Monday, July 05, 2010

Utopia Project 2010

"Utopia project" is an annual summer workshop organized by the Athens School of Fine Arts in Rethymno Crete.”

This year project:

Based on H.D. Thoreau's “Walden

This year’s workshop investigates the relationship between contemporary artistic practices and the natural environment. Art is often seen and spoken in terms of being environmental, critical and subversive. For the past decades, the natural environment has seen radical changes and has been at the forefront of many contemporary art projects. What is the relationship between art and nature? During the workshop, we will consider different ideas in contemporary art making and theory to examine from varying perspectives the question of art and nature.

ASFA (Athens School of Fine Arts)
ASFA annex
Evligia Hill, Rethymno, Crete

Organizers-Facilitators: Vassilis Vlastaras, artist, Lecturer, Athens School of Fine Arts and
Maria Glyka, visual artist, teacher BA & MA Vakalo college of Art and Design.

Basic timetable:

4 July: arrivals
5 July – 7 July: artists presentations
8 - 20 July: preparation of the work
21-23 July: show and presentations of final works
24 July: end of show – departures

In collaboration with:

Mr. Gary Woodley, artist and lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
Mr. Klaas Hoek, artist, head of the postgraduate department of University of Utrecht and head of the printmaking of the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Guests Professors and artists:

Mrs Caroline de Lannoy , artist and lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St Martins College of Art - University of the Arts London, and West Dean College.
Mr. Jim Hobs, visual artist.
Dr.Yannis Stavrakakis, associate Professor of Political Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica,
Dr. Fay Zika, Assistant Professor of Theory and Philosophy of Art, ASFA.
Mrs. Katerina Gouziouli, art theorist.

participants artists:

Julia Tcharfas (USA), Panagiotis Tomaras (Greece), Giannis Kokkalis (Greece),
Giorgos Zitis (Greece), Maria Georgoula (Greece), Victor Mavedzenge, (Zimbabwe),
Aglae Bassens (Belgium), Ryan Riddington (UK), Kristbjörg Olsen (Iceland),
Giannis Papagiannakis (Greece), Andreas Vakalios (Greece)