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Call for Papers and Art two-day symposium (21-22 June 2013)

The Department of Audio and Visual Arts at Ionian University in Corfu and the Region of Ionian Islands are co-organizing within the 7th Audiovisual Arts Festival (20-30 June 2013) a two-day symposium with papers and art presentations. Submissions are welcome from theoretical scientific fields related with audiovisual arts and from different means of artistic expression related to new media, with emphasis on contemporaneous intercultural exchanges.

Abstract submission deadline extended: May 8, 2013    May 13, 2013

Acceptance or rejection notification to authors by: from May 15 to May 20, 2013

Venue: Ionian Academy, 1 Kapodistriou st., located in the center of Corfu city, June, 21-22-2013.

Scientific committee:
Marianne Strapatsakis, Ionian University
Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, Ionian University
Andreas Ioannidis, Athens School of Fine Arts
Andreas Mniestris, Ionian University
Ioannis Zannos, Ionian University
Elena Hamalidi, Ionian University
Dimosthenis Davvetas, IESA (International Studies in History and Business of Art & Culture), Paris
Katerina Zaharopoulou, artist

Organizing committee:
Marianne Strapatsakis, Ionian University
Andreas Floros, Ionian University
Dalila Honorato, Ionian University

The book of proceedings will be published in electronic format (eBook). Instructions for the submission of full papers will be given to the participants at the event.

Guest Speakers

Marc Mercier
Poet, filmmaker, curator and video art critic and video art history professor

Sharing Cultures / The Culture of Sharing

Mediterranean is the theatre of deep social and political troubles (economical crisis, revolutions, wars...), which invite us to re-think the working method of international cooperation, and especially artistic ones. The time may have come to engage a mediterranean and poetic revolution to support the necessity of social and political changes expressed in arabic countries as well in south of Europe ones. The new video art festivals in the arabic countries (morocco, Syria, palestine, Egypt...) are the signs of this desire to invent new languages to say and change today world. I choose to present a few video which link two territories, two cultures, two nationalities: Syria/Spain, Lebanon/gaza, morocco/France, Palestine/France.

  • The monoconcept- Nisrine Boukhari (Syria, 2008) 5’40: Nisrine Boukhari discovered Fatima miranda’s beautiful during the 20th edition of the festival Les Instants Vidéo. Back to Damascus, she decides to pay her a tribute.
  • Damage- Rania Stephan (Lebanon, 2009) 2’: A very short film ABOUT violence, WITH flamenco, WHITHOUT a dancer, and FOR Gaza, “The land of sad oranges” (Ghassan Kanafani).
  • Je ne sais pas- Abdallah Zrika and Marc Mercier (Morocco/France, 2002) 5’04: The poet Abdallah Zrika is walking in the street of 2 districts of marseille (Belsunce and La Joliette) with a camera. He catches images like they come. When editing the film, he first says a poem in arabic inspired by the images he sees. Then he superimposes the reading of an extract of one of his poem in French “ Les murs vides de mon corps”.
  • Polyphonie poétique urbaine(Ramallah) - Marc Mercier and Kefah Fanni (France/Palestine, 2011) 9’41: This video was recorded in Ramallah from a poem by mahmoud Darwich (I see what I want), said in his mother tong by inhabitants from the town.

Maria Kampouri-Vamvoukou
Professor Emerita at the University of Thessaloniki

Dialogue on the educational process between the Mediterranean cultures

We were given the chance to evaluate the contribution of education to the construction of a more cultural communication caused by the teaching of the course, history of architecture and arts at the intercollegiate program of the Université de Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, with object the mediation and the utilization of the cultures in the Mediterranean. Through the presentation of the goals, the teaching methods and the means to complete the program, it emerges clearly that the exchanges between civilizations can contribute not only to knowledge but also tolerance and reconciliation of the people of the Mediterranean, the sea that has dominate the world history. The Mediterranean, mother of the civilization and source of the three monotheistic religions, shows the power that can give to the humans. That would be enough to explain why it is considered to be a crossroad of education and humanism. The dialogue between the different civilizations is now on the spotlight away from the thought that it could be a threat to humanity, as certain like to claim, and it can bring peace and development to the people. That is exactly the point where education is needed to play its role; and that will happen through some coursed such as history, literature, art, social sciences because it is a fact that one of the values of education is the respect and comprehension of the cultural heritage.

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