HELEN'S DRESS - THE TSAKONIAN DRESS
Combined e-Residency and exhibition project consisting of three parts. It applies to multimedia and interdisciplinary artists, jewelry and fashion designers, performers who wish to combine various disciplines, such as jewelry and textile art, story telling, mythology and performance.
Project duration: 20 August - 20 November 2021
Application deadline: August 1, 2021 (12.00 pm CET)
PART I: Intensive e-Residency from 20-22 August 2021.
PART II: Two successive exhibitions showing the participants' work
1. in Leonidio, Arcadia/Greece from 22-29 October 2021
2. in puuul contemporary art space, Vienna/Austria from 5-20 Νovember 2021, during VIENNA ART WEEK (13-20 November 2021).
PART III: Live online presentation on 20 November 2021 plus documentation in SMCK Magazine For Independent Artists (November 2021 issue).
PART I - THE e-RESIDENCY:
Helen is the immortal daughter Zeus and Leda. Like her mother, Helen is the queen of Sparta. She is the personification of beauty, the ruler, the cause of war, the mistress, the faithful and the unfaithful wife, the mother, the scapegoat. Like the moon – her name's meaning in Greek – Helen gets lost and comes back.
How did this divine woman dress? We may guess by studying the Tsakonian Tzoubelou dress, scarlet and gold, gown and skirt, topped by a delicate velvet fes, and worn over a long white dalmatica shirt.
The art/design project reconstructs Helen's identity through the media textile, jewelry, performance, photography and video. Artists and designers participate in an intensive 3-day e-Residency in late August 2021 and reflect on the mythical figure of Helen.
Helen's Dress e-Residency aims at inspiring artists, designers, writers, performers and photographers to develop their own contemporary version of the ancient Greek myth. The archaic red and golden Tzoubelou dress of Tsakonia will be the starting point to deal with non-verbal expressions of feminity, hierarchy, power, women's history, glamor, awe and pride. The 3-day workshop program also addresses current issues that have a negative impact on women's lives, such as misogyny, abuse, manipulation, fake news, conflict.
The e-Residency introduces artists into the tradition of Greek art and culture, emphasizing narrative, Greek mythology, jewelry art, dress culture, women's history, performance and design. It also deals with applied art and design questions on how dresses may reflect power, determination, empathy, feminity, dominance, sexuality.
e-RESIDENCY BACKGROUND & CONCEPT:
The idea of the eResidency program reflects the tradition of 18th and 19th century travelers in Greece whose impressions greatly influenced artists and intellectuals in their own countries. Johann Joachim Winckelmann, archaeologist and founder of the Art History discipline, for example, never visited Greece, but developed his approach based on what he had read or heard from travelers. German poets Goethe and Hoelderlin found inspiration in Greek antiquity without ever having visited the country. The rediscovery of "Greek aesthetics" in art, architecture and fashion, and the revival of democracy in the age of enlightenment was more a product of imagination than of physical presence.
References: A similar e-Residency workshop - Helen's Dress - designed for and funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, was realized by us in June 2020. For project documentation, please visit: Helen’s Dress Flipbook / Saturnalia (Video).
e-RESIDENCY DETAILS -WORKSHOP (21 hours):
• From Greek mythology to narrative: 5 hours
• Performance: 6 hours
• Video scenario: 3 hours
• Basic video techniques: 1 hour
• From Greek crafts (textile, jewelry, ceramics) to contemporary design: 4 hours
• Objects as performance inspiration: 1 hour
• Individual coaching: 2x30 minutes per artist
PART II - DOUBLE EXHIBITION:
Participants' work - objects, photo narrative, video - will be presented in two group exhibitions.
The first exhibition will take place in the 19th century historical town of Leonidio in Arcadia, Greece, from 22-29 October 2021. The town is famous for preserving Greece's oldest traditions, including textiles, kilims and dresses, the doric dialect, dance and architecture. The dates chosen refer to the autumn holiday season for Greek and foreign visitors. The exhibition will present participants' photos and videos in public buildings, cultural venues and private spaces in the historical heart of Leonidio.
The second exhibition takes place in puuul contemporary art space in downtown Vienna, Austria, from 5 – 20 November 2021, during Vienna Art Week (13-20 Νovember 2021).
PART III - ONLINE AND MAGAZINE PRESENTATION:
An interactive online presentation (interviews and videos), as well as a website documentation of the exhibition in puuul art space, Vienna, will promote participants' work to art specialists, collectors and art lovers around the globe.
The participants will be presented in the fifth issue of SMCK Magazine.
REQUIREMENTS / EXPECTATIONS TOWARDS THE ARTIST:
Artists are expected to attend the e-Residency program, and to deliver for the exhibitions: one to six objects, a performance video, a photographic narrative (1-3 images) reflecting the eResidency theme. Artists' statements and pictures will be published in SMCK Magazine.
The works presented in the two exhibitions and in SMCK Magazine have to be new or of a recent date. They must not have been exhibited yet. No previous experience in performance or video scriptwriting or video editing is required.
The participants are expected to participate in the workshop program and to be open to new techniques and approaches.
Note: a good internet connection ( for teleconference, live streaming) throughout the e-Residency and live presentation is necessary.
PARTICIPATION FEE: 380 euro, paid by each participant.
SUPPORT: On request, we provide artists who wish to apply for funding, a letter of support. We do not provide funding.
HOW TO APPLY: To apply, send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, including:
1. Website link and/or 6 photos of your work
2. Artist's bio/statement
3. Your motivation for participating in the e-Residency and exhibition project
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 artists.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 8, 2021 (12.00 pm CET)
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