Performing Utopia: Celebrating 500 of Radical Thinking

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About ASFA Barbecue

The Athens School of Fine Arts {ASFA} barbecue {BBQ} is an international meeting for practitioners, theorists, students and audiences of time-based arts organized by the Theater of ASFA and the Unit of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of ASFA (MOKE).

The program of the ASFA BBQ is eclectic as it is international, it is inspired by an experimental and restless attitude that tries to renegotiate our relationship through our bodies. A series of performances, workshops and scores of parallel events that take place over two weeks in the buildings of the Athens School of Fine Arts, hopes to produce a new society of pleasure, creativity and emancipation.

Vassilis Vlastaras artistic director (vvlastaras@gmail.com)
He is a visual artist and Assistant Professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Lives and works in Athens, Greece. He creates large-scale site-specific installations and he experiments with various media in painting, drawing, photography, video, real time video and sound performances and computer interactive installations. His artistic practice examines the relationship between artwork and urban space, the notion of the ephemeral, and the interrelation between spatial movement, material and sound. Currently his work investigates the personal and social implications of loss, oblivion, history, memory and the subsequent acts of remembrance/memorialization and the relationships between the appetite for life and the frenzy of death. He has taken part in many exhibition projects, solo and group shows in Greece and abroad. http://www.vlastaras.com

Fotini Kalle curator (fotinikalle@gmail.com)
She was born in Athens in 1978. She lives and works in Athens and Thessaloniki. She studied painting in the Athens School of Fine Arts and Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London with a scholarship from the Alexander S. Onassis foundation. She has exhibited her work at Diverse Universe Performance Festival, Estonia 2015, Month of Performance Art, Berlin 2014, 2nd Biennale of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki 2009, and other. She also followed seminars in Europe and the USA reflecting on the idea of the body as a cultural vehicle, the concept of utopia, the importance of the space and the object in live art. She is currently conducting a PhD research concerning the performance art pedagogy and its affiliations with the “political”, at the School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation. Her work ranges from video to installation and performance.

Georgios Papadopoulos, PhD curator of the theory program and the parallel projects.
(languagegames@gmail.com) Papadopoulos combines economics and philosophical analysis with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. Between 2008 and 2009 he was Researcher at the Theory Department of the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and in 2012 he received the Vilém Flusser Award for Artistic Research by the transmediale festival and the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. He has published many articles on Economics, Artistic Research, and Philosophy and two books; Notes Towards A Critique of Money, 2011 and Grexit, 2012. http://georgiospapadopoulos.info
Our Philosophy

ASFA BBQ is a performance festival organized by artists for artists, aiming to provide a platform for colloboration and exchange.

More at: http://www.asfabarbecue.com

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