Dimitris Papaioannou is a genius of performing arts. It’s one of those cases that if I start describing his work, you’ll exclaim “Ah! That’s him!”. And you admire him!
Although you can read details about his impressive CV on Wikipedia and his personal website, I’ll tell you a few things in my own words; Dimitris Papaioannou is a Greek artist, who studied Fine Arts in Athens, began his career as a visual artist and comic book creator and became internationally acclaimed. Meanwhile he was fond of dancing and he was trained as a dance performer in New York. Since then he created marvellous performances worldwide. His best known work, is as Creative Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Ah! Now you know what I’m talking about!
His latest play is a dance theatre performance in Athens & Epidaurus Festival called “Primal Matter”, where he’s performing along with Michael Theophanous. A nude man and a dressed one, both trying to balance on stage concepts of identity, time and unity. Papaioannou has become a master of narrating through human bodies. There is an almost architectural approach in which his characters relate to each other. You have the chance to see “Primal Matter” during your vacation in Greece this summer.
Dimitris Papaioannou was generous enough to send me a translated in English version of his comic “Heart-shaped Earth” which was published in 1993 on Greek comic magazine Babel. “Heart-shaped Earth” is the story of a man and the lovers he meets on his travels around the globe.
You can enjoy the clip of “Primal Matter” and the “Heart-shaped Earth” comic, here. You might need to watch/read again these works, just in case you lose your focus. I’m just saying! :)
Inspiration as a collective power - Warmth for Jii
Fate writes weird stories on certain people’s path, like Jii, a self - taught musician on analogue, ambient/dark, drone, experimental noise & Idm tunes. Jii, who’s also a mother of a girl, was diagnosed with stage 3 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008. It’s a form of cancer, currently into remission, but might return once the cancer cells are active again.
Jii is now able to work and fund a small health insurance by the state of Minnesota. She had to fight with bureaucracy to get one, because during her illness and recovery she was uninsured. From April 1st she is declared homeless.
The formal aspect of society might have failed to help artists like Jii, but the rest - along with peoples’ hearts - can spontaneously create helping groups, with great results.
Artists, in honour of Jii’s work contributed their beautiful tracks to a digital album, as a fundraiser to help Jii with all her difficulties.
Inspiration is something we share, it brings people together and together we have more power.
You can download the album and help Jii, buying it at 7$ or more if you wish.
“I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay,” Damon said, “as if being gay were some kind of f—king disease. It put me in a weird position in that sense.”
Browsing my timeline on Tumblr lately, I’ve noticed John Mitropoulos photography spins around the screens of boys and girls through their (re) micro-blogs.
Try to set his name as an image Google search term with safe filter off. Your browser will get a wonderful mosaic wallpaper with elegant figures and a color contrast of retro glossy fashion magazines, reinvented.
John Mitropoulos is not only a photographer anymore. Although his work has been very successful in the Greek media, his creations as a director of music videos get more and more appealing to the public and the local pop stars. The latter know very well how John is a style amplifier and that he can prettify both them and their work.
I have to mention that he could be a professional model as well, but he’s not and he doesn’t act like one.
We had a drink near Parthenon in Athens, Greece where he currently lives.
The first time my eyes were exposed to a Nickie’s illustration, there was a multilevel response; it started with a pitty feeling about the guy I was viewing, rapidly followed by a small shock causing laughter, then there was a sudden need to lay on a psychoanalyst’s couch ending very quickly in over secretion of saliva. Whatever the succession of your own reactions is, you can’t easily forget what you saw and you can’t wait until you see the next one. This is why this talented guy from Canada got very popular and was loved so quickly. In my fantasy, the ideal way to interview Nickie would be him hanging with belts from the roof while milking his answers on an audience of Pokemons. Of course none of this happened in the real world so here’s what he answered to my questions.