Category Archives: Residencies

The Giant Sea Cave Excavation

July 20 – 31, 2012

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Greece

The Giant Sea Cave Excavation
The Giant Sea Cave Excavation

In the summer 2011, Pamela Longobardi (US) swam to a massive sea cave from Liakas with Maria Rigatou (GR). It was immense and filled with many pieces of plastic, some very large. The two women swam out several large bags of material and large plastic objects. For Drifters Project/Kefalonia Phase II, Longobardi plans to clean the entire cave with a team of swimmers and to remove all the material and transport it to the Ionion Art Center to document, analyze and create a single large-scale art installation in the gallery.

In July 2012 the materials will be floated out of the cave as a giant raft of plastic, a floating island chain transported by swimmers – Pamela Longobardi herself and Claudia Lamas Cornejo (GE/PE), a Berlin-based culture manager and curator of the environmental exhibition project PACKET-SOUP.

This action will be documented by underwater and above water video to create a film that will be projected in the gallery with the array of plastic that is removed and sorted.

A forensic study will be done of the modern-day archeology of the cave, with statistical analysis, object identification of all components, and presentation of the findings.

The artist and Plastic Pollution Coalition founder Dianna Cohen (US) will in addition display her abstract paintings made of plastic bags in half of the gallery space.

Pamela Longobardi

Artist and Professor of Art (* October 1, 1958 in Glen Ridge NJ, USA)

Pam Longobardi’s work encompasses multiple mediums from painting, to photography and installation to address the psychological relationship between humans and the natural world. Her artwork was and is shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions all over the world (e.g. Venice Biennale 2009). In 2006, upon discovering the vast hoards of plastic the ocean regurgitates on remote beaches, she founded the Drifters Project, creating environmental interventions and exhibitions in Hawaii, Alaska, Costa Rica, China, Italy and Greece.  Her work has been shown recently at Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, Gallery Diet in Miami, and Savvy Contemporary in Berlin.

www.pamlongobardi.com

www.consciousocean.org

Claudia Lamas Cornejo

Curator and Culture-Manager (* October 16, 1983 in Munich, Germany)

Since the foundation of SAVVY Contemporary, Claudia Lamas Cornejo is responsible for Management and Public Relations as well as for fundraising exhibition and performance projects at this non-profit space in Berlin-Neukolln. She participated as a media- and press-manager in numerous national and international exhibitions and publications. In 2012 she curated the exhibition PACKET-SOUP, an environmental exhibition project about plastic pollution. She has completed a B.A. in Intercultural Communication and a Master of Culture and Media Management at the Freie Universitat Berlin.

www.packet-soup.com

www.savvy-contemporary.com

Dianna Cohen

Artist and Founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition (* May 13, 1965 in Los Angeles CA, USA)

Dianna Cohen is a Los Angeles-based multimedia visual artist, painter and curator. She is best known for her works using recycled plastic bags ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. In 2007, Cohen expanded into making wearable art pieces using recycled materials. Solo shows include Post, Art Affairs gallery in Amsterdam, the Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, and Frank Pictures in Santa Monica, CA. She has shown in group exhibitions at Affirmation Arts in NYC, the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, the Bronx Museum in NYC and the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida and many other places around the world.

http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org

http://www.diannacohen.com/_portfolio/bio.html

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is the only Arts and related Sciences Institute on the Greek island of Kefalonia.

It forms a broad and effective program of innovative activities in Arts and Sciences and announces and supports projects in Arts and Sciences in all disciplines. Exhibitions, presentations, art events and festivals, educational programs and research are into the activities program.

http://www.ionionartscenter.gr/en/

The Giant Sea Cave Excavation

Plastic Polution Coalition
Plastic Polution Coalition

Drifters Project
Drifters Project

savvy contemporary
savvy contemporary

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Wilfrido Terrazas at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture //all journeys end in Ithaca//

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

Summer 2012 

Tuesday  August  21,  2012,  21.30

WILFRIDO TERRAZAS

//all journeys end in Ithaca//

Solo  flute recital

IONION CENTER FOR THE  ARTS AND CULTURE

 

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Artist Website: http://wilfridoterrazas.weebly.com

Wilfrido Terrazas

Wilfrido Terrazas’ project is made possible through the support of the National Fund for the Culture and the Arts of Mexico.

Proyecto apoyado por el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (México)

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Metamorphic Kefalonia, by Petra Matuskova

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

June 1st-10th, 2012

Metamorphic Kefalonia, Petra Matuskova
Sculpture, Petra Matuskova

Petra Matuskova, an artist from the Czech Republic, currently in Residency with the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, will be presenting her Exhibition entitled “Metamorphic Kefalonia” at the center, between June 1st-10th.

Artist Statement

My project is about connecting “Metamorphialism” (my method of creation) and components, attributes and symbols which are characteristic, specific and unmistakeable for certain country, its culture and history, in this case Kefalonia/Greece. I am going to present my idea through sculptures and drawings.

Artist Website

Petra Matuskova

For more information, please contact the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture.

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Mask & The World Somatic Dance Atelier, by Speranza Spir

Mask and The World
Mask and The World

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

July 23-31, 2012

The process of understanding one’s anatomy and the experience of soul and genealogy of place involve a prying apart of the self to uncover the ever resonating essence of personal identity and biological genealogy. In this week-long workshop we will encounter parts of our Self through interaction with the natural environment of Kefalonia. Through holistic movement explorations based on the Holistic Gymnastics Ehrenfried method, as well as Butoh dance practice, participants will ponder questions and notions pertaining to belonging and root-identity, and articulate response through collective and individual creation and choreography to uncover and inform the relationships between the body and self, place, identity and belonging. The use of these two methods suggests the shape-shifting and somatic potentials that will come together and accrue specific meaning for all participating.

Ehrenfried Holistic Gymnastics is a movement approach bringing equilibrium via the intelligence of the body. It is based on simple movements, verbally suggested by the practitioner, encouraging proprioception and personal awareness. In turn, this exploration of movement enables the participant with musculoskeletal agility, aiding the body to liberate itself of automatisms and habits which can be a source of tension, pain, and compression. The repertoire of movements encourages active rest, joint alignment, mobility & muscle toning, all the while rhythmic breathing guiding the way movements are executed. Gradually, the internal organs regulate from the effects of rhythmic breathing; behaviour modifying itself in tandem with changes in physical habits giving way to the joy of movement and discovery of self. Butoh is a form of dance theatre originating in Japan out of the post-World War II era, partly as opposition to America’s bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as in protest of Western materialism. Butoh work calls on the body’s work, its changing conditions through stillness and physicality, and linking one to the essential and raw experiences of physical and spiritual states.

The workshop will take place at the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture from July 23-31, 2012.

Every day: 9h-14h.

Maximum participants: 12

This workshop will be given in English.

Fee for the 8 day atelier 450 euros (due by day 2 of the workshop)

Day 8 will involve a site specific public performance.

The site and time is to be determined as we evolve as a group.

1 day drop-in participation is permitted exclusively on July 23rd. Cost is 75 euros.

Open to all. Please forward your name and contact information with a short bio and why you are interested in doing this workshop.

For furthers inquiries please contact the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture here.

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Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement

"Carousel" photos from the 4 sides of Ahn's outdoor sculptural installation.
"Carousel" photos from the 4 sides of Ahn's outdoor sculptural installation

 Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

September – October 2011

Autumn Patricia Ahn is an artist from Boston, MA, USA. She focuses on creating large-scale installations that utilize the architecture and localized narratives of a site. Her environments are often seen as shrines commemorating the influence of the communities surrounding her immediate physical site. Drawing on influences from her cultural immersion in Kefalonia as well as her study of theocratic societies–past, present, and future, she will create a site-specific “shrine” for the Ionian Center for Arts & Culture, aiming to communicate with the viewers through the narrative visual language often found in religious and ritualistic contexts. The installation will be on view & open to the public while it is in progress (on select days) and for the two-day workshop.

Ahn will instruct a class in making a traditional non-glue stitch binding book, using a technique called the “Long Stitch”. From beginning to end, the process will be instructed based on time, counting, and continual motion.

Artist Website

Autumn Ahn

 Photos of Autumn Ahn’s work

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Mohammed Musallam, Lectures on Palestinian Art and Personal Exhibition

 

Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam

The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to welcome Palestinian artist Mohammed Musallam who will present a series of Lectures on Palestinian Art at the Center between the 18th and 24th of July, 2011. Mr Musallam will also present a Personal Exhibition of his paintings, as well as a video-art display.

About the artist

Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war. He holds a Bachelor degree in Painting from Al Najah University and a Masters degree in Painting from Helwan University, Cairo. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University.

From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches.

In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.

Artist’s Website

Mohammed Musallam

Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
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