“Ocean’s Breath” in Athens

The Herakleidon Museum is pleased to present: 

Ocean's Breath

an Art and Science Exhibition of the Sea
Ocean Respiration
Microplastic Foodchain -UV lighted

November 23, 2023 to January 7, 2024
Artists: Thalassini Douma, Eveline Kolijn, Ioannis Lassithiotakis, Angeliki Loi & George Stamatakis

Opening November 23: 7:00  – 8:30 pm

January 10 to February 25, 2024
Artists: Theodora Vasiliadou, Maria Korompili, Christos Lazarakis, Yannis Makridis, Konstantinos Patsios, Spiridoula Politi & Virginia Filippousi

Curated by: Nina Fragopoulou, Doctor of Marine Biology
Text for the Exhibition: Katerina Pizania, Ph.D. The Sociology of Art.
Participating Scientists: Angeliki Kosmopoulou, Executive Director at Athanasios K Community Foundation. Laskaridis Giorgos Papatheodorou, Professor, University of Patras. Vangelis Tzanatos, Assistant Professor, University of Patras

This video was made as part of the “Ocean Respiration” installation in 2023.
Video by Eveline Kolijn, inspired by “Die Sonette an Orpheus” by Rainer Maria Rilke and the music from Symphony No. 2 (ex Oceano) by composer Matthew Dewey.
Voices: Dagmar Sieters, Jamie Bertram and Eveline Kolijn. The video footage of the Symphony is used with permission: https://vimeo.com/80873449 Australian composer, Matthew Dewey, worked with PhD candidates, Nick Roden and Rob Johnson from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart. An initiative from http://www.lynchpin.org.au/

Over the years I have built art relationships in Athens and I am very excited to be part of the exhibition “Ocean Breath” in the fascinating and elegant Herakleidon Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in the historic district of Thissio, next to the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus.

Besides its permanent display, which focuses on the science and technology of the ancient Greeks, the Museum also hosts additional exhibitions based on the triptych of Science, Art and Mathematics and offers lectures and educational programs.

I am installing six phosphorescent veils with lungs, plankton and a video with audio in a darkened room with UV lights. I have always wanted to build this Ocean Respiration installation and this exhibit has allowed me to do so.

Exhibition and opening at the Herakleidon Museum. Athens, 23 November 2023.

Image credits slide 2-4: Nina Fragopoulou

The group exhibition entitled “Ocean’s Breath”, draws inspiration from the enormous importance of the ocean for the planet. The title refers to the oxygen that the ocean offers us since one of two breaths we take is mainly due to the photosynthetic activity of phytoplankton. It includes twelve artists who are inspired by the ocean to create contemporary works of painting, sculpture, photography and video that address issues such as the ocean’s color, which changes with the influence of various physical and biological factors, the oxygen it provides us with, marine biodiversity, overfishing, pollution, the threat posed by the climate crisis (melting ice, acidification) and the immense beauty and peace it can also offer us. Art meets marine science and each work, beyond its visual role, becomes a field of knowledge and reflection.

The exhibition “Ocean’s breath” falls within the productive collaborations of art and science.  Exploring the current ecological perspective, artists raise awareness about environmental issues by creating powerful images and objects that pay homage to the ocean, highlight the devastating effects of human impact, but also pointing towards nature’s capacity to self-heal. The works on display are a series of oceanographies – mirrors on which we can project/expose our feelings and thoughts on contemporary ecological issues”.

Katerina Pizania, PhD

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