Exploring interconnectedness

Christiana Kazakou is a multidisciplinary arts practitioner based in London. During the last two years, she has participated in a number of projects blurring the boundaries of art and science. Her artistic practice explores interconnectedness and the open-ended dialogue between art and science by combining scientific concepts, laws and theories from different disciplines with an arts practice.

Artist Statement

Overall my work explores interconnectedness and the open-ended dialogue between art and science, by combining scientific concepts, laws and theories from different disciplines with an arts practice. Using free association to discover the mirroring of scientific theory and concept with social, formal and physical sciences; including mathematics, architecture, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, astronomy, astrometry and the philosophy of time & space. Both art and science require imagination and original thinking, a sense of inquiry and concern about human nature & society. Whilst science investigates how the world operates, in art this information is interpreted and expressed from a unique individual perspective. My interests lie in abstraction, curiosity and those complexities arising from the inter-relationship between science and art that have the ability to influence perceptions lurking beneath ‘known’ definitions.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed”. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Neuroelectricity

Christiana Kazakou: Neuroelectricity, Mixed Media Sculpture

Christiana Kazakou: Neuroelectricity, Mixed Media Sculpture

Following our visit to the Basal Ganglia Lab, the scientific knowledge and experimental approach of a collection of scientists inspired new methods of artistic interpretation and expression.

In conversation with Andrew Sharott, Megan Dowie and Icnelia Huerta-Ocampo, the discovery and explanation of the use of electrophysiological and anatomical techniques in scientific process became part of my artistic research and inquiry. Neuroelectricity was born out of research that focuses on the recordings of neuronal activity from sites in the basal ganglia. It was fascinating to observe and learn how the data obtained from recording neurons in the striatum and globus pallidus can give new insights into how the brain works at the single-cell and network level.

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This piece aims to represent the voltage in our brains and consider the concept of electrical radiation of our souls. It takes a structure of neuro electric power that can influence our emotions and energies as well as our fire for knowledge and human understanding. For further information please see: http://blog.nervousencounter.com

Example DA neuron firing

Example DA neuron firing

Example DA neuron firing

Example DA neuron firing

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Architecture of the Brain
Site Specific Audience Participatory Performance

Christiana Kazakou: Architecture of the Brain. Site Specific Audience Participatory Performance

Christiana Kazakou: Architecture of the Brain. Site Specific Audience Participatory Performance

Architecture of the brain is an interactive performance exploring interdisciplinary practices of performance, neuroscience of decision making and architecture. Is an experimental brain game, trying to connect elements from both arts and sciences. Inspired by labanotation, neuroscience and architecture this project will research, test and observe the reactions of the participatory audience in relation to sound, semiotics and movement. The process of interpretation through the body and space will explore how play can shape our brain, open our imagination and invigorate the soul through intuitive decisions and physical stimuli. A large choreographic movement map will be drawn onto the floor using an array of shapes. The map acts as a metaphor to the brain where the audience explores improvisational movement action; this takes the form of a performance journey through cognitive reaction. Semiotics and arrows will set the path for the participant audience while they create their narratives in the space based on their emotional & intellectual responses.

Displacing Identity
Kazakou Christiana in collaboration with Trinity Laban (Bengtsson, Rebecca; Maricich, Alexandra; Papaeleftheriadou, Natasa; Uhl, Michaela)

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Performance
We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us’ Winston Churchill . The displacement between our inner psychological space and the external spatial world is frequently subjective. This project explores the connection of architecture, psychoanalysis and dance; concepts of construction and deconstruction of the personality, integration and disintegration, the real and the imaginary.

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www.christianakazakou.com/

www.medinart.eu/works/christiana-kazakou/

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