12 October 2020

Perceiving Academy 2020

Perceiving Academy 2020 invites artists, curators, musicians, poets, dancers, performers and creative practitioners of all kinds to participate in the two-week artistic residency with focus on Sound and Touch. We will enhance our sonic perception, investigate the source and physicality of sound, test the power of voice and music to unite sounding bodies. We will go on an inward journey to find physical support for our voices, deepen sonic awareness and open sensibilities. This practice however will be done not for its own sake but in order to go from the deep source outwards, to resonate with the world, to sing the time we live in. An important question we are asking ourselves is whether we can find ways to cure the wounded social body through the touch of sound.

Perceiving Academy 2020. Sound and Touch includes a 5-days intensive workshop by the Cypriot performance and sound artist Lia Haraki, as well as lectures by philosopher Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and independent researcher Katerina Nikitina, discussions, film screenings, readings and exploration walks around Nicosia. Participants will be given time and support to develop their ideas, that emerge in the course of the residency or stem from their artistic practice. By the end of the residency we hope to become parts of a new collective body and co-produce some of the ideas. We are hoping for committed participation during the whole two-week program. Participation is free of charge, travelling costs in the amount up to 350 euro will be reimbursed, lunch and snacks for participants will be provided.

Please state your interest for participation by September 20th, 2020, by sending a short C.V motivation and description of your practice in an email titled ‘Perceiving Academy 2020’ at ekatek@cytanet.com.cy

This residency/public art project is kindly funded by the Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture Cyprus. For information contact ekatek@cytanet.com.cy

The program for Perceiving Academy 2020. Sound and Touch has been developed by curator Maria Stepkina together with artists Ilina Chervonnaya and Katerina Neofytidou.


WEEK 1: October 12–17 (9:00–19:00, several breaks during the day included)

I. Workshop ‘Voicing the Personal to Touch the Universal’ by Lia Haraki
5 days, 6 hours a day

The workshop aims at exploring how can the sensory body become relevant to the world and how can the world become relevant to the sensory body. Through sound and touch, we will use our bodies and voices to connect to our own selves, explore how we relate to others and find what makes us belong to a wider universal consciousness.

The five day workshop will include three main practices that Lia Haraki has been developing the past seven years. The practices will be happening daily in the following order:

IntuNition’. The physical practice of ‘IntuNition’ is based on being in tune with ones intuition and moving from that reality. It is based on embodied repetition and variation which gradually develops into a physical transformation process. Within this process participants learn to recognize and embody the physical, emotional, mental and metaphysical body and work with its various dynamics and qualities.

Repetitive poetry’. The voice will be studied as a physical tool that acts with a strong motive and purpose. Through the improvised practice of repetitive poetry, Lia will guide the participants to use the voice from abstraction to representation, from sound to word, from sensation to meaning, from solo talk to the collective voice . Eventually the aim is to create collective sound scores through physicality and rhythm as ways to sound, act and coexist in the world. The soundtracks can be performed in any urban space after the workshop ends and can function as a connecting link between art and society.

The Onion’. By using the onion as a metaphor participants are guided to ‘peel off ‘unnecessary layers that keep their art work hidden and locked. The particular workshop is a journey of mapping artistic desires and creative ideas, developing skills related to choice making and gaining an understanding of the essential as necessary. The workshop includes the mapping of the artist’s creative process so that they can reflect, share and dive into the essence of their work. Special attention will be given to ways of dealing with dead ends within the creative process.


II. The workshop is followed by discussion meetings for exchanging thoughts and ideas, readings and film screenings.

WEEK 2: October 19—23 (10:00—20:00, several breaks during the day included)

Second week will be dedicated to developing ideas that emerged during the first week. There will be daily 1,5-2 hour embodiment practices such as Deep Listening Session and Inner Senses QiGong, as well as lectures from contemporary philosophers and an artist talk. The rest of the day will be schedule according to the group’s needs.


FrankoBifoBerardi, founder of the famous ‘Radio Alice’ in Bologna and an important figure of the Italian Autonomia Movement, is a writer, media theorist and media activist. He currently teaches Social History of the Media at the Academia di Brera, Milan.

Lia Haraki, performance and sound artist living in Cyprus. For Lia the body is the place where inspiration is embodied, theory is practiced, humans can belong with others and world. Her works focus on the responsibility that comes with existence while underlining fragility and empathy as human necessary strengths.

Ilina Chervonnaya, artist who lives and works in Russia and Cyprus. The subject of her artistic interest is the phenomenon of tourism as a self-perpetuating value of modernity and its syndromes and effects.

Katerina Nikitina, researcher in the field of critical animal studies and a curator of the theoretical and artistic platform Posthuman Studies Lab (Moscow).

Maria Stepkina, Helsinki-based curator. She is interested in community-building, co-thinking and creating new forms of togetherness and collectivity.


About Perceiving Academy

Perceiving Academy was created and hosted originally by Eric Ellingsen and Lynn Peemoeller, with its starting point at Olafur Ellianson’s Institut für Raumexperimente (Berlin University of Arts). The Perceiving Academy Cyprus was implemented in the summer of 2018 and the fall of 2019. Over the past two years, it has developed a body of work and methods which challenges our perceptions and our understanding of our environment. Through an interdisciplinary festival of lectures and workshops, game engagement, performance, public space design, food, storytelling and perception, the Academy aims to create democratic, fair alternatives to learning systems and art practices today. 



Ενημέρωση Καλλιτεχνών – Larnaca Biennale 2020

29 January 2020

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 from 19:00 – 20:00
@ gARTen ArtSpace, Γεωργίου Μαληκίδη 27, Limassol

[English text follows]

Η οργανωτική ομάδα της Larnaca Biennale 2020 και το E.KA.TE προσκαλούν όλους τους καλλιτέχνες σε μία ενημέρωση σχετικά με τους όρους και κανονισμούς συμμετοχής και όλες γενικά τις πληροφορίες που αφορούν την Larnaca Biennale 2020.

Οι καλλιτέχνες θα ενημερωθούν από τον επιμελητή της Μπιενάλε Βασίλη Βασιλειάδη και τον συντονιστή Μιχαήλ Ηλία.

Διάρκεια παρουσίασης 35 λεπτά.

Τετάρτη 29 Ιανουαρίου 2020 ώρα 7.00μμ στο gARTen art space, Γεωργίου Μαληκίδη 27, Λεμεσός.
Πληροφορίες, 99725590

Larnaca Biennale team and E.KA.TE The Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts invite all artists to the presentation of Larnaca Biennale 2020.

Curator Vassilis Vassiliades and coordinator Michail Elia will update artists for all the information regarding Larnaca Biennale 2020. Duration 35 min.

Wednesday 29th of January 2020, time 19:00 at the gARTen art space, Georgiou Malikidi 27, Limassol.
The presentation will be in Greek.
Info 99725590