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VISUAL ILLUSTRATION ENGINEER MUSEOLOGY PRODUCT MATHEMATICS FUSION AGRICULTURAL ART IS BIOTECHNOLOGY THE MUSIC FUTURE DESIGN EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY ELECTRICAL PLASTIC LAW MUSIC FILM CERAMIC CIVIC ENGINEER MICROBIOLOGY ARCHITECTURE BOOK ART SOCIOLOGY SURGERY GRAPHIC


FUSION IS THE FUTURE 2016

During a speed dating session, 10 artists and 10 science and humanities experts found their “match”. The teams were asked to work together to co-produce a work that could take visual, auditory, or sensory form. For the past 6 months, the participants of this project had to bypass conceptual and practical barriers in order to arrive to a final, but still evolving, work of art. The resulting works are presented in this exhibition. “Fusion is the Future” is a project about the creative process and not the final result. It’s about the negotiations that take place when one is confronted with individuals from different disciplines and backgrounds, and about trans-disciplinary “fusions” that can be challenging but, when they work, extremely creative and fruitful. Curatorial Team Achilleas Kentonis, Omiros Panayides, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Niki Zanti-Philiastides Participants Chatzichristou Christakis, Christodoulou Aspasia, Christoforou Daphne, Constantinides Marios, Georgiou Andys, Iacovides Tefkros, Kentonis Achilleas, Korae Eva, Mallouris Andreas, Michael Panayiotis, Minas Panayiotis, Panayides Omiros, Proestos Panayiotis, Stylianou Tasos, Stylianou-Lambert Theopisti, Vyrides Yiannis, Xenofontos Constantinos, Yerali Marina. Organizational Support ARTos Foundation, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology, Pop-Up Festival Nicosia Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture.


Soundscape Installation Marina Yerali, Visual/Book Artist Tasos Stylianou, Musician Achilleas Kentonis, Trans-discipline Artist, Engineer

Soundscape Installation is a collaboration on sound installation via obsolete, low-tech equipment, found materials and the book as a work of art. Our collaborative project integrates a ÂŤnon-verbal interactive soundscapeÂť that refers in essence to a visually enabled space in which the visitor is invited to participate experientially. Mechanisms, cables, microphones, and other interactive equipment- diverse materials and optical elements compose the soundscape. Custom-built within the space are "fixed points" where the visitor can activate sounds through his/her interaction with the installation. The experience of the sound installation invites visitors to actively participate in it and activate it. We investigated the many layers and challenges of different relationships between sound and technical equipment, the concepts of space, time, the movements and gestures of the human body in space, and the form of the book as a narrative transmitter of this experimental "sound" route.


Marina Yerali Christodoulou currently works as a Research Associate/Archivist at the «Digital Heritage Research Lab» of the Cyprus University of Technology. She has been closely involved with academic libraries in Cyprus where she has worked as a Librarian and as a Picture Research Assistant at the Archives and Permissions Department of Thames and Hudson Ltd. She studied Book Arts (BA Hοns) at the London College of Communication and holds an MA in Book Arts with specific focus on artists’ books from the University of Arts in London. She has also exhibited her work in a number of solo and group exhibitions and she is the recipient of the «Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015» (Mexico). Her research practice examines a. drawing and b. the book conceived as an art form. Tasos Stylianou studied music in the United States at Mannes College of Music where he received a three-year diploma in general music studies, and Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School for Social Research where he received his BFA. After his BFA he studied composition privately with Henry Martin and later at the Aaron Copland School of Music - Queens College with Morris Rosenzweig and Paul Levy where he was awarded an MA in Composition. He continued his composition studies by moving to Salt Lake City in order to study with Morris Rosenzweig. There, he attended the University of Utah where he received his Ph.D. in composition. He has participated in many festivals, lectures, seminars/conferences and private sessions participating with composers such as Mario Davidovsky, Johnathan Harvey, Pierre Boulez, Paul Lansky, Fred Lerdahl, Steven Mackie, Chen Yi and several others. Achilleas Kentonis is a trans-discipline artist, engineering and innovation expert. As a researcher/ scientist he participated in researches of NASA, the Cyprus University and the Aegean University in different European institutions and programs. As an artist he was selected and represented Cyprus in different Bienales, at the fields of photography, architecture, stage and costume design, interactive installations, sculpture, video art, short films (experimental, animation, documentary). He received distinctions and awards for different kinds of creations.


Constructing identities Christakis Chatzichristou, Architect Andreas Mallouris, Plastic Surgeon Andys Georgiou, Lawyer

The project comments on the construction of identities in contemporary society through a subject’s participation in three quite basic dimensions of life: the medical, the legal and the spatial. The identity of the surface of an individual constantly adjusts to the socially imposed formulas. The perception of the body image is subjective and can be the interaction of the established surface and the layers beneath, subcutaneously and subconsciously. The law, the state and generally all behaviors of social conventions emanate from thought. We construct and destruct with our thought process and our identity is formed and in turn forms our societal surrounding. The spatial contributes in constructing the identity of the subject in a rather devious manner as the apparatus used, the built environment, is seen as simply functional or neutral, rendered even practically invisible due to the routines and relationships it silently encourages. In the first stage of the design process regarding the identification of a central concept, it was decided to search for a common element or theme in the areas of expertise of the three collaborators. In the second stage, the challenge was to find a simple yet powerful medium through which to express the central concept. Three mirrors were positioned in a way that could be viewed together in the space, contributing in the expression of a ‘layered’, threefold image/identity of the observing subject, enhancing the interactive element of the setup.


Christakis Chatzjichristou, Ph.D.. is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Cyprus. Taught at Pratt Institute in New York (visiting professor, Spring 2010), the American University of Beirut, and the Lebanese American University (2002-2003). Received his first degree in Architectural Engineering in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture in 1991 from the same institution. Awarded a Ph.D. in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at the University College London in 2002. Through sketches and paintings he examines issues in visual perception which are central to architectural debates as well. A keynote speaker in the 31st Conference of IAPL (International Association for Philosophy and Literature) in 2007. Received a number of awards in architectural competitions, participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale for Cyprus in 2006 and 2008, and curated the Cyprus Pavilion at the Architecture Venice Biennale in 2010. Andreas Mallouris, MD, Ph.D, graduated the Medical School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Received his Ph.D degree at the Democretian University of Alexandroupolis. Trained in Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery in Athens and London. He participates with presentations in International and national courses and meetings and with publications in international journals of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He actively participates in research in various fields of his specialty. Has worked in the public and private medical sector in Athens. Since 2013, he lives and activates professionally in Cyprus. Since 2015, he enrolled in the BA(Hons) Fine Arts program of the University of West of England, Bristol, delivered by Alexander College in Cyprus. Andy Georgiou is a lawyer specializing in criminal and civil litigation and has a great interest in constitutional law and theory. He graduated from the English School of Nicosia in 2007 and after spending two years in the army he moved to the United Kingdom where he studied law at the University of Cambridge. He graduated in 2012 and returned to Cyprus where he is practicing law. Out of work, Andy is active in a number of civil society teams and organizations including, amongst others, the Cypriot Puzzle and the Global Shapers of Nicosia.


Galactic Discoid Daphne Christoforou, Illustrator, Artist Aspasia Christodoulou, Structural Engineer

The aim of the project is dual; it is a sculptural piece inspired from shapes found in the Macrocosm - in particular the disc-like form of galaxies - as well as a functional planter. ‘Galactic Discoid’ is a minimal, contemporary piece which adds a modern touch in any space while containing a plant that filters the air, absorbs pollutants and releases oxygen. The process of making this piece began with brainstorming and making a ‘mind map’ in order to find shared interests. After narrowing down our common area of interest some of the first sketches were produced. Based on these sketches a couple of threedimensional versions were made in clay from which the strongest one was chosen to develop further using metal. The main challenge of this project was that we both work full time and the time we had to develop the project was quite limited. Apart from that everything else went rather smoothly.


Daphne Christoforou is an Illustrator/Artist from Cyprus. She recently graduated from the Royal College of Art (London) and was lucky enough to be the Winner of the V&A student Illustrator of the Year 2015 Award (London) as well as the Winner of the Adobe Achievement Award in Illustration 2015 (Los Angeles). She is fascinated by ancient oriental artwork such as Hindu imagery, Tibetan iconography and Indian Miniature painting. Daphne is drawn to the visual richness, naivetĂŠ and historical context of this imagery, but most importantly to its depth of meaning and link with eastern philosophy and spirituality. These are elements that she aims to incorporate in her work, with a contemporary twist. Aspasia Christodoulou studied structural engineering at the University of Sheffield and was awarded an MBA from the MIM in Cyprus. She worked 6 years in steel construction industry as a designer and she now joined a foreign art consultancy which gives her the opportunity to discover art through a different level. As a person, she is very energetic, passionate and positive! This is her first attempt in an exhibition and she is really excited for this experience! She always looks at the bright side of life and she is seeking to explore different kinds of opportunities.


Dimensionally Vague Narratives Panayiotis Michael, Visual Artist, Academic Panayiotis Proestos, Psychologist– Psychotherapist In collaboration with: Constantinos Economides, Product Designer Helga Josepsdottir, Product Designer

The formation of the group arose from a common interest in the notion and process of transition. During their collaboration, time and space was left unspecified for ideas and feelings to fuse between the two individuals and their representing principles. Michael would share personal childhood stories that influenced him professionally and personally, and consequently Proestos provided psychodynamic feedback both to the process and the content. In this way, an understanding and bonding developed between the team members leading to a final text, exemplary of this experiential work, and to the idea of creating a divan, an object-space where one can think, dream and reminisce. The material produced during the two collaborators’ meetings as well as information about their physique, constituted the details for the design of the divan, which product designers, Constantinos Economides and Helga Josepsdottir were invited to pursue.


Panayiotis Michael was born in Cyprus, 1966, and is a visual artist and assistant professor at Frederick University, Nicosia. He represented Cyprus at Venice Biennial, 2005, XX Alexandria Biennial, 1999, and Rijeka Biennial, 1997, and participated in Limerick Biennial, 2006 and Art Cacausus, Tbilisi, 2006. His work has been exhibited locally and abroad, including Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia; Halle 14, Leipzig; insitu, Berlin; Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; La Maison de la Culture, Amiens; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. He is the co-founder of art group pick nick, 2012. Panayiotis Proestos was born in Dubai but lives and work in Cyprus. He got his BSc in psychology at the St. Kliment Ohridki, Sofia University and continued with psychoanalytical and later integrative psychotherapy studies. We works privately in Nicosia and Limassol, has clinical experience in the public sector of Cyprus and Greece, worked with psychotherapeutic issues of people with disabilities, coordinated and participated in EU projects on socially vulnerable groups and participated as president and member at committees for migrants and psychosocial support. He believes in humans and their abilities, his mind is full of questions, adores conscious living and he loves what is small but important. Constantinos Economides a Central Saint Martins graduate, is an Industrial Designer who focuses on creating households products and interior spaces. His work has been featured in international exhibitions such as London, Hamburg and Milan. Constantinos, collaborated with leading and influential designers such as the Campana Brothers. He is also an alumni of the Boisbuchet Vitra Summer Workshops in France. Helga Josepsdottir is a product designer from Iceland, which focuses her work around creating a better future for the world. Through new ways of education in design, innovation, new technologies, sustainability, better materials and rethinking our species whole system of production and consumption in the world.


Electroacoustic Music from Electrogenic Microbes / An Installation Panagiotis Mina, Audiovisual Artist Ioannis Vyrides, Chemical Engineer In collaboration with: Charis Samanides, Geologist

We have create an acoustic and visual installation using a science method called 'Microbial fuel cell'. A microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a device that converts organics to electrical energy by the action of anaerobic microorganisms. More specifically, these microorganisms are capable of converting organics to electrons and CO2 under anaerobic conditions. The electrons flow through an anode to a cathode that is placed in a separate compartment. The generated electricity is then gathered in a small circuit using electronic components, such as capacitors, that later distribute the current to motors and small speakers designed for mainstream purposes and reappropriated by our installation context. This project aims to converse about the dual role of the arts and sciences. Is science only there to solve problems (electricity from waste) and is art only there to entertain (music, visuals or both)? By simply working with two separate practices together and using easily found materials that reflect everyday mainstream life we have created a third level text. One that is in between but speaks without merging. The audience gets a 'science fair' kind of experience where learning is as important as being entertained and questions such as 'how can we make the world a better place?' coexist with 'what is the artist trying to say?'.


Panagiotis Mina was born in 1982 in Larnaka, Cyprus. Ηe completed a BA in Communication Culture and Media at Coventry University and later moved to Athens, Greece where he spent one year as a freelance artist. Upon his return to Cyprus in 2002, he co-founded the photographic blog "thoro imagezine" and started working as a freelance photographer for various publications and as an artist. He works with visual and/or acoustical elements to create distinct objects and texts that frequently cross the lines between parody / reality / auteurship / pop. Selected group presentations: 2013: Reveries of will at Vamiali's gallery, Athens, Greece. 2014: Therefore and after, at inexfilm, Belgrade, Serbia. Selected solo presentations: 2012: The area is sacred, at penintaplinena Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus. 2015: Cataclysm, at thkio ppalies, Nicosia, Cyprus. 2015: Short Psalm (collaborative show) at VOLKS, Nicosia, Cyprus. instagram: therealpannybrown Ioannis (Yannis) Vyrides, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and the group leader of Environmental Engineering Laboratory since 2012. He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the NTUA, Greece (2005) and has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College. His research lies between the boundaries of microbiology and engineering and focuses on the production of energy and high value added products from waste/wastewater and CO2/CH4. Moreover, he has the “know how” of isolation and identification of extremophilic microorganisms that can be used in engineering application. Charis Samanides is a Ph.D. candidate at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. He studied Geology (Department of Economic Geology) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a Master degree in Oil and Gas Technology (EMaTTech-Kavala). He worked as a researcher at Hephaestus Advance Laboratory (SPE - Kavala Section) and as a research assistant in various research projects. His academic fields of interest include energy, biotechnology and environmental geochemistry. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Geotechnical Chamber of Greece and Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber.


Δελτίο Ηδύσεων: New Paper Project Omiros Panayides, Graphic Designer Constantinos Xenofontos, Researcher in Mathematics Education

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In this fusion of interests, we share a common ground in language – spoken and written – as a means of communication. The object produced intends to re-conceptualise the idea of the newspaper and what news is, and at the same time, aims at offering a more romantic perspective on the relation between the reader and the text. We invited eight writers to work with news titles from the “real” world and to create their own world(s), fluctuating between reality and fiction. The eight individual short stories featured in this publication highlight the complexities of communication, the reciprocal relationship between the message sender and recipient, and the importance of multiple interpretations of the same message, that individual readers are invited to decode and re-signify based on their own experiences. Writers participating in this work are: Antonis Georgiou, Maria A. Ioannou, Costas Mannouris, Maria Petrides, Niki Lialiari, Avgi Lilli, Max Sheridan, and Stefanos Stavrides.


Omiros Panayides is Lecturer at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology and co-coordinator of its Semiotics and Visual Communication Research Lab. He studied Graphic and Advertising Design at Frederick Institute of Technology and obtained his MA in Graphic Design at the University of Arts London at Camberwell College of Arts. In September 2009, he represented Cyprus in the Applied Arts category at the 14th Biennale of Young Artist from Europe and the Mediterranean in Skopje. He is part of the Cyprus Association of Graphic Designers and Illustrators and co-founder of the creative team Draw Collective, which organizes lectures and workshops on the Cyprus design scene. His professional practice and research pivots around book art, typography and socially engaged design. He is currently working on designing and publishing the experimental zine Owk. Constantinos Xenofontos is a researcher in mathematics education. He has been working as a lecturer at the University of Nicosia since 2013. His research interests include mathematics teacher education, mathematical problem solving, as well as the impacts of culture on mathematics education. Language and speech, as methodological tools and as sources of information, have a central role in his work. He has published many papers in international scientific journals. Apart from his professional interests, he enjoys experimenting with creative writing and music.


Hand Dance, photo collage Kypris, photo collage Alien, photo collage Censorship #1, GIF Censorship #2, GIF Marios Constantinides, Illustrator, Scenographer Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Visual Sociologist, Museologist

If we could think of one building that best exemplifies the troubled history of Cyprus, that would be the Ledra Palace Hotel. Once praised as the jewel of Cypriot modernity in the heart of Nicosia, now a crumbling dwelling accommodating the United Nations Peacekeeping Force next to the “Green Line”. History and memory can be seen as constructions highlighting specific versions of reality and silencing others. We used the “loaded” space of Ledra Palace Hotel to replay augmented versions of moments in time that can be observed humorously, from a different perspective. The Ledra Palace becomes a stage where different actors perform their pre-described roles. To create these collages and GIFs, we used photographs from the archives of two of the most important photojournalists who worked in the middle of the 20th century, Felix Yiaxis and George Vatiliotis. Their photographs can now be found in the photographic archive of the Public Information Office (PIO), Cyprus.


Marios Constantinides conceives, creates and transforms images, shapes and spaces. He is fascinated by sequential imagery and the human capacity for assumptions. Has been trained in Visual Arts (printing and book arts) (MA) at the University of Arts London and in Illustration (BA) at the University of Westminster. Has lived and worked in London, Berlin and Toulouse. He currently lives in Pyrga, Cyprus. Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert is assistant professor at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology and the founder and coordinator of its Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab. Her research and artistic interests are intertwined and include museum studies and visual sociology with an emphasis on photography. Her more recent books include: The Political Museum (Routledge, 2016), Museums and Visitor Photography (MuseumsEtc, 2016), Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (Routledge, 2017), and Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place, Identity (I.B.Tauris, 2014). She has a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester (UK), is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, and has participated in a number of solo and group shows in Cyprus and abroad.


Yes, yes! Eva Korae, Furniture Designer Tefkros Iacovides, Agricultural Biotechnologist

Our table is a piece that needs to be discovered as people gradually get to discover one another! We discovered our common interests even before the speed dating process had started and we were already coming up with ideas about interactive furniture through the five minute session... What Eva found refreshing was that Tefkros was a collaborator who could respect the technical knowledge a woman may have and that kept the exchange on a truly professional as well as enjoyable level. Tefkros was in his element, coding away and always positive that “it’s easily done”. Right now he is trying to figure out why his much awaited stepper motors are overheating. Although it seemed at first that our work was the most “shallow and childlike” of them all, we believe that we may have bitten off more than we could chew (but remain hopeful that we have something decent to exhibit)


Eva Korae studied Furniture Restoration and Craftsmanship (BA Hons) and holds an MA in Furniture Design and Technology. She designs, makes and exhibits her own contemporary furniture/ three-dimensional designs in Cyprus and Europe. She has been teaching in Tertiary Education since 2003 and presently works as Special Training Staff at Cyprus University of Technology. She has been collaborating in the field of contemporary art, dance and theatre as a visual artist since 2005 and has travelled to international festivals with several works. In June, she graduated from the Fab Academy (2016) Amsterdam where she specialized in contemporary fabrication techniques. Tefkros Iacovides studied Agricultural Biotechnology in Athens, followed by an MRes in Plant Pathology in London. He has worked in The Agricultural Research Institute from 2007 to 2010. During that time he has travelled to conferences and meetings abroad and has collaborated in EU projects in the field of molecular biology. Since 2010, he has been working in the Department of Agriculture.. Beguiled by space, robots and lasers from an early age, he now tries to bridge his knowledge of biology with the silicon world. An enthusiastic photographer, he uses homemade robotic devices to pursue his passion for astrophotography. Since 2013, he has been working on the Karkoona mobile application and keeps working on various other applications as a member of the CodeHouse5 team.


Curatorial Team Achilleas Kentonis Omiros Panayides Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert Niki Zanti-Philiastides

Achilleas Kentonis is a trans-discipline artist, engineering and innovation expert. As a researcher/ scientist he participated in researches of NASA, the Cyprus University and the Aegean University in different European institutions and programs. As an artist he was selected and represented Cyprus in different Bienales, at the fields of photography, architecture, stage and costume design, interactive installations, sculpture, video art, short films (experimental, animation, documentary). He received distinctions and awards for different kind of creation. Omiros Panayides is Lecturer at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology and co-coordinator of its Semiotics and Visual Communication Research Lab. He studied Graphic and Advertising Design at Frederick Institute of Technology and obtained his MA in Graphic Design at the University of Arts London at Camberwell College of Arts. In September 2009 he represented Cyprus in the Applied Arts category at the 14th Biennale of Young Artist from Europe and the Mediterranean in Skopje. He is part of the Cyprus Association of Graphic Designers and Illustrators and co-founder of the creative team Draw Collective, which organizes lectures and workshops on the Cyprus design scene. His professional practice and research pivots around book art, typography and socially engaged design. He is currently working on designing and publishing the experimental zine Owk.


Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert is assistant professor at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology and the founder and coordinator of its Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab. Her research and artistic interests are intertwined and include museum studies and visual sociology with an emphasis on photography. Her more recent books include: The Political Museum (Routledge, 2016), Museums and Visitor Photography (editor, MuseumsEtc, 2016), Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (co-editor, Routledge, 2017), and Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place, Identity (I.B.Tauris, 2014). She has a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester (UK), is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, and has participated in a number of solo and group shows in Cyprus and abroad. Niki Zanti-Philiastides (Ph.D.) is an art consultant, a cultural manager and an academic. She curates collections of high-quality artworks which tell a story and add value to properties within the international hospitality industry, provides arts and cultural organisations and creative individuals with bespoke strategies in the areas of arts education, marketing, fundraising and evaluation, and maintains a scholarly teaching practice in the areas of cultural policy, arts management and professional practice in the arts. Niki holds a Ph.D. in Arts Management from Birkbeck College, University of London, a MA in Arts and Heritage Management from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of West of England.


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