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Angelo Plessas

Experimental Education Protocol 4: the Ethereal Forest
1–13 August 2022

Angelo Plessas, 13th Gwangju Biennale
Angelo Plessas, 13th Gwangju Biennale, 2021

Experimental education, performance

Hohensalzburg Fortress and various outdoor spaces

Teaching language

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

Willingness to work in groups

Maximum number of participants

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

This course employs an alternative educational methodology in which the participants (also called co-experimenters) will connect the dots of various places/people/situations with the concept of eco-ontology, prompting an ontological inquiry into what is natural/physical, what is ethereal/intangible, or else prompting reconceptions of what it is for humanity to exist and survive. Taking as inspirations the stories, sites, rituals, and visuals in and around Salzburg, the course will expand ideas of new spiritualities between physical and hybrid corporealities. Every kind of medium and process will be accepted for the proposed seminars conducted by the participants/co-experimenters. The workshops and meetings among the participants will be performed both indoors and outdoors. The course will be divided into three stages. In the first stage, participants/co-experimenters will survey the local context, bridging places/situations/people with the general statement they are working with in preparing their workshop/presentation. In this stage, there will be individual and communal consultations. The goal of the second stage is to conduct the workshops in a conversational mode. One participant can also conduct more than one workshop, and one workshop can be conducted by more than one person. The aim of the third stage is to design a PDF/book that integrates all material generated from all the participants in the form of interviews and research material.

This course follows a non-didactic method and attempts to trigger the individual into a creative process that transforms her/him/they into both creator and receptor of experiential education. In addition, the class will give the confidence to be able to speak in public, to work communally, and to create their own content through the use of self-publishing.

More information about the "Experimental Education Protocol" here.
Angelo Plessas is an artist who lives and works in Athens. Using technology, his work highlights the ambiguous approach of spirituality, delving into a broad set of cosmologies and activating modes of communal interconnectivity, social relations, and identity. Plessas’s activities range from performances to artist residencies; from self-publishing to interactive websites; from quilted sculptures to livestream events and educational projects. Over the last years, he has organized the annual gatherings of the Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood and Experimental Education Protocol in different places in the world.

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
Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen