Saturday, 30 August 2014

Theo Prodromidis Biography

Theo Prodromidis
born in Thessaloniki in 1979, live and works in Athens, Greece.

He studied Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster and was awarded an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2007, in London, UK. 

His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and institutions such as the 4h Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece, ReMap, Athens, Greece, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Athens, Greece, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece, Ileana Tounta Art Centre, Athens, Greece, Werkleitz zentrum für medienkunst, Halle, Germany, Contour Mechelen, Brussels, Belgium, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, Tramway, Glascow, Scotland, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy, the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece, Museum of Cinema, Thessaloniki, Greece, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece i.a.
He has been awarded with European Media Artists Award (EMARE), 2008 and Onassis Foundation Award, 2006. His work is in public and private collections in Greece, UK and Italy.

Towards the Bank of the Future, 2013 information

Theo Prodromidis
Towards the Bank of the Future
2K, stereo, 7'30"

commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens for the Visual Dialogues 2013

presentation text:

"Towards the Bank of the Future" observes and engages with two conceptual axes. 

The first axis derives from the analysis of Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, where Aristotle presents the problematic of a definition of the "work of man". In the same way that Aristotle sets the work of man in motion, this form of a life that is activated by the operation of Logos, Cavafys repositions life, or a form of life at least, in the sphere of History, a history of action, an action beyond a simple livelihood (ζῆν).
At this exact point, the work focuses on the second axis, on the concept of historicity, thus the specific position and use of History in the work of Cavafys. The poet frequently narrates in his works, of a man who is historically located either in the classical or the modern times.The above element is the one that transforms the work of Cavafys to a significant moment of modernity in poetry. The displaced historicity of the form, where the atemporal collides with the historical.

Towards the production of Dialogues On The Market Of Bronze and Other Precious Materials, information

Towards the production of Dialogues On The Market Of Bronze and Other Precious Materials, 2013.

presentation text:
 The video installation "Towards the production of Dialogues On The Market Of Bronze and Other Precious Materials" has as a starting point of reference Bertolt Brecht's The Messingkauf Dialogues, a theoretical work in a dialectical form that dates back to 1939 and was written in four different versions in a period of four years but remained incomplete.The work situates a re-interpreted version of Brecht's work, connected to the socio-economic circumstances regarding contemporary society and the implications that these may cause, in the structures of a monetary policy, and its reverberations in the cultural sphere.
Based on Brecht's four nights' structure the artist aims to provoke correlations regarding two structures, the structure of politics and the structure of finance using their architectural form and specificities as a visual starting point. The work motivates the viewer to contemplate all the above elements in a manner that the aesthetic experience of viewing it produces a platform for the critical engagement of the spectator with the socio-political signifiers that are presented.
Theo Prodromidis's video installation has a specific social context, to collective and private experiences as a consequence of politico-economic and political-cultural locations that are densified in a narrativized, critical and poetic process.