(in alphabetical order)
acte vide (Danae Stefanou & Yannis Kotsonis)
acte vide (“empty act”) is the duo project of Yannis Kotsonis and Danae Stefanou. Active since 2006 as an experimental & improvisatory unit, they persistently explore noise and silence in ever-changing real-time formations, usually unrecorded. The duo has created numerous performances & installations, and has received several international commissions for collaborations with musicians, visual artists and directors such as Raed Yassin, Tarek Atoui and Vicki Bennett. Τhey are the founders and curators of Syros Sound Meetings, a set of research residencies on sound art and site-specific sonic experimentation in the island of Syros, Greece, which has hosted over 120 international sound artists & researchers since its launch in 2012.
A composer, performer, researcher and curator based in Athens, Greece. Within an interdisciplinary background, she focuses on the creation of organised sound based on the relationship between silence and noise, and space and sound, as well as on exo musical sources. Her compositional work includes acoustic works for solo instruments and various chamber ensembles, electroacoustic works, chamber operas and vocal works, algorithmic and site-specific compositions. Her artistic output as viola da gamba player and performer ranges from early and contemporary music to improvised, pop and music as part of multidisciplinary projects. She studied music composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and astrophysics at the University of Wales in Cardiff. She is currently a PhD candidate in architecture and music at the Technical University of Crete. She organises and curates projects in her space NGallery. In 2020 she co-formed the international trio WAN.
Dr. Eleni Ikoniadou is Reader in Digital Culture and Sonic Arts at the Royal College of Art. Her research sits at the intersection of art, theory, and technoscience, with specific attention to sound and voice. Her latest research project, funded by the EPSRC Human-Data Interaction Network Plus (April 2020—May 2021), investigates machine learning in Art, Music & the Culture Industries. Ikoniadou is the producer of Fugitive Voices, a series of online conversations with guest artists, which broadcasts monthly on Movement radio (http://movement.radio/podcasts/fugitive-voices). As member of the art group AUDINT (audint.net), with Steve Goodman (kode9) and Toby Heys, they co-edited the anthology Unsound: Undead (Urbanomic, 2019) and produced a series of exhibitions, under the same name, funded by the Arts Council of England (2018-2020). She is founder and co-editor of the Media Philosophy Series (Rowman and Littlefield) and author of the monograph The Rhythmic Event: Art, Media and the Sonic (The MIT Press, 2014).
He frequently presents lectures, and his papers have been published in journals such as The Lute, Mousicology, Mousikos Loghos and Annals for Aesthetics, as well as in various books. He has taken part in recordings (Decca, Naïve, MDG, Aparté et al) and concerts in Greece, U.K., Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Russia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Monaco among others, with various ensembles (Armonia Atenea, Pomo d’oro, Latinitas nostra, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Athens and Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestras et al). He is an assistant professor at the Music Department of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Yannis Kotsonis is a sound artist and musician based in Athens. He has composed electronic music for theater, dance, multimedia installations, and film. He gives concerts on a regular basis, often in collaboration with other artists. Yannis has released seven solo albums and has contributed to several compilations. Since 2009 he has been active as an independent workshop, residency, and concert coordinator (Syros Sound Meetings, KNOTmusic, minor act). He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Media Studies, Film and Philosophy, and Sound Design at the University of Wales Swansea and the University of Piraeus in Greece, and DIY electronics and sound art workshops for schools and local community groups around Athens in the context of “Interfaces” and “Sounds Now” (Creative Europe – Onassis Foundation). He also produces and hosts the “Resonator” radio show (for Concertzender radio ) and “Sound Unfolds” (for movement.radio) and co-hosts “Proschedio”, a weekly Athens-based underground and experimental music internet radio show since 2014.
Marinos Koutsomichalis is a media artist, scholar, and creative technologist. He is broadly interested in the materiality of self-generative systems, (post-)digital objecthood, sound, image, data, electronic circuitry, perception, selfhood, and the media/technologies we rely upon to mediate, probe, interact, or otherwise engage with the former. His research and artistic activities reciprocally inform one another by virtue of a mixed method that combines situated creative practice, bespoke software/hardware development, ethnographic research, field-work, critical theory, analysis, workshopping, and DIWO (Do It With Others) experimental making. In this way, they draw on, and concern, various subareas in arts, humanities, science, technology, philosophy, and design. He has hitherto publicly presented his work, pursued projects, led workshops, and held talks worldwide more than 250 times and in all sorts of milieux, from leading museums to underground venues. He has a PhD in Electronic Music and New Media (De Montfort University, UK) and a MA in Composition with Digital Media (University of York, UK), has held research positions at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (Trondheim, NO) and at the University of Turin (IT), and has taught at various universities and institutions internationally. He is responsible for more than 25 academic publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings, for more than 15 music albums, and for a book. He is a Lecturer in Multimedia Design for Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology (Limassol, CY) where he directs the Media Arts and Design Research Lab.
Panayotis Panopoulos was born in Athens in 1967. He received his University Degree in Education from the University of Athens (1989). Both his Post-graduate Degree and his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology were received from the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of the Aegean, Mytilene, in 1991 and 1998 respectively. He teaches at the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean since 2003. His research interests concern the anthropology of music, sound and performance. His ethnographic publications (in international journals, e.g. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Ethnologie Française, and in edited volumes) concern the symbolism of sound and hearing in modern Greece, the study of local cultural associations and the role of musical performances in the symbolic construction of place. He is currently conducting research on the culture of the Deaf community in Greece and collaborating in projects with visual artists. “Voice-o-graph”, a project of arts-based ethnography with visual artist Panos Charalambous, was presented at documenta 14, Athens/ Kassel in 2017. He has taught at the Democretian University of Thrace, the University of Crete and Panteion University, Athens. He has been a Research Visiting Scholar at Princeton University (2002-3, 2012) and the University of California, Berkeley (2009). He has also taught as invited lecturer at Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (2012) and at the University of Cologne (2018). He is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists and the Greek Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Dana Papachristou is a musicologist and artist who focuses on the combination of arts through the use of new media. She has studied music (piano, clarinet, composition), musicology at the University of Athens, and Music Culture and Media in the departments of Media and Music Studies. She holds a PhD in the discipline of Philosophy of Art in regards to Deleuze and Guattari at Paris 8 | Vincennes – Saint-Denis and the Ionian University. In the recent years she has participated in interdisciplinary research, music and geo-locative projects. She is a founding member of Akoo.o collective. At the moment she is a teaching fellow at the University of Thessaly in the dept. of Culture, Creative Media and Industries.
She is Associate Research Professor and Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant Soundscapes of Trauma: Music, Sound, and the Ethics of Witnessing (MUTE). She writes about the nexus of music, sound and trauma, as well as the interections of politics, ethics, and aesthetics. She held two Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowships at the University of Goettingen (2011–2014, FP7) and at Panteion University, Athens (2017–2019, Horizon 2020) respectively. Her research has also been supported by DAAD, Onassis Foundation, and the Centre for Research for the Humanities, Athens. She has published widely in edited volumes and scholarly journals and co-edited two special issues on music torture and music in detention. She has presented her research in international conferences and exhibitions including documenta 14. She worked at the Royal Opera House (London, 2014–2006), and later as a dramaturg at the Greek National Opera (2006–2009). She is also a research-based-art practitioner, working in sound and textual forms. She created the podcast The Undoing of Music for Museo Nacional Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2019), as well as the installations The Dark Side of the Tune for ‘Hypnos’ exibition at Onassis Stegi (Athens, 2016) and New Parthenon for ‘Iasis’ exhibition (Tilt Platform, Loutraki, 2019), both created with Nektarios Pappas.
Yorgos Samantas is a social anthropologist engaged in sound, listening and walking as cultural practices and as artistic media. His fields of interest extend from urban to rural environments, and from ecology to technological mediation. Among others, he has been engaged in research on electronic music, water and the politics of the (sound-)scape, mental health, public memory, and art institutions and the city, either solo or collectively, within trans-disciplinary endeavours between arts and social sciences (Fonés, akoo.o, “learning from documenta”). He often uses artistic work as a ethnographic tool, or, in reverse, ethnographic research as a process for artistic production.
He has worked as a research, educator, sound designer, and field-recordist in projects about the city, radio, theater and ethnographic films, as an art mediator, and a dj. He is a member of TWIXTlab, within which he is coordinating the organization’s contribution in “B-Air: Art Infinity Radio” cultural cooperation project about the radio, music, sound art and vulnerable social groups, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.
Danae Stefanou makes improvised sounds and texts. She is Associate Professor and founding director of the Experimental & Improvised Music Ensembles at the School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she also runs two arts-based research initiatives (noise:muse and Critical Music Histories) and supervises numerous graduate projects on critical historiography, improvisation, DIY aesthetics, and issues of gender & politics in contemporary music. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals (JRMA, JIMS, Musicae Scientiae), music dictionaries (Grove Music Online) and edited volumes, including the Cambridge Companion to Film Music (CUP, 2016), Made in Greece: Studies in Greek Popular Music(Routledge, 2018), Contemporary Popular Music Studies (Springer, 2019) and Music and Landscape / Soundscape and Sonic Arts (Universal Edition, 2019). Active as a performer since the 1990s, she has performed, composed, and curated hundreds of independent intermedia actions & events in public spaces, DIY venues, arts institutions & educational establishments, and received project commissions from the Onassis Stegi, SNFCC, National & State Museums of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki & Syros International Film Festivals, Athens Festival, Megaron Concert Hall, Goethe Institut, Institut Francais, Arts & Humanities Research Council U.K. & Arts Council Ireland, among other organizations.