Technosphere - Greek Artists Have a New Association

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Technosphere or Technosfaira is an association of Greek artists, and by that I do not simply mean painters, but also musicians, singers, dancers, artists, poets and writers. This is what makes the association unusual in Greece.
It was founded by the artist Vasiliki Tampouri, who seems to have painting in her blood as she grew up with her grandfather, who passed on his talent and love of art to his granddaughter. For years Vasiliki had a dream of being a part of a community of artists who could promote their art, teach others and reach a wide audience, helping them to understand art, which is all too often associated with an elite. Her vision is to make art accessible to all and foster a love of beauty, compassion for others and a desire to come together for the common good. These might seem high ideals, but Technosphere is a step towards fulfilling these dreams.
It is an association which fosters communication between artists of all varieties, giving them a platform from which to advertise their work and collaborate in exhibitions which are not just about paintings and sculptures and so on, but also about readings of poets' works, music, dance and readings from and discussions with renowned Greek authors.

Vasiliki's dream is to extend this to artists from other countries so that people from all over the world can share each other's art and through that come to understand the culture of the other.
Technosphere mounted its first exhibition only in 2011, with only eighteen artists (painters) and a handful of others but now artists are eager to participate which is very gratifying for the founder. The last exhibition attracted more than thirty artists of all persuasions, and with each exhibition more people want to become involved.
Artists in Technosphere come from all over Greece and the islands, although Athens, the capital of Greece is its base. Currently only Greek artists are involved, although this is perhaps because of a lack of publicity for it in the Art world outside Greece.
There are hopes that the association can in the near future give seminars and offer courses on painting, sculpting, singing, creative writing and so on. However the group is having to deal with the Greek economic crisis at the moment and began when Greece was facing harsh austerity measures, meaning that people had less money to buy works of art and travel to exhibitions. Despite the economic and political climate, the association has gone from strength to strength and it is to be hoped that it will continue to grow and become an international one.


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