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ALEX P. NORDEN/SEA, EARTH, FIRE, LEADING MASTER CLASS ON CERAMICS

SEA, EARTH, FIRE

LEADING MASTER CLASS ON CERAMICS

led by  ALEX P. NORDEN.  Info:  airbgr.com

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VENUE :  Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Greek Island Kefalonia

DATES :  SESSION  1  : August 22nd  –August 27th  2017

                    SESSION  2  : August 29th – September 4th  2017

ELIGIBILITY :  Open to every interested world wide . (subject to early enrolment & formality of the process)

Overview

The Attendants of the master class will gain necessary skills for creating decorative ceramics with self-made glazes in a self-made kiln,  gas or wood fired, budget and environmentally friendly. Draw inspiration from the rich Greek ceramic heritage.

At the end of the course, students will have skills to make decorative ceramics on their own, with locally sourced materials,  adapted for wherever they live. The basis of using local materials and drawing inspiration from the surrounding environment provides ample means of self-expression and self-reliance.

Schedule and flexibility

The course takes 7 days to 14 days, depending on student interest.

If the participants would like to combine the ceramic course with other activities,  they can participate  3 days total, spread over 1 or 2 weeks.

Embracing the local Greek ceramic artists

Class activities are planned so that local Greek attendants can attend only the glaze making and firing part of the courses ( half-day instruction in the evening, 2 day weekend glaze and firing ).

Exhibition

Exhibition of the created ceramics will take place in the end of the class

Activities  during the class:

Research

Greek heritage, Greek Art and the Sea, and Kefalonian heritage of ceramics. The activities can be done with guidance from the Instructor, or under self-study, depending on student schedule and interest.

The Sea 

Sami : Visit the ancient acropolis of Sami, with it’s ample ceramic tile shards, and the famous Antisamos Beach, observing ceramic remains spread on the beach.

Skala : observe the amphoras during snorkeling via boat or beach, depending on student interest ( extra activity or self-guided )

Ancient Cemeteries and castle: Visiting the ancient burial sites and reviewing the rich ceramic heritage and importance of ceramics for archaeology.

Self-study :Visit the local museums and observe the traditional farming exhibit and the ceramic items on display. Review suggested reading list at the Argostoli library.

Creation

A presentation with a brief overview of Greek ceramics is given during the first day of the class, while students are working with clay.

Students make clay items during the first 2 days of the course  for firing during last 2 days of the course

Specifics of making ceramics for rapid firing and high-stress ( clay selection, shamotte )

Glazes – making your own glazes from scratch. Iron, Ash, clays and fluxes.

Firing

Students get to:

make their own tongs for taking work out of the fire

participate in making a ceramic fiber raku ceramic kiln

learn about different methods for firing decorative ceramics – gas, wood, and open fire ( pit fire )

Fire their own items and observe different techniques for post-firing

Using locally available “trash” like fallen leaves, seaweed and wood for sustainable decoration

Ionion inspiration – Local materials

– Collecting salt infused driftwood and seaweed by the sea to affect glazes during firing

–  Local clay for some of the glazes

– Making own experimental chamotte

– Mixing clays for testing and what to look for in pre-made clays

About the Instructor Alex P. Norden

Website:  airbgr.com

Taught through a traditional apprenticeship with Hiro Sato, Alex is a potter working globally, with a ceramic workshop in Sweden and ample years of instruction experience.

Exhibited worldwide, his work is represented internationally, including the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ( USA ).

Alex is winner of the SEA(S)ARTS ,INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 2016 grant.

Preliminary Schedule

Mandatory

1 to 2 days self- study before start of course. Suggested reading list, PDF course material.

Day 1 – making ceramics, material overview

Day 2 – making glazes and kiln, firing technique theory

Day 3 – Kiln firing

4 days, Optional  Art, material and technique research and ceramics creation spanning 4 days.

ΑPPLICATION- TERMS – CONDITIONS

 

 Web application:  http://goo.gl/forms/q2f8aD9uzk

 Email application:  info@ionionartscenter.gr

 

In all cases is required the follow information in word document :full name of the applicant  , postal address, phone, country , email address, web site(if available), profession, discipline , short statement of the applicant no longer than 200 words , short cv no longer than 200 words.                                                                                                 In case of group  /collective project( group -school- organization) is required title of the group -school- organization, full name of the  person representing OR leading  the group  , postal address, phone, country , email address, web site(if available) of the group -school- organization  , short  statement no longer than 200 words , short cv of every group member no longer than 200 words.

Every  submission   requires an application/entry fee  of euro 30, non refundable.

Each Application toward been considered must be completed including the follow:

-Short submission notice -3 lines- in word document  addressed via email to the address  info@ionionartscenter.gr

– The transfer confirm of the entry fee payment, Euro  30 for every separate application.

– CV/Biography of the participant  or CV/Biography  for each of the group members in case of group project(text  in word document non exceeding the 200 words)

– A short statement (text in word document not exceeding  the 200 words,  short description of the  expectations of the participant).

FEES (master class fees) &PAYMENT METHODS

 Fees including tuition fees, 7 days full housing accommodation and personal support  are based on the Ionion Center master classes pricing list 2017 , taxes added on the official invoices . For details  please email to :  info@ionionartscenter.gr

NOTICE

-All the submissions/ completed participations on the program are eligible for the year Grants 2017 of the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture as follow:

  1. Grants connected to the residency of the year program : Starting from 1000 up to 30.000euro.
  2. Grants connected to the SEA(S) FORUM: Starting from 2000 up to 50.000euro per year(in case of formal participation in the SEA(S)2017).
  • All the participations will be followed by  Certificate

For additional information & personal support please email  : ionionartscenter@gmail.com

 

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TRIANGULAR PROJECT EXPERIMENTAL MODELS EXPLORING SPATIAL AWARENESS

EXPERIMENTAL MODELS FOR

EXPLORING SPATIAL AWARENESS

JUNE 26th – JULY 2nd, 2017

 A 7 days Master Class exploring experimental models enhancing the awareness of space.

 Led by TRIANGULAR PROJECT 

www.triangularproject.net

 

Sandra Volny: www.sandravolny.com

Florine Leoni: www.florineleoni.net

Macarena Ruiz-Tagle: www.macarenaruiztagle.com

 

triangular-project

LOCATION : The Greek Island Kefalonia.

TIME : June 26 –July 2 2017

OPENING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS : December 1st 2016

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSIONS : March 30 2017

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

“Working on site, TRIANGULAR will develop a series of workshops together with the participants in order to enhance spatial awareness (consciousness of the limits of our body and senses in space with the possibility of working, researching and creating at sites on the Kefalonian Island environment.). Through various methodological models: actions/situations, spontaneous drawings, field recordings and ethnographic camera exploration; the aim is to concentrate on the impact of territory from an emotional , aural and mental state perspective.”

ELIGIBILITY

Visual/sound artists, designers, photographers, architects, performers interested in experimenting various situations and methodological models exploring the impact and possibilities of aural, visual and mental (emotional/psychological) spatial awareness.

OBJECTIVES

Working on site, TRIANGULAR will develop a series of workshops together with the participants in order to enhance spatial awareness (consciousness of the limits of our body and senses in space).

Through various methodological models: actions/situations, spontaneous drawings, field recordings and ethnographic camera exploration; the aim is to concentrate on the impact of territory from an emotional , aural and mental state perspective.

Applicants working in the fields of visual arts, design, photography, architecture, performance, theater, psychology and anyone who is interested to experiment space through subjectivity and the main fields of TRIANGULAR : auditory spatial awareness, psychological/mental space, optical/perceptual space, are welcome to participate.

The learning process will include presentations by the artists of the conceptual frame as well as technical workshops in order to provide the participants with tools to explore their own practice.

Participants will be encouraged to develop their own project out of these experiments: collecting, developing and selecting one specific experiment on site.

At the end of the master-class, the participants will be invited to present a gesture, a photography, a sound recording, a small installation, a video, a performance, an action or experimental act in a collective set up responding to TRIANGULAR’s original exhibition. The artistic experiments will then resonate and further the inquiries about spatial awareness.

 

PUBLIC OUTCOME

Class members will develop various methodologies to explore spatial awareness.

Participants will have the chance to exhibit their own work at the end of the workshop.

They will gain insight in a selection of works by international artists working the field of spatial awareness and will be exposed to a broad spectrum of ideas.

The workshop gives the participants the chance to meet and interact with other artists and potential collaborators from all over the world.

The participants will present and reflect on each other’s practice.

The workshop offers the opportunity to learn various practical as well as theoretical

techniques.

The workshop offers time to dedicate to an experimentation project.

………….

A 7 DAYS MASTERCLASS PROGRAM

Daily action practice-based exploring spatial awareness.

Conceptual/ theoretical lectures related to contemporary art practices led by each artist from the collective Triangular in its field of interest (auditory spatial awareness,

optical/perceptual space, mental/emotional space).

Specific methodologies and process experimentations related to Triangular artistic

practice.

Practical workshops applied to conceptual and performative process including

audio-visual field recording and editing. For example using field recording sound devices and microphones, filming with different cameras, gaining insight in different filmic

approaches such as camera ethnography, the participatory and/or observing camera.

Create a color study of daylight on site. Identify the specific colors in order to make a

collection and elaborate a feasible map of the island´s tones. Make connections between the students and the locals color perception of their environment.

Triangular’s artist talk presenting the exhibition at the Ionion Center for the Arts and

Culture.

Development by the participants of a personal project with support and inputs by

Triangular’s  instructors .

Preparation of a final presentation by the participants.

Exhibition by the participants of their personal project at the Ionion Center for the Arts

and Culture with a final discussion of individual or collective produced works.

Certificate of participation will be available.

 

Note: Participants are responsible to bring their personal laptop, softwares, digital camera and/ or microphone depending on the project they wish to develop during the master class.

 

 

  • ΑPPLICATION- TERMS – CONDITIONS – FEES

Application  is required  through web application form at the address :

http://goo.gl/forms/q2f8aD9uzk

Email application is also acceptable to  the  email -address : info@ionionartscenter.gr

In all cases is required the follow information in word document :full name of the applicant  , postal address, phone, country , email address, web site(if available), profession, discipline , short statement of the applicant no longer than 200 words , short cv no longer than 200 words.                                                                                                 In case of group  /collective project( group -school- organization) is required title of the group -school- organization, full name of the  person representing OR leading  the group  , postal address, phone, country , email address, web site(if available) of the group -school- organization  , short  statement no longer than 200 words , short cv of every group member no longer than 200 words.

Every  submission   requires an application/entry fee  of euro 30, non refundable.

Each Application toward been considered must be completed including the follow:

Short submission notice -3 lines- in word document  addressed via email to the address  info@ionionartscenter.gr

– The transfer confirm of the entry fee payment, Euro  30 for every separate application.

– CV/Biography of the participant  or CV/Biography  for each of the group members in case of group project(text  in word document non exceeding the 200 words)

– A short statement (text in word document not exceeding  the 200 words,  short description of the  expectations of the participant).

 

PARTICIPATION  FEES

Participation fees for 7 days class : euro 890

Included : tuition fees plus full housing accommodation at the Ionion Center residency areas, 24hours internet access, use of theater, studio, exhibition space  for exhibition /presentation. Room service , breakfast , one traditional meal (lunch ), snacks , soft drinks, coffee, tea, milk, fruits, sweets available 24 hours a day. There are not included any work materials for  expenses,  transportation or activities  out of the Center.

Taxes will be included upon issuance of the invoices.

PAYMENTS METHODS INFO: info@ionionartscenter.gr

GRANTS ELIGIBILITY

All the completed participations on the program are eligible for the year Grants 2017 of the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

  • Grants connected to the residency of the year program : Starting from 1000 up to 30.000euro.
  • Grants connected to the SEA(S) FORUM: Starting from 2000 up to 50.000euro per year(in case of participation in the SEA(S)2017).

For detailed info  about APPLICATIONS,TERMS, CONDITIONS,  FEES , PAYMENTS METHODS &

PERSONAL SUPPORT : info@ionionartscenter.gr

APPLICATIONS : http://goo.gl/forms/q2f8aD9uzk

APPLICATIONS BY EMAIL :info@ionionartscenter.gr

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CRAIG DONGOSKI /2017 MASTER CLASS IN ART &TECHNOLOGY

CRAIG DONGOSKI ” 2017 Master Class In Art and Technology – Craig Dongoski” 
Website: http://radionion.comimg_7006-1024x586

May 13th -May 28th 2017.

RadiOpolis 2017: is a 2-Session <(8)days per session> Masterclass led by artist Craig Dongoski. The class will be held on the island of Kefalonia, Greece and hosted by Ionion Center for Arts & Culture. A call for applications is open and a mix of (12) visual artists, musicians, programmers, filmmakers, writers, performers will be selected based on individual strengths and willingnesses to cooperate within group dynamic. This will be a multidisciplinary program. There will be no priority placed on a particular medium. We will instill and operate from an openness dictated by the make-up of the collective artists meshed with the experience on the island. Our focus is on producing new models & new vocabularies. Artists will have the option in their pursuits to be as raw and removed from technology as they prefer and/or as  immersed. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to the painting of a  significant  mural in Kefalonia.

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MASTER CLASSES 2017

SEA, EARTH, FIRE

LEADING MASTER CLASS ON CERAMICS

LED BY ALEX P. NORDEN.  Website:  airbgr.com


 

THE TRIANGULAR PROJECT

EXPERIMENTAL MODELS

EXPLORING SPATIAL AWARENESS

JUNE 26   JULY 2  2017,A 7 days Master Class exploring experimental models enhancing our awareness to space, led by TRIANGULAR PROJECT www.triangularproject.net

Sandra Volny  :              http://sandravolny.com

Florine Leoni :                http://www.florineleoni.net

Macarena Ruiz-Tagle :  http://  www.macarenaruiztagle.com


 

CRAIG DONGOSKI ” 2017 Master Class In Art and Technology – Craig Dongoski” 
Website: http://radionion.com


JOHN HUGHES Quantum Landscapes, Animation Space and Consciousness of the Frame – John Hughes” Master Class

Website:http://www.hobarthughes.com/


SCOTT TOWNSEND Expanded Social Documentary: Strategies, Techniques & Experimental Forms – Scott Townsend” Master  Class
Website: http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/greece.html

 

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NICHOLAS JONES : ‘’IONIAN ODYSSEY’’

12119127_998695160151135_816581614628765659_n 12079642_998695290151122_660491730441321561_nNICHOLAS JONES : ‘’IONIAN ODYSSEY’’
All who wander are not lost
For over 15 years, Melbourne artist Nicholas Jones has been making his unique work out old and unwanted books. His current body of work follows the history of navigation and mapping in the Ionian Sea, focusing on the island of Kefalonia.
Inspired by studies of the journeys of Odysseus and the collection of the Corgialenos Library in Argostoli, Jones Odyssey brings him from Australia to Greece in search of the Old, the New and the Forgotten.
*Nicholas Jones *
www.bibliopath.org <http://www.bibliopath.org/>
John Buckley Gallery – Nicholas Jones
<http://www.johnbuckleygallery.com/…/nicholas-jones-mining-t…>
State Library Exhibition – Nicholas Jones
<http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/conspiracy-cartographers>
Meanjin – Nicholas-jones
<http://meanjin.com.au/…/well-readan-interview-with-book-sc…/>
Where They Create – Nicholas-Jones
<http://wheretheycreate.com/Nicholas-Jones>
Facebook Page – Nicholas Jones Book-Sculptor
<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicholas-Jones-Book-Sculptor/328129883874336>

Documentary on Nicholas Jones 2011 <http://vimeo.com/27334681>

Thoughts by the Art Critic George Kakis Konstantinatos,
introducing the work and exhibition of Nicholas Jones entitled<< IONIAN ODYSSEY>>
Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture ,Greek Island Kefalonia
August 31 2015

Just as the Antikythera Mechanism, where we see something rather very small, that hides a vast knowledge, specificity, precision, wisdom, thus – under similar terms- we should see the work of Nicholas Jones.
Like something very small, that hides his hard work, talent, knowledge
and the study of the object, which is the artistic sculpture – ‘surgical’ ‘- interference
mainly in old books.

What one can see with a glance touch in the work of Jones is that his books carry
dust of the time were written, along with the meander of the life struggle of that time,
things that both the artist brings to day light , to accept on their leaves the fresh air
in a renewed journey where their new life is starting now!

The paper cutting sculpture of Jones is respectfully taking into account what is written within these books,
The theme of the book, together with the material on or by which this occurs:
The old paper, the ink, the era fonts, etc. all been brought in today.

Given that the books printed under the photosynthesis process ,
none of them will stay permanently throughout the upcoming centuries …
(The destruction will happen under very slow process, already determined by all of us as fact regarding the
first fax printings or the payment receipts).
Only pages that are printed in the classical way in printing pressure machines- as
Example the Heidelberg type- will survive.
… the use by the artist of this specific type of classic books and their emergence in a new context, setup a play with the knowledge and the time , that posses a considerable importance.

In the present exhibited work entitled “”IONIAN ODYSSEY’’ we have a Maritime travel and Mapping.
The Navigation <>, needs the Mapping the <

>.
Sailing and Map. Content and Form.
The sailing as content, and the map as an illustration of the ride.
One creative element is the ‘’Dionysian’’ a sailing, travel experience to the material synthesis and the same time travel within us,
The other element the ‘’Apollonian’’ is the map…. counting the miles, from here to there …

 

With the assistance of the mapped knowledge, this visual navigation, searches and claims
through this Odyssey an opening in the horizons from the Old and Forgotten to the New,
still possessing the inherent seed decay.
But even so according the subtitle of the exhibition: Those who wandered were not lost!

In the Ionian Odyssey of Jones, Kefalonia Island is referred to as the Central Point.

The Creator has a clear inner sense leading him – perhaps without knowing it – and holding the papers of
Corgialenios Library, implements with his work achievements the fact that during the Greek Empire(so called by the famous Englishman Byzantinologist Sir Steven Ransiman), Kefalonia was the Center in the Ionian Sea, under the administrative title <>.

The artist is conversing- maybe- with his own “”red dressed” people, commanders of the Islands between 1810 to 1864. These people had among them the negative “Maitlands”, rejected by the local collective conscience and the positive “Napier”, saved by the consciousness of the island’s world.

Nicholas Jones works on what only through true art can be operated: He returns to the World clear the body of the Ionian Islands, expurgated by removing with his work any fainthearted geopolitical considerations.

His instrument to achieve this apologetic clearance, patience and art is his scalpel-cutter, cutting paper of his last as prayer, passing hundreds of times over the leaves of his books, chiseling and cutting them, one by one!

The book, a book, any book, tells us “something”. This same “something” is what Jones points out, interfering with his paper cutting, highlighting –after his long study-geographical, historical, cultural elements.
Let’s take as example of his work the little booklet that molds the Lion of St. Mark,
On it is printed the play “Othello” by William Shakespeare.
Yes but Othello is an official of Venice, entity having as emblem of St. Mark’s Lion.
So Jones succeeds to connect in a “talk” Shakespeare, Venice and Othello on the same scene that is the Ionian Islands, underlining the fact of the Venetian occupation on the Ionian Islands, thus putting the project in the body of this report entitled ‘’Ionian Odyssey’’.

Making one digression here to say that Othello, the famous “Black” of the famous Shakespearean tragedy, it would of course never been black. The places reserved to those black people by the Republic of Venice was rather the role of the ship rowers. What is true is that the coat of arms of the historical person , who Venice entrusted the management of Cyprus of acquisition, was represented by three berries, with underneath the word “Mauro”, in Greek means “Black”. The detail, together with the black deed of the murder of his wife Dysdaimona from undue jealousy, gave the Othello the feature of Black!

Beneath the black (or dark red or green or dark anyway -compared with white pages-) cover of his books, Nicholas Jones highlights the whiteness of the pages.

If we want to integrate his artistic work we would say that certainly belongs to the genre of sculpture.
The micro – graphic sculpture.

My opinion is that ,we still can connect this kind of sculpture with one of the art styles :
The “Op Art” (Optical Art).

Τhe fact however is that, Jones finds with his work,His Globally recognizable figurative mannerism.
(Which I’m sure started playing as a kid …!)

And the playfulness between Micro-graphic Sculpture and “Op Art”, in the postmodern era in which we are already, brings to mind a sense from the History of Art:

As Humanity nowadays is attending all her past passing in front of her eyes in a speedy way, we can consider as war signal the return of all styles….!

George Kakis Konstantinatos

Actor- Director –Visual Artist

kakis111@gmail.com

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