conceptual artist (Greece).
Assistant Professor , ASFA, Athens
Phd Candidate (NTUA), Athens.
MA DIgital Arts(ASFA) ,
Academia. edu: http://asfa.academia.edu/YiannisMelanitis
38, Kynigon, 14564, N. Kifisia, Athens, Greece
tel: 6973 744737 , +30-210-8071365
Athens School of Fine Arts: +30-210- 4801235
Y. Melanitis’s work initiates from an intense conceptualization on the strategies of contemporary art.
His recent research focuses on the role of information on the arts considering “INFORMATION AS THE NEW CONCEPTUALIZATION.
” His work implies the use of heterogeneous artistic media, through installations, performances, bioart, theoretical texts, poems, code-based web artworks, sculptures, oilpaintings and drawings. He derives from philosophy and epistemology to incorporate concepts from quantum physics, biotechnology, maths, political theory.
Yiannis Melanitis holds degrees in painting, sculpture and digital arts from the Athens School of Fine Arts and is presently a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture, (NTUA) with a thesis entitled: Biological Dynamics in Art. He has exhibited in Mexico, Brasil, Belgium, UK, Portugal, Switzerland. Among his recent solo exhibitions are at the National Museum, Brasil; Biblioteque of Brasil; Museu D. Diogo de Sousa, Braga, Portugal; the Tongeren Museum and Praetorium, Belgium.
Studies- Academic positions
Born 1967 in Athens, lived in Paros till 1974. Since then he lives and works in Athens. 2010
Elected as an Assistant Professor at the Sculpture Deptm. of Athens School Fine Arts, on May 2010 where he teaches till today.
He is a Phd candidate (2005) at the School of Architecture, NTUA, Athens.
2002-2010: teaching as a collaborator of the Sculpture Dept., Athens School of Fine Arts and at the School of Architecture as a Phd Fellow (2007).
1999 Postgraduate Degree in " Digital Forms of Art ", Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Athens.
1996 Athens School of Fine Arts,BA with Honors, sculpture, degree Athens, prof. G. Lappas.
1993 Athens School of Fine Arts, painting degree, Athens.
1987-88 School of Pharmaceutics, Thessaloniki (discontinued for entering Athens Art School)
2016 Kryographia/ Correspondances for a Dead Writer, Museu D. Diogo de Sousa, Braga, Portugal [KRYOGRAPHIA Correspondências Para um Escritor Morto]
2015 Hunter of Light/ Hermes tychomachos , DepoDarm Ahens
2012 THE GEOMETRY OF RETORICS, Manifesta9 parallel events,GALO-ROMAN MUSEUM, Tongeren, Belgium, September 22-23nd (catalogue in english) / press release
2012 HERMES SOLITAIRE exhibition, Praetorium Tongeren, Manifesta9 parallel events, Belgium 22 September -5 October
2012 QUARRIER HERMES , Marathi ancient marble quarry, Paros, Greece 2012Kryographiaat Museu Nacional, Brasilia / National Museum, Brasilia, 28/03- 30/04 2012 Ilhas do Corpo, Biblioteque National de Brasilia, texts by G. Vermeire, 1 - 15 March 2012
2011 AN IMAGINARY MUSEUM OF AN IMAGINARY ARTIST /NAO ME TOQUE, Biblioteque National de Brasilia , October 6th to October 27th
2011 Kryographia/ On the Way Towards Iceland, with M. Aloupi (piano), with musical composition by A. Diktyopoulos, performed at Megaron, Thessaloniki Concert Hall.[ Link2 link3]
2010 Kryographia, The Conductivity of Writing, ABOUT, Athens, [catalogue in ENGLISH]
2008 Ulysses as Faust, E 31Gallery, February 08.
2006 Dans Le Jardin d’ Epicure/ Les elements comme des metaphors, at the Psychiatric Hospital of Geneva,
(Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve), Switzerland, March 2006, [catalogue in French and Greek, text by Y. Melanitis], catalogue link2, ____ link3
2005 'The Diffusion of the elements’, at D624, Athens
2017 Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki/ ΤΗΕ RIGHT TO BE HUMAN,
Muses, House of Cyprus, Athens
Contemporaries: 2015-1976, curated by Christoforos Marinos, ART-ATHINA'15
ART-ATHINA'15 , PNYX EQUINOX, PLATFORMS project Manipulation,
DEPO DARM Gallery, April 2015, Athens
Posthuman Corporealities and Interactive Participatory Virtual Art, Galeria da A. da India, Portugal, 2014
HUMAN RIGHTS and the Right to be Human, ASFA, Athens, April 2014 [cat. engl-greek]
ART-ATHINA'14, Entropia Democratia at platforms, [ARTATHINA cat., page 140] May 2014
ASF, ART ans SCIENCE, Gazi, Athens, April 2014
ART-ATHINA 2011, represented by ABOUT Gallery, 12 May 2011
EPEKEINA, curated by Theophilos Tramboulis, Municipality of Athens, 6 May 2011
Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Lo and Behold stand, 18 - 20 February 2011.
Naked Truth, Fryssiras Museum, Athens, 13-10-2010 - 27-02-2010
ART-ATHINA, participation with E31 Gallery, -2010
ART-ATHINA, project PAGANISM curated by Th. Moutsopoulos
ART-ATHINA, project OPA
2009 Delphi is the place to meet: 12 artists on Joseph Beuys, Hellenic American Union, Greece
2008 Silent Dialogues, The American College of Greece, Athens 2008 ElectroMediaWorks 08, Athens
2007 Dermatographies, group exhibition organized by Y. Melanitis and A. Karastergiou, A. Syggros Museum of Wax Moulages, (catEnglish and Greek, 238 pages). Athens, presenting The Land of Inactivity, performed by Aliki Germanou, musical composition by A. Diktyopoulos
2007 Energy, group exhibition with the Energy Group, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki. 2007 ART-ATHINA, RESTART, participating with E31 Gallery.
2007 On Performance Art, BIOS, Nausicaa/ The Land of Virginity (The Land of noman part3), performed by Aliki Germanou,sound synthesis by A. Diktyopoulos
2007 UNFAIR, Imperial Hotel, Molly-Penelope-Bloom ( The Land of Noman part4), performed by K. Papageorgiou, sound synthesis by A. Diktyopoulos
2006 Monaco Dance Forum, Touch Terrain multi-user interactive environment.
2006 A4, Codra project in Thessaloniki, organised by A. Potamianou, presenting Dog of my Enemy, a ballpoint drawing on a Ulysses printout, September 06
2006 Scenic-costumes for The Touch of Zeus of director E. Pitta, based on Iannis’ Xenakis Diatope music ?La Legende d’ Eer, Eyrypidion Theater rematia, Chalandri, September 2006
2006. Zeugma, group exhibition, Rethymnon Museum of Modern Art, RCA, 2006 (cat. English- Greek),http://www.geocities.com/melanitis2004/zeugma.html
2006 In the Light of our Times, curating the group exhibition and participating with the work 'Prometheus at the Athens Academy', also with the curatorial text 'in the light of our times' , "Vosnia 2006
2005 Generative Art exhibition with the work The Garden, also presenting the lecture Biological dynamics in performance space (bio-performance), Milano, December 2005
2005 "Mostra SESC de Artes-Mediterraneo" in the SESC Vila Mariana, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 18 - 28 August., presenting Pleasure machine video
2005 Group exhibition dedicated to Y. Halepas, presenting Anti-oedipus sculpture in plaster and a clay sculpture, , July-September 05, Tinos, Greece
2005 Rebirth, Eugenidio Foundation, 4-15 June, presenting the Garden interactive performance (performed by the artist and I.Myrka)
2005 Videoart, Athens School of Fine Arts, The Factory, video-screeinings 13-17/ 4 / 2005 2005, Photosynkyria, curated by T. Moutsopoulos, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece , presenting a large -scale print [237.62 x 99 cm ] , simulation of The Garden performance
2004, GENERATIVE ART CONFERENCE 13-14-15-16 December 2004, Politecnico di Milano University
2004, Machinista festival, presenting "Prometheus" performance with Samantha Mac Gregor, Glasgow
2004, An exhibition for Cyprus, Municipality of Athens, with the work "Political Twins" (Installation with two dogs inside the exhibition space), drawings and a video projection of the video-work "Political Twins', April 2004, Athens
2004, "ArtNow", group exhibition, presenting two sculptures," Oedipus_himself" and "yps", Athanassiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki
2003,"Antisoma" exhibition,curated by M.Fokidou, presenting "Prometheus/Hysterical Duet', an interactive performance with the artist Marianna Ranis, including originally designed software (real time voice synthesis) and a hexapod robot, Athens Academy, October 03
2003, "Sculpture you love", group exhibition,with the ceramic sculpture "Mutant Sphinx", Lab Gallery, Athens, February 03
2003, "Prometheus/Hysterical Duet", an interactive performance with the artist Dimitra Vantzou, including originally designed software (real time voice synthesis) and a hexapod robot, Kourzoum Djami,Trikala, January 03
2002, MONACO DANCE FORUM, Dance and Technology Festival, presenting the interactive performance/ multi-user choreographic environment "Pleasure Machine/Blind date", with the dancer Isabelle Valverde ,at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, December 02
2002, Medi@terra 2002, 4th International Art and Technology Festival, New Platforms of Spectacle, Communication and Resistance, with the video-projection of the performance "Animal Accessories', 6-15 December 02
2002, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, for the 2nd International Conference "Ecological Dynamics and Human Nature-The risk of a mass extinction of life on the planet", at the section "Progress and Developments in Physical Sciences, Technology and Biology', curated by Th. Moutsopoulos with the sculpture e Mutant Sphinx' and drawings with ballpoint pen on transparent paper, September 02, Delphi, Greece
2002, International Workshop for European Artists, Culture 2000 with the work "Political Twins" (Installation with two dogs inside the exhibition space), drawings and a video projection of the videowork "Political Twins', August 2002, Larnaka, Cyprus.2002
2002, Regards Projetes, art video dans les Balkans, curated by Dodo Santorineos, (exhibition presented in France,Greece, Bulgarie, Allemagne, Moldavie, Roumanie, Belgique.), cat. Apollonia, 90 pages,edited in Strasbourg
2002, 'Living inside', presenting the performance Animal Accessories, curating by Katerina Gregos, Athens, March 02 2001, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Interactive web-performance CTerra Ingognitai(a telerobotic piece) for the X International
Festival of Performance Art: Life in Another Planet, Mexico City,curated by Karina Alvarado,October 01
2001, Media@Terra Festival, De-Globalizing / Re-Globalizing, presenting Bio-robotic symbiosis installation at the International Book festival, Frankfurt Germany, October 01. The "micro Museum" travelled to: September 14 - October 15, 2001, Lavrion & Athens, Greece/ Sofia & Plovdiv, Bulgaria/Maribor, Slovenia/ Frankfurt, Germany. http://www.mediaterra.org and http://www.fournos-culture.gr
2001, Deste Foundation, " Images Beyond the Naked Eye", presenting the video-work "The artist as a bird", October 01. http://www.deste.gr
2001, presenting "Pleasure Machine" at the multimedia installation Blue Stage in the House of World Cultures, Berlin,an installation treating the two main topics urbanism and Mediterranean culture, August 18th, Berlin, Germany 2001. http://www.archi-me-des.de/blue-space/index.html
2001, Art Club, Cultural center of Contemporary Art, "Art against Leukaemia", Thessaloniki
2000, New York Digital Salon, "Pleasure Machine", November 00, N.York The 8th New York Digital Salon in Madrid : 1/ Circulo de Bellas Artes (January 19 - February 6), 2/ Gijon (February 15 - March 19)
2000, Athens School of Fine Arts, Digital Art Lab, works 99-00, Athens
2000 Art +Technology at the Library of Athens School of Polytechnics, Athens
1999 Mediaterra Festival, interactive web performance "Pleasure Machine", Athens
1999 Richard Anderson Fine Arts, "Predictable Lab" , New York
1999 "Interface", Gazi, Athens, curated by Th.Moutsopoulos
1999 Do you want to see my room?, Ileana Tounta Center for Contemporary Art,Athens.(cat. Greek-English)
1999 Group exhibition of Greek Artists, Ileana Tounta Center for Contemporary Art,Athens
1999 Videoformes "Electronic Village", Clermont Ferrant , France.(cat. Turbulences Video/ Art actuel no 23)
2009 Democracy in Motion, Athens School of Fine Arts, October 09/ Exhibition with Beuys multiples , works and performances from ASFA artists, [cat, 2009]
2009 "Joseph Beuys: Hellenic references in his art work", works from the Museum Schloss Moyland, Hellenic American Union of Greece, Athens
2007 Dermatographies, group exhibition organized by Y. Melanitis and A. Karastergiou, A. Syggros Museum of Wax Moulages, Athens, (cat.English and Greek, 238 pages).
2006 In the Light of our Times, curating the group exhibition and participating with the work 'Prometheus at the Athens Academy', also with the curatorial text 'in the light of our times' , "Vosnia 2006
2002, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, for the 2nd International Conference "Ecological Dynamics and Human Nature-The risk of a mass extinction of life on the planet", at the section "Progress and Developments in Physical Sciences, Technology and Biology",
Stelatc in Athens,[catalogue in greek-english] , 1999
Interdisciplinary Conference TABOO - TRANSGRESSION - TRANSCENDENCE in Art & Science, 26-28 May 2017, Ionian University, Corfu Greece [http://avarts.ionio.gr/ttt/2017/en/]
2014 Vesalius Continuum Zakynthos, 4-8 Sept 2014
2009 Democracy in Motion, Athens School of Fine Arts, a collaboration with Goethe Institute of Athens, October 09
2008 Science and Art, Lecture entitled"Art and biological phenomena/ Beauty as we have never seen before", Athens
2001, ART 3000, "The added soul", 4th edition of the General Assembly on Interactive Writing 23 and 24 November , France.
2001 International Science Fiction Conference "Biotechnological and Medical Items in Science Fiction", presenting: "Biorobotic environments, interactions and hyperhumans: Interactive robotic performances exploring the potentials of an unknown space towards the potential of a renewed anatomy. ", Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, 18-21 October, [http://sun.enl.auth.gr/sfgr/]
2016 Αrt and Education, ARTATHINA
2015, FROM BAUHAUS TO BIOART, Athens School of Fine Arts, organised by A.Kaniari
2015 Chance. Resistance to the art object-the resistance of the art object/ A discussion./ Athens School of Fine Art, , organised by A.Kaniari
2005 "Ritual and performance", lecture at the Deptm. of Theatrical Studies, School of Philosophy, Athens ,16 May 2005 Generative Art Conference, "Biological dynamics in performance space’, Milano, 15 December 2006 Bioart, Biological Dynamics in Art , Lecture at the Athens School of Fine Arts, February 06. 2008 "The Human Body as a Sculptural Entity in Motion", workshop Athens School of Fine Arts
2009 , Hellenic American Union , "Joseph Beuys and the Greek antiquity". 2009 Demokracy in Motion, Athens School of Fine Arts, October
2009 Art and politics, BRIDGES, 14/11/2009, Patras. November 2009, (PATRA TV) 2011 Kryographia/ On the Way Towards Iceland, Megaron, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, PHOTOBIENALLE
2011 Videoconferencia com Yiannis Melanitis (Grecia) & Geert Vermeire (Belgica): Nao me toque, 10/10/2011 - 2? feira - Auditorio da BNB, Biblioteca Nacional de Brasilia Setor Cultural Sul, lote 2 - Esplanada dos Ministerios
2011 Videoconferencia com Yiannis Melanitis (Grecia): Bio-performance and (public) space,Biblioteca Nacional de Brasilia Setor Cultural
2011 Videoconferencia com Yiannis Melanitis (Grecia) & Geert Vermeire (Belgica): Kryographia/a, condutividade da escrita (Museu Nacional Brasilia, fevereiro 2012,,Biblioteca Nacional de Brasilia Setor Cultural
2011 Videoconferencia com Stefaan van Biesen & Geert Vermeire (the Milena principle, Belgica) e Yannis Melanitis (Grecia): Approaching Silence / a project to promote the qualities of silence in an urban context (Athens, 2011-2012), ,Biblioteca Nacional de Brasilia Setor Cultural
2012 Congresso Saramago 90 anos Fundacao Saramago Lisboa, Hy-Brasil, Fundacao Saramago 2014 The system of metaphores/ Joyce and the corporeality of the text, ASFA Theory and texts Ulysses as faust, 2008
In the direction of defining an artistic context through biogenetic terms, 2007
A4, Stephen’s Dog Digging the Beach, (after James Joyce’ s Ulysses) 2007 Terra Incognita: A multimedia and robotics interactive performance, 2002
Published texts / Journals
Arte transgenica. Intervista di Mario Savini a Yannis Melanitis, 2017 (IT-EN)
ON LEDA MELANITIS, ART, NATURE, SCIENCE AND LIFE. Yiannis Melanitis interviewed by art critic Mario Savini, 2016
Texts written by Yiannis Melanitis:
"Ars Electronica-Lifescience", SEPE magazine, No11, June 00
"Stelarc, The Obsolete Body",interview in Greek,Futura magazine No7, spring 2001
"Bioart?", Artzine-journal.com, text in English and Greek, issue 2
"Eduardo Kac interview", Artzine-journal.com, text in English and Greek, issue 3 [http://www.artzine-journal.com/3rd_Issue/Source/intervgr.html]
Techniques of the influenced body / the body as an artistic oblect with political configurations. Artzine-journal.com, text in Greek, issue 4. [http://www.artzine-journal.com
]E. Tzafestas,"Humans,Machines,Environments", interview in Greek, Futura magazine No7, spring 2001
-Leonardo, special edition, Eighth New York Digital Salon, issue 33 No 5, 2000.
Futura magazine No8, spring 2002.(translated by Y. Melanitis from the english) -
"The bio-informational body, from digital to bio-information"
-"There is no pure nature", interview with Joe Davis,
-"Ignorance is the danger ", interview with Marta Menezes
-"A modus operanti for the artist", by Melanitis Yiannis
Also translated in the same issue: -"Bioinformatics & Biocapitalism in the Race to Map to the Human Genome" by Eugene Thacker -"Romance, Supercodes, and the Milky Way DNA" by Joe Davis -"GFP Bunny" by Eduardo Kac -"Test tube Art" by Marta Menezes
Generative Art Conference paper proceedings, "Biological dynamics in performance space", Milano, December 2005
INTERALIA MAGAZINE/A HUMANISED BUTTERFLY NAMED LEDA MELANITIS
-Leonardo, special issue, Eighth New York Digital Salon, volume 33 No 5, 2000
-OZON magazine, No 8, April 2001
-"XOROS’,issue 046, September 2003,page 23
-Highlights magazine , November 2004, issue 13 on "Technology", interview with Christina Polychroniadis, entitled "Bio-performance"
-GAP magazine, October 2005, "Yiannis Melanitis, The Diffusion of the Elements’ by N. Adamou
8. ‘Text, Code and the Arts of Bio-age’/Ioannis Melanitis: Institutional Critique to Hospitality: Bio Art Practice Now.
A critical anthology ed.by Assimina Kaniari, Athens: Grigori Publications [Εκδόσεις Γρηγόρη], Art history and theory 5, 2017.
"Art Tomorrow" by Edward Lucie-Smith, page 234 (Art and Science chapter), Pierre Terrail Editions, ISBN 2-87939-252- 7, October 2002.
Art, Civilization, Globalization, including the text by Yiannis Melanitis, "Modernity as leap into the void’, text in Greek, edit. Papazisi. Athens 2005
«andbook, Plans for interactive installations, page 43-45, edited by K. Daflos, editions Papasotiriou, Athens 2007. ISBN 960-630-994-0
Ontogenetic Art, ScienceArt, Moscow, First International Conference, Lomonosov Moscow University, 2012, ISBN 978-5-98540-031-1, http://www.science-art.ru
Workshops at ASFA annexes Subversion, Κρήτη 2010 (http://www.sculpture.asfa.gr/Subversion/Subversion.html)
Subversion of Nature, Κρήτη 2010, ( http://www.sculpture.asfa.gr/Subversion2/Subversion2.html) Delphi Ctoniche, Κρήτη 2011, ( http://www.sculpture.asfa.gr/delphi1/delphi1.html)
Intuition Conference on Virual Reality, Athens 2007
Touch Terrain: A Participatory Kinesthetic / Synesthetic Environment, Yiannis Melanitis with Isabel Valverde "PUBLIC SCREEN" Thessaloniki 2007
2008, Nation Pinakotheck, Larissa, Public Screen
2001 Digital Media Festival, The Corredor Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines ,October 1 - 14, 2001
2001, Flinders University in Adelaide, Drama Department
Internet references to Yiannis Melanitis works:
http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?587 http://www.goethe.de/ins/tr/lp/prj/art/med/lit/str/dar/deindex.htm http://www.art-tounta.gr/expo/0099/ http://www.gratin.org/ http://imej.wfu.edu/articles/2002/1/02/index.asp http://virtualart.hu-berlin.de/common/recentWork.do http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol04/index.html http://www.nydigitalsalon.org/salon_00/networkFrames.html http://www.transhumanism.org/resources/arts.htm http://www.acgart.gr/ACG-COLLECTION/ARTISTS/M/MelY/MelY-art.htm http://www.d624.org/projects/06/ http://interaktionslabor.de/Team/Isabel.htm http://www.machinista.org.uk/documents/images/28.html http://www.art-omma.org/issue9/links.htm http://www.cnca.gob.mx/cnca/nuevo/2001/diarias/oct/161001/performa.htm http://digitalmedia.upd.edu.ph/dmf2001/
http://www.artzine-journal.com/ http://www.gratin.org/ http://www.nydigitalsalon.org/08/yiannis.htm http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/links/wilson.artlinks2.html http://www.generativeart.com/ http://www.virtual-residency.net
Yiannis Melanitis is member of the Delphi Society.
1. 1st Greek Prize [EBGE Reward] for the catalogue Dermatographies, a catalogue for the exhibition at the Museum of Moulages, Syggros Hospital 2008
2. 1st Greek Prize [EBGE Reward] for his catalogue Dans Le Jardin d' Epicure/ Les elements comme des metaphors, a catalogue for his personal exhibition at HUG, Geneva, Switzerland, March 2006
3. European award for his catalogue Dans Le Jardin d' Epicure/ Les elements comme des metaphors, a catalogue for his personal exhibition at HUG, Geneva, Switzerland, March 2006
1. HUG, Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve), Switzerland, two drawings, 50 x 70cm, from the Dans Le Jardin d’ Epicure series, owned by the HUG collection. 2. Sculpture Γutant Sphinx, Kriton collection 3. Sculpture head Study, Vergos collection
4. Yps, sculpture, private collection 5. Museum of Wax Moulages, A. Syggros Hospital, Ulysses-sobering thought , clay head on ceramic stand, Athens, Greece. 6. Telepaphus, synthetic ceramic, private collection 7. Ulysses in clay, sulphure painted, private collection 8. Nostalgia for Nausicaa, plaster, private collection 9. Ulysses in clay, private collection 10. Anatasis in green (green phalaenopsis), synthetic ceramic, plaster, Fryssiras collection
11. Phalaenopsis Head, synthetic ceramic, plaster, Fryssiras collection 12. A L L E G O R I A N O E S I S, synthetic ceramic, plaster, Fryssiras collection 13. Soul [drinking blood], Synthetic ceramic, Fryssiras collection 14. Kassandra, drawing, collection of the American College of Greece