On Monday 5th September at 14:00 the multimedia artist Katerina Karoussos (PhD Candidate at the Planetary Collegium) will be speaking via Skype in HUMlab. Following this (approximately 14:30) there will be a showing of the film Noetic Grace, which Katerina made during her three month HUMlab Yoshikaze Up-in-the-air Residency on the HUMlab Island in Second Life.
The film NOETIC GRACE – FROM IMAGE TO IMAGO “regards the process of ‘virtual vision’ such as St. John of Damascus yielded, back in the 7th century. It refers to a course of action that disregards the conventional way of viewing as it entertains the idea of intellectual vision which is beyond any sensory origin. The intellectual eye gazes without any supporting images to the image itself as an endoscopic procedure. In this context the noetic awareness faces all of what can be seen and unseen as epiphanies.” (Katerina Karoussos)
Katerina Karoussos’ exploration into our noetic awareness in the virtual as our Yoshikaze artist between 20 May and 5 August this year has led her to step-by-step inquiries into “imago” of the virtual. Her residency has been a unique journey, for which her objective from the start was rather to conduct an in-depth examination of virtual vision than to produce work of art. With the concept of image as an apparition of our mind, her voyage consisted of a series of experimentations to better apprehend our new state, each unfolding a subtle rupture of our auto-responses from the reminiscent unconsciously employed.
Between 5-9 September Yoshikaze will proudly present a new video by Katerina Karoussos at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. This video puts together her observations in Second Life during her Yoshikaze residency as a singular work of art, and exposes the dimension of her philosophical concern by revealing her course of contemplation over our noesis on time, space, physical entities, natural phenomena, and body. The exhibition will be combined with her presentation at HUMlab at 2 pm on 5 September.
Katerina Karoussos is an artist and researcher. Her research is based on the convergence of old and new media and especially between Byzantine and new media visual practices. From 1994 to 2003 she was the director and a co-founder of the Hellenic Center of Fine & Applied Arts. From 2004 since 2010 she was working at The Athens School of Fine Arts as a free lancer at the Fresco studio. She holds a Master of Arts from Middlesex University in Art & Technology Interdisciplinary Methods. From 2009, Karoussos is a member of Planetary Collegium (CAiiA) as a PhD Candidate under the supervision of Pr. Roy Ascott. She has participated in many international conferences (ISEA, Aber, Dimea, Consciousness Reframes Series etc). Apart from her work as a Byzantine mural painter at Orthodox churches her work has been exhibited in various international media exhibitions (Athens, Japan, Madrid, New York, Frankfurt, Montenegro, Cuba etc).
Curated by Sachiko Hayashi in collaboration with James Barrett at HUMlab.
Yoshikaze “Up-in-the-Air” Residency (www.slurl.com/secondlife/HUMlab/95/215/351) is a Second Life residency programme run by Sachiko Hayashi together with SL HUMlab sim manager James Barrett from HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. As part of HUMlab, its 3264 sqm land in Second Life supports SL artists in their pursuit of virtual art practices and researches. For inquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I strongly recommend anyone interested in post-humanism, embodiment, virtual worlds, space and place studies to see this excellent film. Noetic Grace deals with the bio-spatial, how presence and embodiment can be explored, questioned and demonstrated in a 3D virtual environment.
Katerina has been keeping a record of her residency on the Yoshikaze Blog, where you can read about her hermitage on the HUMlab island, and observations on the nature of space, thought, time and the body.