Την 1ηΟκτωβρίου στις 10.45 το πρωί θα γίνει μια ιδιαίτερη εκδήλωση στο μέγαρο του Διεθνούς Τεκτονικού Τάγματος Δελφοί, οδός Επιδάμνου 49 & Σκιάθου. Ένας μικρός κύκλος ομιλιών με θέμα «Ελευσίνια Μυστήρια και μυητικές πρακτικές της Δυτικής Παράδοσης, ο ρόλος τους στη σύγχρονη τέχνη και το θέατρο».

Είναι μέρος ενός διημέρου αφιερωμένου στην Ελλάδα και την Προφορική Παράδοση, της εικαστικής ομάδας Οuunpo (Ouvroir d’Univers Potentiel – Εργαστήρι ενός Δυνητικού Σύμπαντος).

Ομιλητές θα είναι η Sasha Chaitov, διευθύντρια του Phoenix Rising Academy και ο Ιορδάνης Πουλκούρας σύμβουλος έκδοσης του περιοδικού ΑΒΑΤΟΝ.

Η είσοδος θα είναι ελεύθερη και για φίλους, όμως όποιος ενδιαφέρεται καλό είναι να διαβάσει πρώτα τις επισυναπτόμενες πληροφορίες.

 

Προσοχή: Η  Πρόσκληση αυτή αφορά μόνο την εκδήλωση που θα γίνει στο Τεκτονικό Μέγαρο των Δελφών και όχι στις εκδηλώσεις που αναφέρονται στο πρόγραμμα του Ouunpo και έχουν μόνο πληροφοριακό χαρακτήρα.

 

 

Το Ouunpo είναι ένα πλανόδιο project που διερευνά τις έννοιες του χρόνου, του χώρου και το ρόλο της υποκειμενικότητας. Το έργο σκοπεύει να ασχοληθεί με την τέχνη ως μέρος όπου οι έννοιες αυτές μπορούν να μεταφραστούν σε μορφή και να γίνει ο τόπος για την αλληλεπίδραση μεταξύ καλλιτεχνών, επιμελητών, ακαδημαϊκών και  κοινού.

Ouunpo είναι ένα παιχνίδι με την παλαιότερη και ιστορική Oulipo, Ouvroir de littérature potentielle («εργαστήρι της δυνητικής λογοτεχνίας»). Αυτή ήταν μια άτυπη  ομάδα (κυρίως) γαλλόφωνων συγγραφέων και μαθηματικών που επιδίωκαν να δημιουργήσουν έργα χρησιμοποιώντας ηθελημένα λιτές τεχνικές γραφής (constrained writing techniques) . Η Oulipo ιδρύθηκε το 1960 από τον Raymond Queneau και τον François Le Lionnais, ενώ μεταξύ των μελών ήταν οι συγγραφείς Georges Perec,  Italo Calvino και Hervé Le Tellier, ο ποιητής Oskar Pastior και ο ποιητής / μαθηματικός Jacques Roubaud. Η ομάδα όριζε τον όρο «δυνητική λογοτεχνία » ως: «η αναζήτηση νέων δομών και μοτίβων που μπορούν να χρησιμοποιηθούν από τους συγγραφείς με οποιονδήποτε τρόπο τους προξενούσε μεγαλύτερη ευχαρίστηση. «

Η ηθελημένη λιτότητά τους χρησιμοποιούνταν ως μέσο για να πυροδοτήσουν ιδέες και έμπνευση. Όπως και στις ήδη καθιερωμένες τεχνικές, όπως το λιπόγραμμα και τα παλίνδρομα (καρκινική γραφη), η ομάδα επινοεί νέες τεχνικές, οι οποίες συχνά βασίζονται σε μαθηματικά προβλήματα, όπως το Knight’s Tour στη σκακιέρα και αντιμεταθέσεις.

Το Ouunpo λειτουργεί με τον ίδιο τρόπο, αν και κύριο μέλημα του είναι η εικαστική τέχνη.

 

Ou.Un.Po. Greece

29 September – 2 October 2011

http://visionforumouunpo.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

«Worlds have a longer life than deeds». Pyndaros

 

Ouunpo is a three days symposium that will take place in various locations across and around the city of Athens through conventional and non-conventional investigations. The symposium, dedicated to the “oral tradition”, will include performance, round-table discussions, lectures, screenings, visits and walks to various selected sites.

Greece is a country where myths, art, epic and lyrical songs originated from oral tradition and kept alive by travelling poets. This country is also in the limelight due to the current political and economical crisis.

Our visit will be an occasion to investigate the tradition of storytelling and myth as a form of sharing knowledge and performing history, which often stand in opposition to the methodology of institutions. We will try to re-evoke the oral memory of events in contemporary (art) world, with a specific approach to the rituality and the improvisation that are always connected to oral narratives. Performance and initiation to a secret knowledge will be also the objects of our conversations with members of the esoteric milieu and of the masonic lodge.

Inspired by the great religious, theatrical, democratic and artistic traditions of Greece, and in dialogue with local artists, musicians, composers, art historians and curators, we will observe the present moment, and reflect about how a genuine revolutionary movement needs to brake with literal repetition of the past. To perform something means to interpret it, to betray it, to distort it. Boris Groys affirms that “the opposition between living spirit and dead letter informs the whole traditional Western discourse on religion”, but also on art itself, as embodiment of the creative spirit of change.

 

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The program of the Ouunpo symposium is proposed by Vanessa Theodoropoulou in collaboration with Nadja Argyropoulou.

 

Members of Ouunpo are : Jacopo Miliani, Meris Angioletti, Raimundas Malasauskas, Marco Pasi, Paola Anziche’, Per Huttner, Alessandra Sandrolini, Yane Calovski, Klas Eriksson, Fatos Ustek, Elena Nemkova, Natasha Rosling, Samon Takahashi, Stephen Whitmarsh.

 

Invitees of the Symposium are : Sasha Chaitov (MA western esotericism and director of Phoenix Rising Academy), Marios Chatziprokopiou (artist), Kostantinos Dagritzikos (curator, Six Dogs), Chiara Fumai (artist), Malvina Panagiotidi (Saprofyta), Iordanis Poulkouras (writer), Stefanos Rozanis (writer and philosopher), Georgia Spiropoulos (composer), Yianna Tsokou (Phd in Theather Studies University of Vienna), Yorgos Tzirtzilakis (Saprofyta), Nanos Valaoritis (poet and writer – non confirmed yet).

 

 

Wednesday, 28th September

 

–          Arrival at the accommodation and dinner.

 

–          OuUnPo book editorial meeting.

 

 

Thursday, 29th September

 

–          Visit to the island of Aegina and to the temple of “Aphaea”.

 

 

Friday, 30th September

 

–          Athens, DESTE foundation: Meeting with the poet Nanos Valaoritis and with Stefanos Rozanis, writer and philosopher. Presentation of the project “Saprofyta” (http://saprofytablog.blogspot.com) by curators Nadja Argyropoulou (“Hotel Paradies”, Athens Biennial 2009), Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Malvina Panagiotidi.

 

–          Eleusys : Visit to the archaeological site. Visit of the temporary exhibitions of Stephen Antonakos and Loukia Alavanou, screening of the work of artists Panagiotis Loukas and Panos Tsagaris. Collective performance directed by artist Klas Eriksson. Performance by Fatos Ustek and Per Huttner. Performance by Elena Nemkova. Artist Marios Chatziprokopiou presents the screening of the film by «Agelatos Petra» by Filippou Koutsaftis.

 

 

Saturday, 1rst of October

 

–          10.30 Athens : Visit to the Greek Masonic Lodge (International Masonic Order Delphi) and to its temple. Presentation by Iordanis Poulkouras and Sasha Chaitov, Director of Phoenix Rising Accademy, about «The Eleusinian mysteries through the ages. Initiatory practices in the Western esoteric tradition».

 

–          17.50 Athens, Six Dogs space, in collaboration with curator Kostantinos Dagritzikos: Composer Georgia Spiropoulos (www.georgiaspiropoulos.com) will present her work focusing on the relationship between written and oral tradition, on improvisation and composition.  She will also introduce us to Yianna Tsokou, who will tell us about Anastenaria, ancient rituals of fire which still exists in Greece and Bulgaria.

Selection / Presenation of Greek experimental music by Samon Takahashi.

 

Sunday, 2nd of October

 

–          Breakfast and departure

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Georgia Spiropoulos studied piano, harmony, counterpoint and fugue in Athens, Greece. Parallely, she studied jazz and worked as a performer and arranger of traditional Greek music. She moved to Paris to study composition, electroacoustic music and musical analysis with Philippe Leroux and Michael Lévinas, and she worked at IRCAM Cursus with Jonathan Harvey, Tristan Murail, Brian Ferneyhough, Marco Stroppa, Philippe Hurel, and Ivan Fedele. In 2003 she won the coveted «Villa Médicis Hors les Murs» prize to study in the USA.

In 2008 she is invited to work as a composer in research at IRCAM.

She has received commissions from IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, the French Ministry of Culture, the Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry of Culture, the French Radio, the Sacem, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and has been performed by numerous ensembles, choirs and artists, including the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the San Fransisco Contemporary Music Players, L’Itinéraire, 2E2M, Aventure, Nikel, Smashensemble, Accentus Choir, Habanera and Prism saxophone quartets.

Her works are performed internationally, at festivals such as Agora, Tenso Days, Seamus, Extension, In Transit – International Festival of Performing Arts, Gegenwelten Festival Neue Musik, Futura, WhyNote, Aujourd’hui Musiques, Musiques de Notre Temps, Hateiva, Sinkro, ICEM, SMC, WOCMAT, Electroacoustic Music Days in Grèce, The Electronic Arts and Music Festival de Miami, Boston Cyberarts Festival.

She gave lectures about her work at Columbia University (NYC), University of California Santa Barbara, IRCAM, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, SMC Conference, Alte Schmiede-Vienna.

 

– Iordanis Poulkouras is Editorial Advisor of ‘Abaton’ magazine in Greece (www.metaekdotiki.gr). Under the pen-name J.P. Craftson he has written the book Bleeding Angels – The Esoteric Traditions of Europe and the Ancient Masonic Manuscripts (Govostis Pub.). Under his real name, he is the co-author of several books including The Power of Symbols, Mythic Treasures, Freemasonry: The Greatest Initiatory System in the World (Archetypon pub.).

 

Sasha Chaitow is the founding director of Phoenix Rising Academy of Esoteric Studies and Creative Arts, (London and Athens), an independent academic institution for the promotion of the Academic Study of Western Esotericism and Art (www.phoenixrising.org.gr).

Her research interests include art and esotericism, mind and consciousness, ritual and initiation, and Modern Greek Masonic history. She is also an artist, painting portraits on commission and alchemically surrealist-symbolic images on inspiration.

She writes for Avaton magazine, a Greek special-interest journal covering various esoteric topics, and has a monthly column in Phenomena, a weekly insert in Eleftheros Typos, a Greek daily newspaper. Sasha is conducting doctoral research at EXESESO, University of Exeter.

She holds an MA in Western Esotericism (EXESESO, Exeter, 2008) and an MA in English Literature (Indianapolis-Athens, 2004). Her PhD thesis is entitled A Babylonian Mage in Fin-de-Siècle Paris: The Esoteric-Aesthetic vision of Sâr Péladan, and focuses on French Symbolist Art in relation to the French Occult Revival in 19thcentury France (see http://peladan.org), and her MA thesis was entitled The Alchemical Iconography of Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens as an Initiatory Path. She has participated in several international academic conferences and regularly organises conferences and colloquia both in Greece and abroad as part of Phoenix Rising’s activities.

For more information see : http://peladan.org/about-me/.

 

Vanessa Theodoropoulou is an art historian and art critic. Her PhD thesis on the Situationist International, which she defended in 2008 in the University Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, is entitled The “Situationist International”: a total art project. Since then she has pursued her research on the situationist theories and practices and their impact on contemporary art. In her recent research project she is interested in reexamining the legacy of the concept of the collective avant-garde within the postwar context and the way the new “collective” or purely “nominal” general identities of the art world redefine the relations between art and the political sphere. In may 2011 she co-organised the international symposium “In the Name of Art. Investigation on the ambiguous status of generic artistic names from 1945 to now” held in the INHA (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art) in Paris. She teaches art history and theory in the ESA de Cambrai (Ecole Supérieure d’art) and in the University of Paris 1-Pantheon Sorbonne (faculty of Aesthetics and Visual Arts). She is co-founder of the performative art review MI© Made in china and collaborates regularly as an art critic with the Greek daily Kathimerini and Greek and French art reviews (kaput.gr, Criticism+Art (AICA Greece), Le Journal des Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, K Magazine, Artpress, L’Art même).

 

Yanna Tsokou received her PhD from the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Vienna, Austria in (2000). Her thesis discussed the repertory policies at the National Theatre of Northern Greece during the years 1961-1967.

She has worked as a journalist at the national radio of the Greek Broadcasting Company (ERT) in Thessaloniki, as a theatre critic in Greek newspapers, as a repertory advisor as well as editorial manager at the National Theatre of Northern Greece and as an independent researcher, publishing papers and articles on Greek post-war theatre.

She teached theatre at primary school and at the present she teaches theatre history at the “Andreas Voutsinas” Drama School in Thessaloniki. Her translation of German plays to Greek includes Rainhard Hachfeld: Eins auf die Fresse, Peter Turrini: Rattenjagd.

 

 

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