B i o g r a p h i e s

Ioannis Chorianopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean.  He completed his doctoral studies and worked as a researcher at the LSE.   His research interests revolve around the themes of urban competition and participatory governance, socio-spatial segregation, social exclusion and minority spaces.

Yota Ioannidou was born in 1976 in Athens. She graduated with a BA from the Athens School of Fine Arts and a MFA from the Dutch Art Institute (The Netherlands). Her works combine site-specific research, visual documentation, discussions and interviews to question and cross-examine  phenomena triggered and kept up by financial and white-collar administrative authorities for political, cultural or social reasons.

Elpida Karaba is an art theorist and independent curator. Since 1999 she is working in education teaching art theory and art history. She has curated various exhibitions and independent art projects. In 2005 she has published the book 9+1 Unrealised Projects. Issues on curating.  From 2005-7 she has worked as a researcher for ASFA (Athens School of Fine Arts) in the interdisciplinary research A Survey. Women Artists, Graduates of ASFA, 1980-2005. In 2009 she was the co-editor in chief of the annual review Techne & Kritiki. The issue was dedicated in art theory and its methods.

Maria Konti. (Athens 1971). Lives and works in Athens. She studied at the School of Fine Arts of Athens (Painting 1999) and at the Central St Martins College (MA in Fine Arts 2001), London. Her participation in group project includes: Expanded Ecologies, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens 2009) / Fucking Tourists, REMAP (Athens 2009) / And Now?, State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki 2008) / ProTaseis, Action Field Kodra, 6th Visual Arts Festival (Thessaloniki 2006). Recent publication Nine (cubearteditions 2009) includes the performative texts that constitutes her basic body of work. She is currently teaching at the Department of Architecture at the University of Patras.

Panos Kouros is an artist and theorist, Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras. Areas of activities and research: art and public spheres, collective actions, field and network interventions, urban mnemotechnics. His work unfolds in different areas linking critical art practices to architecture, urban culture and politics of memory. It comprises propositions, installations, curating projects and critical studies, and has been presented and distiguished at international art exhibitions (USA, Greece, China, Germany, Mexico, Turkey). He is co-founder of Gregorios Pharmakis collective and member of “Urban Void” intervention group. He has published studies on media culture, education and contemporary art. Recent books: “Acts of Uttering-together”, Athens: Futura, 2008, “Constructing the Public Sphere: Topical Works 2002-07”, Athens: Futura and Department of Architecture, University of Patras, 2007.

Gregorios Pharmakis is constituted as a person when acting within the circumstances of a closed framework: a bus, an exhibition, an organization, etc. it is there that the person’s face can be shaped, as a shared fantasmatic figure. Pharmakis is somehow identified to the invisible ghost of this non-consciously structured community. The person’s figure could be seen as a semi-conscious, irresponsible network function. Pharmakis acts in situations that are at the same time recorded and immediatly published. The plural person is identified with actors working in different situations in cities and in on-line actualizations. Hidden communities are in the center of every Pharmakis work; the works in their perpetual redefinement are shaped in always non-finished blogs, wiki pages, pools of documents in internet communities, etc. “Gregorios Pharmakis” Street, [1. Athens (12.3.05), 2. Kairo, (9.5.05)], Apothecae [ 1. UIA Congress, Istanbul (June 05), 2. Istanbul Biennial (Sept. 05)], Hospi-table, Pharmakis Voice, Russell Telephone Cabin, Lycourgos Street Arcade are some of the on-going works of Gregorios Pharmakis.

Stefanos Tsivopoulos (b. 1973) is a Greek artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Athens. His work is included in shows at the Manifesta 8, II International Moscow Biennial, Centre Pompidou, BFI Southbank London, Witte de With, Friedericianum Kasseller Kunstverein, ev+a Limerick Biennial, 1st Athens Biennial, 1st Thessaloniki Biennial, Sammlung Essl Vienna. He has been artist in residence at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam, Platform Garanti Istanbul, IASPIS Stockholm and ISCP New York.

Lina Theodorou is a Greek artist who lives and works in Athens. She has participated in shows at  National museum of contemporary art, Athens, EMAF, European media art festival, Osnabrueck, Deste Foundation, Athens, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, 8th international Istanbul Biennial, ev+a Limerick Biennial, 53rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 11th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennial, State Museum Of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. She is also co-founder of the art platform intothepill.

Vangelis Vlahos *1971, Athens. His participation in group shows includes: tanzimat, Augarten Contemporary, Vienna (2010); 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009); ISLANDS+GHETTOS, NGBK & Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (2009); Monument to transformation, City Gallery Prague, Prague (2009); Selective Knowledge, ITYS, Institute for Contemporary Art and Thought, Athens (2008); 27th São Paulo Biennale (2006); Behind Closed Doors, Dundee Centre for Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2005); Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004) and the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004).

Nayia Yiakoumaki was born in Athens in 1967. Since 1999 has been living and working in London. She studied photography in Focus School of Audiovisual Studies (1986-1988), at West Surrey College of Art & Design and at London College of Printing (Bachelor of Arts Hons 1988-1991) & (Master of Arts 1999-2000). In 2009 she completed her doctoral studies at the department of Creative Curating, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, with a scholarship from Ι.Κ.Υ Greece (2001-2004). She was professionally engaged with art education in Greece and in England for a number of years, 1991-2002. She exhibits her work regularly and has participated in many independent art projects. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Design, Chicago, US and the Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece as well as numerous private collections. She works as curator at the Whitechapel Gallery’s archive in London.

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Archive Public
A research art project.

Within the flexible limits of archival art today, Archive Public practices archival art as intervention in public space, questioning the dominant hegemony and allowing for possibilities of solidarity actions. It aspires to the creation of a broader productive collaboration network triggered by two theoretical research assumptions and an open body of works which tries out archival interventions in conflicting urban situations, in Patras and other european cities.

The first phase of the work developed theoretical propositions and art projects in Patras, Greece. It was realized with the support of the C. Carathéodory research program at the University of Patras. An edited volume, Archive Public. Performing Archives in Public Art. Τοpical Interpositions, documents this first phase of the project, and is available from Cube Art Editions.

The book includes theoretical hypotheses on archival practice in contemporary art, art works that were specifically created for the project, as well as an anthology of essays by contemporary thinkers who elaborate on particular issues of the archive in relation to the public sphere and theories of democracy, the notions of institution and instituting practice, interventions in the shifting urban condition, the philosophy and archaeology of media as well as the global flows of migration and media. Interventions focus on the urban and social condition of Patras, as it is influenced by a translocal dynamics which produces interrelations with other localities.

Participating artists: Yota Ioannidou, Maria Konti, Gregorios Pharmakis, Lina Theodorou, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Vangelis Vlahos and Nayia Yiakoumaki.
Texts by Arjun Appadurai, Ioannis Chorianopoulos, Wolfgang Ernst, Boris Groys, Elpida Karaba, Panos Kouros, Oliver Marchart, Gerald Raunig and Saskia Sassen.

This multiuser weblog has been set as a working, exhibition and archival platform for the participants, to actuate different forms of collaboration. We plan to bring together theoreticians and practitioners from different cities and localities who are working on similar issues of archiving and intervention in the public sphere. We are seeking projects and theoretical works relevant to the Archive Public topics, as well as feedback texts responding to the art projects as they develop.

To submit a text or a project, please write at archivepublic{at}upatras{dot}gr

Panos Kouros-Elpida Karaba

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