2A Xenofontos Street
The Muses Project – A Dialogue Between Art and Science
The A. G. Leventis Foundation Scholars Association of Greece in collaboration with the House of Cyprus – Cultural Office of the Embassy of Cyprus in Greece present the exhibition The Muses Project – A Dialogue between Art and Science, which is based on a proposal by Megakles Rogakos for 9 curators and 27 artists.
Reflecting their prehistoric heyday, the nine muses have remained connected with their traditional objects. As the arts and sciences have evolved through the centuries, the muses have become emblematic of man’s general ability to study and investigate. Therefore, The Muses Project is inspired by their ancient variety to bring the visual arts into fruitful dialogue with nine fields of scientific study, in the order in which these deities appear in the Sarcophagus of the Muses (c. 125) of the Louvre Museum.
In the context of the exhibition Dr Rogakos supervises 9 curators and 27 artists. In response to the A. G. Leventis Foundation Scholars Association of Greece’s mission, the exhibition fosters communication among its scholars and strengthens their common scientific, professional and social interests.
In line with the rationale of the exhibition, each of the 9 curators assumed the responsibility of illuminating a different science with 3 different artists of his or her choice.
The Muses Project provides an opportunity to explore the relationship of art and science, as seen by contemporary artists. The exhibition celebrates the need for interdisciplinary cooperation and dialogue today.
The exhibition catalogue, designed by the Design Bond studio, fully illustrates the 27 works and includes an introduction by the supervisor and comment on each work by the respective curators. Considering its appeal to a wide readership, the text in the catalogue is in two languages – Greek and English.
1. Clio, Muse of History – Physics / Chemistry
Curator: Christiana Kazakou, MA, MA, BSc, FD
Art & Science Curator
● Yiannis Kranidiotis (Athens, b. 1974). Ichographs MdelP, 2016. Audiovisual installation: 1-channel HD video and 2-channel sound (04:23).
● Yiannis Melanitis (Athens, b. 1967). Towards a Quantum Assimilation, 2016-2017. Video (05:00).
● Giorgos Tserionis (Athens, b. 1967). Fantasy of a therapeutic echo, 2017. Installation: old furniture, sulphur, salt, acrylic colour, vintage photographs, plants, vinyl and copper.
2. Thalia, Muse of Comedy – Sociology / Gender Studies
Curator: Constantinos V. Proimos, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer at the Hellenic Open University
● George Anastasakis (Heraklion, b. 1980). Let your soul be scattered by the wind in the wastelands like dust: Opening, 2016. Inkjet print on paper.
3. Erato, Muse of Lyric Poetry – Computer Science
Curator: Thanasis Moutsopoulos, MA, PhD
Associate Professor at the Technical University of Crete
● Nefeli Dimitriadi (Athens, b. 1977). Planescapes, 2015-2016. Video and virtual reality application (30:00).
● Manthos Santorineos (Athens, b. 1954). Melencolia III: Mixed technique of arithmetic and geometric calculations automated and manual, 2017. Digital and analogue systems on a table
● Costis (Athens, b. 1950). Avant-garde signs for new optics No. 121, 2000-2005. Electronic lightning in decoppered Bakelite and air on wood
4. Euterpe, Muse of Music – Geometry / Mathematics
Curator: Lina Tsikouta, MA, PhD
Curator of the National Gallery, Athens
● Vasso Gavaisse (Athens, b. 1973). Link 7, 4, 5, 2015-2016. Paper and film
● Nikos Makarounas (Eleusis, b. 1964). We are all made of stars, 2016. Acrylic on wood
● Angelos Skourtis (Patras, b. 1949). Through the Eyes of Daniel, 2015-2016. Graphite and woollen thread
5. Polyhymnia, Muse of Hymns – Biology / Medicine
Curator: Alexios Papazacharias, MA, DEA
Art Historian & Exhibition Curator
● Apostolos Karastergiou (Athens, b. 1973). Untitled: drugsandpillsandneurovasculardisorder, 2015. Collage with found printed paper
● Charalambos Kourkoulis (Sparta, b. 1984). Saint Athanasia of Egaleo, 2016-2017. Sound installation: MP3 player, headphones and a photograph (dimensions variable).
● Paola Palavidi (Athens, b. 1986). Cognitive Link, 2014. Oil on wood
6. Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry – Economic & Political Science
Curator: Louisa Karapidaki, DEA
Art Historian, Hellenic Research Folklore Centre – Academy of Athens
● Yiannis Adamakis (Piraeus, b. 1959). A Board Game, 2016. Acrylic on canvas
● Elena Papadimitriou (Athens, b. 1971). Postmodern Times. 2016. Oil, varnish and metallic mirror on canvas
● Eleni Tzatzalos (Athens, b. 1958). Convallaria Majalis, 2016. Leather, soft copper and textile
7. Terpsichore, Muse of Dance and Chorus – Geography / Geology
Curator: Bia Papadopoulou, MA
Art Historian & Exhibition Curator
● Ersi Venetsanou (Piraeus, b. 1951). Eldorado, 2016. Mixed media: wood, marble, iron, copper, lead and gold leaf
● Kostas Vrouvas (Piraeus, b. 1951). The Abduction of Europa, 2016. Mixed media: iron, copper, thread and geographic atlas
● Ersi Hatziargyrou (Athens, b. 1951). Psychagogos: Lavrio 3000 BC – 2016 AD, 2016. Mixed media: iron, stones and soil of Lavrio
8. Urania, Muse of Astronomy and Astrology – Astronomy
Curator: Ioannis N. Archontakis
Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chania – Olivepress
● Antonia Papatzanaki (Chania, b. 1960). Domes with Dark Light, 1990. Installation: Plexiglas, fluorescent fibres and black light
● Dimitris Tragas (Athens, b. 1953). Hipparchus 41935, 2017. Installation: timer, asphalt, iron, lead, steel wool, sand, paper and graphite
9. Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy – Anthropology / Ethnic Studies
Curator: Giorgos Bourogiannis, MSc, PhD
Archaeologist at the Museum of Mediterranean Antiquities, Sweden
● Andreas Kontonis (Athens, b. 1971). Extremities, 2016. China ink on paper
● Nora Okka (Ioannina, b. 1982). Imprinting Architectural Spolia: The Attic Calendar of the Little Metropolis of Athens, 2015. Archival absorbent paper
• Public Information
Venue: House of Cyprus – Cultural Office of the Embassy of Cyprus in Greece.
Address: 2A Xenofontos Street, Syntagma, Athens, GR 10557.
Opening: Wednesday 8 February 2017, at 20:00 until 22:30.
Exhibition Duration: 9 February through 10 March 2017.
Opening Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 18:00; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 – 15:00.
Communication Officer: Maria Ragia, Cultural Officer.
Exhibition Announcement Website: www.spititiskyprou.gr/nea-anakinosis/.
Organization: A. G. Leventis Foundation Scholars Association of Greece.
9 Fragokklisias Street, Maroussi, GR 15125
House of Cyprus – Cultural Office of the Embassy of Cyprus in Greece
2A Xenofontos Street, Syntagma, Athens, GR 10557