Thematic Gallery Installation with Stefanos Tsivopoulos

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In this seminar, we will expand on the field of video installation and investigate contemporary methodologies and practices that shed light on the intricacies between space, moving images, and the public. The seminar uses three distinct areas of inquiry:

  1. A series of lectures on contemporary video installation followed by group discussions and analysis,
  2. A workshop that aims to create a model for a video installation during seminar
  3. A series of group critics and in depthdiscussions on your upcoming thesis project.

Students will learn to translate and incorporate various artistic methodologies in a video installation. We will also study the contemporary practices of video art and filmmaking through screenings of video art, interviews, and installation works by seminal contemporary video artists.

Part 1

Monday, October 31: Video Installation

- 11h -12h: Presentation of S. Tsivopoulos's works.
Possible screening: Journey to a land otherwise known (2011, 23 mins), The Labyrinth (2018, 19 mins), Black Sun (2016, 43 mins), followed by a Q&A.

- 12h-15h: Students' Presentation.
The students will present the following:

  1. Introduce their practice, key topics, andmethodologies.
  2. Within the workshop's framework, students will present one of their existing video works (or WIP) as a starting point to (re) imagine, develop, make sketches and eventually build a model for a video installation.
  3. Present and analyze the works of three contemporary video artists that use video Installation as a primary component of their work.

- 15h -1730h: First session: Video installation Lens-based practices
We will look into seminal video installations by contemporary video artists, discuss the methods and intentions of these artists, the politics of display, and finally, the necessitation of space and image concerning the public. Reference artists include Bill Viola, Joan Jonas, Pipiloti Rist, John Akomfrah, Natalie Djurberg, Isaak Julien, Omer Fast, Mika Rottenberg, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Anri Sala, Ryan Trecartin, Fiona Tan, Pierre Huyghe, Wandelien van Oldenborgh, Erik van Lieshout, Jeremy Deller, Forensic Architecture, Hito Steyerl.

- 1730h - 18h: Closing remarks.

At the end of each session, we will take a moment to reflect on the day's work and discuss any questions.

Tuesday, November 1: Components of Video Installation

- 11h -14h: Second session: Video Installation Components
Analysis of the following:

  1. Video Component: Single/Multi-channel, Performance, Live, Interdisciplinary.
  2. Sound Component: Synchronous/Asynchronous, Speakers, Live.
  3. Spatial Component: interior/exterior, architecture, exhibition design, in situ.
  4. Multidisciplinary Component: Diverse disciplines - sculpture, objects, text, performance, music combined with moving images.

Discuss the interaction and interdependence of the different components and the impact on the outcome.

- 14h - 16h: Video Installation and the Public.
We'll use examples of seminal video installations and examples of students' works to discuss the position of the public.
Discussion about the position and state of visitors and spectators. How do they move into an exhibition? How do they interact with video works and installations? How do the exhibition design and architecture influence their perception of the work?

- 16h – 18h: Researching, Designing, and Constructing a Video Installation
Researching materials, scale, space, and colors. Making sketches, building models, and working with AutoCAD. Identifying the appropriate audiovisual equipment. Working with architects, interior/exhibition designers, curators, and other experts. Combining the spatial designs with the right audiovisual equipment in a given space.

- 1730h - 18h: Closing remarks.

At the end of each session, we will take a moment to reflect on the day's work and discuss any questions.

Wednesday, November 2: From Video work to Video Installation

- 11h -15h: Third Session: Video work to Installation
We will explore the interconnection between video work and Installation. We will delve deeper into the concept, and production of three video works, to better understand how the content of each piece is echoed in the Installation and its final quality enhanced by the spatial experience.
We will watch the entire length of each video work, followed by a discussion about each film and substantial analysis of all components of the video installation. The discussion will expand on speculating different iterations of the Installation of the three video works.

- 15h - 1730h: Workshop Assignment Mock-Up.
The students will share ideas, sketches, and rough models of the Installation of the video project.
We will dedicate time to work in class, and students will receive one-on-one feedback on their work in progress. The students will have the opportunity to develop and complete the work in the following days and present the workshop's outcome on Monday, November 7.

- 1730h - 18h: Closing remarks.

At the end of each session, we will take a moment to reflect on the day's work and discuss any questions.

Monday, November 16: Presentation mock-up Installation, Group Critics.

11h - 18h: Student presentations

Each student presents the mock-up video installation produced in the frame of this workshop, followed by a collective discussion.

Tuesday, November 8, and Wednesday, November 9. Thesis Projects

- 11h - 18h. This part of the workshop is dedicated to the student's thesis projects.
Each student will have the opportunity to present their work in progress, ongoing research, and project development. We will emphasize the content of the work, production plans, and the dialogue with ideas about potential presentation/video installation. A collective discussion will follow each presentation.

Part 2

Monday, January 16: Group Presentations of Video Installation proposals.

11h -18h: Student presentations

Each artist will make a short presentation of draft ideas and early plans for the video installation related to the final project.
The artists may present an excerpt of their project alongside sketches and mock-ups for a video installation. Please include a list of equipment that would best serve the presentation.

At the end of each session, we will take a moment to reflect on the day's work and discuss any questions.

Tuesday, January 17 & Wednesday, January 18: From sketch to 3D

11h -18h: Experimenting with video equipment in the project space.
On 17 and 18 January, we will experiment with audiovisual equipment to get your proposals in the space. Available for these installations will be 2 video projectors, two monitors, and a set of speakers. Prepare your audiovisual material, export your video clips in .mpg files, and transfer them to USB sticks or keep them available on your laptops. This is a trial and error process, putting some of your ideas to practice and troubleshooting how they work visually and technically. We will pay extra attention to the position and state of the audience entering and watching each work. How does the installation influence the perception of the work?

Monday, January 23, and Tuesday, January 24: Studio Visits

- 11h - 18h: Meeting sessions

These are in-depth one-on-one meetings with an emphasis on the content of the work, and production plans, focusing on the presentation/video installation of your thesis project. Each session is 50 mins.

Wednesday, January 24: Visit V2, TENT spaces, and Exhibitions.

11h - 13h: Visits to exhibition spaces

We will visit the V2 and TENT exhibition spaces and try to get accustomed to the rooms and the potential installation for each work based on the tryouts of the previous days. We will also get ahold of their floor plans.

13h - 18h: Visits to exhibition spaces

We will visit two exhibitions in Rotterdam and/or one in Amsterdam, depending on the time (TBC). Possible exhibitions in Rotterdam are Het Nieuwe Instituut: Open Archive 3.0, Kunstinstituutmelly, and the exhibition of filmmaker/artist Saodat Ismailova at the Eye Museum.

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Stefanos Tsivopoulos is an interdisciplinary artist, flimmaker, educator, and organizer, who exhibited extensively in art institutions and flm-festivals including the 1st Athens Biennial; 2nd CAFAM Biennial Beijing; Manifesta 8, Spain; 6th Thessaloniki Biennial; 2nd Xinjiang Biennale; 6th Fotobiennale Mannheim; 4th Riga Quadrennial; and dOCUMENTA 14, Kassel. Group shows include the High Line Art, New York; MAXXI, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; MoMUS, State Museum Thessaloniki; The 8th Floor, New York; Bellas Artes Projects Manila; MuCEM, Marseille; Tate Modern, London; MACBA, Barcelona; M KHA, Antwerp; BAK, Utrecht; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam. He represented Greece at the 55th Venice Biennial with History Zero a three part film and an archive.

Tsivopoulos teaches at the BFA and MFA Fine Arts program of The New School - Parsons (2017-). He's the founder and co-director of the Artists for Artists (AfA) a non-proft educational organization.