3D Projection Mapping | “BEHOLDING LIBERTY! AT THE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT, TWO CENTURIES LATER”

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 200 years since the Greek Revolution and in the framework of the exhibition “Beholding Liberty! At the Hellenic Parliament, two centuries later”, an implementation of a special projection made by 3D mapping technique on the western façade of the Hellenic Parliament Building, is being made, aiming on promoting the historic fringe, adornment  of the gallery room “Eleftherios Venizelos” on which one can see scenes and figures of the National Liberation Struggle in 1821.

This 3D mapping projection is produced by the International Festival for Digital Arts in Greece, Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) in collaboration with the curatorial team of the exhibition, the head of the Parliamentary Library Maria Kamilaki and the manager of the art collection in the Greek Parliament, Thodoris Koytsogiannis

Utilizing cutting edge technology, such as 3D virtual tours and projection mapping, and combining them with contemporary tools for digitalization we created a monumental spectacle which describes the historic fringe and its position in the building of the Greek Parliament. This 10 min audiovisual projection, accompanied by unique sound, complements the spatial elements of the building, facilitated by special lightning which for the first time exploits the insides of the building in 360 perception.

This exhibition focusing on the notion of Liberty, focuses on the “Fringe” as its main element, which is the first institutional depiction of the National Liberation Struggle. The artpiece is 59 meters long and depicts 20 historic representations of the greek revolution. It was created between the years 1842-43, commissioned by the Bavarian king Ludwig 1st, and created by the also Bavarian artist Ludwig Michael von Schwanthaler.

The narration of the projection begins with the Greek Flag, the virtual entrance to the gallery room “Eleftherios Venizelos” and follows the whole history as narrated on the fringe, while showing additionally the 14 portraits of heroes, politicians and military men that adorn the Room of Adjutants, bringing them to life as a commentary,  and concluding with the “Hymn to Liberty”

ADAF was awarded last year with the Gold and Platinum Awards in Lighting AWARDS 2020 and for its 3D mapping projections with title “organiser of the year”in Event Awars 2020. This year, with honor, has taken upon itself to present the historic fringe of  El.Venizelos room of the Greek Parliament through a projection of monumental size.

 

 

 

 

Ilias Chatzichristodoulou – Founder and Director Athens Digital Arts Festival

Lydia Lampropoulou – Art Director

Konstantinos Garinis aka VJ CODEC – 3D Animation & Mapping Projection

Dimitrios Schinarakis – Image Processing & Illustration

Konstantina Tsiga– 2D Animation

Anastasia Manou – Montage

Fanis Sakellariou– Sound Design

Iannis Pantazidis – Project Management

Aris Galinos – Video Documentation

Stergios Papaevangelou – Video Documentation

Chris Douris– Live Streaming

Konstantinos Samaras– Photography

Manolis Karamanolis – Photography

Projection installation & Mapping: Videotooth

Management – A/V Equipment: OVAL Advertising

#ADAFGreece #ADAF2021 | www.adaf.gr

“ADAPT” a documentary about the first ADAF ONLINE festival

The International Festival for Digital Arts in Greece, Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF),the pioneer longest living institution dedicated to digital culture in the country (est.2005), is honoured to present ADAPT, a documentation about the first ADAF ONLINE festival. The first Digital Art Online Streaming Festival of Greece that took place in 2020-2021 at the world wide web, launching the Online Cultural Reality.

ADAPT is a film that depicts the structures and challenges of creating an online event, explaining at the same time how something exclusively digital remains as alive and breathing as a physical event. Addressing and engaging such a huge and diverse audience from all over the globe, especially under the unfortunate circumstances of covid-19 era, ADAF ONLINE was one of the first festivals in Europe to happen online and the first in Greece. Athens Digital Arts festival as a pioneer in exploring digital culture, always pushes forward towards tech expansions, had long planned its online embodiment which is finally here to stay 

This stand alone online experience through a plethora of categories that spread from video to interactive web art, VR experiences, 3D virtual tours and streaming live events, succeeded a wide dissemination towards the audience, presenting a large number of artworks from every corner of the world. The viewers, without any geographical barrier, decided to browse within the pages of the festival, subscribe to the platform and watch live streaming events, premieres, talks and workshops. Highlight of the audience-platform interaction was the voting procedure, which led to the nomination of ADAF AWARDS in a wonderful phygital (physical and digital) ceremony.

ADAPT is narrating the story of ADAF ONLINE through the eyes of the director Anastasia Manou.

Watch the trailer here

 

OPEN ART 2020-21

OPEN ART 2020-21

 Distance Learning Program for Art and Technology

Second Admission-Free Study Circle

 

OPEN ART is an Education Training program for Lifelong Learning taking place by Ionian University of Greece with the sponsorship of the International Festival for Digital Arts in Greece, Athens Digital Arts Festival for the second time. This program is aiming in highlighting the role of education in the reconstitution of contemporary democratic culture by offering artistic practice as research, without any admission fee. This year circle is focusing on Transmedia Art  as manifested under the disciplines of :  Art, Technology, Science and Society.

This is the second edition of a very successful endeavour in collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Program (KEDIVIM) of Ionian University. Last year, OPEN ART offered a study circle on Interactive Media & Performance in Public Space with Marianthi Tzislaki- Kotsanoy (mkaza) as invited lecturer. Creations from this seminar were presented in “Lets Get Phygital” exhibition of Athens Digital Arts Festival in October 2020 and more will be presented in upcoming events from the Audiovisual Department of Ionian University as well as Athens Digital Arts Festival.

 

This year we have invited Anna Vasof an architect, artist and scholar from the School for Applied Arts in Vienna, specialist on Transmedia Art. Her very important work has won numerous distinctions in exhibitions and film festivals, while she is currently working on designing innovative mechanisms for the production of critical and narrative video, actions and installations.

The class is designed for a limited amount of students while the program duration is 5 weeks and afternoon hours. The program will start in the beginning of April and end in mid May and selected artworks will have the opportunity to be presented in a conjoined event by Ionian University and Athens Digital Arts Festival.

The participants will be selected by the OPEN ART committee. All applicants are called to submit their CV, portfolio and motivation letter. The participants who conclude the circle and successfully present their work will receive certification from KEDIVIM of Ionian University.

This seminar refers to 

Anyone who wants to transform everyday life to artistic work through experimentation, humour observation and critical thinking. 

Eligibility

Applicants should be fluent in Greek as the seminar will take place in Greek and have good knowledge in English. Knowledge on video and image editing will be considered an asset.

This program is funded by Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF)

Deadline for Applications is 22nd of March 2021

For applications click here.

ADAF @ Fotonica Festival

Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF), seals its collaboration with Fotonica Festival by participating in this years “Twitch & VR Edition” with the AV performance “Anapnea, Resumption of breathing after a period of halted respiration” by Giorgos Grigorakos.

When: Saturday, December 19 2020 | 23:00 > 23:45
Where : VJ Television
Duration: 40 min.

Promo Video :

For further information about the Fotonica Festival HERE

More information about Giorgos Grigorakos performance HERE

 

Stay tuned for more surprises!

 

2nd Digital November

MONTH OF DIGITAL ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES AT THE FRENCH INSTITUTE OF GREECE
TRIBUTE TO FRENCH DIGITAL ART

21, 22 & 28, 29/11/2020

 

Online Broadcast

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The French Institute of Greece and the Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) present, in the context of Digital November, a rich online art program with screenings of works by French artists, a tribute to the Videoformes International Digital Arts Festival and a unique performance by the famous French art group “1024 architecture”.

The two organizations, in their first date with the public, on September 7, presented an original selection of French works which were selected from the digital archive of the festival and thus gave the mark of their synergy in the context of Digital November.

“The International Digital Arts Festival, ADAF as a beacon of digital culture, built the ADAF ONLINE platform not only to cope with the COVID era, but also as an event in complete agreement with its own DNA. The use of technology has always been our passion as well as everything digital, so it is a great honor to be part of the Digital November that comes in full agreement with what we stand for as an institution. Our relationship with the French art scene is well known, for so many years we have presented numerous works by French artists and major French festivals so we could not resist and not make an amazing program for Digital November, especially now that people are at home and need entertainment more than ever. Our theme’s Technotribalism this year was more relevant than ever in the case of covid although it was introduced earlier in the treaty, testifying that our concerns pre-existed and were simply exacerbated by the outbreak of the pandemic. We believe that all our works and actions this year “speak” to the viewers more than ever “.

Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF)

 

Tune in, the last two weekends of November, on the ADAF online platform.

The public can freely watch the event at https://online.adaf.gr/home/now-playing/ the following days and hours.

 

Saturday 21/11/2020
20: 00-21: 00 | “As time passes by”

Time, the great value of the world. In real and imaginary space-times, we observe its passage, its effects and its gifts.

View collection of works by French artists (50:22)

 

Sunday 22/11/2020
20: 00-21: 00 | “Before or after the storm”

Zero point, what every crescendo wears. It marks the beginning and the end of every great event. Before or after a storm, a journey into milestones in situations that preceded or followed.

View collection of works by French artists (62:44)

 

21: 00-22: 00 | Tribute to the Videoformes International Digital Arts Festival

VIDEOFORMES is one of the oldest and most historic festivals for video art and digital arts in France. development of one of the most important Digital Video archive recorded around the mid 80’s. VIDEOFORMES honors its long-term collaboration with the International Festival of Digital Arts this November with video art collections that address contemporary social issues, concerns about its progress The works have been curated by Gabriel Soucheyre, director of the VIDEOFORMES festival, academic and artist.

 

Saturday 28/11/2020
20: 00-21: 00 | “Everything before it happened”

What came first and finally what followed, man or technology? Before everything is done, everything before it is done. A mirror …

View of a collection of works by French artists (44:20)

 

Sunday 29/11/2020
20: 00-21: 00 | “Techopeople”

Technology, a milestone, a mathematical exaggeration. A real condition. A unique tool. An extension of the human world. We are the techno-humans, the ones who, through art, made technology and then applied it to our reality. We live organically with it, we coexist, we complement each other, we are one.

View of a collection of works by French artists (78:24)

 

21: 00-21: 15 | Presentation of the Performance “sphere” by “1024 architecture”

Shpere’s work focuses on the geometric shapes of the sphere, through its different sizes in nature. From quantum energy to microbiology and back to the planetary scale, viewers watch the storytelling of form and its associated symbolism. A journey from the earliest moments of the universe to its final destruction. The music and visual effect are created live on stage and thus make each version of the show a unique experience.

1024 architecture is a creative studio founded in 2007 by Pier Schneider and François Wunschel. Rejecting the notion of boundary between artistic genres, the team focuses its work on spatial practices, digital technology and visual effects, creating unique works of art, installations and performance.

 

Event Awards 2020

So excited and proud that ADAF has received these amazing awards!

 

*/ 15 Years Anniversary Athens Digital Arts Festival | GOLD-PLATINUM

*/ Athens Christmas Light Festival | GOLD

*/ Athens Digital Arts Festival | EXTENDING REALITY CoExistence Art Science Technology | GOLD

 

Stay tuned for more surprises!

 

Lighting Awards 2020

So proud that  Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF), the Municipality of Athens, Technolopis, OPANDA and the Athens International Airport ” Eleftherios Venizelos” are awarded in the Lighting Awards 2020 for :

*/ Athens Christmas Light Festival | BRONZE

*/ 3D Projection Mapping Show “Η νύχτα των ευχών” | GOLD/PLATINUM

*/ Interactive Light Installation, Athens International Airport Underground Link | SILVER

25 original interactive Christmas installations were created by Athens Digital Arts Festival exclusively for the City of Athens (world premiere) ! A festive Athens Christmas Light Festival featuring original interactive art installations, Christmas trees and stars, a colorful pixel forest, magic mistletoe, mapping projections and more!

Thank you all for helping us make our digital dreams come true!

Stay tuned for more surprises!

 

#ADAF2020 #ADAFAwards #OPANDA #CityOfAthens #AIA #ChristmasLightFestival

Audiovisual Performance for ADAF Phygital!

24/10, at 21:30
Agion Asomaton Square
Sound waves, images, memories that seek…. fresh air.
An Audiovisual Performance for ADAF Phygital by Giorgos Grigorakos
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Giorgos Grigorakos was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

He studied music technology and attended short courses on -synthesis techniques of contemporary music, as well as creating sounds with interactive media (max-msp). He likes to degrade and break sounds with the use of analog, modular and other handmade generators balancing between granular, drone and ambient.

In 2003 he decides to form a band with his friend Fotis Karaoglanis, under the name of Elica and they gain their success and fame by playing in many music festivals and concert halls in Greece. At their high point of their musical journey, they participate in the Synch festival with the electroacoustic performance “Nekyia” and they participate as the opening band at the concert of Anne Clark and K.BHTA in Athens and Thessaloniki.

In December of 2007 they released their first album entitled “Asymmetrica” by Vim records and they get great reviews by the press.

They compose music for a theatrical play and their songs participate in a variety of music collection cds.

Within 2008 he edited and released on Sony records the music collection “The Movement Sessions-A Tribute to K.BHTA”.

During the period 2011-2019 he is presenting four audiovisual performances -“Optimistique melancolie”,”Somewhere in a field”,”Aporrythmisi”- “Anamesa” combining his sound with live visuals (3D mapping).

His first personal album “Somewhere in a field” is based on a wide range of sound frequencies and the interaction they create in different levels. The album was released in September 2013 by Somehow Ecstatic rec. with the participation of mezzo soprano Anastasia Eden and mastered in New York by Τaylor Deupree (12k).

In 2014 he collaborates with the poet Aimilios Eden to present live his poetry collection entitled “The Book of Poetry” at Athens and Thessaloniki.

The second album ‘JigsaG” was released in May 2016 by Glory Hill studio.
At present he is in the making of his new album.

“I CAN’T BREATHE” Performance

09/10/2020 | 20:30

Pedestrian Street of Ermou (Agion Asomaton Square)

 

Curator:  Francesco Kiàis

Artists: Francesca Fini (IT), VestAndPage (Verena Stenke [DE] Andrea Pagnes [IT]), Francesco Kiàis (IT).

 

CONCEPT

After the violent death of an innocent (George Floyd) the four artists focus on the universally symbolic force of one of the last sentences he uttered: “I can’t breathe”. This sentence ideally summarizes the condition that thousands of people in the world live every day, thanks to the fragility of their position in society.

 To these forms of “suffocation” of entire parts of global society, corresponds a movement of civil indignation that is expressed through the Web.

The four visual artists / performers physically cross the territory of the World Wide Web, creating an ephemeral path between breaths, biographies, places, boundaries, and cultures, poetically investigating some aspects that are touched by this ” suffocation “, such as: freedom, identity, safety of the weakest, equality, difference.

 

ARTISTS

FRANCESCA FINI

Statement

I am an Italian artist working with experimental cinema, digital animation, new media, installation, and performance art.

I’ve have always explored those territories where art languages ​​hybridize, creating new contaminated and often unidentified objects. In particular, my work for some years has been dedicated to the search for a compromise (both theoretical and practical) between the ephemeral and elusive matter of live arts, and the language of video art, which by its nature is profoundly documentary, in its fixing forever the transitory image on a medium (physical or virtual).

In the years, this video-performative research has led me to the creation of hundreds of short films and the production of three feature films, which mix and hybridize performance art, digital animation, costume design, and video art. 

 

Performance description

“CTRL”

Francesca Fini

My intervention will feature three actions; three ‘performative episodes’ that will take place one after the other. The general theme of my intervention is “control”, understood in its ambivalent meaning of self-control, the governance of ourselves – investigation which is the fulcrum of much of my research as a performer – and the control, partially interconnected to the former, which is exercised on our bodies and minds from entities external to us: authority, power, society, through forms of vigilance and repression that manifested themselves in a plastic way during the pandemic and the consequent lock-down. 

“I can’t breathe” therefore becomes a moment of reflection on the power and nature of control, which emerges and sinks through my intermittent action like a sea monster.

VESTANDPAGE

Statement

Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke (b. 1981) and Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes (b. 1962) have been working together as VestAndPage and gained international recognition in the fields of performance art, performance-based film, writing, publishing, and with collective performance operas and temporary artistic community projects. Since over a decade, VestAndPage have been exploring performance art and film as a phenomena through their collaborative creative practice, as well as through theoretical artistic research and curatorial projects. Their works – a celebration of life – have been presented in museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and a variety of sites worldwide. Their writings have been extensively published and translated for international readers.

“On December 2012, VestAndPage conceived and initiated the live art exhibition project VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK. Between 2012 and 2016, the project showcased in the Trilogy of the Body historic pioneer works on exhibit in conjunction with live programs of durational performances, presenting over 120 international artists and an ongoing educational program. Since 2017, the project presents in the new format Co-Creation Live Factory an international educational platform with residential and collaborative character”.

 

Performance description

“So Now It Is Time That I Listen And Learn From Them, For Today I Am Not Less Ignorant Than I Was Then” is a 2020 revisiting of the 2017 live performance “I Left My Story Home (HOME I)” by VestAndPage. 

“For this piece, we had worked for four days together with seven young asylum seekers who had come from Bangladesh, Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Mali to the province of Tuscany in Italy. In a process of migrating towards each other and ourselves, we scanned what home represents for each of us. We told stories and memories, spoke of journeys of hope, ruptures, and sense of belonging. We gave shape to the tales of those who travel in their dreams, those who step into independence, or those who risk their lives in search for a better future. “

With Thomas Amisare, MD Hadaythullah, Ibrahim Karamoko, Mahamadou Konare, Boubacare Konate, Diarrasouba Soiilh, Simon Yeboah as well as Compagnia dell’Orsa.
Artistic direction and video by VestAndPage

The live performance “I Left My Story Home (HOME I)” has been realized and presented in collaboration with Compagnia dell’Orsa at Teatro Excelsior, Reggello, Italy, October 8, 2017, as part of the project “Echi di Contaminazioni” with the support of the Metropolitan City of Florence and the Municipality of Reggello (IT)

FRANCESCO KIAIS

Statement

Francesco Kiais, was born in 1966 in Venice, where he graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. Kiais moved to Berlin in 1994, where he lived and worked as an artist until 2005, by creating Installations, Videos and Performance Art. In 2005, he moved to Athens. In 2011, he  took his degree in the Athens School of Fine Arts. In 2019, he got his master degree, in Audiovisual Arts in the Digital Era from the Ionian University. He is a member of the editorial team of Venice International Performance Art Week, as well as the founder and director of the Athens-based platform [ mind the ] G.A.P. – Gathering Around Performance. His artistic practice consists of ephemeral installations, videos and mainly performances. It focuses on the dialogue between opposites, making the uniqueness of the place and the memories of the people poetically activated in an individual and collective ritual.

Description

I thought we could focus on the universally symbolic force of the sentence “I can’t breathe” (George Floyd) because it ideally summarizes the condition that thousands of people in the world live every day, thanks to the fragility of their position in society.

So I proposed to Francesca Fini and VestAndPage to physically cross the territory of the World Wide Web, to virtually meet here in Athens, creating an ephemeral path between breaths, biographies, places, boundaries, and cultures, poetically investigating some aspects that are usually at risk of “suffocation “, such as: freedom, identity, safety of the weakest, equality, difference.