Since 2009 the artist collective Medea Electronique has organized annually a 10-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria, near Sparta in Greece, focusing on improvisation and new media practices. Avant-garde artists from all over the world, inspired by the Greek natural landscape, come together to create a multicultural and cross-media ‘dialogue’ culminating in a collective presentation in Athens at the end of the residency.
Medea Electronique started organizing large public events in 2008 when it first introduced EMW (Electromediaworks) a multi media festival and continued in 2009 with an annual, ten-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria that focuses on improvisation and cross arts. The background of the collective is mainly cross-arts and its first work was staged in Athens Greece in 2006. Medea Electronique mainly works in fields like music, video, design, painting, multimedia, robotics, interactive technology and media production. Its main objective is to allow the integration of different distinctive areas of research and practice to define a unique style in the realization of various projects – from multimedia theatrical plays to experimental audio-visual shows and from electroacoustic compositions to human-machine-computer interfaces.
The collective’s artistic intentions are realized and expanded at the Koumaria Residency. The micro-residency takes place at the foothills of mount Taigetos, in the village Sellasia, near Sparta, Greece, where an olive grove is transformed into a place of creation for contemporary arts. Artists from all over the world practicing cross arts, travel to Greece and inspired by their surroundings, engage in an improvisational multicultural dialogue with the natural surroundings resulting in several collaborative and collective art pieces, focusing largely on collective improvised cross arts, video art, photography, computer music, animation. Both well-established and younger artists from different cultures have the chance to live and work together interacting with the Greek landscape, and to exchange their experiences on everyday life. Meals are taken communally, living spaces are common and studios are shared. The aim of this creative meeting, besides fostering artistic experimentation, is to enable experienced and newer artists to work collaboratively/collectively, as well as to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and problems between people that hold different perspectives concerning artistic creation. In this sense, the results of the residency can be judged both aesthetically and socially, for they are experiments in both domains.
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