The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to welcome Palestinian artist Mohammed Musallam who will present a series of Lectures on Palestinian Art at the Center between the 18th and 24th of July, 2011. Mr Musallam will also present a Personal Exhibition of his paintings, as well as a video-art display.
About the artist
Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war. He holds a Bachelor degree in Painting from Al Najah University and a Masters degree in Painting from Helwan University, Cairo. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University.
From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches.
In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.
The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to announce and welcome Pam Longobardi and Craig Dongoski with the Drifters Project in Kefalonia island, between the 20th of July, and 1st August 2011.
About the Workshop
Pam Longobardi offers a 3-day ocean plastic art/science workshop.
“I will first educate participants about the dangers and problems of plastic pollution, its impact on wildlife, humans and tourism. We will locate the most plastic-impacted beaches and then perform a beach cleanup. Like forensic scientists and detectives, we will clean, sort and examine all the collected materials to see what we can learn.”
Participants will then assist the artist in the creation of artwork for her exhibition, learning about construction methods, including a large community ‘driftweb’ sculpture. Sound artist Craig Dongoski will work with participants recording their own stories about plastic, the ocean and the objects collected. Craig will then create sound sculptures for the exhibition with the participants voices playing throughout the space.
About the Drifters Project
In 2006, Pam Longobardi founded the Drifters Project, an environmental intervention project that documents and exposes the natural cost of the human convenience of plastic by looking at marine debris and its journey around the world oceans. In 2008, she began working with community groups to expand the scale and scope of project to new locales and creating collaborative public art. She has made dozens of collecting missions to Hawaii, Costa Rica, China and Italy, and US locations, organizing cleanups and community education at each site. She has created community-based projects in the following locations: Beijing, China during the 2008 Olympics with residences of a ‘trash village’; Nicoya, Costa Rica with students of Universidad Nacional, and in Greenville, SC, with high school art students.
Workshops: July 5-8 [Tues-Fri] Performance: July 9 [Sat] Where: Ionian Center, Metaxata 28100, Island Kefalonia, Greece Info: firstname.lastname@example.org | +30 69843 00009
United States based intermedia performance group DOUBLE VISION is teaming up with collaborative artists Ellen Smith Ahern and Lida Winfield to present a series of workshops, artist talks, and performances at the Ionian Center for the Arts and Culture. Participants will be immersed in the exploration of contemporary dance, movement, and experimental arts. After spending six days with DOUBLE VISION on the pristine Island Kefalonia, all involved will walk away refreshed and inspired.
The workshop includes:
– 6 DAYS STAY in double occupancy room
– Participation to the entire program (4-9 July, 2011)
– Certificate of Participation
– Free Participation to the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture Open Programs
Tuesday, July 5, 2011: Artist Talk
Wednesday, July 6, 2011: Workshop in Improvisation
Thursday, July 7, 2011: Dance Master Class
Friday, July 8, 2011: Artist Talk or Open Rehearsal
Saturday, July 9, 2011: Evening performance
Workshop Details: DOUBLE VISION Artist Talk. [Sean Clute and Pauline Jennings]
DOUBLE VISION will give an overview of their work while emphasizing collaboration, interaction, and the use of science and technology in the art-making process. Because DOUBLE VISION’s work incorporates diverse media including dance, painting, sculpture, video, music and omputer programming, the talk will be relevant and interesting for a diverse audience.
Master Class for Dancers, Storytellers, Poets and the Performing Artist [by Lida Winfeld]
Using improvisation, Lida will lead the group to explore ways of creating stories and movement. By sharing our stories through movement and narrative, participants will build bridges between each other and contribute to the growth of community. Creativity and an open mind is all that is needed to enjoy this workshop; all sizes and abilities welcome.
Contemporary Dance Master Class [by Pauline Jennings]
Students will be given the opportunity to learn works from the DOUBLE VISION dance repertoire directly from choreographer Pauline Jennings and company dancers. The class can be adjusted to suit beginner to advanced dance technique needs.
Performance Program: Duplexity is a contemporary dance solo inspired by the idea that a single message may be sent simultaneously in two directions.
The woods are deep is a dance duet rooted in images of moving water, hawks, deer, and humans in the map of an imaginary landscape.
Know Thyself (γνῶθι σεαυτόν) is a live animation in which interpretations of Greek mythology are improvised.
360 Euro per person [includes six days residency, workshops, performance]. Payable in the Center’s registered account or through our Paypal Account.
Artist Paula Doepfner presented her Solo Exhibition and a Performance at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture between the 1st and 8th of April 2011.
In Paula’s words:
“The drawings I developed for my solo exhibition at Ionion Center for the Arts refer to the structure of Kefalonia’s landscape, especially to the movement of the sea. Also there is a connection between the reference to landscape and personal experience. The drawings reflect a study of nature, but they also embody the vicissitudes of inner states, feelings and wishes. In my work I try to capture and express the ephemerality of emotions. In correspondence to the drawings I built a large organic sculpture. I used natural materials that I found on the island to produce the object. Its shape are informed by my exploration of the landscape of Kefalonia.”