European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists (e-MobiLArt) is a project tailored around the process of collaboratively creating interactive installation artworks. Such mediated environments may involve the use of ubiquitous computing, communication networks and mobile or locative media technologies. Participants in this project will be artists and scientists who are active in creating interactive media art or pursuing innovative interdisciplinary research and wish to collaborate in order to create interactive media artworks.

The e-MobiLArt project aims to provide selected participants with a multicultural, interdisciplinary context, by supporting their travels, collaboration and the exhibition of their work. Selected participants will form groups and work together in order to develop their projects. During the project, three workshops will take place in three different European countries. In these workshops, participants will be provided with necessary technical, theoretical and curatorial support and will be aided in starting and developing their collaboration.

The resulting interactive installation artworks will be exhibited in at least one museum or gallery space, with the support of a team of established curators and theorists, active in the intersecting fields of art, science and technology.

2nd Thessaloniki Biennale

11 interactive installation artworks are going to be exhibited as the result of the collaboration amongst the 33 artists participating in the “e-MobiLArt” (European Mobile Lab for interactive media Artists) project. The group exhibition is taking place during 20 May – 10 June in the context of the project’s scheduled activities. The exhibition is organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art and is taking place as a parallel event of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale.

The e-MobiLArt process and its artistic results, which are presented in the exhibition, are the subject of a two-day symposium that is organized on May 21st-22nd in the Seminars venue in Warehouse C, Thessaloniki port. During the symposium a short presentation of the project and its activities will take place and the artists’ groups will talk about their collaborative experience and will present their exhibited artworks. This will be followed by two panel discussions on the curatorial, the artistic and the organizational perspectives into the collaborative process. Invited lecturers of the symposium are Roger Malina (astrophysicist and executive editor of Leonardo, the most important journal on Art, Science and Technology published by MIT Press), Claudine Dussolier (director of the cultural organisation ZINC, Marseille), Ekmel Ertan (artistic director of the international festival AMBER, Instanbul) and the creative team NeMe (Cyprus).


Thursday, May 21st

  • 13.30 – 14.30 Introductory talk, Anna Mykoniati, Curator at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (15 mins)
    • Brief presentation of the e-MobiLArt project, its aims, objectives and activities so far, with a brief overview of the evaluation on collaborative practice (30 mins.), Michael Meimaris, Dimitris Charitos, Veroniki Korakidou
    • Discussion with the participants and the public (15 mins)
  • 14.30 – 16.00 e-MobiLArt presentations (20 mins. each) followed by (Q & A) discussion moderated by a respondent or an invited guest:
    • “The Grafting Parlour”: Kelly Andres, Nurit Bar-Shai, Lucy Hg, Saoirse Higgins, Antti Tenetz
    • “Aureole”: Bettina Schülke, Nina Czegledy, Veroniki Korakidou, Dave Lawrence
    • “Kryolab”: Anna Dumitriu, Dave Lawrence, Antti Tenetz
  • 16.30 – 18.00 e-MobiLArt presentations followed by (Q & A) discussion moderated by a respondent or an invited guest:
    • “Third Woman”: Anna Dumitriu, Cliona Harmey, Margarete Jahrmann, Martin Rieser, Barry Roshto, Nita Tandon, Pia Tikka, Nina Yankowitz
    • “Crossings”: Nina Yankowitz, Pia Tikka, Mauri Kaipainen, Barry Holden
  • 18.00 – 18.45 Keynote speech: “Collaboration and Ethics: The Limits of Curiosity in Art and Science” – Roger Malina, President of Leonardo/OLATS, Executive Director of Leonardo Journal, Director of Research of CNRS, Co Chair ITACCUS Committee
  • 9.00 – 20.00 Panel discussion: “Why Collaborate?; Curatorial Perspectives”, Annick Bureaud, Nina Czegledy, Christianna Galanopoulou, Roger Malina followed by discussion with the audience

Friday, May 22nd:

  • 9.30 – 11.00 YASMIN Meeting (open to public) – Moderators: Roger Malina, Annick Bureaud, Nina Czegledy, Dimitris Charitos, Veroniki Korakidou – Agenda to be announced
  • 11.30 – 12.00 “Presentation of ZINC cultural organisation’s activities”, Claudine Dussolier
  • 12.00 – 12.30 “Presentation of AmberFestival and BIS (Body-Process Arts Association)”, Ekmel Ertan
  • 12.30 – 14.00 e-MobiLArt presentations (20 mins. each) followed by (Q & A) discussion moderated by a respondent or an invited guest:
    • “Ephemeron”: Barry L. Roshto, Eleni Panouklia, John Holder, Sally Pryor
    • “Moments” : Nigel Johnson, Dave Lawrence, Duke Albada
    • “Oracle” : Julià Carboneras Girgas, Etienne de France, Maria Lalou, Evi Malisianou, Fernando Velázquez
  • 15.30 – 16.00 NeMe: exploring meaning through inter/multi disciplinary collaborations
  • 16.00 – 17.30 e-MobiLArt presentations (20 mins. each) followed by (Q & A) discussion moderated by a respondent or an invited guest:
    • “Sound Lines”: Cliona Harmey, Christine Mackey, Lorraine Walsh, Lei Han, Nita Tandon
    • “We love the fish”: Duke Albada, Alexandra Berlinger, Jeremy Bernstein,Wolfgang Fiel
    • “On track”: Linda Dement, Petra Gemeinboeck, PRINZGAU/podgorschek, Marion Tränkle
  • 18.00 – 19.30 Panel discussion: “Collaborative art/science practice: Processes, Structures and Methodologies”, R. Schnell, V. Schnell, M. Yla-Kotola, B. Schülke, M. Kusch, J. D. Seroen, A. Mykoniati, A. Chorembala, D. Charitos

Symposium organisers: Veroniki Korakidou, Daphne Dragona, Dimitris Charitos
Hosted by the State Museum of Contemporary Art