11th Audiovisual Arts Festival
May 20 - June 11, 2017, 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 11th Audiovisual Arts Festival took place in May and June 2017 and expanded geographically, a retrospective digital exhibition in the premises of the Athens Concert Hall took place alongside the artistic activities in Corfu. The festival's program in Corfu included, apart from artistic events with student works, the organization of the 2nd interdisciplinary conference "Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art and Science" and the opening of a summer school on Hybrid Arts, both with significant international participation.

In Athens, the ten-year course of the Audiovisual Arts Festival was presented on 20 and 21 May 2017 within the framework of the Gefires (Bridges) program. Selected works by alumni, postgraduate students, doctoral candidates and professors were exhibited, while screenings of works by internationally renowned artists - such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Barry Purves and Theodore Ushev - electroacoustic music concerts as well as a program of workshops and seminars with emphasis on video art and animation - with distinguished guests such as Dan Lejerskar and Michalis Meimaris - were also presented.

In Corfu, apart from the artistic activities of students, within the framework of the 11th Audiovisual Arts Festival, the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University also organized the 2nd international interdisciplinary conference "Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art and Science". Invited speakers to the conference were Adam Zaretsky, Marta de Menezes, Kathy High, Irina Aristarkhova, Luís Graça, Gunalan Nadarajan, Roy Ascott, Andrew Carnie, Maria Antonia Valerio Gonzalez and Polona Tratnik who also participated in the AV-school workshops and seminars on Hybrid Arts. Along with members of the Department of Audio and Visual Arts and laboratories ERMEE and BiHELab, Gina Giotaki, Pauline Brooks, Leigh Landy, Assimina Kaniari, Mary Maggic, Graeme Manson, Cosima Herter, Marina Papasotiriou and Rob Kesseler also participated as instructors.

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