"Empathy for human and non-human beings."

26-27-28 May

Friday, 26 May, 13:00 – 18:00,

Saturday & Sunday, 27-28 May, 11:00 – 19:15.

We announce a three day event with seminars/workshops/performances which is organized in the framework of the innovative project “EMPACT – Empathy and Sustainability: The Art of Thinking like a Mountain”, co-funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme. (Grant Agreement No: 101055903 – EMPACT – CREA-CULT-2021-COOP-2).

Empathy for human and non-human beings: clarifies and demonstrates how empathy as an abstract concept can be applied in the arts so that people are motivated to care for non-human others and the environment by using concrete examples. The Seminar “Empathy for human and non-human beings” is organised by the Vorres Museum, an EMPACT consortium partner, and will be held in Greek or English language. Seminar speakers, artists and moderators are renowned experts and professionals in the field of art theory, art management, environment experts, Institutions and sustainable development: If you are an artist, cultural professional, arts manager, researcher, educator, student or cultural policymaker, join us!

The seminar has limited capacity: to reserve your place, please fill out the short registration form (please open with Chrome web browser).

During the event, talks, seminars, workshops will take place in the framework of the innovative EMPACT - Creative Europe project.

The workshops focus on introducing, discussing and proposing resilience as a motor of reflection, which has important implications for artistic research, training and practice. In the three days of interactive events:

FRIDAY 26.05.2023

13:00 Registration

13:30 Olga Daniylopoulou - The art of thinking at least!

14:00 Thanasis Moutsopoulos - The dilemma of humanness: the artistic creation and the philosophical facts.

15:00 Break

15:30 Nikos Vassileiou with Evi Mazi – Empathy in music, ''..you taught us to see through our ears and listen through our hearts'', Khalil Gibran

16:30 Berthold Bell - Music and empathy in films

17:30 Irene Orati – Τhe J. F. Costopoulos Foundation and the artists


SATURDAY 27.05.2023

13:00 Registration

14:00 Marilena Karra - The role of advertising in the commercial world of any city.

14:30 Alikio Tsirliangou - And now what? Post-pandemic Art Industry Insights for Artists.

15:00 Break

15:30 Giorgio Davos - Thinking on the end of the humanised view of Nature.

16:15 Thrafia – Presentation - Clouds like mountains, the art of Ascending.

16:45 Berthold Bell – Presentation – How to murder a mountain

17:30-19:00 Workshop by Bell & Thrafia, Visual Artists

Workshop title: "Mountains and Myths"

The participants will assemble in the basement, around a large table usually available for children' s workshops. There will be an introduction by the two collaborating artists on the object of the Seminar, which is the idea of building a window in order to look at the Mountain. Basic materials will be available and it will be asked to create a drawing on paper of the above concept. These drawings will be expedited to the highest point of the Vorres Estate where chairs will be waiting for the participants to sit facing opposite the Mountain of Hymettus. There, through a discussion with questions and answers, the idea of communicating with and looking into the matter of the Mountain will be elaborated to the point when every individual participant might complete his drawing with a short text.


SUNDAY 28.05.2023

11:00 Presentation Apostolia Papadamaki - Anamnesis / Remembering Our Ancient Future

12:00 Seminar Apostolia Papadamaki - All of Nature One Stage

Title: “All of Nature One Stage”

An interactive seminar that aims to use the human body and nature as the main and maybe the only tool to create a performance to awaken our empathy for Nature and the Cosmos, to enhance our feeling of belonging and to connect us with ceremony and ritual as a form to create our "ancient-future". A future connected with all living beings, so that we can envision a new cosmogony. Under the umbrella of Human, Body & Nature, participants will explore themes of: metamorphosis, oneness, catharsis, ecstasy, ritual, mysticism, timelessness and ceremony. The seminar will lead to the presentation of a short performance to the audience at the gardens of the Vorres Museum.

14:00 Performance Apostolia Papadamaki - All of Nature One Stage

15:00 Break

15:30 Presentation Sonia Ntova, Maria Papadopoulou and Vera Karavakou - Βοdies as Garden

16:30-18:30 Workshop Sonia Ntova, Maria Papadopoulou and Vera Karavakou - Intergenerational Movement Workshop - Βοdies as Garden

Title: Intergenerational Movement Workshop, “Βοdies as Garden”

A movement workshop “Bodies as Garden” invites children 7-9 years old, teenagers and adults + 65 years old regardless of their experience in dance. There will also be some free spaces for participating in the workshop for artists participating in the 3-day event (regardless of age). The workshop will be held in the gardens of the Vorres Museum.

What is nature?

Are you part of nature?

What happens when we spend time in a garden?

How does our perception change?

How do our breaths grow a tree?

How do the roots of plants vibrate in our bodies?

How do we relate to nature?

Through games, visual and sensory activities, physical and choreographic practices we will explore our relationship with nature. We will walk, observe, use organic materials from the garden, listen to our inner body, dance, play! Through collaborative and creative practices, we will explore this inter-generational symbiosis by creating interconnective and caring relationships.

✔ We explore how artists and cultural organizations can effectively connect their creative work, actions and strategies with resilience and sustainability.

✔ Demonstrate how the resilience instinct can be applied in the arts so that people can find ways to care for humans, non-humans and themselves.

✔ We established dialogue and debate among professionals to find different forms and ways of combining science, art, ecopoetry, ecomusicology and cinema.

 18:30 Salutation Nektarios Vorres

 The Seminar and Workshops are free.

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For additional information on the event: please contact Eleni Korakianiti (info@vorresmuseum.gr)

Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.