10 questions for performance artists: ELENI KOLLIOPOULOU

1) What is performance art for you?

Performance art for me is artistic practice related to the notion of the body in its aesthetic, poetic and social existence. The creation of an extra-ordinary event that breaks through our time and space coordinates.

2) What is your relationship with the public/ audience and what role do they play for you in your performances?

When I perform, I aim to cultivate a deepening into my own presence while being aware and sensitive to the audience response. This happens in a conscious as well as pre-conscious level.

3) What do you think about and feel when you are performing?

I feel alive and tuned to the moment, freer from social constructs.

4) Is art a form of communication? If so, what does your art communicate?

Art is a form of communication of that which cannot be expressed in words. For this reason some times it is also difficult to articulate and define it. My own art aims to trigger a sensory-based and beyond the rational response: I see art being consciously close to the state of childhood.

5) Is yours a social message or a personal one?

Personal is social.

6) How are/were you influenced by those around you in your work?

I am influenced by others' vision on and methodologies. I find some people are able to inspire new facets of my work.

7) Time and duration are key dimensions in performances. How do you relate to these in your practice?

I reckon that time and duration stand in the core of performance practice for me because I understand performance as strictly interconnected to the experience where experience is the lived time and space.

8) What is your relationship to ritual action, and what role does it play in your performances?

Ritual action could be seen as the starting point of my performative practice. I usually deploy ritualistic practices in order to connect with a state of presence where improvisation takes over.

9) How do you experience solo performances in comparison with performing with others?

Solo performance is of greater responsibility and I tend to structure them more than the group performances. I reckon that in solo performance dramaturgical choices have to be done more than in group performances where there is less control in general.

10) Culture or Nature?

I would say culture but deeply impregnated with nature.

About Eleni Kolliopoulou

Eleni Kolliopoulou is a visual artist, researcher and educator mainly interested in the intersection between performativity and philosophy. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
She engages with painting and her research is concentrated on the abstract relation between elements as color, lines and shapes. In parallel she experiments with the medium of video, as a natural process of union between image and movement. She has created numerous video-performances, staging herself or directing performers and working/ editing the material generated in its filmic language. She approaches installation art and performance art through this very way of reading it as an organic assemblage of image, sound, duration and materiality.
She is currently completing a practice-based PhD in immersive performative installation focusing to the psychophysical aspects of Butoh and the notions of lived experience as a synergic togetherness of time and space.
Her performance at Sounding Out will be a performative experiment focused on the creation of sound and its experimental and ontological aspects. The work will challenge the politics of our everyday lives, our handling of objects and tools, the processual nature of food and cooking as creative event. The performance is part of an area of research entitled Poetics/ politics of everyday life.