Helen’s Dress_e-Residency_A Wrap Up

The e-Residency program “Helen’s Dress” was an innovative answer to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The e-Residency replaced the scheduled, same name, „physical residency“ in Vamvakou (Greece) which had to be canceled. Both the AIR and e-Residency program was designed and curated by visual artists Christoph Ziegler and Loukía Richards aka ZLR Betriebsimperium after a duo’s original idea and concept. The e-Residency was realized in the frame of the project Vamvakou Revival, and was exclusively funded by Greece’s prestigious Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Eight international artists and writers were selected to participate in an intensive daily program including art coaching, brainstorming, e-workshops on embroidery, narrative and performance, as well as Live Streamings open to the broader public. Each one of them developed a performance video based on the myth of Helen of Sparta, the alleged cause of Greece’s war on Troy in 12th century BC.

Helen, the mythical queen of Sparta, is a female archetype, variations of which may be found in many cultures. Her love story triggered a merciless war. The e-Residency participants worked on an updated version of the myth and addressed issues that are still important nowadays, such as misogyny, abuse, manipulation, fake news, armed

The program’s creative exercises, artists’ new work and curators’ visual notes, as well as the public’s feedback will be published in a digital book, to download online free of charge.

The e-Residency blog documents the daily challenges the team encountered.

Participating artists:
Anastasia Hassiotis, choreographer and writer, Greece/ Hannah Stippl, visual artist, Austria / Amelie Spitz, Jewellery artist, (Germany) / Trisha Gupta, textile artist, USA / Aggeliki Symeonidou, Embroiderer and crafts activist, Greece/ Carla Castiajo, visual artist, Portugal / Christina Mitrentse, visual artist, UK / Anika Gupta, writer, USA.

Projects by ZLR Betriebsimperium focus on Greek thought, spirituality, mythology.

Photos from top left to bottom right:

1. Visual notes by Loukia Richards/ Photo credit: Christoph Ziegler 2. Loukia Richards and Metaxia Hantelion Greek Embroidery via Live Streaming/ Photo credt: Christoph Ziegler 3. Helen of Covid-Performance by participant Aggeliki Symeonidou/Photo credit: Aggeliki Symeonidou 4. Performance by participant Natasha Hassiotis/ Photo credit. Natasha Hassiotis 5. Helen’s Dress by participant Hannah Stippl/ Photo credit: Hannah Stippl 6. Teleconference / Photo credit: Christoph Ziegler 7. Tsakonian Kilim / Photo credit: Christoph Ziegler.

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