What’s so specific about site specific?

Angeliki Avgitidou & Ioannis Varvaresos (GR)

20.07 – 22.07  | 10:00 – 14:00

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

In the seminar we will focus on the development of site-specific performance content in public space. Public space has been used in the past for performances and art performances. Many of these, however, use the site as a typical stage without responding to its characteristics, transferring a pre-existing performance material into the site. Through the seminar, a short theoretical introduction, on-site exercises and group final performances, participants will come into contact with issues and methods of interaction between performer and space and develop their own site-specific performance material. They will also explore ways of responding to, activating and creatively exchanging with the geometries of space. By the end of the workshop we will have come to grips with basic terminology in the discussion of art in public space and methods of developing site-specific content for performance.  The seminar is aimed at artists and students of performing arts and architecture.

Angeliki Avgitidou studied Architecture at AUTH and Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts (MA, PhD). She has exhibited her work internationally in venues including the ICA (London) and the French Museum of Photography and has participated in the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, its Performance Festival and the International Biennale of Performance Deformes (Chile). She was part of the national representation of Greece at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (2015) and at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the VeniceB iennale (2016). She is the author of “Performance Art: Education and Practice” (Routledge, 2023), “Performance art: the basics” (University Studio Press, 2020), editor of “Public Art, Public Sphere” (University Studio Press, 2021) and co-editor of “Performance now v.1 : Performance practices in art and actions in situ” (ION, 2013). Since 2010 she has been running the Performance now events at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Western Macedonia where she has been appointed Professor. She teaches at the Performance Art Studio and has taught postgraduate seminars at Trans Art Institute (US/Europe).

Yannis Varvaresos was born in Thessaloniki in 1989. In January 2023, he will translate and direct a national premiere of Philip Ridley’s women’s monologue Dark Vanilla Jungle. A part from his translation and directing activities, he appears as an actor, dancer, singer, writer and assistant director. He has worked with G. Nanouri, G. Kalavrianos, E.  Efthymiou, T. Tzamargias, V.  Paraskevaidou, etc. He attended the clown seminar with Philippe Gaullier and other theatre and dance seminars in Europe and Greece. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Macedonia in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts with the topic: “Collective Body and Public Space”. In 2022 he completed the Master’s Programme (MA) “Performing Public Space”, at Fontys University (Tilburg, The Netherlands), receiving a distinction (CumLaude), with his research project “Peripatetic (Dis)Courses”. He is a graduate of the Higher Drama School “Andreas Voutsinas”, of the Master of Arts (MA) “Directing-Acting” of the Department of Theatre of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

20 – 22 July

10:00 – 14:00

Angeliki Avgitidou & Ioannis Varvaresos | What’s so specific about site specific?

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