Marinos Koutsomichalis | Greece + Maria Varela | Greece
+ Afroditi Psarra | Greece

Marinos Koutsomichalis

Artist and researcher. He completed a master’s degree in Composition with Digital Media from the University of York in the United Kingdom, 2009, and a doctorate degree in Sound, Music and Media Art from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, 2015. His artistic practice is primarily based on sound works. In his projects, he explores the specificities of perception, technology and materials, using hypermedia and interactive devices. His academic interests include programming, generative art, new aesthetics, sound and ambient noise. He has presented his work at international concerts and exhibitions at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece (2014); the Transmediale 14 in Berlin, Germany (2014); the Q-O2 in Brussels, Belgium (2013); the Audiorama in Stockholm, Sweden (2012); the A.S. Rymer Auditorium in York, United Kingdom (2009); and others. Marinos Koutsomichalis is a member of the board of the Contemporary Music Research Center (KSYME-CMRC) in Athens, Greece. He lives and works out of Heraklion, Greece.

Maria Varela

An artist, she completed a master’s degree in interactive media from the Goldsmiths College at the University of London, in the United Kingdom, 2010. She develops collective art production strategies, working primarily with performance, installation and workshops. Her work covers a variety of issues relating to folklore, tradition, identity, memory, and non-linear narratives, often using interactive devices. Her work has been featured in exhibitions such as the 16th International Media Art Biennale WRO in Wroclaw, Poland (2015); the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria (2014); the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece (2013); the Piksel in Bergen, Norway (2012); the Amber Festival in Istanbul, Turkey (2012); and others. Maria Varela lives and works in Athens.

Afroditi Psarra

An artist, she holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, where she studied the influence of new technologies in contemporary art processes. She works with a broad range of media and techniques that run the gamut from embroidery, analog and digital circuits and creative programming to interactive installations and audio performances. In her artistic practice, she takes an interest in the juxtaposition of traditional handicraft and sci-fi ideas, and in the use of the human body as a control interface. Her works have been shown at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria (2014); the Electropixel in Nantes, France (2013); the Piksel in Bergen, Norway (2013 and 2012); the Maker Faire in Rome, Italy (2013); the Amber Festival in Istanbul, Turkey (2012); and other festivals and institutions. Afroditi Psarra lives and works in Athens. 

Oiko-nomic Threads | 2013, installation

Attaching a computer to a tricot machine, the group cross-references data from Greece’s National Employment Service and traditional Hellenic motifs to weave new fabrics and patterns. The ongoing Greek crisis is the plot thread of the piece, which articulates elements that allude to the Industrial Revolution (tricot machine) and the Information Age (computer) to compose a narrative about economy, technology, labor, and tradition.

Artists selected from the artworks call for entries