VIDEO ART MIDEN: If you ever get close to a human
Curated by Gioula & Olga Papadopoulou

The program presents 5 video art works by Greek creators selected from the last edition of Video Art Miden, combining different forms and genres of contemporary video art. Xanthippi Papadopoulou & Panos Boudouroglou present a video dance piece depicting a claustrophobic and disturbing “prĂȘt a porter”. Kristian Xypolias creates a symbolic short film, taking us to a post-apocalyptic world, where men compete for the last bottle of water on earth. Anastasia Lamprou in a double action explores and symbolically draws the limits of the physical and mental space through sound, rhythm and a movement neurotic and hypnotic at the same time. Makis Kyriakopoulos, taking inspiration from biology, uses a digital morphogenesis as a method, where new forms replace the former ones through the logic of optimization, via an open system of states of constant interaction. The human figure vanishes in nature reflecting it and gradually absorbed by it. The interaction of human action and nature is also a core theme of the work by Eleni Magklara, Stelios Papiemidoglou & Efi Roufagala. The central idea of the video is the human imprint on Earth and the evolution of audiovisual media used to record humans’ achievements -but at the same time the adverse impact of their imprint on the planet. The title of the selection is borrowed from Bjork’s song “Human behavior”.

Video Art Miden is an independent organization for the exploration and promotion of video art. Founded by an independent group of Greek artists in 2005, it has been one of the earliest specialized video-art festivals in Greece, setting as basic aims to stimulate the creation of original video art, to help spread it and develop relevant research.
Through collaborations and exchanges with major international festivals and organizations, it has been recognized as one of the most successful and interesting video art platforms internationally and as an important cultural exchange point for Greek and international video art. Miden screening programs have traveled in many cities of Greece and all over the world, and they are hosted by significant festivals, museums and institutions globally.

(*Miden means “zero” in Greek)

Art direction: Gioula Papadopoulou - Margarita Stavraki
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