Projects

Our projects are characterized by:

  • A curious, experimental approach, where new insights, methodologies, theoretical underpinnings, and knowledge about artistic and cultural expressions are put into focus in new and challenging contexts.
  • They are inspired from unexplored areas of theoretical and historical study to inform the curation of international, interdisciplinary exhibitions, seminars, conferences, and lectures.
  • Fresh, challenging perspectives in thinking and working with contemporary art through a variety of innovative research methodologies and within the context of current local/global/glocal geopolitical and social issues.


The Mediterranean Sea / Mare Nostrum

Our research and projects are exploring contemporary art and curatorial practices as forms of critical inquiry, social engagement and knowledge production focusing on the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Maritima

Maritima Art Project

Marítima’01 is an art project based on the interest of the environmental state of the Mediterranean Sea and its region. Marítima’01 brings together contemporary artists and scientists to create collaborative art works and inventive synergies, under the patronage of the University of Valencia.

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Venice Biennale

Heterotopias of Evocation / Venice Biennale

The project focuses on the role of an island (Cyprus and Malta) as cultural a center of the Mediterranean Sea, both in history and in current times. The project invites the audience to reflect on their own lifetime journey of self-discovery, their own search for a personal Haven/Port.  Drawing on the tri-fold of history/archaeology, myth/tradition and vision/expectation, the project aims to recreate a topos/locus of artistic conversation for the whole of the Mediterranean Sea.
Bringing together artists from the Mediterranean, the core of the artworks proposed includes specially commissioned pieces engaging the audience to complementary semantic enquiries into the contemporary conditions of “homeness/(un) homeness” spreading beyond the predisposed mental notions of assigned tactile borders.

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Bridges of Atlantropa

Bridges of Atlantropa Workshops

Workshop with the First Year Fine Arts Students of the Cyprus University of Technology and pupils of the French Cypriot School, Nicosia. In the frame of Venice Biennial. Supported by Malta Arts Council and Sponsored by the Bank of Valletta.

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Walking Practices / Reclaiming Spaces

Our research and projects rethink what it means to walk and explore different ways in which to walk as: a cultural practice, a meditative practice, a radical practice, protest, art, healing and social engagement.

Walking: The Cyprus Experience

Walking: The Cyprus Experience

How can divided Cyprus, scarred by wars and ethnic conflicts that have left open wounds in the fabric of the country, try to heal itself and incorporate its traumatic memories within its spatial organization? Is such an incorporation possible?

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The Long Walk

The Long Walk

For the The Long Walk at “Prespes Walking Encounters’’ 2021, two exact copies of the yellow ‘’Caution’’ signs (The Yellow Immigration Sign was a U.S. highway safety sign warning motorists to avoid colliding with illegal immigrants darting across the road), were placed at Psarades Village near the Greek borders of Prespes. These Yellow Signs are depicting a man, woman, and girl with pigtails running.

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Rural Platforms / Places for Co-creation and Reconnection

These projects aim to create and augment research in culture and the arts in non-urban environments, embrace peripheral areas and integrate rurality and non-urban contexts in future art projects and events. The projects will involve local actors and stakeholders to identify particular spaces and practices that are ripe and ready for reinterpretation; and radically re-frame heritage in terms of people’s actual practices and re-imagine it through the lens of contemporary arts and living culture.

Our projects will be guided by the following principles:

  • Expand focus from built heritage to intangible heritage and living, forward-thinking contemporary art and cultural practices.
  • Respect the autonomy of local communities, foster motivation and self-empowerment through building awareness of existing values and active involvement of local communities in all stages. Stimulate participation, inclusion and equality as guiding values of cultural and artistic work.

  • Encourage long-term connections, collaboration and networking among cultural operators in non-urban contexts, by organizing exchanges and peer-to-peer learning and investing in permanent networks; Design networks of local policy-makers to exchange best practices of culture-led local development.
  • Expand and improve training for artists and cultural producers who want to engage with rural contexts to do so with an informed position, using methodologies and analytic tools from other disciplines.
  • Support cross-sectoral alliances (arts, science, social sectors) that address transversal issues and challenges (ecology, natural resources, sustainability, relationship to the landscape, etc) and serve as “change laboratories”; give visibility to such multidisciplinary projects to inspire other sectors;

CUT Fine Arts International Research Center, Ayios Ioannis Pitsilias

The Research Centre, initiated and established by the CUT Fine Arts Department at Ayios Ioannis Pitsillias, a rural community in the mountains near Limassol, aims to:

  • Further develop the Fine Arts Department’s mobility, social contribution, community outreach and rural cultural regeneration.
  • Contribute to the advancement of theoretical and practical research in Fine Arts, locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Establish an ecosystem of contemporary art (residencies, workshops, seminars, conferences, symposia) as a crucial mode in international circulation and career development.
  • Provide a vital infrastructure for critical thinking and artistic experimentation, cross-cultural collaboration, interdisciplinary knowledge production, and site-specific research.
  • Become a landmark of artistic innovation thus bringing the Fine Arts Department (CUT) to the forefront of contemporary art research and practice, locally, regionally and internationally.

Socially Engaged Art

Socially Engaged Art

The Socially engaged Art workshop at our research center at Ayios Ioannis Pitsilias invited children and teenagers from local communities to participate in a one-day workshop with Cut Fine Arts Students and Staff.

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Curating Cypriot Spaces /Site Specific Research Based Projects

This research-based project focuses on the resonance of Cypriot architectural and non-architectural spaces charged with the presence of those who once occupied them and the defunct activities that characterized them. It aims to:

  • Explore loss and abandonment, in relation to the history of haunted and ruined spaces like for example deserted mines (Kalavasos) and old hospitals (Kyperounda), or once glamorous interiors like the forest Park Hotel in Platres.
  • Question how heterotopic spaces like the hospital or the hotel can convey their history and affectivity to the viewer through an artistic visceral, historical and psychological engagement with these spaces.

Healing

Healing Spaces (Research Project /Upcoming Exhibition)

This research-based project focuses on the resonance of Cypriot architectural and non-architectural spaces charged with the presence of those who once occupied them and the defunct activities that characterized them.

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Mining

Metallum Terrae (Research Project /Upcoming Exhibition)

This research-based project focuses on the resonance of Cypriot architectural and non-architectural spaces charged with the presence of those who once occupied them and the defunct activities that characterized them.

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We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still too close to us

We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still too close to us

The exhibition, which is in the form of artistic interventions in the space of the historic Forest Park Hotel in Platres, by the staff of the department of Fine Arts at TEPAK and organized by Klitsa Antoniou, brings together the prolific creativity of the artists who teach at the department and the richness of the long history of the hotel.

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Poetry and Performance: Embodied Poetic Experience

This scholarly and practice-based project aims to:

  • Address the role of sensorial experience, movement, sound and visual practice both in the making and sharing of contemporary poetry as ‘common’ experience, responsive to the specific (in this case Cypriot) cultural context.
  • Focus on the live performance of print, sound and digital poetry and seeks to analyze the role of the body, of both performer and spectator in experiencing poetry.

  • Explore creative approaches to collecting information on the way both poets/performers and audience engage with poetry events and on how they may perceive themselves as part of a cultural community.
  • Constitute a key step in understanding the way performance as an embodied poetic experience contributes to (re)defining poetry’s social function.

An hour of Poetry

An hour of Poetry

A poetry performance with invited poets and artists. A collaboration with Cut Students Life office. Invited poets Avgi Lilly, Pambos Kouzalis, Giorgos Christodoulides, Lilly Michaelidou, Filippos Tsitsopoulos and Yiorgos Kalozois. Presented by Nicky Pavlou

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Library Project

The Library Project is an annual curatorial endeavor, which takes place at the historic building of the Municipal University Library in Limassol which houses the local archives.
The project aims to:

  • Offer an experimental artistic and curatorial laboratory.
  • Attract prominent visual artists from Cyprus and abroad.

  • Enhance the interaction between contemporary art practices and the Cypriot society, culture and history through the use of the rich archival material that our housed in the library.
  • Achieve this by foregrounding and marrying the multimedia nature of contemporary art with historical, archival material in order to explore old and emerging socio-political issues of our times.

Evelyn Anastasiou: Rejected Sounds of the Magic Flute

Evelyn Anastasiou: Rejected Sounds of the Magic Flute

The artist’s long research gained her access to the Berlin State Library [Staatliche Bibliothek zu Berlin] which houses the original notation of The Magic Flute.

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Filippos Tsitsopoulos: What you kill, you should also love

Filippos Tsitsopoulos: What you kill, you should also love

On Saturday, November 9, at 19.30, at the Municipal University Library, Tsitsopoulos performed the action entitled What you kill, you should also love; an enigmatic phrase borrowed (and slightly paraphrased) from the emblematic text of the German playwright and poet Heiner Müller, The Hamlet Machine (1977).

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Collaborative Art Project

This international practice-based project involves bringing together students/young artists with established artists to work as a team to create art.
It aims to:

  • Promote collaborative methods of practice which prioritize process over object production and technical proficiency, as well as social engagement and community over artistic autonomy.

  • Expand public engagement through art and activism by facilitating wider participation thus enriching its contribution to society.
  • Provide participants/students with a "toolbox" of observing, recording and analyzing the work of the invited visual artists, which they will be able to use later in their own artistic process, and to familiarize them with experimental artistic interventions of a collaborative nature.

Geert Vermeire: Walking Arts 2.0

Geert Vermeire: Walking Arts 2.0

Walking as an art practice found momentum in the 1960ies, in the wake of performance arts and in the emerging sound arts and it established itself as well as a visual art discipline in the 1970s.

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Maria Loizidou: Do I really believe it?

Maria Loizidou: Do I really believe it?

The artist collaborated with the Department by offering special laboratory courses in order to create a work of participatory art with the students. Within the framework of the Collaborative art Poject, the artist has given a lecture under the title "Do I really believe it?", in which she presented a retrospective of her personal artistic experience.

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Art Talk Society

Artists and art historians are invited to give informal lectures, talks, or other presentations focused on their research interests. These talks highlight important moments in the history of art by art theorists and philosophers and the work of contemporary artists from the perspective of their colleagues and peers. The series is motivated both by an in-depth focus on individual artists and a drive to facilitate new ideas and discourse across disciplines and generations.

Multimedia and Space in Contemporary Theatre

Multimedia and Space in Contemporary Theatre

George Lazoglou / Multimedia and Space in Contemporary Theatre

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Social Engaged Art Practices and Participatory Art

Social Engaged Art Practices and Participatory Art

Adonis Volanakis / Social Engaged Art Practices and Participatory Art

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The mask and the Unveiled

The mask and the Unveiled

Filippos Tsitsopoulos / The mask and the Unveiled

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Trauma, Postmemory and Artistic Production

Trauma, Postmemory and Artistic Production

Gabriel Koureas / Trauma, Postmemory and Artistic Production

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Introduction to the History and Theory of Cinema

Introduction to the History and Theory of Cinema

Konstantinos Argianas / Introduction to the History and Theory of Cinema: Between German Expressionist Cinema and Soviet Montage Theory

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Theaster Gates - Art within the Community - Community within art

Theaster Gates - Art within the Community - Community within art

Melita Couta / Theaster Gates - Art within the Community - Community within art

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The Controversy of Empathy in the Visual and Performative Arts

The Controversy of Empathy in the Visual and Performative Arts

Klitsa Antoniou /The Controversy of Empathy in the Visual and Performative Arts

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Curatorial Academy Project

The international theory and practice-based project Curatorial Academy Project involves intensive curatorial workshops featuring international guest speakers from various institutions. The international curatorial academy project focuses on international guests from various organizations and universities, with a remarkable presence in this field. Curatorial Academy Projects will offer participants a program of lectures and workshops and will also be able to present their curatorial ideas or their own artwork and receive feedback from invited speakers.

It will prepare participants to expand the role of curators, engaging audiences more effectively by proposing alternative models of exhibition-making, institution-building, and social justice through art. A key objective of the project is to advance and establish a professional discourse, thereby encouraging a continuous evaluation of one's own and other's curatorial practice.

Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio: Transversal approach: connections, exchanges, and interactions

Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio: Transversal approach: connections, exchanges, and interactions

A Lecture by Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio on his professional itinerary, presenting different projects in the academic, curatorial, and artistic sphere.

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