<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/52501033″>Koumaria 2012 Performance at Onassis Cultural Center</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user799030″>Medea Electronique</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
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Across the Great Divide Creative Human Machine Improvisations

Since 2009 the artist collective Medea Electronique has organized an annual 10-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria, near Sparta in Greece, focusing on improvisation and new media practices.  The residency &ldquo;Medea Electronique Koumaria 2012&rdquo; is held, for a second year, in cooperation with the Onassis Cultural Centre (http://www.sgt.gr/en), who will host the performance of the residency results as part of a major international 3 day event entitled Across the Great Divide&mdash;Creative Human&mdash;Machine Improvisations. This event will feature workshops, lectures, performances and demonstrations by many of the leading artist/theorists working in the field of human&mdash;machine artistic interactions, including George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker. Residents will have the unique opportunity to participate in this event, and interact with these, and other, participating artists.

How do machine-human improvisations reveal features of what improvisation itself is, or could be? What do such interactions tell us about what it is to be human, or to be a machine? How might we remain humanists as artists yet embrace new technologies and their potentials? Can machines help us overcome artistic limitations, or do they create new ones? Are new modes of improvisation suggested by software and hardware systems? Have the use of new technologies in art changed the notion of what a body is, or what a machine is?<br />

This year residents are:

FREYA OLAFSON &ndash; Canada, THE NIGHT BEARS-USA (John J.A. Jannone, Daniel Munkus, Sophia Remolde), LUCY PAWLAK &ndash; UK, KATERINA UNDO-Greece, CHARITY CHAN &ndash; Canada, ARIANNA FERRARI &ndash; Italy, PANAGIOTIS TSAGARAKIS-Greece, DAFNE GIANNOULATOU &ndash; Greece, MEDEA ELECTRONIQE / ISE ENSEMBLE (Ioanna Kampylafka, Kleopatra Korai, Yannis Lolis, Panayiotis Goubouros, Manolis Manousakis, Alexandros Drymonitis, Eric Lewis, Thodoris Zioutos, Guido De Flaviis, Dimitris Tigas, Michael Larsson, Christos Laskaris, Tim Ward)

Programme: http://www.sgt.gr/en/programme/event/768

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