PCAI Tilos Artist Residency: Hypercomf & The New Raw
An innovative artist in residence program on environment and sustainability, on the island of Tilos in Greece
Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative (PCAI) inaugurates its artist residency on the island of Tilos with artists Hypercomf and designer duo The New Raw. The artist-in-residence program, curated by Kika Kyriakakou, is dedicated to artistic creativity and alternative practices in relation to circular economy, sustainability, upcycling, and environmental protection. Hypercomf and The New Raw’s interdisciplinary projects combine research, design, methodology and education with artistic practices. Their projects, aligned with ecology and environmental awareness, often incorporate sustainable and circular economy methods at their core.
During their three-month residency, the artists will have the opportunity to research further the circular economy program implemented on the island, discover more about its waste management and sorting system and create original artworks and design items from non-recyclable and reusable materials collected daily at the Tilos Center for Circular Innovation. The two creative duos intend to engage further with the local community, its history and the crafts and folklore customs of the island. Through open studio days and educational workshops for islanders, tourists and children, the resident artists wish to examine and discuss further environmental protection in relation to creative methodologies.
PCAI Tilos Artist Residency is organised in the context of Polygreen’ s collaboration with the Municipality of Tilos. Just Go Zero Tilos is an innovative environmental project aiming to develop solutions that promote circular economy and sustainability. Through three main pillars that include education, waste collection and management Tilos intends to become the first zero waste island in Greece.
PCAI founder and director and Polygreen CEO Athanasios Polychronopoulos, notes: “We are truly excited as art becomes the culmination of our comprehensive waste management program, which is being implemented with unprecedented success on the island of Tilos.”
PCAI artistic director and artist residency curator, Kika Kyriakakou, states: The objective of our artist-in-residence program is to explore possible environmental solutions using contemporary art and design as vehicles, in collaboration with the local community and with absolute respect for the history and cultural heritage of Tilos.”
More about The New Raw
The New Raw is a research and design studio based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, founded in 2015 by architects Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki with the ambition to give new life to discarded materials through design, robots and craftsmanship. The New Raw has developed a growing body of work which advocates for a sustainable use of plastic to spring positive environmental and societal impact. The design methodology of The New Raw is based on a trial-and-error approach and it is inherently related to the production technique and to material properties. Each design project starts with hands-on research to end up with a new digital workflow and engineered solutions. The New Raw have participated in numerous international exhibitions and venues including Amsterdam Gemeente (NL), Foundation Telefonica, Madrid (ES), Onassis Cultural Foundation, Athens (GR), Framelab Amsterdam (NL), Gdynia Design Days (PL), Centquatre (FR). The New Raw has been awarded with several international prizes such as Dezeen Design Award, Rossana Orlandi Plastic Prize, Fast Company Award, Kaldewei Future Design Award, Energy Globe Award Greece and Hans Sauer Award.
More about Hypercomf
Hypercomf is a multidisciplinary conceptual design artist identity, researching the relationship between nature and culture, domestication, industry, and science, an identity first materialized as a fictitious company profile in Athens, in 2017. Hypercomf’s practice is both research and production driven, each subject informs a continuously developing narrative starring organic and inorganic protagonists. This narrative manifests through interdisciplinary collaborations and community engagement methods of production, space activations, multimedia artworks and sustainable design prototypes and objects. Recently completed projects include “Benthic Terrazzo”, a sustainable prototype series of marine-waste terrazzo tiles, and the short films “Fish kissed” and “Marine Caves and Benthic Terrazzo” currently presented in “Weather Engines” at Onassis Stegi and “Colliding Epistemes” at BOZAR. Also, “Resonate” a meteorological activation of the traditions of textile weaving and music on Tinos island supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative at Columbia University (2020-2021).
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