Conceptualized & organized by Eleni Tranouli
Powered by Dexamenes Seaside Hotel
Kantharos Gatherings is an art program imagined and developed by Eleni Tranouli for the award-winning Dexamenes Seaside Hotel, a member of Design Hotels, designed by K-studio.
It’s an original series of artistic wine rituals inspired by the site’s transitory identity as a postwar winery turned into a barefoot luxury resort. By means of performance, installation, and media, the artists staged site-specific wine experiences for guests and locals alike.
The program aspires to reshape Dexamenes’ cultural significance while connecting the local community with global creative minds.
The name for the events derives from the ancient Greek drinking cup, kantharos, a typical vase used for drinking wine as well as an attribute to the god Dionysus. The name also hints at the symposia of ancient times consisting of sympotic gatherings centered around collective thinking, philosophizing, and enjoying wine.
In June and July, artists Panos Profitis and Dèspina Charitonidi joined forces for a participatory wine performance with handcrafted ceramics, movement, and sound. In August, Paky Vlassopoulou offered an experience with elements of purity, care, and personal attention.
For the visual ID, we staged a studio photoshoot using concrete blocks, pieces of marble, sand, and other raw materials found on site. In tune with the minimal and monastic character of Dexamenes, we aimed for a controlled microarchitecture generating an industrial, formal spectacle offset by a ritualistic feel.