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Angelo Plessas

Experimental Education Protocol: The Temple of All Beings
31 July–12 August 2023

13th Gwangju Biennale, 2021.

Experimental education, performance

Hohensalzburg Fortress and various other spaces

Teaching language

What to bring
Laptop, camera, material from the students’ archives, tools, pens, brushes, etc.

Willingness to work in groups

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
€ 640,– (reduced € 480,–)

The class provides an alternative educational methodology that will include different forms of artistic pedagogy, from performance to installation to self-publishing. The project already happened in 4 different versions, one last year in the Summer Academy. Participants (anyone interested in cultural practice) are asked to conduct educational models through workshops focusing on a case study. A statement accompanies this; in general, participants bypass their professional routine.  Each edition is usually accompanied by a collectively edited publication (on demand) that will be presented at the end of the class.

The 5th edition will be a 2-week educational course in the Summer Academy. The title, The Temple of All Beings, suggests the case study will revolve around new self-made archetypal sacred spaces. Temples have always been spaces that embody sacred and collective modes of experiencing beliefs. They represent points for identification, and at the same time, they aspire to offer visions of an ideal life and existence. In some cases, temples are manifestations of qualities that pervade matter. But recently, one can have its idea of sacred space and new self-interpretative traditions reinforced by new knowledge and wisdom. A question for the participants is what possible stories could be told or unfold beyond archetypal spaces of contemplation. New definitions of the temple will be generated.
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.