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Koumaria Residency 2016 – Gabriella Catalano [Italy]

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Gabriella Gatalano is a dancer and a movement practitioner whose work investigates the relation between dance and musical, visual or linguistic scapes in the context of live performances. She has a contemporary and classic ballet background coming from her training at the international choreographic centre Opus Ballet (Florence, Italy). Subsequently she has continued her journey following and drowing inspiration from different techniques and methods

Hossam Dirar [Egypt]

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Hossam Dirar was Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1978 where he currently lives and works. He obtained a BA in Graphics from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo. His later studies included Painting, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Product Design, Photography, Multimedia and Pottery. Dirar’s work explores the factors that make humans different from one another, whether these differences are a result of social, religious or geographic influence. Dirar studies the transformation of the state and environment a human exists in through things that shape them, and in turn the environment becomes a reflection on humans in a wide range of ways, creating a spectrum of existence. Through his interactions with art he highlights this exchange, what happens between the environment and mind, and hopes to find ways to cancel out the differences. Dirar recently took on sound as a medium, he was attracted to the challenge of not using a visual reference, and enjoys its direct reference to the time in which it’s produced, that is a direct link to the technological advances of its time.

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Lucia Jeesun Lee [Korea]

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Lucia Jessun Lee explores questions on existential, metaphysical matters. In the process, she experiments with digital media, invites people to join, and creates experiential poetry. She has shown her works at Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences (France), Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Platoon Kunsthalle Seoul, The 13th Seoul International New Media Festival, Singapore Open Media Art Festival, 3LD Art and Technology Center(New York), The 12th Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival (New York) and various venues in Seoul and New York. She has been invited to participate in Augmented Paper Workshop during Experimenta Salon Arts Sciences Technologies for 2015-2016 France-Korea year, and to Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab at iMAL, Brussels in 2014. Through collaboration with other professionals including Chilean visual artist, French sound artist, Korean programmer, Spanish architect and Trinidadian interactive artist, she often crosses borders of disciplines and nationalities. She has designed and taught art+tech classes in Seoul and New York, including Stevens Institute of Technology, Hostos Community College of CUNY , Queens Museum of Art and Fablab Seoul as an adjunct professor, educator and residency artist.

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Akiko Nakayama [Japan]

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Akiko Nakayama is a painter who depicts the beauty of convey energy metamorphosis through several media such as installation, photos and performances. Combining the energy of movement and the vibrance of colors, Akiko Nakayama brings pictures to life. Called “Alive Painting”, Akiko depicts the resonance between shapes and textures by using different types of liquids, each with a unique characteristic. She explores three themes in her work. Firstly, the parallels of extremes. Secondly, the resonance between these extremes when they meet. Lastly, the importance of water in bridging these extremes. In recent years, she has performed solo using a colour-organ system, “Fluid2wave”. This system uses soundtracks and sound effects to accompany the digital projection of color painting.
She also collaborates with artists from different genres. She not only performs in Japan, but also overseas.

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Rasmus Zschoch [Germany]

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Rasmus Zschoch is probably an artist. In his personal and collaborative work he seeks to break with borders between disciplines, working on sound, music and noise in inter- & multidisciplinary settings. Rasmus Zschoch is probably a musician. Having learned to play glockenspiel at the age of three, he moved on to piano and guitar and was a member of several bands. He continues to play, write and perform for “Storian Collective” (EP & book “Core” released in May 2016). Rasmus Zschoch is probably a composer. His work ranges from acoustic to electro-acoustic to electronic compositions. His pieces tend to end up much shorter than the time he spends writing them. Rasmus Zschoch is probably an academic. Since finishing his studies in Music Composition and Production (BoM 2016, Prince Claus Conservatory & Minerva Academy of Arts, Groningen) he continues to research artistic and musical practices, methods and movements, often being fascinated and frustrated by the amount of ideas that have already been done and the limitations of his own creativity. Rasmus Zschoch (born in Germany, AD 1988) is probably Rasmus Zschoch. And that is definitely something.

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