SOCIAL DISTORTION. LESS REAL MORE HUMAN
Artists: Martina Menegon Alexander Martinz Stefano D’Alessio, Kostas Lales, Magda Lambropoulou
Curated by: Martina Menegon, Alexander Martinz and Stefano D’Alessio
with Fotini Kapiris and Georg Georgakopoulos
Opening: Friday, February 3, 2017 8:00 pm.
Duration: February 3 – 28.2, 2017
Coordinated by: Offspring Young Artists
Organized by: ArtWall Project Space, Athens Gr
Vienna based artists Martina Menegon, Alexander Martinz and Stefano D’Alessio meet artists Kostas Lales and Magda Lambropoulou in Athens, Greece, at Social Distortion / Less real more human exhibition at the ArtWall.
Social Distortion includes new media installations and sculptures that center around fluid bodies, constantly switching between physical and digital states. The artworks revisit and transform the body, carrying a remembrance of the physical flesh, digitally and socially distorted to serve a new formal aesthetic. Whether it is about feeding back information into the pornographic maelstrom, creating new awareness of the self by translating it into virtual disorienting and grotesque 3D-scans, developing new ways of archiving memories or coding and decoding real life events from and into digital personae, the body is always the core and platform of these expressions.
Social Distortion exhibition in Athens, is part of the Offspring Young Artists program for the cultivation of new generation artistic practice.
Martina Menegon, Virtual Narcissism Video from (VR) interactive installation, 2016
Martina Menegon (1988, Italy) is a new media artist, programmer and educator. Her work deals with the instability and ephemerality of the human body as well as the alienation from physicality in today’s digital age, questioning the gap between real and virtual, flesh and data. Since 2010 she collaborates with Stefano D’Alessio and Klaus Obermaier, creating interactive performances and installations. With a degree in Visual and Performing Art (IUAV University of Venice) and in Transmedial Arts (The University for Applied Arts of Vienna), since 2010 she is teaching assistant of at the IUAV University, where she teaches multimedia tools for interactive arts with Klaus Obermaier. Since 2016 she is also lecturing in the Transmedial Art department at the University of Applied Art in Vienna and in the department of Time-based and Interactive Art, at the University of Art Linz. Martina Menegon currently lives and work in Vienna.
Alexander Martinz, Trypophile, video installation, 2016
Alexander Martinz, born 1979 in Klagenfurt, studied electroacoustic composition and transmedia art. He teaches at the University of Applied Arts, lives and works as a composer and media artist in Vienna and is the voice of Captain Knife. He is interested in the different logics and traditions of time based-media as well as their correlations. Complex transformations of popcultural material can be considered a foundation of his work.
Stefano D’Alessio, Recomposed Memories , video installation, 2016
Stefano D’Alessio (1987 Italy) Media artist, programmer and composer, lives and works in Vienna (Austria). Since 2010 he works with Martina Menegon (1988, Italy) creating interactive performances and installations, combining visual and sound thru programming. Their research addresses the digitalization of the human in new technologies, virtual representations of the “real” and the distortions and perceptive amplifications caused by them. Their work involves the human body as incipit for analyzing coding and decoding processes of the real/physic, in to digital/abstract, enquiring the ephemeral limits between machine and body, artificial intelligence and consciousness. With a degree in Visual Art and Theater at IUAV University of Venice, Stefano D’Alessio is currently studying Transmedial Arts at The University for Applied Arts of Vienna, under the direction of Brigitte Kowanz. Since 2010 he is teaching assistant at the bachelor, master, and post graduate master courses at IUAV University, where he teaches multimedia tools for interactive arts with Klaus Obermaier, artist he regularly collaborates with as programmer and tech/artistic assistant. Besides his own works and compositions Stefano D’Alessio realized music and interactive visuals for various artists, musicians, choreographers and theater directors.
Kostas Lales, Oi filoi ton fylon , sculpture, 2017
Through painting, sculptural installations, video and performance, Kostas Lales addresses our relationship among self, and same / opposite gender, through eroticism. His work reflects the layered association we have with elements that surround us – whether this contact be physical, commercial, or erotic. The immediacy of human imprinting States, urges us to free ourselves from the fear of body and our physicality. He holds a degree in Painting (prof. Zacharias Arvanitis Angelos Antonopoulos Dimitris Sakellionas Michalis Manousakis) and Multimedia – Hypermedia (prof. Manthos Santorineos) from the Athens School of Fine Arts. His participation in exhibitions, digital media festivals and performances, outline his research and illustration of the body as a device which stimulates erotic self awareness.
Magda Lambropoulou, Untitled, sculptural installation
Magda Lambropoulou’s (1977, Athens) artwork includes the use of diverse, expressive mediums including sculpture, installation, audio, video, performance. With emphasis on issues such as discrimination, pregudice and moral values imposed by a given society, she assumes a humanitarian approach to her work in attempt to transform silent acceptance to an explicit statement. She Invites the audience to participate in her artwork, aiming to raise awareness about social taboos and stereotypes. She holds a degree in Sculpture (prof. Theo Papayannis) from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her participation in exhibitions, sculptural and new media symposiums, and performances, has resulted in her identifying her visual approach and work methodology.