Kantharos Gatherings Vol.II


With artist Paky Vlassopoulou

Conceptualized & organized by Eleni Tranouli

Powered by Dexamenes Seaside Hotel


In her work, Tonight, we’re going to do some very gentle whispers (with elements of haircut), as part of Kantharos Gatherings, invited artist Paky Vlassopoulou focuses on personal attention. Exploring the role of service providing industries and hospitality, she combines elements of care, pleasure and indulgence. By tweaking certain protocols, or introducing new ones to the standard process of wine tasting, she instigates guests to be mindful to what’s happening, to what they are doing, to the space they are traversing.

Futuristic haircut aprons handing from string inside old weighing unit
Clay spittoons with long necks on metal tripods and black stand in front of old steel wine tank

The guests’ experience begins at the history room, where the artist hands out bizarre garments (haircut aprons), that function as bibs and bring the guests closer together, as a group. Next stop is the open space in front of the silos, where the artist has installed a black podium with a pair of handcrafted, clay spittoons with evident formalistic associations to parts of the human body. Guests are offered sparkling water and are invited to clean their mouths with it, then spit inside the ceramics.

After this made-up initiation step, they enter the front silo, where an excerpt from an ASMR practitioner is playing on a loop. In this step, guests are encouraged to focus on hearing and sight, abandon themselves to a comforting, whispering voice and follow, with their eyes, a horizontal, white line that runs through the interior of the silo, going full circle.

Clay sculptures on metal tripods aligned in passage towards sea

Final stop is the passage that connects the heart of the hotel and the beachfront. This is where the wine tasting takes place, guided by sommelier Chryssa Giatra Batzi. Above, from a clothesline, are hanging white sheets that help observe the wines’ color. Throughout this space, the artist also sets handcrafted, clay spittoons, whose voluptuous forms and (mis)function make the act of spitting or dumping the wine more conscious and playful.

People wearing haircut aprons looking like bibs drink wine

This wide passageway is actually an intersection through two attached, concrete storage tanks that could have been exploited as two additional hotel rooms. Instead, they were opened up, side to side, to allow for light, air, coveted vistas, and a quick access from and to the beachfront and the courtyard. This space treatment is what makes this spot so generous. It makes it a welcoming place for everyone to wander and experience, and become a little bit more present. Even after crossing. Just like Vlassopoulou’s work itself.

Vlassopoulou’s clay sculptures along Dexamenes hotel path overlooking sea during Eleni Tranouli’s Kantharos Gatherings

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

Simone Weil

Photography and Video

Giagkos Papadopoulos

Creative direction

Eleni Tranouli