Anastasia Blatsiou

Anastasia Blatsiou

Kathimerini Daily Newspaper
MIT Open Documentary Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Natasha Blatsiou is a writer and independent documentary filmmaker based in Athens, Greece. She currently works as a deputy editor-in-chief for the English-language magazine series GREECE IS and as a journalist for Kathimerini, a leading Greek media group that has a publishing partnership with the International New York Times & Conde Nast International.  She has gained extensive experience as a result of her multidisciplinary background. After completing her B.A. in International and European Economics and her M.Sc. in International Relations and Strategy, she worked as a business consultant before embarking on a journalism career. She has worked as a local producer and collaborator on a number of feature stories and more than 30 TV documentaries for international media. Her award-winning short stories were included in anthologies of fiction. In 2014 she attended the documentary summer school of NTFS (London) and directed her first short film Islanders. She was the scriptwriter for Dying for Europe, a documentary trilogy about the migrant crisis that received more than 15 international awards. Her latest collaborative cross media project called THE REFUGE received in the form of a short documentary film an award of excellence at POYi (2020) in the documentary news reporting category and was included in the final selection of interactive shorts of the World Press Photo (2020). The project was also selected for the UNIONDOCS (2017) and ESODOC (2020) training initiatives.

Ahead of joining the MIT Open Documentary Lab, she aspires to be part of a university research environment and experiment with documentary storytelling and new media as a member of a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of scholars, artists and technologists. Her aim is to push her creative multimedia documentary projects into the digital era, by crossing the borders between traditional and digital formats, linear and non-linear narratives and create more democratic and more inclusive storytelling formats that will challenge the single-authored perspective and will tell attention-worthy stories across audiences and generations. She looks forward to telling stories about the everyday lives of ordinary people who fight for change, capturing intimate moments behind larger global issues.

Aristotelis Dimitrakopoulos

Aristotelis Dimitrakopoulos

University of Ioannina
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Art History / Art & Architecture

Architect, urbanist, educator. Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, School of Architecture, University of Ioannina, Greece. Aristotelis was a visiting faculty at: Bezalel School of Architecture, Israel (2019), Technische Universität München (DAAD scholar 2019), Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart (DAAD scholar 2018), Architectural Association School of Architecture (Visiting Teachers program 2005), while he has served as a guest juror at architecture schools including at University of Cyprus and University of Nicosia. Currently, his pending visits as researcher/faculty are with Yale University (expected 2021-22); Birkbeck University of London (expected 2021), and Czech Technical University in Prague (expected 2021). Architect and Founder of Aristotheke Eutectonics Office of Architecture + Urban Design, Athens, Greece (2002) with a primary focus on design research in parallel to critically minded practice. Aristotelis has worked as architectural designer with several architectural firms including, in New York City, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (2000-01) and Bernard Tschumi Architects (2001-02) and has extensive design consulting experience with an emphasis on PPP (Public-Private Partnership). He has taught as full-time faculty at the Savannah College of Art & Design, School of Building Arts; Frederick University in Nicosia, Cyprus; and as adjunct faculty at the University of Patras, Greece. Aristotelis has written extensively in English and Greek on diverse topics in urbanism and architecture under historical, theoretical and critical scopes, and on a regional as well as on an international scale. He has served as member in editorial boards for several sector periodicals in Athens, Greece. Design work by Aristotheke Eutectonics© is frequently included in collective, peer-reviewed, regional architectural exhibitions. Aristotelis has guest-lectured and participated in numerous conferences including at the Universities of Ulm (2007), Hasselt (2015), Bauhaus Weimar (2008); ETSAB, ETSAV, Barcelona (2014), Leuven (2017), Thessaloniki (2007, 2017, 2018), Patras (2004), Thessaly at Volos (2015); National Technical University and School of Fine Arts, Athens (2014, 2019) and in independent academic conferences such as REHAB in Porto (2015), Changing Cities (IV, III. II), Public Space in Thessaloniki (2011), ArchTheo in Istanbul (2015), and more. Aristotelis (born in Athens, Greece, 1974)  graduated in 1998 with a professional Diploma Architecture Engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens School of Architecture and earned his Master of Architecture degree from the Yale University School of Architecture (2000), enrolling in parallel to the year-long theatrical set design studio at the Yale School of Drama.

Visiting Yale during my 2021-22 sabbatical semester, I plan to research and produce visual work focusing upon an overlooked and highly provocative interface on Hellenic classical architecture in the biographical trajectories of two Fulbrighters who visited Greece on life-changing trips during the ‘50s studying ancient Greek sacred sites and architecture in relation to contemporary design agendas: James A. Speyer (Chicago architect, educator, art collector, curator) and Vincent J. Scully (Yale art historian, educator, Louis Kahn expert).

Georgios Grigorakis

Georgios Grigorakis

Independent Filmmaker
Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York
Film Studies  and  Screenwriting

Georgis is a filmmaker born and raised in Greece. Ηe studied social psychology in the UK before completing a master’s degree in directing fiction at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in London. Since 2007, he has been writing and directing short films, which have been screened and awarded at numerous festivals worldwide. He recently completed his debut feature film Digger, which premiered at the 70th Berlinale and was honored with the CICAE Award.

In New York, he will research and develop the script for his second feature film project through mentoring sessions and workshops. He will also engage in participant research of Native Communities, whose social structures and relationships with the environment will give valuable insight into the themes the story tackles. Through his stay, he hopes for creative, as well as professional opportunities. He aims to complete a solid draft of the screenplay, and use it to attract key collaborators and potential investors, expecting to embark into production in the near future. He looks forward to sharing stories that explore human relationships in an intimate and complex way, creating interesting characters and visually compelling narratives, as part of emotionally engaging and thought-provoking films.

Georgios Moraitis

Georgios Moraitis

Independent Visual Artist
Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York
Fine Arts / Multimedia and Intermedia

My artistic approach focuses on the realm between sound sculpture, audiovisual installations, two-dimensional works and performance. My work incorporates sound and found objects which are often accompanied by drawings, screen prints, video, photography and computer-controlled interactive installations in which sound is utilised as a primary medium.

The current evolvement of history and art in the wider region of the eastern Mediterranean has, among other things, been the subject of my personal interest and research activity throughout my studies all these years. A geo-cultural interface itself, Greece is located at a crucial point, between three continents, linking the West with the East.

In our present historical era, we are witnessing a generalized state of forced exchange, a condition of violence that necessitates the constant movement and displacement of populations not for the purpose of cultural production, but with a view to promote the subjugation of the populations involved to a common measure, that of economy. The core question, then, that runs through the backbone of my ongoing research may be formulated as follows: in what ways might all those diverse cultures –that were once dovetailed with one another, constituting a common civilization– be re-invented in their plurality/unity?

The (eventually, not so) metaphorical scheme that fuels my artistic approach and practice in relation to the geocultural phenomenon of the “Mediterranean basin” comes from the realm of sound and not from that of image. The Mediterranean basin could, thus, be described as a geological formation, more precisely a sonorous cavity of multiple resonances: the basin seen as source and at the same time as effect of resonances. An echo chamber in which sound reverberates, generating multiple nuances of feedback, return, boundness and offering. Like an interplay of mirrors in which every act or object is multiplied and even distorted. Sound appears to be a credible metaphor of the real. What, then, is the sound of this basin? How would the sound of that geocultural reality sound? Wouldn’t it be an audio space time where highly diversified means of transition link a type of material to another, a space characterized by a varied gradation of mutations, interplays, overlaps, cross-fading, sudden shifts and hidden junction points?

Having studied extensively cultural development and the contemporary trends of art that are currently being produced around the Mediterranean, from east Europe and the Balkans to the eastern Mediterranean coasts and north-east Africa, an affiliation with Experimental Intermedia Foundation & Harvestworks Organization would contribute significantly to my acquiring a multidimensional approach and an expanded understanding of the sound through history of modernism.


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