[-empyre-] Art, Funding and Politics

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November on -empyre soft-skinned space:  Art, Funding and Politics

Moderated by Helene Black(CY) and Yiannis Colakides (CY) with invited
Denise Robinson (UK), Iannis Zannos (GR), Antonis Danos (CY), Bill
Balaskas (UK).

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Art, Funding and Politics

This month we invite our guests and subscribers to engage critically
with the recent economic developments and their impact upon the arts.
We will be inviting art practitioners and theorists to consider the
context of the contemporary global economic situation and the policies
instigated by various governments to cut cultural funding.

the introductory post can be found on

Week 1:  Bill Balaskas (UK)

Bill Balaskas is a London-based artist working principally with video
and digital media. His work has been widely exhibited internationally.
Also, he holds a BSc in Economics and Business Administration.
Currently, Bill is a research student at the Royal College of Art.

Week 2: Denise Robinson (UK)

Denise Robinson is an independent curator and writer, an Australian
living and working from London since 1996. From 1983, the
Director/Curator of two contemporary art spaces and a film festival in
Giving significance to the relationship of curatorial work with
debate. She has worked independently since 1993. In 2007 she was the
curator and catalogue editor for the Cyprus Pavilion, Venice Biennale.
She has curated exhibitions Internationally in both public places
gallery spaces, has published as a critic, essayist and curator since
1983 in catalogues, international journals and magazines, contributing
to Camera Austria since 2004. Essays include Susan Hiller and Michael
Taussig in 'Contemporary Art and Anthropology', Pier Paolo Pasolini
'Cinema and The Death Drive', 'You Got to Burn to Shine – a History',
editing includes, 'Transgression and the Culture Industry', Peter
Doig/Udomsak Krisanamis, Tracy Moffat, Stan Douglas, Eugenio Dittborn.
As a curator the nexus of contemporary art and cinema has been in the
shadow of her work, due to its reach it becomes a cultural symptom,
her work then has a concern with contagion rather than 'influence'.

Week 3: Antonis Danos (CY)

Antonis Danos [PhD, Univ. of Essex] is an Assistant Professor in Art
History and Theory, in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts
at the Cyprus University of Technology. His research interests include
theories of nationalism and post-colonialism, the ideological and
aesthetic construction of collective identities, Modern Greek and
contemporary Cypriot art, art criticism and historiography, and issues
of gender and sexuality in art.
He has published on Modern Greek and contemporary Cypriot art and
culture, in journals (Journal of Modern Greek Studies,
Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial
Writing and Culture), a two-volume book (Cypriot Artists: the second
generation, 2010), articles in edited volumes, as well as texts in
several Cypriot artist's monographs. He has curated, and edited the
catalogues of exhibitions on Cypriot art, including, "Languages of
Gender" (Nicosia, 2003), "Gender Explorations" (Nicosia, 2004),
"Somatopia: Mapping Sites, Siting Bodies" (London, 2005), "The Human
Figure in Modern Cypriot Art – the first generations" (Limassol,
2006), "Kakia Catselli Trachoniti – Foam Birth". Open9 (9th
International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice,
2006), "Limassolian artists of the first generation of Modern Cypriot
art" (Patras 2006 European Capital of Culture), "Screens: Telling
Stories [Contemporary Cypriot film and video art]" (Patras 2006
European Capital of Culture), "The Little Land Fish" (Istanbul 2010
European Capital of Culture), "Looking Awry: views of an anniversary"
(Limassol, 2010). His latest project (with film director Yannis
Yapanis) is a documentary on the life and work of Christoforos Savva
1924–1968 (2011).

Week 4: Iannis Zannos (GR)

Iannis Zannos has a background in music composition, ethnomusicology
and interactive performance. He has worked as Director of the Music
Technology and Documentation section at the State Institute for Music
Research (S.I.M.) in Berlin, Germany, and Research Director at the
Center for Research for Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at the
University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taken part at numerous
international collaborative Media Arts projects and has realized
multimedia performances both alone and in cooperation with other
artists. He is teaching audio and interactive media arts at the
Department of Audiovisual Arts and at the postgraduate course in Arts
and Technologies of Sound of the Music Department at the Ionian
University, Corfu. Publications include: "Ichos und Makam"
(Comparative Studies on the Modal systems of Greek and Turkish Music,
1994), "Music and Signs" (edited proceedings of the 1997 conference on
Music Semiotics and Systematic Musicology), an a number of articles on
Music Technology and Media Arts. Participation in artistice
collaborations include (2000), with Martin Carlé programming of
interactive sound for Eric Sleichim / Bl!ndman Quartet, and Ulrike and
David Gabriel, 2005-2006: Cosmos-X - Multimedia installation with
multiple audio and video projections based on the work of Iannis
Xenakis, with Efi Xirou, and 2004-2005, with Jean-Pierre Hébert
real-time sound programming for the installation series on "Sand".
Currently Iannis Zannos is focussing on how environmental issues as
well as problems of multiculturality are reflected in media-art terms.

Moderators:  Helene Black (CY) and Yiannis Colakides (CY)

Helene Black is an artist & Yiannis Colakides is an architect, They
are co-founders and co-directors of NeMe (http://www.neme.org &

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