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.

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Larges vases céramiques sur trépied devant ancien cuve vin pendant événement artistique Kantharos Gatherings

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.

Larges vases en céramique sur trépied métallique dans passage vers la mer

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.

Invités portant tabliers coiffeur boivent du vin de Péloponnèse

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.

Larges sculptures céramiques de Paky Vlassopoulou face à mer pendant Kantharos Gatherings par Tranouli dans Dexamenes Hôtel

« L’attention est la forme la plus rare et la plus pure de la générosité. »

Simone Weil

Photographie et Vidéo

Giagkos Papadopoulos

Direction artistique

Eleni Tranouli