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MIGRATION & SEAS/SEAWORLD -BUILDING PEACE THROUGH THE OCEANS/SALMA ZULFIQAR

MIGRATION  & SEAS/SEAWORLD -BUILDING PEACE THROUGH THE OCEANS

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WORKSHOP  LED BY  SALMA ZULFIQAR ,  http://www.salmazulfiqar.com/

The project is part of the SEA(S)FORUM /GRANTS 2017 ,  http://seas.ionionartscenter.gr/

 

‘’The Seas are vehicles for building understanding and peace between communities around the World. The Seas are a vehicle for transporting and connecting people and cultures. They allow people to experience and immerse themselves in different cultures so that we can learn from one another and learn to live with one another in peace,’’         Salma Zulfiqar

 

WORKSHOP  <<SEAWORLD -BUILDING PEACE THROUGH THE OCEANS>>

OVERVIEW

British artist and international humanitarian communications specialist, Salma Zulfiqar, will hold an exploratory creative workshop on the relationship between Migration and the SEAS.

Artists will identify strands they would like to document through art  and will be invited to create artwork in the form of paintings, films, videos or photography on the issue of  Migration and the Seas.

Participants will brainstorm and discuss current issues related to Migration and the SEAS .         What Migration means to all artists taking part and how this can be interpreted into different forms of artwork through a creative storyboarding process. The creative sessions will also explore the impact art can have in raising awareness of an issue such as migration and also how art as a whole can help build prosperous & tolerant societies around the world.

TIME : full Spring , May  3th  to 9th 2017

VENUE : Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

LOCATION : Greek Island Kefalonia

ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists & activists , all disciplines with focus to Film, Photography, Painting

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSIONS   March 30th 2017

The program is part of the SEA(S)FORUM 2017 http://seas.ionionartscenter.gr/

 

PROGRAM

Day 1. The workshop will begin with an introduction and debate of how artwork has been used to discuss the issue of migration. The Participants will lay the foundations to create their own works and learn more about how art can be used to promote progress in countries .

Days 2- 3-  Exploration of the island by the participants .The participants will lay the foundations to create their own works and learn more about how art can be used to promote progress in countries . The exploration of the Island will  give the inspiration to continue working on the artwork and the SEA(S).

Days  4-5-6  The  artists are invited to create  and present artworks, past or created in the island, in the form of paintings , film or photography on the issue of Migration and the Seas.

Exhibition  & presentation of works will take place in the end of the workshop.

Artists are invited to bring their own materials.

OUTCOME

The workshop will invite artists to explore  with each other the importance of the  relationship between  the SEAS and the creation of peaceful and prosperous societies around the world.


Salma Zulfiqar

INFO:  http://www.salmazulfiqar.com/

Biography

Salma Zulfiqar’s work has been influenced by her travels around the world to countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Kenya, Cameroon, Chad, Cuba, Brazil and Barcelona. She has explored the theme of nature and climate change thorough an abstract form. Her artwork has been exhibited in London, Birmingham, Paris, Dubai and Kabul.

Salma Zulfiqar is also an advisor for communications for the United Nations

ΑPPLICATION- TERMS – CONDITIONS-FEES

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

Email application:  info@ionionartscenter.gr

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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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MASTER CLASSES 2017

MIGRATION  & SEAS/SEAWORLD -BUILDING PEACE THROUGH THE OCEANS

LED BY  SALMA ZULFIQAR ,  http://www.salmazulfiqar.com/

The project is part of the SEA(S)FORUM /GRANTS 2017 ,  http://seas.ionionartscenter.gr/

 


 

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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PETER WILLIAM TOY ”IS GOD DEAD”

100_0036 (2)Peter Toy : “The philosophy guiding my work is with establishing questions in relation to contemporary global dilemmas. For example; Is Nature interested in the continued survival of human kind. And also, Is God Dead. This way of working reinforces my belief that, in Art and Philosophy, questions are more important than answers.”

I am a Visual and Performance Artist with three decades experience as a practitioner and educator.
A recent project. presently in production, is the Photo book – “The Character of Katoomba” – (portraits of Katoomba personalities). I also give Professional Development workshops to Schools and Community groups on Camera use, Photographic technique and Photo-editing.

I am actively involved in Performance Art and Video Art production, the most recent being; “Is God Dead” (2011-2015), which is to be performed and exhibited at Maumau in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015 and at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture ,Kefalonia, Greece.
Is God Dead. (2011 – 2015).
The project begins in Sydney, Australia as performance art where I walk the streets with a sign attached to my back which reads – Is God Dead.
The project, overall, is about a cycle; beginning with the statement and continuing as a video installation, with scattered words, where one is asked to pick-up a small piece of paper which reads – Is God Dead. The work is in two parts; the performative text and the video. The video could be said to be anti-photography because it is has no subject and has little regard for framing. I call this technique of documenting freeflowingvisuals; where a hidden and unrestrained camera, (on the performer’s body), documents the performers world. In this case the streets of Sydney. This is not photo-documentation but rather a para photo-document, a space/time fragment in digital form.
A portfolio of my Performance and Video production, also known as Freeflowingvisuals, can be seen on my Vimeo Page: https://vimeo.com/freeflowingvisuals

PETER WILLIAM TOY
‘’IS GOD DEAD?’’

art performance του Peter William Toy‘’Is God Dead?’’
Saturday October 24 – 2015 – 19.00 p.m
Invitation to attend Peter William Toy in his art performance ‘’Is God Dead?’’
Τhe Artist using the everyday objects and customs of the here and now in his live performance looks at how eternal questions are dealt with in the routine of everyday life and questions if we really have time for this kind of thinking.

 

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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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