ACADDEMIA

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Idea

In the summer of 2018 the creative team of six d.o.g.s, in collaboration with the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, introduced ADD Festival to the international audience at the Industrial Complex of Piraeus 260 – a great celebration of contemporary electronic music which ush- ered in a new era in artistic events of Greece. The following summer of 2019 the six d.o.g.s team, this time in collaboration with the Onassis Foundation, presented the second edition of ADD Festival at the former Hellinikon Airport.

Four years later, and in the midst of the new, post pandemic, landscape in the wider field of culture, arts, human rights and sustainability, both locally and globally, ADD Festival intro- duced ACADDEMIA: a new, rich, interdisciplinary program of activations, launched for the first time in May 2022.

Divided into the distinct pillars of social empathy, music, the wider visual and performing arts and fashion, and expressed through a multitude of rotating, monthly activities, ACADDEMIA’s program aspires to embrace and empower the city’s independent artistic voices throughout the year, with the culmination of all this journey reaching its peak alongside ADD Festival’s calendar.

Goals

ACADDEMIA as a venture has been in its infancy almost since the birth of ADD Festival itself, but its academic/educational character is considered more relevant and necessary than ever, constituting the tangible commitment to substantial assistance in drawing the contemporary artistic map of the city on the part of its coefficients.

Its primary objective is to support the wider cultural scene in Greece, providing its representatives with expertise, oppor- tunities to network and highlight their work, as well as direct contact with modern international developments in their fields through masterclasses, workshops, industry events and parallel actions, which will take place in various locations in Athens.

In addition, it aims to highlight and shed light through open dia- logue to all the current issues and reflections that have finally begun to concern the wider Greek society.

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Pillars

Social Discourse

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Music and Performing Arts

Visual Arts

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Social Discourse

Equal representation of women in culture

Mental health, reality and destigmatization in the arts

LGBTI and activism, a debate more relevant than eve

Sustainability and a green footprint on the country’s festival and wider map

How alternative entertainment venues can be turned into truly safe spaces

Cultural inclusiveness and integration of communities that are under-represented

Music and performing arts

Seminars, lectures, masterclasses, panels

Practical workshops

Electronic Music Production Mentorships

A/V installations/performances

Label/collective showcases

Green Initiatives

Dance as a medium

Visual Arts

Practical Workshops

Mixed Media

Painting

Photography

Sound Sculpture

Exhibitions

Exploring the world of synesthesia

Cinema – documentaries

Illustrated Fanzine

Incubator

Creation of an arts oriented incubator in the industrial zone of Athens, Eleonas

Transformation of a large-scale abandoned building into a living organization for the facilitation and execution of new ideas

A physical think tank, where fresh ideas will be hatched and implemented

This space will be the base of ACADDEMIA, hosting many of the organization’s future activities

While simultaneously welcoming activations by other, like-minded organizations

Abundance of studio spaces and artist residencies for musicians, dancers and other creatives

Launch events

ΑCADDEMIA Zine

The first edition of ACADDEMIA’s fanzine was released with LIFO on Thursday May 12th featuring opinion pieces, photo essays, in- terviews, studio visits, comic strips as well as a few surprises such as an NFT art exhibition. On its 30 pages, the active past and present met with the hopeful future of the wider cultural world of the city, re- defining the form of fanzines in the year 2022.

Polygono Live

Saturday 21 May 2022: The night that marked the beginning of ACADDEMIA.

Pan Pan, known as Panagiotis Pantazis, is a versatile artist, musician, illustrator and comic book creator. In the outskirts of the neighborhood of Polygono, Pan Pan returned to the open basketball court where he used to play football as a child, for a block party that combined drawing and music. After all, Polygono has been everywhere in his work: from the field of action of a cat in “Cherry Jam” to sound samples in tracks throughout his entire discography.

Polygono Live started the afternoon with painting.

Panagiotis and his guests Giorgos Goussis, Kanellos COB, and Georgia Zaharis demonstrated how to draw a short comic and passed the tools into the hands of the audience, in an interactive afternoon that culminated to 8 large frames drawn by everyone inside the stadium.

At the same time, Tind offered on-site screen printing on skin with glow in the dark inks. As night fell, the music began with the energetic tracklist- ing including both tracks from Phantasmagoria One and Two, and material from earlier works alongside unreleased tunes.

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Gusplained: 12 Awkward Hours with Larry Gus

Monday, May 23, 2022: The second… event of ACADDEMIA

Acrobating between an educational program, a play, and an avant- garde morning TV segment, Larry Gus’ whirlwind 12-hour Lives- tream took place live from noon until midnight on a Monday in May. Gusplained had 12 guests from the wider creative world and the help of Larry Gus’ friend, and award-winning Creative Direc- tor, George Garefalakis, on the stream.

The 12 separate sections were complimented by: Dani (illustra- tor), Demetria (musician), K.atou (DJ), Moose (rapper), Sissi Rada (musician), Will Westerman (musician), Byronas Theodoropoulos (stand up comedian), Irini Koulelis (barrista, coffee expert), Jacqueline Lentzou (cinematographer), Eva Papamargariti (digital artist), Elli Tryngou (actress), Costas Tsioukas (choreographer, dancer), Fotis Fotinoglou (chef) with the overall result available for binge watching on YouTube or the ACADDEMIA Facebook Page.

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Social Discourse Ι

Tuesday, May 24, Social Discourse I Forecourt of the Arts Center of the Municipality of Athens, next to the Music Megaron.

Publish Yourself in collaboration
with Hyper Hypo
A session aimed at deciphering the secrets of independent publishing and moderated by Andreas Kokkino and Stathis Mitropoulos, co-founders of Hyper Hypo, the new art bookstore in Athens. Participants Natassa Pappas (Desired Landscapes), Vassilis Karydis (Dapper Dan), Sotiris Trechas (Fluffer Everyday), Prodromos Papadopoulos (Doma), Yannis Bournias and Lina Stefanou (Nomas) shared stories, experience and thoughts about the creative adventure of publishing small editions with great impact.

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The dancefloor as a safe space for fringe communities in collaboration with the Orlando LGBT+ team
How can alternative entertainment spaces be turned into real safe spaces for LGBTI people and other subjects who are dis- criminated against because of their identi- ty? The Orlando LGBT+ Mental Health Without Stigma team in an open discus- sion more relevant than ever. The diverse panel consisted of ClubKid (DJ), Ody Icons (Performer), Vanessa (Be Queer), Konstantinos Menelaou (The Queer Archive).

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On Wednesday May 25th we went to the movies in collaboration with the Hellenic Film Academy.

The Iris Awards are the great celebration of Greek cinema. They are awarded to the best Greek films of the year, marking an exciting, eclectic cinema that is increasingly recognized at home and abroad. This year, the 13th Iris participated in ACADDEMIA with a series of screenings and a sound installation rewinding some of the best films of last year’s production.

On Wednesday May 25th in Trianon – from early afternoon until very late at night – short films nominated for Iris awards in the categories of Short Film, Study, Animation and Documentary were screened. The screenings were divided into parts A and B, with Berlin-based Scot- tish sound artist Claude Speeed curating a special interlude turning the five nominated soundtracks in the Original Music category into audiovisual installations – in the context of a creative discussion be- tween the final vision of an artist and how this can be reinterpreted using AI technology.

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Jeff Mills presents
Tomorrow Comes the Harvest

On July 12, ADD Festival in collaboration with ACADDEMIA welcomed Jeff Mills to Herodion.

Jeff Mills, one of the world’s top techno artists, presented live for the first time to an Athenian audience his pioneering Tomorrow Comes The Harvest project, an improvisational concept he created in 2018 with Tony Allen, Afro Jazz legend and Fela Kuti’s drummer.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that without Jeff Mills, electronic music would probably be very different today. From the legendary activ- ist music collective Underground Resistance, of which he was a found- ing member back in the late 80s in Detroit, to worldwide critical and commercial acclaim, signing collaborations with symphony orchestras, art and fashion projects, Jeff Mills has carved out an enviable and com- pletely idiosyncratic artistic course over the years.

Much more than a simple producer or DJ, Mills is a true artist of sound, with a complete vision and deep knowledge of his subject, which he serves both through his own record label, Axis, and with countless other projects.

In 2000 he wrote music for Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece “Me- tropolis”. In 2006 he released “Blue Potential”, a live recording of his concert with the seventy-piece Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 his work “Critical Arrangements” was exhibited at the Pompi- dou Center in Paris as part of the exhibition “Le Futurisme à Paris – Une Avant-Garde Explosive” while for his 2013 album “Where Light Ends” he was inspired by the Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri. These are just a few of the milestones in the great career of a versa- tile and always restless artist.

12 years after his last appearance in Athens, Jeff Mills appeared in the unique space of the Ancient Theater of Herodos Atticus, to pre- sent live his highly acclaimed Afro Futuristic Jazz project. Accompa- nied by keyboardist and longtime collaborator Jean-Phi Dary, he was once again in conversation with Tomorrow Comes The Harvest, this time with new improvisational “partners“ in bassist Divinity Roxx and flutist Rasheeda Ali. There, in the timeless venue, past met fu- ture, analog met digital, jazz met techno and the audience a living musical legend.

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Idea

In the summer of 2018 the creative team of six d.o.g.s, in collaboration with the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, introduced ADD Festival to the international audience at the Industrial Complex of Piraeus 260 – a great celebration of contemporary electronic music which ush- ered in a new era in artistic events of Greece. The following summer of 2019 the six d.o.g.s team, this time in collaboration with the Onassis Foundation, presented the second edition of ADD Festival at the former Hellinikon Airport.

Four years later, and in the midst of the new, post pandemic, landscape in the wider field of culture, arts, human rights and sustainability, both locally and globally, ADD Festival intro- duced ACADDEMIA: a new, rich, interdisciplinary program of activations, launched for the first time in May 2022.

Divided into the distinct pillars of social empathy, music, the wider visual and performing arts and fashion, and expressed through a multitude of rotating, monthly activities, ACADDEMIA’s program aspires to embrace and empower the city’s independent artistic voices throughout the year, with the culmination of all this journey reaching its peak alongside ADD Festival’s calendar.

Goals

ACADDEMIA as a venture has been in its infancy almost since the birth of ADD Festival itself, but its academic/educational character is considered more relevant and necessary than ever, constituting the tangible commitment to substantial assistance in drawing the contemporary artistic map of the city on the part of its coefficients.

Its primary objective is to support the wider cultural scene in Greece, providing its representatives with expertise, oppor- tunities to network and highlight their work, as well as direct contact with modern international developments in their fields through masterclasses, workshops, industry events and parallel actions, which will take place in various locations in Athens.

In addition, it aims to highlight and shed light through open dia- logue to all the current issues and reflections that have finally begun to concern the wider Greek society.

Pillars

Social Discourse

Equal representation of women in culture

Mental health, reality and destigmatization in the arts

LGBTI and activism, a debate more relevant than ever

Sustainability and a green footprint on the country’s festival and wider map

How alternative entertainment venues can be turned into truly safe spaces

Cultural inclusiveness and integration of communities that are under-represented

Music and performing arts

Seminars, lectures, masterclasses, panels

Practical workshops

Electronic Music Production Mentorships

A/V installations/performances

Label/collective showcases

Green Initiatives

Dance as a medium

Visual Arts

Practical Workshops

Mixed Media

Painting

Photography

Sound Sculpture

Exhibitions

Exploring the world of synesthesia

Cinema – documentaries

Illustrated Fanzine

Incubator

Creation of an arts oriented incubator in the industrial zone of Athens, Eleonas

Transformation of a large-scale abandoned building into a living organization for the facilitation and execution of new ideas

A physical think tank, where fresh ideas will be hatched and implemented

This space will be the base of ACADDEMIA, hosting many of the organization’s future activities

While simultaneously welcoming activations by other, like-minded organizations

Abundance of studio spaces and artist residencies for musicians, dancers and other creatives

Launch events

ΑCADDEMIA Zine

The first edition of ACADDEMIA’s fanzine was released with LIFO on Thursday May 12th featuring opinion pieces, photo essays, in- terviews, studio visits, comic strips as well as a few surprises such as an NFT art exhibition. On its 30 pages, the active past and present met with the hopeful future of the wider cultural world of the city, re- defining the form of fanzines in the year 2022.

Polygono Live

Saturday 21 May 2022: The night that marked the beginning of ACADDEMIA.

Pan Pan, known as Panagiotis Pantazis, is a versatile artist, musician, illustrator and comic book creator. In the outskirts of the neighborhood of Polygono, Pan Pan returned to the open basketball court where he used to play football as a child, for a block party that combined drawing and music. After all, Polygono has been everywhere in his work: from the field of action of a cat in “Cherry Jam” to sound samples in tracks throughout his entire discography.

Polygono Live started the afternoon with painting.

Panagiotis and his guests Giorgos Goussis, Kanellos COB, and Georgia Zaharis demonstrated how to draw a short comic and passed the tools into the hands of the audience, in an interactive afternoon that culminated to 8 large frames drawn by everyone inside the stadium.

At the same time, Tind offered on-site screen printing on skin with glow in the dark inks. As night fell, the music began with the energetic tracklist- ing including both tracks from Phantasmagoria One and Two, and material from earlier works alongside unreleased tunes.

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Gusplained: 12 άβολες ώρες με τον Larry Gus

Δευτέρα 23 Μαΐου 2022: Η δεύτερη… εκδήλωση του ACADDEMIA

Κάτι ανάμεσα σε εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα, θεατρικό έργο, και avant-garde πρωινάδικο ήταν το καταιγιστικό 12ωρο Livestream του Larry Gus, το οποίο πραγματοποιήθηκε ζωντανά από τις 12.00 το μεσημέρι μέχρι τις 00.00 τα μεσάνυχτα μίας Δευτέρας του Μαΐου. Το Gusplained είχε 12 καλεσμένους από τον ευρύτερο δημιουργικό χώρο και τη βοήθεια του φίλου του Larry Gus, και πολυβραβευμένου Creative Director, Γιώργου Γαρεφαλάκη, στη ροή.

Τις 12 ξεχωριστές ενότητες πλαισίωσαν οι: Dani (illustrator), Demetria (μουσικό), K.atou (DJ), Moose (ράπερ), Sissi Rada (μουσικό), Will Westerman (μουσικό), Βύρωνα Θεοδωρόπουλο (stand up comedian), Ειρήνη Κουλέλη (barrista, coffee expert), Ζακλίν Λέντζου (κινηματογραφίστρια), Εύα Παπαμαργαρίτη (digital artist), Έλλη Τρίγγου (ηθοποιό), Κώστα Τσιούκα (χορογράφο, χορευτή), Φώτη Φωτεινόγλου (σεφ) με το συνολικό αποτέλεσμα να είναι διαθέσιμο για binge watching στο YouTube ή το Facebook Page του ACADDEMIA.

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Social Discourse Ι

Τρίτη 24 Μαΐου, Social Discourse Ι
με χώρο Διεξαγωγής το προαύλιο του Κέντρου Τεχνών Δήμου Αθηναίων, δίπλα στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής.

Publish Yourself σε συνεργασία
με το Hyper Hypo
Ένα session με στόχο την αποκρυπτογράφηση των μυστικών των ανεξάρτητων εκδόσεων και συντονιστές
τους Ανδρέα Κόκκινο και Στάθη Μητρόπουλο, συνιδρυτές του Hyper Hypo, του νέου βιβλιοπωλείου τέχνης της Αθήνας. Συμμετέχοντες οι Νατάσσα Παππά (De- sired Landscapes), Βασίλης Καρύδης (Dap- per Dan), Σωτήρης Τρέχας (Fluffer Every- day), Πρόδρομος Παπαδόπουλος (Doma), Γιάννης Μπουρνιάς και Λίνα Στεφάνου (Nomas) μοιράστηκαν ιστορίες, εμπειρία και σκέψεις γύρω από την δημιουργική περιπέτεια μικρών εκδόσεων με μεγάλο αντίκτυπο.

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The dancefloor as a safe space for fringe communities σε συνεργασία με την ομάδα Orlando LGBT+
Πως οι εναλλακτικοί χώροι διασκέδασης μπορούν να μετατραπούν σε πραγματικά safe spaces για ΛΟΑΤΚΙ αλλά και άλλα υποκείμενα που δέχονται διάκριση λόγω της ταυτότητάς τους; Η ομάδα Orlando LGBT+ Ψυχική Υγεία Χωρίς Στίγμα σε μια ανοιχτή συζήτηση πιο επίκαιρη από ποτέ. Συμμετέχοντες οι ClubKid (DJ), Ody Icons (Performer), Βανέσα (Be Queer), Κωνσταντίνος Μενελάου (The Queer Archive).

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Τετάρτη 25 Μαΐου και πήγαμε σινεμά σε συνεργασία με την Ελληνική Ακαδημία Κινηματογράφου.

Τα Βραβεία Ίρις είναι η μεγάλη γιορτή του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου. Απονέμονται κάθε χρόνο στις καλύτερες ελληνικές ταινίες της χρονιάς, δίνοντας το στίγμα ενός συναρπαστικού, πολυσυλλεκτικού σινεμά που αναγνωρίζεται ολοένα και περισσότερο εντός και εκτός συνόρων. Φέτος, τα 13α Ίρις συμμετείχαν στο ACADDEMIA με μια σειρά από προβολές και ένα ηχητικό installation που έκαναν rewind σε κάποιες από τις καλύτερες ταινίες της περσινής παραγωγής.

Την Τετάρτη 24 Μαΐου στο Τριανόν, από νωρίς το απόγευμα μέχρι πολύ αργά το βράδυ, προβλήθηκαν οι μικρού μήκους υποψήφιες για Ίρις ταινίες στις κατηγορίες Μικρού Μήκους Ταινίας, Σπουδαστικής, Animation και Ντοκιμαντέρ. Οι προβολές χωρίστηκαν σε Α και Β μέρος, ενώ ενδιάμεσα ο Σκωτσέζος, με έδρα το Βερολίνο, sound artist Claude Speeed, επιμελήθηκε ένα ξεχωριστό ιντερλούδιο μετατρέποντας τα πέντε υποψήφια soundtracks στην κατηγορίας Πρωτότυπης Μουσικής σε οπτικοακουστικά installations – στο πλαίσιο μιας δημιουργικής συζήτησης ανάμεσα στο τελικό όραμα ενός καλλιτέχνη και το πως αυτό μπορεί να επανερμηνευτεί με την χρήση ΑΙ τεχνολογίας.

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Jeff Mills presents Tomorrow Comes the Harvest

Στις 12 Ιουλίου το ADD σε συνεργασία με το ACADDEMIA παρουσίασαν τον Jeff Mills στο Ηρώδειο.

Ο Jeff Mills, από τους κορυφαίους καλλιτέχνες της παγκόσμιας techno, παρουσιάζει για πρώτη φορά ζωντανά σε αθηναϊκό κοινό το πρωτοπόρο του project Tomorrow Comes The Harvest, μια αυτοσχεδιαστική σύλληψη που δημιούργησε το 2018 με τον Tony Allen, θρύλο της Afro Jazz και ντράμερ του Fela Kuti.

Δεν θα ήταν υπερβολή να πει κανείς ότι χωρίς τον Jeff Mills, η ηλεκτρονική μουσική πιθανώς θα ήταν πολύ διαφορετική σήμερα. Από την θρυλική ακτιβιστική μουσική κολεκτίβα Underground Resistance, της οποίας υπήρξε ιδρυτικό μέλος πίσω στα τέλη των 80s στο Detroit, έως την παγκόσμια κριτική και εμπορική αναγνώριση, υπογράφοντας συνεργασίες με συμφωνικές ορχήστρες, εικαστικά και fashion projects, ο Jeff Mills έχει χαράξει μια αξιοζήλευτη και εντελώς ιδιοσυγκρασιακή καλλιτεχνική πορεία μέσα στα χρόνια. Πολλά παραπάνω από απλός παραγωγός ή DJ, ο Mills αποτελεί αληθινό καλλιτέχνη του ήχου, με ολοκληρωμένο όραμα και βαθιά γνώση του αντικειμένου του, το οποίο υπηρετεί τόσο μέσω της δικής του δισκογραφικής, Axis, που ξεκίνησε το 1992, όσο και με αμέτρητα άλλα projects ανεξάντλητης δημιουργικότητας.

To 2000 έγραψε μουσική για το βουβό αριστούργημα του Fritz Lang “Metropolis”. Το 2006 κυκλοφόρησε το “Blue Potential”, μια live ηχογράφηση της συναυλίας του με την εβδομηνταμελή Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα του Montpelier. To 2008 το έργο του “Critical Arragements” εκτέθηκε στο Κέντρο Πομπιντού στο Παρίσι στο πλαίσιο της έκθεσης “Le Futurisme à Paris – Une Avant-Garde Explosive” ενώ για τον δίσκο του “Where Light Ends” του 2013 εμπνεύστηκε από τον Ιάπωνα αστροναύτη Mamoru Mohri. Αυτοί είναι λίγοι μόνο από τους σταθμούς της σπουδαίας καριέρας ενός πολυσχιδούς και πάντα ανήσυχου καλλιτέχνη.

12 xρόνια μετά την τελευταία του εμφάνιση στην Αθήνα, ο Jeff Mills εμφανίστηκε στον μοναδικό χώρο του Αρχαίου Θεάτρου Ωδείο Ηρώδου Αττικού, όπου και παρουσίασε ζωντανά το ακριβοθώρητο Jazz Afro Futurism Project του. Συνοδευόμενος από τον κιμπορντίστα και μακρόχρονο συνεργάτη του Jean-Phi Dary, συνομίλησε εκ νέου με το Tomorrow Comes The Harvest, αυτή τη φορά με νέους «συνεργούς» στον αυτοσχεδιασμό τη μπασίστρια Divinity Roxx και τη φλαουτίστα Rasheeda Ali. Εκεί, στο απόλυτο venue, το παρελθόν συνάντησε το μέλλον, το αναλογικό το ψηφιακό, η τζαζ την techno και το κοινό έναν ζωντανό μουσικό θρύλο.