My name is Katerina Psimmenou, I’m from Athens, Greece, and last year I finished my studies in the Athens School of Architecture (National Technical University of Athens). Architecture is a field of great interest to me, as it combines both technical and artistic research, and it allows a person to form their intellectual skills in design and artistic creation. During my studies, I had the opportunity to study abroad for one year in Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux, France, where my interest in photography and video started. After finishing my studies last summer, I started working as a teacher of visual arts, more specifically freehand and architectural drawing in an art studio in Athens. I am currently continuing my research in visual arts, mainly photography and video, as well as working on graphic design projects.
My involvement in visual arts throughout the last years, in addition to my architectural studies, made me realize my interest in researching the contemporary artistic creation through new media. The MA program will help me explore new territories of artistic creation and develop my interest in fine arts through the digital media.
the reverse gaze / research paper _ https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/reverse-gaze/
Throughout my previous studies in architecture and my personal research, I have distinguished some main ideas that appear to be central to my area of interest. One of them is the question of perception, mainly the relation between the an event (phenomenon) and the persons involved (creator and viewer). The event could be a variety of things, such as an artwork, a place, a feeling or an experience. My interest in perception and personal experience started with my research paper on Kieslowski’s trilogy (”The reverse gaze”), in which I tried to analyze the relation between the artist-the artwork-the viewer. This research triggered my interest in film theory, philosophy and phenomenology, and led me to get to know more about theorists such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Heidegger, but also researches by Robert Sokolowski, Vivian Sobchack, Slavoj Zizek and Paul Virilio. It also gave me the opportunity to get in contact with artists that have been involved with this issue, cinema directors such as Kieslowski and Jean-Luc Godard, dada artists like Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte and many others.
This research game me important tools that seem to appear in all my works so far, including my thesis project and my personal photography and video work. In my thesis project in Athens School of Architecture, a personal perception of a landscape led to a new design of the Ippios Kolonos hill, which will enhance its historical and mythological importance as the place where the plot unfolds in Sophocles’ tragedy ”Oedipus at Colonus”.
at colonus / thesis project _ https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/at-colonus/
The frame of the camera and the personal interpretation of an image helped me produce series of artistic photographs and digital collages. My video work, especially the video ”Solus Ipse”, deals with a phenomenological approach of the relation between two people-lovers, and the interaction between them and the landscape, introducing elements from the solipsism theory.
photography / microworlds #1 & 2 _ https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/microworlds-1/
video / solus ipse _ https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/solus-ipse/
MA in Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital is a great opportunity for me to develop my interest in these concepts, by learning more about the theorists of phenomenological perception, but also to wade into the theory of solipsism and other relating fields. The notion of perception as a personal procedure, the relation between the body and the mind, and the reversibility of our relation with the world as described by Merleau-Ponty, consist some of the main topics in my area of interest.
The individuality of one’s own mind, the notion of embodiment and reflection, and the solipsism theory which claims that you can perceive some one else’s reality only if you enter his own mind, can be interpreted through digital arts in many ways and produce very interesting outcomes.
The MA program opens new paths for me to explore the boundaries between traditional fine art creation and new media. I would like to be able to ”translate” my interest in these theories into digital artwork, by getting more familiar with image and video editing programs, as well as sound editing and 3D programs that are quite new to me.
MA Fine Art Digital is the beginning of a very interesting and productive journey for me. The ideas I described are only some beginning thoughts, and will probably change a lot throughout these two years. At this point, it is difficult to put into words my personal course through this program, but I think this is a good start to new artistic paths.