TWIXTlab: art, anthropology & the everyday
* twixt: shortened version of betwixt, which means in between, neither the one not the other. The social anthropologist Victor Turner used the phrase betwixt and between in order to characterize the intermediate out of three stages of the rite of passage as ultimate transitional, subversive and creative moment of societies’ lifetime.
TWIXTlab is situated between and betwixt contemporary art, anthropology and social reality. ΤWIXTLab was founded in 2014 and adopts the form of a laboratory in order to propose or to support interventions in everyday life. ΤWIXTLab proposes art and research projects, seminars, workshops, screenings, presentations, discussions etc.. TWIXTlab’s activities address anyone wishing to participate without any prerequisites on background knowledge of contemporary art and/or anthropology.
TWIXTlab was initiated on February 2014 at Koukaki, Athens, based on an idea by Elpida Rikou. From September 2014 onwords TWIXTlab is based in Pangrati, Athens, and since June 2015 it is a non-profit civil partnership. Founding members: Elpida Rikou (PhD, anthropology, visual arts), Sofia Grigoriadou (MFA, visual arts, litterature) and Io Chaviara (MFA, visual arts, graphic design), who left the project in October 2016. Since then, Giorgos Samantas (MA, anthropology, sound design) joined the team.
Logo: Io Chaviara
Elpida Rikou has studied sociology, social and cultural anthropology, social psychology and visual arts in Athens and Paris. She is teaching Anthropology of Art in the Department of Theory and History of Art in the Athens School of Fine Arts since 2007 and she also taught in the Postgraduate Program (Master in Fine Arts) of the School’s Department of Visual Arts. She has taught at different universities (Universities of Crete, Thessaly, Athens and Panteion University) since 1998. She has published articles in scientific periodicals, edited collections, art catalogues and newspapers. She is the editor of “Anthropology and Contemporary Art” (a collection of texts of British and American anthropologists and art theorists published in Greek by Alexandria in 2013) for which she has written the introduction and of Marc Augé’s book “Pour une anthropologie des mondes contemporains” (published in Greek by Alexandria in 1999), for which she has also written the introduction. She is the coordinator of several artistic projects with an interdisciplinary character, in which she also participates as an anthropologist/visual artist.
Sofia Grigoriadou holds an MFA degree from the Athens School of Fine Arts (2015). She is a graduate of the A.S.F.A. (2013) and the Philosophical, Pedagogical and Psychological Department of the University of Athens (2006). She has participated in various exhibitions, conferences and artistic projects, such as: the 4th Biennial of Athens, Workshop on value, 2013; Refuge Project II – Testimonials, Milos 2014; Listening to each other / Einander zuhören – Stadt – (Ge)Schichten, Goethe Institute, Athens 2014; Digital Storytelling in Times of Crisis, Athens 2014; 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul 2014; Archaeological dialogues, Archaeology, Anthropology and Contemporary Art workshop, Athens, 2015. She has organised and carried out artistic workshops and educational programs and worked with children with special needs. Her artistic practice includes mapping, fieldwork, installation, text, audio, video and photography.
Giorgos Samantas is a Social Anthropologist engaged with sound. He has studied Social Anthropology and History in Mytilene, Greece and Visual Anthropοlogy in Manchester, UK. He uses sound, photography and video as means to expand anthropological enquiry, expression and knowledge. His research topics include sound within urban cultures and ritual, memory and the senses, water, mental health, migration and the city. He has conducted fieldwork in Athens, Andros island and Manchester. He has presented parts of his work in workshops and conferences in Greece, Slovenia and Albania, and has also taken part in group exhibitions in England and in Greece. He is also engaged with dj’ing, radio, seminars on sound and he has been involved in the production of ethnographic films as a cameraman, editor and sound engineer.