- public video installation / projection mapping / augmented reality in the city
A very interesting area for research, as it combines a variety of art forms and techniques, such as photography and video, installation construction and architecture, performance and many others. Thus, ‘mixed media’ create a ‘mixed reality’, a constant transition from already existing to virtual space, revealed in a certain site for the viewer to see and experience. There are a lot of examples of artists that use projection mapping techniques, usually in large scale installations. However, I do feel that what I now begin to form in my mind is not something big, but instead a smaller intervention in the public. Something like ‘fragments’ in the city, small scale installations revealing something new.
- placing an artwork in the urban tissue
What does it mean to place a piece of art in the city? The artwork ceases to exist inside the gallery and becomes part of a certain public environment. The continuous movement and change of the public space, its speed and colors, can affect the artwork and vice versa. Art history shows us many different forms of public art, including sculpture, performance or graffiti painting. Art is directly linked to the site, in many cases one cannot exist without the other. However this raises many questions and problems about interfering in the public, which are to explore.
- neglected sites / revitalization of a site by drawing attention to it
The question of where do I place this intervention. Inside the urban tissue, one can find a variety of sites, that differ in character, scale, history, noise etc.. So how do I choose the spots? In a city like Athens where I live, one can find many sites of particular interest, which are however hidden or neglected. I became familiar with one of those in my architectural thesis, the Colonus hill, that has both historical and mythological importance. There are other places like this, that refer to both ancient and more recent history, and that are nowadays neglected or unknown. Apart from this, one can find many reasons for choosing a place, like for example personal reasons, emotions or experience lived in a certain site. In any case, this act by itself draws attention to that place and aims to its revitalization. The potential existence of more than one installation spots could form a trail of interventions with similar aesthetics and theory behind them.
- new ‘hidden’ realities appear in the public space, perceived uniquely by the viewer
‘Augment the hidden reality’. I like playing with words sometimes… The matter of perception has always attracted me. Phenomenological theory argues that knowledge is possible only by a personal, and in this sense restricted perspective. In terms of personal experience, this knowledge is more important that the objective, epistemological knowledge that makes generalizations. A person walks through the city experiencing it in his own way. He suddenly faces an installation, a new reality into his own. How does that work? By placing new ‘phenomena’ in the public space, one can change the ‘phenomenon’ that is the city itself for its people. The person becomes the passenger, the viewer, the user or even sometimes the performer. How can someone control perception? By what means? Many questions raised by these thoughts.
- dealing with existential theories placed in fragments into the public space
New realities forming a narrative inside the urban tissue. What form can this narrative take? Researching various philosophical theories, I find myself always coming back to certain concepts concerning the existence of one’s self. The perception if seen through the solipsistic theory becomes unique. Thus, a person can only be certain of his own reality and can only understand other realities by analogy. The notion of body and embodiment as described by theorists like Maurice Merleau-Ponty is a very challenging area for research. Can someone get into the head of another? What exactly ‘self’ means? And what forms can these thoughts take? Concepts like body and identity appear in the work of many artists, and can inspire the development of my work.