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image credits to Prf.Craig Dongoski(granted project 2017,Georgia State University, working on public murals).



DEADLINE FOR 2020 ACADEMIC GRANT’S SUBMISSIONS:   APRIL 5th  2020     due to pandemic the submissions for the year 2020 academic programs will be open until September 30th 2020, dates for realisation of the programs will be extended to December 20th 2020 



The Ionion Center for the Arts &Culture proudly announces its International ACADEMIC GRANT’S PROGRAM 2020 -2021.

Projects of innovation are encouraged through the paths of Higher Education, Arts, Sciences , Research.

Higher  Education Institutions, Artists, Scientists, Researchers with personal or group projects are encouraged  to participate by submitting proposals: Master classes, thematic workshops, study abroad programs, field studies, summer schools, exhibitions, presentations, festivals, conferences.

Open International Programs 2020      

1.  International Forum SEA(S) 2020, directed by Dr. Haytham Nawar .

2.  SOS- Paradise Calling, directed by Dr. Victoria Vesna and Dr. Haytham Nawar

3.  Timeless Light, International Exhibition directed by the Center  Team

4.  Sustainable  Horizons & Toxic  Environments,  directed by the Center  Team

5. Metamotif directed by Professor Nada Abdalla

6. Helios  the Elemental directed by Enrique Verdugo

7. Living Histories, Education and Social involvement course, directed by Professor Scott Townsend, North Carolina State University  and  American College Thessaloniki

8. Ithaca Rediscovered, History and Nature exploration, directed by ECOTRAVEL KEFALONIA


  • – Economic, geopolitical, social transformations, migration, fast changing multicultural societies, high demands of industry and work rights, arts – design in production and markets, social involvement.


  • – Sciences and Arts in conjunction with advanced technologies, social & global consciousness, accross borders connectivity, Past, Present and Future.


  • – Climate change, toxic environments, continents, seas, oceans, sustainable planet.
  • Available will be  professional spaces and assistance for education,creation, performance-exhibitions,  academic connectivity, intercultural understanding.
Submissions for  the academic grants 2020 will be  open until September 20th 2020.



GRANTS 2020 AVAILBLE UP TO 50.000 EURO (academic groups of 12-18 students+2 professors)

ELIGIBLE FOR  GRANTS: Proposals FORMALLY submitted  from professors or art’s involved team instructors, schools all levels, & all fields, universities, faculties, research centers.

ACCEPTABLE :Projects based on the existing international programs (list above)of the Ionion Center OR new projects submitted by the interested applicants . All the academic fields are eligible.

LOCATION:  ALL PROGRAMS will be advanced in the Greek  Island Kefalonia  at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture and  on sites of extreme interest such as archaeological and historical places.

TIME : All the granted  academic projects will take place between April 25th 2020 until November 2020, dates according the time schedule of the applicants/universities/institutions.

SELECTION COMMITTEE : Internationally recognized  academics, members of the Academic Team of the Ionion Center

GRANTS-AWARDS POLICY: The grants-awards policy of the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is based on the value, innovation, international focus  and long term impact of the projects.






The programs will be advanced in collaboration with the ECOTRAVEL KEFALONIA :




Helios the Elemental,Photography master class Led by Enrique Verdugo

Helios the Elemental

Photography master class,Led by Enrique Verdugo


Fundaments of analogue photography • Introduction to the analogue camera • Exposure and taking light readings • Shutter speed settings and movement • Apertures (f-stops) and depth of field • Creative approaches to photographing different subjects • Shoot black-and-white film (ISO. ASA) • Composition and lighting.

Introduction to basic darkroom skills:• Processing film from the previous days, making a contact sheet • Preparing and mixing developers, temperature versus timing • Washing and drying  • Analysing negatives in the light box • The equipment and how it works.

Making prints: • introduction to how enlarger work • Negatives papers and filter grade • Timing • Making first print test and visualizing final print • Dodging and burning.

Exhibiting at the Ionion Center

Venue : Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture & sites in the island of Kefalonia.

Dates  Session 1:      September 7th – 13th 2020

               Session 2:       September 15th – 21st 2020

Location: Greece,   Island Kefalonia.

Opening date for applications: June1st 2020

Deadline for applications:  July15th, 2020

Deadline for completion of submissions/final participations: August 5th  2020

Eligibility : Open to all and to  Photography and film interested

Application by e-mail :    /or/

Academic support :

Information, terms, conditions, fees :

Side activities: Exploration of  Kefalonia’s lights and surrounds, included natural formations, sites of interest, beaches, museums, traditional dancing nights and events.                                                master-classes.

The program will be advanced in collaboration with the ECOTRAVEL KEFALONIA :

About Enrique Verdugo:

Enrique Verdugo is a photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in London. He was born in Santiago de Chile.

He holds a degree in Photography from Arcos Institute in Santiago de Chile and a Masters degree in Film Making from Kingston University in the UK.

Enrique is a freelancer and works with editorial, and architectural practices. His work includes a variety of commissions as well as creative educational projects. He collaborates with diverse artists, as well as on his own projects.

His work in photography and film is mainly on location. Subjects vary

from abandoned architecture and industrial spaces such as in his series ‘Echoes and Deserts’, to experimentation in portraying ‘time and motion’ using the human body as a canvas in his ‘Body and Flux’ series.

Enrique was shortlisted for the ‘Hariban Award’ in Japan in 2019. He is currently working on two self publishing projects, as well as producing a feature length documentary film about water and politics in his native Chile.

Video & photographic works:




The endless relationship between the Man and the Sea.

The Sea, explored in a systematic interface between Human Civilization, Nature, Technology throughout the various landscapes of the Planet, virtual or physical,connecting People, Eras and Continents. Topics such as Environment, Incipient, Contemporary and Potential World Seas will be explored, documented and presented in multiple artistic or scientific ways.
General info:



I-Node Planetary Collegium /NEXT NATURE / juried poster exhibition/ Alex Barchiesi

Dr. Alex Barchiesi

ARA (Advanced Research Associate) at the Planetary Collegium, The I-Node, School of Art & Media, University of Plymouth




No Title (2015)


Richard Feynman said, “I think it is safe to say that no one understands Quantum Mechanics.” [1]

While I strongly admire and respect Feynman, I’d like to extend the field of the so called understanding to something that is more sensual and I’ll call “field intuition” (to conceptually refer to field theories in modern physics).

We can think a human being as a highly connected organism who extends through time and space. Human experience unceasingly involves intrinsically mental and experiential functions such as “knowing” and “feeling”, involving images, intentions, thoughts and beliefs. A continuous interface holds between mind/consciousness and brain. [Mental states follow quantum mechanics during perception and cognition of ambiguous figures. arXiv:0906.4952]

Modern quantum physics has revealed that light particles seem to know what lies ahead of them and will adjust their behavior accordingly, even though the future event is not perceived as occurred yet. [T.Young: two slits experiment]

Although we perceive time as linear and unidirectional, research continues to reveal that it is not necessarily so.

One thing that is still missing and should be taken into deeper account is all the field of sensual knowledge that recently started to find his scientific formalization in neuroscientific results. Mirror neurons allow us to grasp the minds of others by feeling, not by thinking. This is shifting the understanding of culture [G. Rizzolatti – Craighero L. The Mirror-Neuron System. Annual Rev. Neurosci. 27 (2004) 169-92.] We could speculate about a possibility to extend it to certain fields of physics and science in general.

New alter – (not necessarily altered) – spaces have been rediscovered in this new era of augmented perceptions which defies our physical intuition about how the world is supposed to work.

Most working scientists hold fast to the concept of ‘realism’ – a viewpoint according to which an external reality exists independent of observation. But quantum physics has shattered some of our cornerstone beliefs. Experiments have amply confirmed quantum predictions[An experimental test of non-local realism – arXiv:0704.2529 [quant-ph]].

Our “naive physics” is actually closest to Aristotle’s 2300-year-old theories, in which heavy objects fall faster than light ones and objects in motion ease to a stop unless you keep pushing them. Quantum mechanics may seem weird, but to Aristotle, Newton’s laws would have been just as head-spinning.

The thing that’s hard is not that the people are ignorant or not ready. It’s that they already know the answer — and it’s wrong…

To get from Aristotle to Newton, you have to be able to imagine a world without friction. “It was just incredibly difficult for classical physicists to make the leap from that worldview, which was confirmed by the things they saw in the everyday world around them, to understanding the strange implications of quantum mechanics,” [Steve M. Girvin – Yale University]

In the quantum world objects resist classical banalities as “space” and “time”. Particles are waves and waves are particles, and the act of observing seems to change the system being observed.

But what if we could develop a “field intuition” that would make this all seem as natural as an apple falling from a tree?

We can develop a new and more appropriate meaning for understanding and experiencing that I advocate and will call field intuition.

The fact that our minds ‘overevolved’ and allow us also to find beauty in sunsets and mountains, waterfalls and people and outer space, and (most bizarre of all) the atomic world among other alter spaces, is a gift that we do not(in many cases) even notice.

That we can make any progress at all in understanding quantum mechanics is surprising, that we can sensually feel the quanta could be even more surprising.


I-Node Planetary Collegium /NEXT NATURE / juried poster exhibition/Andrea Traldi

Andrea Traldi

PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, The I-Node, School of Art & Media, University of Plymouth

Anatomy of Movement (APM) international.Country Manager – Spain



NextNature.Link (2015)


It is commonplace to organise information about experiences into temporal clusters of what ‘just happened’, ‘what happened recently’,  what happened ‘previously’, and so on. One could easily be charmed into thinking that information about the past is the only kind of information one needs to understand existence. Still and all, there are different scales of information that exist in a temporal dimension and not all accounts of ‘what happens before us’ can be reduced to ‘what happened in the past’. Our generation participates in the process involving a major paradigm shift that will transform all explanations of progress based on ‘information about what happened before’ into explanations of progress made possible because of ‘information about the future’.  We are building a language to transform information about the past into memories of what happens next. For every anecdote, example, and art project, there is a process of communication, a person who tells the story now, an anecdote of the present into which the story needs to introduce its meaning.For the Next Nature exhiibition, actual points in the exhibition room become a reference to incorporate information about the experience of the observer into the printed artwork.

Pictures from exhibition in KEF’15 –


I-Node Planetary Collegium /NEXT NATURE / juried poster exhibition/Seth Riskin

Seth Riskin

PhD candidate at the Planetary Collegium, CAiiA Hub, School of Art & Media, University of Plymouth

Director of the MIT Museum Studio



The Physical Semantics of Light (2015)


Light as a subject of thought has proved to be impossible to deal with

holistically. Light is intrinsic to the furthest levels of physics, visual art,

philosophy, psychology, etc. The mental structures to deal with light have been

quite complex through time, cultures and disciplines, pushing against such

boundaries. The concept of light embodies many semantic and conceptual

contradictions and paradoxes, e. g., light operates in space and time which are

themselves functions of light.

I want to explore and present these contradictions in a manner by which they

may be more fully apprehended and communicated. I intend to use physical

light to reveal metaphors of light and their relationships. Combining textual

descriptions of light with optical light, physical materials, space and time will

allow me to address metaphors of light experientially and theoretically at once.

I will use text and associated concepts in ways that subject them to the same

potentials of simultaneity, spatiotemporality, etc. that light itself affords. The

research aims at combined intellectual and artistic development and

communication. It will be practice-based, resulting in a body-scale structure, or

structures (e. g., made of transparent or translucent materials, optical light and

text) that simultaneously constitutes a form of writing and physical creation,

ie., “physical semantics” of light using light