Artists: Giorgos Agallou, Douglas Barrett, Franck Bragigand, Anastasia Douka, Antonín Jirát, Eleni Kamma, Katerina Kana, Ioannis Koliopoulos, Vasiliki Konstantinopoulou, Charalambos Kourkoulis (Photoharrie), Melody Nixon, Paola Palavidi, Dimitris Papadatos, Ilias Papailiakis, Socratis Socratous, Iris Touliatou, Petros Touloudis, Filippos Tsitsopoulos

Curated by: Alexios Papazacharias

Assistant Curator: Stefanos Giannoulis

Organized by: Tinos Quarry Platform residency program in collaboration with the Cultural Foundation of Tinos

Venue:Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos, Cyclades, Greece

Date: July 2 – October 31, 2016

Photography: by Photoharrie and collective, images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Cultural Foundation of Tinos

Curiosity*1 is influencing numerous processes. To name a few of them: discovery, innovation, gossiping, research, experimentation and the death*2 of some unfortunate yet certain*3 cats*4. Curiosity and the invitation by Tinos Quarry Platform arrived at the same time*5. Tinos*6 is an island I had never been to before. After giving it a second thought, a third, even a forth and so on, curiosity stayed with me.
Curiosity’s effects seem unlimited and rather chaotic*6 to narrow down. Google provides an image of it. Curiosity (Περιέργεια)*8 looks like a vehicle, a rover rolling its wheels on planet Mars. Google doesn’t lie*9.

Unlike its predecessors looking for specific answers, Curiosity’s mission is to produce a clearer image of Mars by collecting a broad variety of data*10. In a similar tone the residency and exhibition are developing around curiosity as a vehicle for broader exploration, thus providing the artists with the complete freedom to create their own methods of approach to the theme.

Tinos is to be explored by invited artists, sharing different familiarity levels with the island. Some live abroad, some are Greek, some have been in Greece, some have never visited before, some reside on the island, others visit on an annual basis. Levels of familiarity function for curiosity like different settings on a microscope or a telescope, depending on what one is planning to study.

If the knowledge of ill can reward the industrious search with so much delight and pleasure, turn the point of thy curiosity upon thyself and thine own affairs, and thou shalt within doors find matter enough for the most laborious enquiries, plentiful as
Water in Aliso’s stream, or leaves about the oak.

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*2 “Curiosity killed the cat” is a proverb used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. A less frequently-seen rejoinder to “curiosity killed the cat” is “but satisfaction brought it back”.
The original form of the proverb, now little used, was “Care killed the cat”. In this instance, “care” was defined as “worry” or “sorrow.”

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*3 Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects. The scenario presents a cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead, a state known as a quantum superposition, as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur. The thought experiment is also often featured in theoretical discussions of the interpretations of quantum mechanics. Schrödinger coined the term Verschränkung (entanglement) in the course of developing the thought experiment.

Schrödinger’s cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e., a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.

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*4 According to a myth in many cultures, cats have multiple lives. In many countries, they are believed to have nine lives, but in Italy, Germany, Greece, Brazil and some Spanish-speaking regions, they are said to have seven lives, while in Turkish and Arabic traditions, the number of lives is six. The myth is attributed to the natural suppleness and swiftness cats exhibit to escape life-threatening situations. Also lending credence to this myth is the fact that falling cats often land on their feet, using an instinctive righting reflex to twist their bodies around. Nonetheless, cats can still be injured or killed by a high fall.

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*5 What time is now?

7:49 PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (GMT+3)
Time in Mesaria

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*6 Tinos (Greek: Τήνος [ˈtinos]) is a Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea. It is located in the Cyclades archipelago. In antiquity, Tinos was also known as Ophiussa (from ophis, Greek for snake) and Hydroessa (from hydor, Greek for water). The closest islands are Andros, Delos, and Mykonos. It has a land area of approximately 194 square kilometres (75sq m) and a 2011 census population of 8,636 inhabitants.

Tinos is famous amongst Greeks for the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, its 80 or so windmills, about 1000 artistic dovecotes, 50 active villages and its Venetian fortifications at the mountain, Exomvourgo. On Tinos, both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic populations co-exist, and the island is also well known for its famous sculptors and painters, such as Nikolaos Gysis, Yannoulis Chalepas and Nikiforos Lytras.
The island is located near the geographical center of the Cyclades island complex, and because of the Panagia Evangelistria church, with its reputedly miraculous icon of Virgin Mary that it holds, Tinos is also the center of a yearly pilgrimage that takes place on the date of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (15 August, “Dekapentavgoustos” in Greek). This is perhaps the most notable and still active yearly pilgrimage in the region of the eastern Mediterranean. Many pilgrims make their way the 800 metres (2,600 feet) from the ferry wharf to the church on their hands and knees as sign of devotion.

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*7 Chaos theory is the field of study in mathematics that studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions—a response popularly referred to as the butterfly effect. Small differences in initial conditions (such as those due to rounding errors in numerical computation) yield widely diverging outcomes for such dynamical systems, rendering long-term prediction impossible in general. This happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future behavior is fully determined by their initial conditions, with no random elements involved. In other words, the deterministic nature of these systems does not make them predictable. This behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos. The theory was summarized by Edward Lorenz as:

Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future

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The butterfly effect is the concept that small causes can have large effects. Initially, it was used with weather prediction but later the term became a metaphor used in and out of science.

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*8 Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).

As of June 29, 2016, Curiosity has been on the planet Mars for 1385 sols (1423 total days; 3 years, 328 days) since landing on August 6, 2012. Since September 11, 2014, Curiosity has been exploring the slopes of Mount Sharp, where more information about the history of Mars is expected to be found. As of February 4, 2016, the rover has traveled over 7.4 km (4.6 mi) to, and around, the mountain base since leaving its “start” point in Yellowknife Bay on July 4, 2013.

Curiosity’s design will serve as the basis for the planned Mars 2020 rover. In December 2012, Curiosity’s two-year mission was extended indefinitely.

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Περιέργεια is the greek word for curiosity. It derives from the words πέρι and έργον that mean about and work respectively.

*9 A lie is a statement that the stating party believes to be false and that is made with the intention to deceive. The practice of communicating lies is called lying, and a person who communicates a lie may be termed a liar. Lies may be employed to serve a variety of instrumental, interpersonal, or psychological functions for the individuals who use them. Generally, the term “lie” carries a negative connotation, and depending on the context a person who communicates a lie may be subject to social, legal, religious, or criminal sanctions. In certain situations, however, lying is permitted, expected, or even encouraged. Believing and acting on false information can have serious consequences.

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For a typical query, there are thousands, if not millions, of webpages with helpful information. Algorithms are the computer processes and formulas that take your questions and turn them into answers. Today Google’s algorithms rely on more than 200 unique signals or “clues” that make it possible to guess what you might really be looking for. These signals include things like the terms on websites, the freshness of content, your region and PageRank.

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*10 Objectives
Mars Science Laboratory: Mission Objectives
To contribute to the four science goals and meet its specific goal of determining Mars’ habitability, Mars Science Laboratory has the following science objectives.

Biological objectives:
Determine the nature and inventory of organic carbon compounds
Inventory the chemical building blocks of life (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, and sulfur)
Identify features that may represent the effects of biological processes.

Geological and geochemical objectives:
Investigate the chemical, isotopic, and mineralogical composition of the martian surface and near-surface geological materials. Interpret the processes that have formed and modified rocks and soils.

Planetary process objectives:
Assess long-timescale (i.e., 4-billion-year) atmospheric evolution processes
Determine present state, distribution, and cycling of water and carbon dioxide.

Surface radiation objective:
Characterize the broad spectrum of surface radiation, including galactic cosmic radiation, solar proton events, and secondary neutrons

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Mars Science Laboratory: Mission Goals

  1. Determine whether life ever arose on Mars
  2. Characterize the climate of Mars
  3. Characterize the geology of Mars
  4. Prepare for human exploration

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Anastasia Douka, How to Hide, 2016, plaster, clay

Anastasia Douka, How to Hide, clay and plaster, 2016 (detail)

Giorgos Agallou, Untitled, marble,  2016

Charalambos Kourkoulis (photoharrie), NSA Tinos 2016, marble, 2016

Frank Bragigand, Cenotaph of History, photograph, 2016

Frank Bragigand, The End of History, wall drawing, 2016

Socratis Socratous, Auction Lots, 2016, exact copies in marble of ballistic projectiles used in the recent conflicts in Middle East, that have a second life in Cyprus as auction lots, regarding the market of recycling of metals, 2016 Courtesy The Breeder, Athens

Ilias Papailiakis, The Field (Study For a Wound), graphite on paper, 2016

Eleni Kamma, Regarding that moment when I didn’t speak the truth (although I could), eleven framed photos, taken in Tinos between 25 May and 5 June 2016 after a series of confessions concerning personal insincerity. The artist asked the individuals that confessed to visualize the reason of their insincerity in the manner of a self-portrait. These portraits were realized instantly at the local photographer’s studio in the typical size and format of a passport photo, 2016

Katerina Kana, Desktop (2438 NGC), marble, 2016

Antonín Jirát, Black Sizes, cardboard, 2016

Antonín Jirát, Black Sizes, cardboard, 2016 (detail)

G Douglas Barrett, Two Transcriptions/ Ode to Schoenberg, vinyl record, 2013

The work frames questions around artistic authorship through different historical contexts for considering gender and identity. In response to Arnold Schoenberg’s scolding letter protesting the female voice contained on a 1950 vinyl record of the composer’s Ode to Napoleon (1942), this record presents two “transcriptions” of the work for transgender performers.

Duo for the world end by Melody Nixon

Melody Nixon, Duo for the World End explores questions of agency in our atomized world of precarity, instability, and advancing climate change. What relationships can we draw between present and future climate refugees and present-day war refugees? What is the role of technology in our declining Capitalocene? And how can we construct narratives of continuity amid a reality of isolation and change?

Ioannis Koliopoulos & Paola Palavidi, Untitled, from the George Poniros archives, mixed media, 2016

Petros Touloudis, Secular properties, marble, 2016

Secular Properties is a project that initially started in 2015. The project is about a proposal of the artist to the municipality of Tinos island, regarding the construction of an amphitheater at the court yard of the former primary school of Isternia village. This project grasps the idea of a theater as a public sculpture in the location and it is organically connected to the TQP, as an open invitation to a “collaborative” sculpture.

Iris Touliatou, Emotional Infinity (the sound of him coming back home amplified and looped), electric fans, metal wire, reproduced door keys, 2016

Alexios Papazacharias, Shirt of Distinction, double clothes hook, shirt placed on either hook, none or both, 2016

Dimitris Papadatos, Reverse Ariadne, Composition on ten acts for voices, piano, modular synthesizer and various objects, 2016

Vasiliki Konstantinopoulou, Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning (William Arthur Ward), ceramic, rock, edition 1/3, 2016

Filippos Tsitsopoulos, Filippos Tsitsopoulos with Alexios Papazacharias Lecture on Shakespeare and the refusal of being useful, video, 22:26:17, 2016


Filippos Tsitsopoulos, screening on green marble quarry, 2016 Tinos island


2015 – Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana

Artists: Lorenzo Cirrincione, Dorota Gaweda, Pakui Hardware, Eglė Kulbokaitė, Mikko Kuorinki, Carl Palm, Jennifer Teets

Curated by:Valentinas Klimašauskas

Organized by: Tinos Quarry Platform residency program in collaboration with the Cultural Foundation of Tinos

Venue:Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos, Cyclades, Greece

Date: July 27 – October 31, 2015

Photography: Natasha Papadopoulou, images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Cultural Foundation of Tinos

Negotiations (on climate change, the Greek debt, Mediterranean migrant crisis, you name it) are running out of time. Time was once measured by running water, sand, and, besides flying like an arrow, it was running like a river; possibly, as a river of sand. Your tablet’s touchscreen, the one that shows, but also waists our time, may be produced from the same sand.

After he became blind, the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges visited the pyramids in Cairo. There he scooped up a handful of sand and sifted it through his fingers. When asked what he was doing he replied, “I am rearranging the Sahara.” Like the internet or any other vast amount of information or material, the desert and the ocean have no beginning or end, and may be called hyperobjects as coined by Timothy Morton. Hyperobjects are so massivel distributed in time and space that they transcend spatiotemporal specificity, such as global warming, Styrofoam, or radioactive plutonium. Living with, between, or even inside the aforementioned hyperobjects — like how plankton lives in the ocean, or how sand runs in the desert and in one’s palm, we also rearrange the real and metaphorical Sahara and oceans, don’t we?

If you prefer, another example comes to mind the weather. In physics and other sciences, a nonlinear system is a system where the output is not directly proportional to the input. In a similar manner, the exhibition was curated by non-linear dynamics: algae, yeast, calendar, the moon, Venus and Jupiter, making a perfect triangle in the sky just before the opening, showering in marble quarries, a referendum, goat’s mating season, the wind, and many more objects and factors to come.

“To ask a human being to account for time is not very different from asking a floating fragment of plankton to account for the ocean. How does the plankton bank the ocean?‘™”asks Raqs Media Collective while being concerned about the qualities of time but also making an eco-poetical connection between plankton and humans. They continue:

What is time?
What is the time?
The time is of your choosing.
The time is not of your choosing.
The time is out of joint.
The time has come.
The time needs changing.
The time has gone.
The time has come and gone.
The time has flown.
The time is not convenient.
The time is at hand.
The time has been spent well.
The time has been wasted.
The time is awkward.
The time is ripe.
The time has passed so swiftly.
The time is now.
What is the time?

Looking from the perspective of the New York Stock Exchange, which is trading and crashing in nanoseconds, a month spent on a Cycladic Island, Tinos, may be compared to a significantly longer period than a month somewhere else. Similarly, from the perspective of a fragment of plankton, a month for the artists on Tinos Island might disappear as soon (or as long) as a nanosecond on Wall Street.

The residency and exhibition does not ask the artists or the audience to be accounted for the time spent, but seeks to create artistic and poetic links between the organic and the non-organic, a part and the whole (as in plankton and the ocean), and constructs distinct perspectives to look at ourselves, not to mention the time and space from the point of view of an ophidian, a voting ballot from the last referendum, or an immortal jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii, just to cite another example.

Dorota Gaweda, Turritopsis dohrnii, 2015

Dorota Gaweda, Ophidians, 2015

Pakui Hardware, Toop Toop Toop.ppt, 2015

Pakui Hardware, Mei Piech Chi, 2015

Egle Kulbokaite, Hypersea I // To escape the banal – terrestrial like angels, 2015

Lorenzo Cirrincione, Heures sans soleil, 2015


Mikko Kuorinki, Objects described with words to a marble carver, a potter and a weaver, 2015

Jennifer Teets, The contingency of cheese (Tinos), 2015

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