10th Audiovisual Arts Festival
May 17 22, 2016, Corfu

For the last fifteen years, the Audiovisual Arts Festival (AVfest) is held by the Department of Audio & Visual Arts, in collaboration with the ERHMEE Lab - Department of Music Studies, of the Ionian University, in Corfu, Greece. Each year the Audiovisual Arts Festival features a series of artistic and scientific activities, presenting the results of the creative, educational and research work developed by its organizing institution in the fields of contemporary sonic and visual arts.

The Festival’s influence has gradually expanded aiming to provide an ideal meeting point for artists and researchers through media art events, workshops and academic conferences.

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The 10th Audiovisual Arts Festival was organized in May 2016 by the Dept. Audio & Visual Arts in collaboration with EPHMEE Lab-Dept. Music Studies of the Ionian University. The festival’s main program was complemented, among other events, with students’ presentations of digital interactive audiovisual works/installations as well as artwork presentations by visiting artists such as: Scott Townsend, Irini Athanassaki, Ian Haig, Laura Corcuera and Patrícia Noronha. Two important exhibitions also took place: an exhibition with audiovisual material and documents from recent project of the famous Cypriot-Australian artist Stelarc, followed by an exhibition including photographic and audiovisual material with selected artwork from bioartist Adam Zaretsky.

The first international interdisciplinary conference “Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science” aspiring to invigorate the dialogue on issues around the nature of the forbidden and the liminal, as they are expressed through science and art was also held during the 10th Audiovisual Arts Festival. The conference had as keynote speakers: Roy Ascott, Stelarc and Manos Danezis. An important moment for the Dept. Audio & Visual Arts was the Award of the Doctor Honoris Causa title to Prof. Roy Ascott and Prof. Stelarc, two historic figures in the field of New Media Art. The festival's program included also electronic music concerts by artists from Greece and abroad, workshops and educational events focusing on contemporary artistic expression as well as screenings from DIYsect, The Language Project, Sint Lukas School of Art and Instants Video.

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