Yiannis Melanitis

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Yiannis Melanitis (Greek: Γιάννης Μελανίτης) is a Greek conceptual artist, performance artist, sculptor, installation artist, digital artist, born in Athens in 1967.[1][2] Melanitis holds degrees in Painting, Sculpture and a master's degree in Digital Arts from the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA).[1] He is a PhD Fellow at NTUA, Athens School of Architecture.[2] In 2016 he was elected as an Assistant Professor at the Sculpture Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts.[3] His concepts refer to epistemology, science and philosophy, using "heterogeneous artistic media" and artistic practices. Among other artists, he has been referring to Marcel Duchamp, Iannis Xenakis, James Joyce.[4] He was the organiser and one of the main exhibitors of an exhibition at the Andreas Syngros hospital in Athens with subject: Dermatographies, Art meets Medicine.[5] He was selected by the hospital to coordinate the exhibition and showcase his art because of his involvement and experience in exhibiting images of the modern human body, bioart and medical illustrations.[5]

Works and exhibitions[edit]

His latest works include Correspondances for a Dead Writer, Museu D. Diogo de Sousa, Braga, Portugal,

Hunter of Light/ Hermes tychomachos , Kryographia / Anatomy of Writing installation at Museu Nacional of Brasil , Hy-Brasil exhibition at Biblioteque National Brasil, DE GEOMETRIE VAN RHETORIEK, at the Gallo Romeins Museum -2012, Belgium,the interactive performance installation and exhibition called Kryographia (The Conductivity of Writing), which presents writing as a metaphor for absolute coldness, in Athens, 14 October 2010.[1][6][7][8][9] An extended form of the work Kryographia was presented at Kryographia/ On the Way Towards Iceland, Megaron, Thessaloniki Concert Hall (2011). Another conceptual exhibition was AN IMAGINARY MUSEUM OF AN IMAGINARY ARTIST /NAO ME TOQUE, Bibliothèque Nationale de Brasilia, Curated by G. Vermeire, (October 6 to October 27, 2011). Dans Le Jardin d’ Epicure / Les elements comme des metaphors, a personal exhibition at the University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2006. Also, Pleasure Machine which was performed at The Eighth New York Digital Salon in Madrid, and at the Blue Stage in the House of World Cultures in Berlin.[1][10] Also Touch Terrain at the Monaco Dance Forum in Monaco, a multi-user interactive environment in 2006 and performance videos at Generative Arts,[11] Milano, 2005. In March 2008, he installed a sculpture exhibition at E31 Gallery, Athens, called Odysseus as Faust.[1][12] At Depo Darm gallery, Athens, he exhibited works referring to the "conceptualisation at a minimum point" of an artwork, introducing probability through "artistic-math equations".

Texts about his work are written among others, by M. Digoni, Rea Thönges-Striggari,Prof Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes], Edward Lucie-Smith (Art Tomorrow, editions Terrail; First edition (October 2002)), N. Adamou, and I. Maglinis.[1][12] Melanitis exhibited at the first Bienale of Modern Art in Thessaloniki, organised by the State Museum of Modern Art of Greece.[13] He was one of the artistic directors of an exhibition dedicated to Joseph Beuys in Greece.[14][15] As an artist, Melanitis also exhibited his own art at the same exhibition.[16] He exhibited his work at the Eugenides Foundation.[17] He also exhibited at the second Performance Festival of Athens.[18] Melanitis' works are also hosted in digital libraries in databases of visual art such as Gratin, and The Database of Virtual Art.[19]

Arts writer[edit]

He wrote articles for the periodicals Artzine and Futura that have been published in both the English and Greek languages.[1] Also his text on Bioart was published in Τέχνη, πολιτισμός, παγκοσμιοποίηση.[20][21] Also at International Conference on Virtual Storytelling, ICVS, held in Avignon, France, in September 2001, (edited by Olivier Balet, Gérard Subsol, Patrice Torguet), ISBN 978-3-540-42611-0, editions Springer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ekathimerini.gr: Odysseus, symbol of a New Era. Transformations of Art and the New Exhibition of sculptor Yannis Melanitis Article by Elias Manglinis (Ο Οδυσσέας, σύμβολο νέας εποχής Μετασχηματισμοί της τέχνης και η νέα έκθεση του γλύπτη Γιάννη Μελανίτη) (Του Ηλια Μαγκλινη), 16 March 2008. (Greek)
  2. ^ a b Γιάννης Μελανίτης εικαστικός Κέντρο Μουσικής Σύνθεσης & Ερμηνείας (Greek)
  3. ^ Athens School of Fine Arts: Yiannis Melanitis
  4. ^ Eleftherotypia online Quotation: "...Ο Μπόις και οι άλλοι και έλληνες καλλιτέχνες οι οποίοι έχουν επηρεαστεί από το έργο του (Ρένα Παπασπύρου, Νίκος Χαραλαμπίδης, Δάφνη & Παπαδάτος, Γιάννης Μελανίτης, Γιώργος Λάππας, Αρτεμις Ποταμιάνου)..." Translation: "...Beuys and the others and the Greek artists who have been influenced by his work (Rena Papaspyrou, Nikos Charalambidis, Daphne and Papadatos, Yannis Melanitis, Giorgos Lappas, Artemis Potamianou)..."
  5. ^ a b Ekathimerini.gr: Art meets Medicine Article by Mathew Tsimitakis (Η τέχνη συναντιέται με την ιατρική) (Ματθαιου Τσιμιτακη). Quotation: "Με θέμα το δέρμα, «αυτό το ανθρώπινο σύνορο, το γεωγραφικό τέλος του σώματός μας και την αρχή της επαφής μας με το περιβάλλον», όπως έλεγε αργότερα ο επιμελητής γλύπτης Γιάννης Μελανίτης, η ομάδα των εικαστικών, δούλεψε επί έξι μήνες προκειμένου να παράγει έργα «που θα αγκάλιαζαν και θα σύστηναν στο κοινό τα κέρινα αυτά ομοιώματα», χρονικό μιας ολόκληρης εποχής." Translation of quotation 1: "With the skin as its subject, this human boundary, "the geographic end of our body and the beginning of our contact with the environment" as it was told later by the coordinator and artist Yannis Melanitis, the team of the artists worked for six months so that they could produce works which "would embrace and introduce to the public these wax figures", a chronicle of an era." Quotation 2 "Το θέαμα είναι εντυπωσιακό. Εκατοντάδες γιατροί και επισκέπτες συνωθούνται στις τρεις αίθουσες του μουσείου, τον διάδρομο και τον προαύλιο χώρο του δίπλα σε γκροτέσκ κέρινα γλυπτά μέσα σε παλιές σκονισμένες ξύλινες προθήκες, εικόνες, σαν βγαλμένες από ταινία του Ντ. Κρόνεμπεργκ. Ομως το κοινό δεν πτοείται. Απολαμβάνει το κρασί των εγκαινίων, δείχνοντας απόλυτα εξοικειωμένο με αυτόν τον τρόμο, που γνωρίζουμε ότι σε μεγάλο βαθμό ανήκει πια σε άλλη εποχή." Translation of quotation 2: "The show is impressive. Hundreds of medical doctors and visitors cram the three halls of the museum, the corridor and its court near grotesque wax figures inside old dusty wooden frames, images, as if taken from a film by David Cronenberg. But the public does not lose confidence. They savour the wine of the inauguration, showing complete familiarity with this horror, which we all know belongs in another era" Quotation 3 "Λίγο πιο κάτω, ο Μελανίτης παρουσιάζει μια επιφάνεια από σιλικόνη, υαλοβάμβακα και ροζ χρώμα, μια κατασκευή που θυμίζει αεροφωτογραφία νησιού, ή τμήμα δέρματος ενος αλλόκοτου πλάσματος." Translation of quotation 3: "A little further down, Melanitis presents a surface from silicone, fiberglass and pink colour, a construction which reminds one of an aerial view of an island, or a piece of skin of a bizarre creature" Quotation 4 "Δεν θέλαμε να παραβιαστεί ο ρόλος του μουσείου ή να κάνουμε επίδειξη ισχύος της τέχνης πάνω στην ιατρική απεικόνιση. Οι τεχνίτες του μουσείου ήταν στην πραγματικότητα εξαιρετικοί καλλιτέχνες χωρίς καλλιτεχνική φιλοδοξία», λέει ο Γιάννης Μελανίτης. Τόσο ο ίδιος όσο και ο Απόστολος Καραστεργίου, επιμελητές της έκθεσης, είναι δυο νέοι εικαστικοί οι οποίοι έχουν ασχοληθεί με θέματα όπως η σύγχρονη εικόνα του σώματος, η βίο-τέχνη (bioart) και η ιατρική εικονογραφία και γι’ αυτό επιλέχθηκαν από το νοσοκομείο." Translation of Quotation 4: "We did not want the role of the Museum to be violated or to make a show of force of Art versus the medical illustrations. The museum technicians were in reality excellent artists without artistic ambitions" says Yannis Melanitis. Both he as well as Apostolos Karageorgiou, coordinators of the exhibit, are two young artists who have been involved with subjects such as the modern image of the body, bioart and medical illustrations and this is the reason they were selected by the hospital."
  6. ^ about-art.gr
  7. ^ Ethnos.gr Quotation: "Εγκατάσταση-περφόρμανς του Γιάννη Μελανίτη με τίτλο «Κρυογραφία» και με κείμενο της Εύης Βογιατζάκη στο «About» (Μιαούλη 18, Ψυρρή)" Translation: "Installation-performance of Yannis Melanitis under the title "Cryography" and text by Eve Voyiatzakis at the gallery "About" Miaoulis St. 18, Psirris"
  8. ^ Yiannis Melanitis, Kryographia, The Conductivity of Writing Aboutt.gr
  9. ^ Κρυογραφία (Greek) Forfree.gr
  10. ^ "Yiannis Melanitis". Centre for Music Composition and Performance. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  11. ^ Generative Arts
  12. ^ a b Saatchi Gallery: Yiannis Melanitis: Ulysses as Faust
  13. ^ Philosophy of the First Bienale of Thessaloniki which is organised by the State Museum of Modern Art from 21 May to 30 September (Φιλοσοφία της 1ης Μπιενάλε Σύγχρονης Τέχνης Θεσσαλονίκης, που διοργανώνει το Κρατικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης από 21 Μαΐου- 30 Σεπτεμβρίου) :Quotation:"...ο Γιάννης Μελανίτης που διερευνά τις αλληλεπιδράσεις του σώματος με το περιβάλλον μέσα από βιολογικές παραμέτρους,..." Translation: Quotation:"...Yannis Melanitis who researches the mutual interactions of the body with the environment through biological parameters,..."
  14. ^ Hellenic Radio and Television (ert.gr) Έκθεση Γιόζεφ Μπόις Quotation:"Ο Γιάννης Μελανίτης και η Άρτεμις Ποταμιάνου, συνεπιμελητές και εικαστικοί καλλιτέχνες,μιλούν για τον ρόλο των σχεδίων του Μπόις στην τέχνη του,καθώς και για την έκθεση με έργα ελλήνων και γερμανών καλλιτεχνών που συνυπάρχει με την έκθεση Μπόις, ως ένα τεκμήριο επίδρασής του σε νεότερους καλλιτέχνες." Translation: " Joseph Beuys Exhibition Quotation: "Yannis Melanitis and Artemis Potamianou, co-organisers and artists, talk about the role of Beuy's designs on his art as well as the exhibition of the works of the Greek and German artists which coexists with the Beuys exhibition, as a demonstration of Beuys's influence on younger artists."
  15. ^ Vima online
  16. ^ Eleftherotypia online: When Horror transforms into Art By Giorgos Karouzakis. (Οταν η φρίκη μεταμορφώνεται σε τέχνη Του ΓΙΩΡΓΟΥ ΚΑΡΟΥΖΑΚΗ) Quotation: "Ανάμεσα σε όσους δείχνουν έργα τους είναι οι πέντε μαθητές του Μπόις Walter Dahn, Felix Droese, Irmel Droese, Imi Knoebel και Katharina Sieverding και οι Ελληνες Γιώργος Λάππας, Γιάννης Μελανίτης, Δάφνη & Παπαδάτος, Ρένα Παπασπύρου, Αρτεμις Ποταμιάνου και Νίκος Χαραλαμπίδης." Translation: Quotation: "Between those who exhibit their works are the five students of Beuys Walter Dahn, Felix Droese, Irmel Droese, Imi Knoebel and Katharina Sieverding and the Greeks Yorgos Lappas, Yannis Melanitis, Daphne and Papadatos, Rena Papaspyrou, Artemis Potamianou and Nikos Charalambides."
  17. ^ Eugenides Foundation, Gold Metal of the Academy of Athens. Exhibition Rebirth 01/06/2005-15/06/2005 (Εικαστική έκθεση «Rebirth - Εκ Νέου Γέννηση», στο Ίδρυμα Ευγενίδου) Translation: Quotation: "...Seven artists exhibit their works at the Exhibition of the Foundation...Yanis Melanitis..."
  18. ^ Second International Festival of Performance Art in Athens (2ο διεθνές φεστιβάλ περφόρμανς της Αθήνας) britishcouncil.org Quotation: "Live performances σε 2 χώρους, Bios και TaekwonDo (Art-Athina 2009) από καλλιτέχνες όπως State of Sabotage, Γεωργία Σαγρή, Πάνος Χαραλάμπους, Γιάννης Μελανίτης, The Boy, Ευαγγελία Μπασδέκη, Peader Kirk" Translation: Quotation: "Live performances in two areas, Life and TaekwonDo (Art-Athina 2009) from artists such as: State of Sabotage, Georgia Sagris, Panos Charalambous, Yannis Melanitis, The Boy, Evangelia Basdekis, Peader Kirk"
  19. ^ Database of Virtual Art VirtualArt.at
  20. ^ Τέχνη, πολιτισμός, παγκοσμιοποίηση Επιμελητής: Φιοραβάντες Βασίλης, Εκδ. Παπαζήση, 2005, ISBN 978-960-02-1836-7 (Greek) Translation: Art, Civilisation, Globalisation Editor: Fioravantes Vasilis Publishers: Papazisis, 2005, ISBN 978-960-02-1836-7
  21. ^ Art, Civilisation, Globalisation through Zephyr search engine, Greece

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