by The group ERROR
Thursday 4 June 2015
Athens School of Fine Arts
design hall of ASFA, 256 Peiraios st. (Γυμνό νυκτός)
ΦΑΡΜΑΚΟΝ (FARMAKON) is an improvisation that incorporates techniques of virtual reality, video games and algorithmic music in conjunction with musicians, performers and the audience. It constitutes an improvised performance of new technologies and primordial acts.
With the artists guiding us through a real-time journey in virtual spaces as the backdrop, using archive photos, sound installations and controlled lighting, an environment is created where the musicians, a singer, an actor and the audience are required to perform in rapport with (or against) it.
On the one hand, conceptually this work is based on the dynamics gained by medicines (ΦΑΡΜΑΚΟΝ) during our time: powerful industries that hold even the copyrights of biological grafts. A small quantity of concentrated high technology, a construct that is directly related to the body and which tends to alter the substance of its physical life. On the other hand, ΦΑΡΜΑΚΟΝ refers to the philosophical term first proposed by Plato in Phaedrus, to explain Writing against the Authenticity of Memory, is used by Derrida later on through a dense and self-referenced text on philosophy (Plato’s Pharmacy).
The group ERROR is an open platform of improvisation and research in digital culture. It originates in the Thursday Night Jams which were taking place in the Centre for Digital Culture FOURNOS. ERROR 2015 consists of the students of the greek-french master “Art, virtual reality and multiuser systems of artistic expression” of the Athens School of Fine Arts and Paris 8, who incorporate in this performance their interactive virtual reality works and the algorithmic sounds of their project “Solution – Redemption”, many of them participating as musicians as well. Professors participate as coordinators of this project, but also as musicians and independent artists. The members of this group are, the “Art and Virtual Reality” Master professors Manthos Santorineos, Taxiarchis Diamantopoulos, Nefeli Dimitriadi and Vasilis Vlastaras. The students George Apostolakos, Apostolos Kastritsis, George Pinas, Konstantina Vetsiou, Nikos Papadopoulos, Theodore Pistiolas, Dimitris Trakas, Eirini Dimou and Alexandros Milkidis. Actress Marita Vlasopoulou, musician and light designer Apostolis Tsatsakos, musician and ASFA student Maria Louisou and, of course, the audience.
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