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.
I am going to give a talk at the Lighting TalksVirtual 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.
Terminal Stories’ is the newest album of Bill Psarras. Its concept is centered around the ambiguous nature of clouds and terminals. Ten guitar instrumental compositions based on acoustic melodies, constitute a soundtrack atmosphere with either a progressive rock and other times ambient touch.
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’
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)
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.
Conference talk at ISEA 2013 International Conference [Australia]
On Tuesday 11 June 2013, I presented a paper talk - co-written with Stacey Pitsillides and Anastasios Maragiannis at ISEA 2013 International Conference, which took place in Syndey, Australia. The paper entitled ‘Derive in the Digital Grid, Breaking the Search to Get Lost' (Authors: Bill Psarras, Stacey Pitsillides, Anastasios Maragiannis) was part of the “Digital Narratives and E-Literature” panel; chaired by Chris Caines. More information can be found here: ISEA 2013 Conference
Conference talk at Emotional Geographies International Conference [Groningen]
On the 1st of July 2013, I will be giving a talk as part of the Senses and the City panel of 4th International Conference of Emotional Geographies, which will take place in Groningen (Netherlands, 1-3 July 2013). My talk is entitled ‘The Sensorial Neo-Flaneur: Botanizing on the Senses through Urban Walking as Embodied Media Art Practice’. For more information on the conference itself, please refer to the following page of conference.
Conference talk at Hybrid City International conference [Athens]
On the 23rd of May, I will be giving a talk at Hybrid City International Conference, which going to take place in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. There will also be printed Proceedings of the Conference, where a full paper of mine is also published. My talk and paper is entitled “Hybrid walking as art: Approaches and Art Practices on Revealing the Emotional Geographies of Tube Stations”. I’ll be glad to meet some of you there. Apart from the website of the conference, there is also a Facebook page.
ROOMS 2013 Contemporary Art Exhibition was presented at the last culture show of Greek Channel ET1 ’The Age of Images’ (31/1/2013); followed by a discussion of G. Kappatos (Kappatos Gallery director) and journalist K. Zacharopoulou. ’Emotive Circle’ installation was presented among other artworks of the show.
Watch all the episode online via ET1 National Channel [only in Greek]
A second exhibition entitled Rooms 2013 Plus+ will run from Saturday 26th January until 23 February 2013 at Kappatos Gallery [Athens, Greece], where Psarras will show further printed works from his work Emotive Circle.
Art Up! Goethe Institut (Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey)
Bill Psarras was invited to be part and is one of the Greek artists for the new project entitled ‘Art Up: Media Arts in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey’, of Goethe Institute which is just initiated. The project will run across the three Goethe Institutes (Athens, Ankara, Sofia) and will host a series of exhibitions, online presentations, workshops, seminars and interesting writings from curators and media theorists; focusing mostly in the fields of media and new media arts, virtual reality, social media and more. The website will act as an online platform of artists’ profiles [bio, works, links]. For more information please access the website: http://www.goethe.de/ins/tr/lp/prj/art/kue/enindex.htm
Bill Psarras presented at NECS 2012 International conference which took place in Lisbon (Portugal) between Wednesday 20 and Saturday 23 of June. A pre-constituted panel had been formed by Bill Psarras (UK), Athanasia Daphne Dragona(Greece) and Rocio von Jungenfeld (UK) with the name ‘Mapping Urban Memory: Towards a new media approach of everyday life’. The panel talks referred to issues of urban memory (personal and collective) and how this is presented through the lens of digital mapping and media art. Chair of panel was Ingrid Stigsdotter (Sweden), lecturer in Film studies and Urban landscape at Linnaeus University.
Bill Psarras, “Catch me if you can, Find me if you google” work were presented among other artists/participants of Doc-Art project, by the organizer of Doc.Art project, Irina Markova and Olena Oak [title: Spontaneity], at the 2011 TEDxLviv, in Ukraine.
The Thursday Club (supported by Goldsmiths Digital Studios and Goldsmiths Graduate School) presents: The last in a series called Emergent Practices A monthly series of interdepartmental, knowledge sharing panels at Goldsmiths, curated by Mafalda Dâmaso (Dept of Visual Cultures) January to May 2012
Speculative art practices
Name: Bill Psarras (Arts and Computational Technology) http://billpsarras.tumblr.com/ Title: Botanizing on the non-places: new media geographies of everyday life
Tomorrow, I am giving a talk on Goldsmiths Annual Symposium, which this year’s title is ‘Theorizing Otherness’. The speech is an overview of my ongoing PhD subject and it is entitled ‘Emotive Terrains’; a short talk on the rapprochement of urban non-place (stations, airports, zone-areas) emotion and psychogeography through the new media context. Chairman: Professor Les Back
Memoria (EP) is the latest music work of Bill Psarras. Five guitar instrumental songs create a post-progressive/atmospheric rock work. Memoria was recorded during November-December 2011 between UK and Greece. The whole EP can be accessed through Bill’s SoundCloud page or feel free to ask for a free digital copy of Memoria! Digital copy will be accompanied by a visual part of the artwork and a small experimental video art piece based on the Memoria music.
VIDEOFORMES International Video Art Festival (France)
Video/Animation work entitled Nostalgia:Blue Skies Transmission was selected to be part of the forthcoming VIDEOFORMES International Festival of Video art & New media arts, which will take place in France (Clermond-Ferrand) between 14-17/3/2012.
Text-image artwork entitled Catch me if you can/ Find me if you Google will be exhibited in an online group exhibition. The artwork will be also part of the real group exhibition which will be curated by Iryna Markova (exhibition organizer) in Kiev this autumn. (Ukraine)