Desert Breath is a group project created by D.A.ST. arteam, (Danae Stratou, Alexandra Stratou, Stella Constantinidis). It is a site specific Earthwork, located in El Gouna-Egypt, in the eastern desert bordering the Red Sea. The work covers an area of 100.000 sq.metres and its construction involves the displacement of 8.000 cubic meters of sand. 89 positive and 89 negative conical volumes form two interlocking logarithmic spirals that move out from a common center. The center is a 1200 cubic meter earthen vessel formed by the intersection of the positive and negative cone.
Located between the sea and a body of mountains at the point where the immensity of the sea meets the immensity of the desert, the work functions on two different levels in terms of viewpoint: from above as an image, and from the ground, walking the spiral pathway, as a physical experience.
The construction of Desert Breath was sponsored by Orascom P.T.D. and was completed in March 1997. The moment of completion, time zero, marks the beginning of its slow transformation by the forces of nature, as the work becomes an instrument that measures the passage of time.
Transmissions was a site specific interactive performance that was conceived following an invitation by the Eleventh plateau project in Hydra by Out of the box intermedia in 2011. A chain of people holding mirrors gradually find their position along a shady street that descends the amphitheatrical hillside of Hydra harbor. Each person manipulates the angle of their mirror and their own position so as to capture the image from the mirror of the previous person and transmit it to the next. The first person in the chain standing on the top of the hill will capture the image of the sun setting. The procession will naturally assume the density that the street geometry commands, and spread downward transferring the light. Locals emerge at will from their doorstep to form part of the human chain. If enough people join the light-path it will be possible to transmit the image all the way to the sea. And thus the sea, the water, will simultaneously reach the top of the hill.
A 4 channel video installation created by Danae and Alexandra Stratou for D.A.ST. Arteam (Danae Stratou, Alexandra Stratou, Stella Konstantinidis) in the summer of 1999. Played on 4 TV sets (2 pairs) placed oposite each other. It was created for and shown as part of an exhibition entitled Video Show curated by a group of Greek artists. It took place in the widows of the electrical shops in the old commercial centre of Athens (on Dragatsaniou street), Greece.
Two pairs of eyes that belong to the participants in a dialogue, are closely recorded and displayed on two pairs of monitors. The pairs of monitors are positioned across from each other reenacting the space of the dialogue. They were positioned on two facing electrical shop windows, camouflaged between monitors showing usual TV programs, so that the passerby and the window-shopper would have to cross the dialogue space.
An interactive installation that sets the stage for the bureaucracy (loves) adhocracy event organized and produced by synathina/municipality on
may 21, 2015 at the Onassis cultural center
The work «θέλω πλύσιμο» (thelo plisimo: I need cleaning) is green graffiti: an invitation to citizens to take action demanding a cleaner and more sustainable urban environment. It works as a kit of parts that includes the necessary equipment (stencil, cleaning cloth, detergent) to mark the squalid abandoned surfaces that need attention. On the stencil, the phrase «θέλω πλύσιμο» imitates the handwriting of a finger on dusty glass, referring to the same phrase written on windows of dirty cars to remind the owners it’s time to take their car to the laundry. Following the same logic, the cleaned phrase on a dirty pavement, wall, or other urban surface, should serve to expose the owner or agency responsible for its decadence, in the hope it will address the problem.
The kit of parts is designed as urban gear to be worn over clothing. By wearing «θέλω πλύσιμο» urban gear one subscribes to a lifestyle: a collective effort to upgrade the urban environment and to maintain it in a pleasant state