Sunday, 25 November events, Day 3 Conference


It is our pleasure, on behalf of NeMe, to invite and welcome you to the last day of Through the Roadblocks: realities in raw motion conference which is co-organised by NeMe, the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts (Art History and Theory Research Lab) of the Cyprus University of Technology, and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

All talks will be delivered at Pefkios Georgiades Amphitheatre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol.

Programme for Sunday, 25 November 2012

11.00 - 13.30
Transgressing the Visible
Moderator: Yiannis Colakides
Introduction Antonis Danos CY
Reactions, Inheritance, and Memories Lanfranco Aceti IT/UK/TR
Bound Sophia Touboura GR, Nana Sachini GR, Maria Lianou GR
Inter Alios Artemis Potamianou GR
Lying to tell you the truth Ghalya Saadawi LB/UK
From Hand to Hand Andri Michael CY/FR
15.00 - 17.30
Between walls and beyond borders
Moderator: Nikolas Defteras
I Can't Go On, I'll Go On George Alexander AU
Making Sense of the Turkish Cypriot Social Discontent Umut Bozkurt CY
Nomadism and Trans-cities George Katodrytis CY/UAE
Through the Futurological Deadlock Antonis Balasopoulos GR/CY
Distinguished keynote speaker
Introduction Srećko Horvat
The Future of Europe Tariq Ali

Speakers’ Bios

Tariq Ali is a historian, writer, film director and activist, one of the key figures of the British left. He studied political science, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford and was one of the leaders of protests against the Vietnam War. Inspired by his role in the movement, Mick Jagger dedicated his song Street Fighting Man, and John Lennon did the same with Power to the People. Ever since the sixties he is a member of the editorial board of the New Left Review. He has published over 30 books, among which are: Can Pakistan Survive? The Death of a State (1991), Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties (1987), Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), A Banker for All Seasons (2007), and The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad (2010)

Srećko Horvat, Croatian philosopher and activist. He published seven books, including, Against Political Correctness, Totalitarianism Today, The Discourse of Terrorism, and various articles published in Monthly Review, Le Monde Diplomatique, Eurozine, and translated into German, French, Hungarian and Polish. He translated several books from German and English into Croatian, among which are the works of Slavoj Žižek, Norbert Elias, Frank Furedi, Peter Sloterdijk and others. He is the director of the Subversive Forum, an annual conference and activist meeting held traditionally in May in Zagreb, gathering renowned personalities such as Zygmunt Bauman, David Harvey, Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Žižek, Tariq Ali, Saskia Sassen, Gayatri Spivak, Samir Amin and others, serving as a network and platform for progressive movements and organisations from Eastern and Western Europe.

Dr Antonis Danos is Assistant Professor in Art History and Theory, in the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology. His research interests include theories of nationalism and post-colonialism, the ideological and aesthetic construction of collective identities, Modern Greek and contemporary Cypriot art, art criticism and historiography, and issues of gender and sexuality in art. He has published on Modern Greek and contemporary Cypriot art and culture, in journals (Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing), a two-volume book (Cypriot Artists: the second generation, 2010), articles in edited volumes, as well as texts in several Cypriot artists’ monographs. He has curated, and edited the catalogues of exhibitions on modern and contemporary Cypriot art, in Cyprus, Greece, the UK and Turkey. He collaborated with film director Yannis Yapanis, for the creation of the documentary Christoforos Savva 1924-1968 (2011). He is the founder and coordinator of the Art History and Theory Research Lab, at CUT

Dr Lanfranco Aceti works as an academic, artist and curator. He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, Department of Art and Computing, London; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; and is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (the MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST). He is the Gallery Director at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul and worked as the Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA 2011 Istanbul. He has a PhD from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. His work has been published in Leonardo, Art Inquiry and Routledge and his interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection between digital arts, visual culture and new media technologies. Lanfranco Aceti specialises in contemporary art, inter-semiotic translations between classic media and new media, contemporary digital hybridisation processes, avant-garde film and new media studies and their practice-based applications in the field of fine arts. He has worked as an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Virtual Reality Environments at University College London. He has exhibited works at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London and done digital interventions at TATE Modern, The Venice Biennale, MoMA, Neue Nationalgalerie, the ICA and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Previously an Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, Dr Aceti has also worked as an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, School of History of Art, Film & Visual Media and as Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Sofia Touboura was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1977. She studied Social Anthropology and Sociology at Panteion University of Social & Political Studies (BA, MA) during the years 1995-2002. She concentrated in the fields of optical anthropology and social philosophy. Next, she studied at Athens School of Fine Arts, with tutors Giannis Psychopaidis and Nikos Tranos, where she focused on video, sculpture constructions, large surface painting and visual installations. She graduated in 2008, with distinction. She uses a wide range of artistic means, from material colour and visual installations to digital painting and free documentary. She has participated in several documentary and video art festivals, visual group exhibitions, has carried out site specific installations, audiovisual projects, solo presentations and artistic co-operations, towards which she is especially inclined. She is the founder and the head of the team of the non profit artist-run project space OpenShowstudio. She lives and works in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Nana Sachini studied in Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK (Master and Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art) and in School of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki, Greece (BA Hons in Painting). Her work embraces various media including drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. She has participated in group exhibitions in London, Athens and Berlin and recently she participated in a two-person show in Athens. She is also founding member of the artist group “KangarooCourt”. Nana lives and works in Athens.

Maria Lianou is a visual artist based in Athens. She received two BA degrees from the Athens School of Fine Arts, one in Sculpture and one in Painting. She has received various scholarships and awards. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad, as well as in art biennials. She has had four solo exhibitions.

Artemis Potamianou is an artist and curator who is currently based in Athens. Potamianou has had 15 one-person exhibitions, including at the Hellenic American Union (Athens), Pleiades Gallery (Athens), Hellenic Centre (London), Borough Museum and Art Gallery (Newcastle), Fizz Gallery (Athens), Tint Gallery (Thessaloniki), etc. She has participated in 61 group shows such as the 1st Biennale of Thessalonica, the BIDA – Biennale of Spain, 3rd Athens Biennale, Vista Mare Foundation (Pescara), International Young Art 2002: Sotheby’s Amsterdam, Sotheby’s Tel Aviv, Sotheby’s Moscow, Change and Partner Contemporary Art (Rome), “Greek Sale”- Bonhams (London), Birmingham (MAC -Midlands Art Centre of Birmingham), The Benaki Museum (Athens), Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea (Florence). Potamianou completed her BA (FA) at the School of Fine Art (Athens) in 1997, and has subsequently received an MA degree from the Staffordshire University (1999) and she is now an MPhil/PhD candidate. She has curated more than 30 exhibitions of important artists of the international scene, such as Joseph Kosuth, Terry Atkinson, Peter Greenaway, Candice Brietz, Guerrilla Girls, Damien Hirst and others. Potamianou has written essays for exhibition catalogues and books.

Ghalya Saadawi was born in 1975 in Beirut, Lebanon. She has lectured in the Social Science and Art History departments of the American University of Beirut, and in Sociology at the Lebanese American University, and has worked as a consultant and researcher for various non-governmental organisations in Beirut and London. Some of her art writings have appeared in Bidoun, Third Text, Nowiswere, Art in America, Frieze, and several other publications and artist monographs. Her poetry has not yet been published. In 2010 she co-edited the book Untitled Tracks: On Alternative Music in Beirut, and in 2011 she was editor of Plot for a Biennial, the 10th Sharjah Biennial Catalogue. Most recently, she wrote and performed a walking tour of Beirut in 2080 titled After the Future: Heritage Redux (in collaboration with 98weeks, Beirut and AIR International Research Programme/ FARE, Milan). She is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, interested in whether/ how witnessing/testimony/fiction can be understood/reconceptualised through certain artistic practices in Lebanon and beyond, and if/ how that reconfiguration can become political/critique. She lives between Beirut and London.

Dr Andri Michael is a curator and an Art Historian, a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, and a member of the Research Centre Images and Formes at the same University. Her recent research focuses on Picasso and Duchamp and especially on the reception of their work. She is the editor of numerous contemporary art exhibition catalogues, articles and publications, among which: Picasso — Propos sur l’art in collaboration with Marie-Laure Bernadac, Paris, Gallimard, collection “Art et Artistes”, Paris, 1998, Picasso poète, Les beaux-arts edition, Paris, 2008, Les happenings de Jean-Jacques Lebel, Hazan, Paris, 2009. She is currently working on the book Contemporary Art in Cyprus for Cherche-Midi editions in Paris. She has designed, curated and organised many contemporary art exhibitions and events among which: Mapping Cyprus, contemporary views, Palais des beaux-arts (Bozar), 2012 and Envision Cyprus, Memories alive, EESC in Brussels, on the occasion of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of Europe. She has recently co-founded with Erotokritos Antoniades the non-profit association Chypre Culture, which aims at promoting Cypriot culture in all its aspects. Chypre Culture collaborates with various organisations, institutions and cultural centres in order to create dynamic experiences, which will function as cultural diplomacy between France, Cyprus and other countries.

George Alexander has worked as coordinator of Contemporary Art Programs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1997-2010. He is currently Australian desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific. In the early 1980s he worked with Sylvere Lotringer in New York on the Italian Autonomia and the Oasis issues (Semiotexte). Since the early 1970s he has worn a diagonal path between literature and the visual arts, writing for performance, radio, and the printed page. His works include book-length monographs on artists. He has been editor and advisory editor on many Australian journals. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Russian, and German. His literary works include, The Book of the Dead (1985), Sparagmos (1989), and the novels Mortal Divide (1999) and Slow Burn (2009). A long poem based on Yiannis Ritsos and Heinrich Schliemann entitled The Dead Travel Fast (with images by Peter Lyssiotis) was published in November 2009 by NeMe, Cyprus, in Greek, Turkish and English. His latest book, a graphic novel, was published in 2012.

Dr Umut Bozkurt is a Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. She completed her PhD in politics in the University of York, UK. Her research interests are state theory, critical political economy, and modern politics of Turkey and Cyprus. Her co-edited book titled Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society in Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan) is forthcoming in 2012.

George Katodrytis is an architect involved in practice, teaching and research. He is currently Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He studied and taught at the Architectural Association in London and he has been a visiting professor at various schools around the world. He worked in Paris, London, Nicosia and Dubai. He has built a number of projects in Europe and the Middle East as well as published widely on contemporary architecture, urbanism, cultural theory and digital media. His work addresses the ‘city’, especially as it is evolving in the 21st century. He employs digital technology and scripting as tools for establishing new formal and performative models in architecture.

Dr Antonis Balasopoulos is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies and Chair of the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. His recent research has focused on utopian studies and political theory, while he has also published on questions of critical theory, film, American literature, and postcolonial studies. He is the co-editor of the special issue Comparative Literature and Global Studies (Gramma, 2005), and of the volumes Conformism, Non-Conformism and Anti-Conformism in the Culture of the United States (Winter Verlag, 2008), and States of Theory (Metaichmio, 2010) and the editor of “Intellectuals and the State: Complicities, Confrontations, Ruptures”, (Occasion, 2012). He is also the author of numerous published and forthcoming essays appearing in journals like Utopian Studies, Cultural Critique, Theory and Event, Postcolonial Studies, Gramma, and Occasion; and of book chapters in volumes like Exploring the Utopian Impulse (Peter Lang, 2007), Futurescapes: Space in Utopian and Science Fiction Discourses (Rodopi, 2008), Spectres of Utopia (Peter Lang, 2012), and Dystopia Matters (forthcoming, Cambridge Scholars Press). He has published translations of critical theory in Greek journals, as well as two Greek-language volumes of aphorisms and short prose essays, Through the Loophole (Athens: Astra, 2010), and The Book of Brief Reflections (Athens: Astra, 2010). He is currently working on essays on the question of utopia and anti-utopia in Walter Benjamin, Georges Sorel and Franz Kafka. His first collection of poems, Natural History/Amor-Fides-Spes, is planned to appear soon.


  • Main Sponsor: Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Sponsors: Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Audio and Visual Arts; Embassy of Germany in Cyprus; Embassy of Israel in Cyprus; Australia Council of the Arts; Limassol Municipality; Roberto Cimetta fund; IFA
  • Support: NDLINE
  • Hospitality: Kanika Pantheon Hotel
  • Media Sponsor:, Politis Newspaper
  • Special Thanks: Koula Sophianou, Frances Lanitou, Theophilos Tramboulis, Angeliki Gazi, Natalie Demetriou, Christiana Solomou, Maria Hadjiathanasiou, Jeremy Sarchet, Christos Christou, Alexis Andreou, Maria Lianou, Ioanna Lyssiotis, Yiannis Demetriou, Marios Theophilides, Evis Michaelides, Demetra Ignatiou and the students of the Media and Communications department of the Cyprus University of Technology for their online promotion
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