)
One of my past video/animation works; Apollo Poetics (2011) was exhibited at Oriel Q gallery’s film screenings (Wales) during April 2013, among ten other works; selected internationally.
Walking Portraits: Performing Asphalts [screening / Netherlands]
Walking Portraits: Performing Asphalts (2012) - a rhythmical audiovisual portrait based on a series of walking performances in London stations - will be screened in the exhibition framework of the International Conference of Emotional Geographies, in Groningen (Netherlands). Date: 3 July 2013
'Reeling the Real' Prize goes to B.Psarras [Cinematique Festival, UK]
Walking Portraits: Performing Asphalts  won the Reeling the Real Prize of Cinematique Student Film Festival 2013, which took place in London! Among other filmmakers from universities around Great Britain (RCA, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Surrey e.t.c.), Cinematique awarded Bill Psarras for his walking art video in the category of best non-fiction/experimental.