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Con­cep­tual Comics Work­shop
a 2-week work­shop for art stu­dents



The Inter­net has irre­versibly reshaped the con­di­tions and the modal­i­ties which dic­tate the shar­ing and the dis­sem­i­na­tion of cul­tural prod­ucts. Works that are cloud-based, crowd-sourced or designed by com­plex multi-agent swarm struc­tures, occupy a large part of our web expe­ri­ence. Fur­ther­more, the Inter­net had, and has, a large influ­ence on comics. Clip art, ready-made tem­plates, viral strips or new for­mal web exper­i­men­ta­tions have rad­i­cally desta­bi­lized cer­tain solid assump­tions regard­ing the estab­lished food chain of comics pro­duc­tion. Cur­rent legal and com­mer­cial reg­u­la­tions are ill-pre­pared to man­age these rapidly expand­ing types of cre­ations and in my work, I try to fur­ther develop and has­ten the nat­ural con­clu­sions of this shift.

Dur­ing this work­shop, we will explore the uses of inter­tex­tu­al­ity, pla­gia­rism, pas­tiche and other related dis­cur­sive fig­ures in comics and con­tem­po­rary art. We will sur­vey some of the key law­suits and con­sid­er­a­tions that ensue intel­lec­tual prop­erty infringe­ment in the arts. We will learn how to cre­ate a body of work using ready-made tem­plates, graphic libraries and the pur­pose­ful use of any generic mate­r­ial avail­able online to get our story through. Through news­pa­per dailies, blog comics, hard­bound graphic nov­els, CC48, mini­comics and mobile comics, we will explore how to dis­till the sig­ni­fy­ing poten­tial of each for­mat, instan­ti­ate an unmedi­ated com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a tar­geted audi­ence and dis­rupt by the nor­ma­tive, busi­ness and polit­i­cal flows.


Shapereader Work­shop
a 4-day work­shop for mixed groups



Shapereader is a tac­tile lan­guage where words and mean­ings are trans­lated by a rich anaglyphic reper­toire of tac­tile shapes. It allows the cre­ation of uni­ver­sally acces­si­ble works of tac­tile lit­er­a­ture for, and from a visu­ally impaired read­er­ship. Shapereader intro­duces a new read­ing expe­ri­ence by trans­pos­ing seman­tic and syn­tac­ti­cal struc­ture cog­nizance to the reader’s fin­ger­tips. While it has been designed for the pur­poses of a blind com­mu­nity, Shapereader helps acti­vat­ing the repressed tac­tile-sen­sory realm and offers a new diegetic expe­ri­ence for the acquainted sighted user as well. 

The Shapereader Work­shop is a unique occa­sion for visu­ally impaired and sighted par­tic­i­pants to meet and cre­ate side by side, a tac­tile nar­ra­tive art­work. Dur­ing the course of the work­shop, par­tic­i­pants respond to spe­cific nar­ra­tive con­straints and weave story parts into a col­lec­tive sto­ry­telling. The narrative’s dif­fer­ent fea­tures are grad­u­ally replaced by tacti­grams, a set of tac­tile pic­togram hand-sized wooden tablets car­ry­ing dif­fer­ent geo­met­ric engrav­ings from the Shapereader reper­toire. The group will explore how to cir­cum­vent visual stim­uli, acti­vate the tac­tile sense as a cog­ni­tive tool, and exper­i­ment on mnemonic tech­niques to iden­tify the dif­fer­ent shapes. The Shapereader Work­shop pro­vides the very same genetic mate­r­ial for a sto­ry­telling craft, a reper­toire of empty sym­bols that will be reit­er­a­tively attrib­uted other mean­ings and func­tions accord­ing to each community’s spe­cific needs, pre­oc­cu­pa­tions and issues.


Sound & Move­ment for visu­ally dis­abled
a work­shop for mixed groups



A cer­tain aware­ness regard­ing spe­cific work­shops for a com­mu­nity of visu­ally impaired par­tic­i­pants has been wit­nessed the last years. For the peo­ple of this infor­mal group, touch and hear­ing are the pri­mary ways to acquire infor­ma­tion and com­plete a men­tal image of an object, an expe­ri­ence. Muse­ums, gal­leries and pub­lic art spaces are pro­gres­sively orga­niz­ing alter­na­tive vis­its, such as touch tours and han­dling ses­sions using spe­cially designed repli­cas, fac­sim­i­les, tac­tile dia­grams and relief struc­tures fur­ther under­ling a gen­eral avowal: art appre­hen­sion is pre­dom­i­nantly visual.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with chore­o­g­ra­pher Iris Karayan, this work­shop focuses on the rela­tion of sound and move­ment and is addressed to a mixed group of sighted and visu­ally impaired par­tic­i­pants, with or with­out prior pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence in dance or music. Dur­ing the course of the work­shop, and through impro­vi­sa­tion, we build a per­sonal pool of sounds and ges­tures, learn how to effec­tively and safely move freely in the dark. By fur­ther explor­ing nature as an anal­ogy for ter­ri­to­r­ial expan­sion, and the we grad­u­ally build a col­lec­tive chore­og­ra­phy and a sound piece. The work­shop has been hosted for sev­eral con­sec­u­tive years at the Onas­sis Cul­tural Cen­ter.