Once Upon a Sponge
Once Upon A Sponge

Exhibition Dates: 01 July – 30 September 2012

Taxidi Old Tomato Factory
Agios Georgios | Perivolos | Santorini

By observing and exploring the different aspects of design, creative platform Papairlines aim to communicate that design does not only fulfil aesthetic or usability purposes, but that design is about identifying, analysing and solving problems in our everyday life as well as commenting on social phenomena and behaviours.

For the exhibition Once Upon A Sponge, the participating designers have been invited to conceptualise and construct unexpected and imaginative narrative objects with the final destination being to expose stories through the use of the iconic yellow sponge.

The sponge, a neglected everyday object, transforms into a construction material for the designers who endeavour to redefine the form and the established use of the sponge in order to challenge the perception of the public.

By examining material properties, such as texture, colour, absorption, elasticity and opacity and utilizing manufacturing techniques including gluing, weaving and sewing, the exhibition seeks to showcase the different design perspectives. The end results being that the designers have infused new attributes to a common product by utilizing irony, humour, emotion and semiotics.

At the same time, an off-site exhibition of photography, D.I.Y. | Who’s the designer: In Santorini, will launch on 10 July and will showcase a series of spontaneous, D.I.Y objects sourced on Santorini created by non-design professionals, who at a lack of resources, creatively subvert existing objects to solve problems and overcome design weaknesses.

A map will be available at both exhibitions illustrating where the found objects rightly reside for adventurous visitors who want to further explore traditional life on the island.

Participating designers:
157+173 Designers, Ritsa Αnastasiadou, Marcia Argyriades, Christina Billiouri, Angela Chrissaiti, CTRLZAK, DEDE Dextrous Design, Jazzt Design, Kanella, Sotiris Lazou, Vassilis Mylonadis, Stathis Petropoulos, Kallirroy Spyridonos, Zaxos Stathopoulos, Marc Schulthess, Wedid-ID+A, Alexandros Xanthakis

Papairlines team: Costas Bissas, Loukas Angelou, Vasso Asfi

Once upon a sponge
Exhibition dates: 01 July – 30 September 2012
Taxidi Old Tomato Factory
Agios Georgios | Perivolos | Santorini

D.I.Y. | Who’s the designer: In Santorini
Exhibition dates: 10 July – 30 September 2012
Majestic Hotel
Fira | Santorini | 84 700

Admission: FREE and open to the public

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Exhibition sponsors: To Metsovo | Flat20 | Dianthos Guesthouse | msn


InsideOut in Santorini

Exhibition Dates: 01 August – 30 September 2012

Various locations
Pyrgos | Santorini

When TED Prize winner JR announced his wish to turn the world “Inside Out”, inviting people around the globe to share a photo portrait along with a statement about what they stand for, artists Jorgina Stamogianni and Dimitris Sipsis stood up to participate.

“We were inspired by the Santorini Biennale to participate in JR’s TED Prize wish, and demonstrate the island‘s commitment to history and the inhabitant. ”

Examining the fabric of the island, the artists have photographed the local communities highlighting the inhabitants; the people who stay on the island after the summer is over, the ones that stay to endure the heavy jobs, survive in solitude during the long winters without sufficient medical care or amusement, the ones that are cut off from the rest of the world for many months.

In order to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in Santorini’s society and history but who are rarely noticed, the project will emphasize the community’s will to continually unite around a common belief in the island’s ethos.

These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and from July will be exhibited throughout Santorini offering the local gaze to both the visitors of the island and the Biennale. The photographs will also be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

About the artists
Jorgina Stamogianni has an academic background in Social Anthropology which has evidently inspired her in order to create this project. For the last few years she has beenn focusing her studies on art as well as curating.

Dimitris Sipsis is a photographer who has been experimenting a lot with photographic documentaries as well as street photography.

About the INSIDE OUT Project
The INSIDE OUT Project is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities.

Posters will be placed in various outdoor location throughout the village of Pyrgos, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of an abandoned building. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and be made available online at http://www.insideoutproject.net/.

The INSIDE OUT project is a creation of the street artist JR, the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize.

About the TED Prize
The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference and a vision by the world’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and entertainers to change the world – one Wish at a time.

The reward: $100,000, the TED Community’s array of talent and expertise, and the leadership of a TED Prize team led by Amy Novogratz. What began as an unparalleled experiment to leverage the resources of the TED Community to spur global change has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes.

From Bono’s the ONE Campaign (’05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (’10 recipient), the TED Prize is helping to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and now inspire art around the world.

For more information on the TED Prize, visit www.tedprize.org.


Time – Moment – Shock

Exhibition Dates: 7 July – 30 September 2012

Location: ‘Santorini of the Past’ Cultural Village, Pyrgos

The Moment is what we are living now, it is where we exist and create. The Moment is where life begins; it is what defines “who” and “what” everyone is, regardless of the previous or the next second. The Moment is the most important “place” worth being in; it is where one truly exists.

The Moment is the prism under which we must look upon time; it is the past, the present and the future. Our lives are but this Moment; a Moment from the womb to the tomb, from conception to oblivion, from one suspension to the other.

And the change that shakes our very existence is the one that came to be without our will; we did not cause it neither did we predict it.

As we live and suddenly something happens and brings our life upside down, likewise as we are painting or drawing and while we have a general idea where we are headed, suddenly another artist enters and without asking for our permission, and not knowing what we had in mind, he “touches” the canvas, shocking us and the viewer.

For the realization of this idea we have chosen a group of 8 artists that live far from one another, who will start an “artistic correspondence”, thus intervening on each other’s Moments. The material of the exhibition will be the presentation of this correspondence, the A4 drawings that is, and a group video.

The practical part of the exhibition will be as follows: The first artist will start with a drawing which he/she will scan and send via e-mail to the second artist, who in turn will make a second drawing as a response and after having been influenced by the first one. The second artist will send his/her work to the third artist who will make the third drawing of the series influenced by the second one, and so on. Thus, each artist will only know what the previous fellow artist has done and not the rest.

The drawings will be accompanied by a short group video where each artist will analyze their idea, in an attempt to record the possible changes of that first Moment.

The theme of the exhibition is Time, its relativity as a concept and how each of us interprets and uses it.

Curators: Ioanna Souroudi and Vasilis Botoulas
Participating artists: esek_one, Andreas Kolovos, Vasilis Botoulas, Petros Athanasiou, G. Lale, Anna Kontonikola, Sophia Papakosta, Ioulia Kontopoulou

Time – Moment – Shock
Exhibition dates: 01 July – 30 September 2012
Admission: FREE and open to the public
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Greek Photographic Forms
Exhibition Dates: 20 July 2012 – 30 September 2012

Boutari Winery | Megalochori | Santorini

An optical poem featuring the dynamism and the sincerity of the PAST by 8 modern photographers -representing the elite of the contemporary photography of Greece- highlighting the elements of the common cognition of the art.

Members of the prestigious “Photographic Circle”, all photographers participating in this exhibition started their first artistic journey in photography from the Benaki Museum. Beyond their own “forms”, the figure of Platonas Rivellis -their teacher- is always present!

Participating artists:
Vassilis Gerontakos, Christos Kopsahilis, Vassilis Kostantinou, Angelos Mihas, Spyros Panagiotopoulos – Silvano, Pavlos Pavlidis, Christina Sorovou, Loukas Vassilikos.

Admission: FREE and open to the public.