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Angelo Plessas

Crossing #7 - (The Fool)
9 August 2022 / 7–9 pm CEST

Credits: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Everywhere Present, Nowhere Visible (and vice versa)

Performance and meditation by artist Angelo Plessas

The Noospheric Society, one of the key project series by Greek artist Angelo Plessas, is a communal space existing both online and offline. For this session, Plessas invites the audience to be momentarily part of the society and to indulge in his overall practice. Following a brief presentation of his broader research, he will guide a meditation ritual in which mobile phones will be used as a mindfulness tool bridging physical and cyber realities. Participants will hopefully meet in an unforeseen dimension, resulting from the interaction and the flow of intercrossing energies. This is seen as a healing process and also an alternative way of using communication devices beyond words and reasoning.

The event is in English language, you can find the live stream here:
Angelo Plessas lives and works between Athens and Kymi, Greece. His work highlights the ambiguous approach of spirituality with technology delving into a broad set of cosmologies, activating modes of communal inteconnectivity, social relations and identity. Plessas' activities range from rituals to artist residencies; from self-publishing to interactive websites; from quilted sculptures to live-stream events and educational projects.  Over the past years, he has organized the annual week-long gatherings of the Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood and Experimental Education Protocol in different remote places in the world. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the 13th Gwangju Biennale, S. Korea, documenta 14, both in Kassel and Athens, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Jeu de Paume, Paris, Onassis-Stegi, DESTE Foundation and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. Plessas is the founder of P.E.T. Projects in Athens, a Fulbright alumnus, and he recipient of the 2015 DESTE Prize. He has also edited and published four books about the  residencies programmes he organized and directed.

2022 Persones Persons, 8th Biennale Gherdëina, Val di Gardena (IT). 2021 Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, 13th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (KR). 2019 Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (UK). 2018 I was raised on the internet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (US). 2017 Learning from Athens, documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (DE)

Ben Eastham, Angelo Plessas (interview), Acne Papers, London, 2021
Angelo Plessas, Experimental Education Protocol, Nero Publishing, Rome, 2021
Rahel Aima, Prizing Eccentric Talents, Artforum, 2021
Michelangelo Corsaro, Angelo Plessas: The Noospheric Society, in: 13th Gwangju Biennale (exh. cat.), Gwangju, 2021
Angelo Plessas, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, Nero Publishing, Rome, 2018

1993-95 Industrial Design and Computer Science, TEI, Athens
Angelo Plessas in Kiasma. Photo: Finnish National Gallery/Pirje Mykkänen.