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Birthplace
Thessaloniki,Greece

Lives in
Thessaloniki,Greece

Works in
Thessaloniki, Greece

Website

Schools
2000, M.F.A
The University of Chicago, 2000, M.F.A

Representing galleries
Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

Tags
digital, pop, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, contemporary, ready-made, post pop, digital-print mixed-media, new-media, digital-art

About | Bio

 

Artistic duet Kalos&Klio is a particularly rare phenomenon in our intensively individualistic era. The artist pair is born in Greece, where they live and work. Kalos&Klio have joined forces since 2005 and operate in a complementary fashion; as they say: “we choose to work as a unit that operates with two hard disks”. The pair considers the process of working as one, a path more intriguing since they come from different artistic trajectories. Kalos studied photography in GR and Klio studied painting and printmaking in the NL and USA and also holds an MFA from The University of Chicago, USA.

Kalos&Klio are working in a variety of media, incorporating installationdigital graphics and design. They are crossing the boundaries of the high and low arts as they choose to think across them. Through their post pop and post psychedelic explorations they seek to open up new avenues in the world of digital art. The artistic pair is not indifferent to the fragmented world from which their works are inspired and influenced. They scan the virtual cyberspace as well as the (unquestionably material) world of global flea markets, as they look for raw materials for their creations. The final work is then presented as a single artwork print or as an installation that is realized on a variety of printed surfaces: wallpaper, fabric, garments, crockery and tiles, creating environments that are intricate and complicated. Artistically Kalos&Klio operate like ‘cultural nomads’, like Flâneurs wandering casually in the imaginary of the internet screen among diverse cultures, including their own home culture.

Their artworks, such as the project series Eudaimonia (2007) and Virtual Vanitas (2011) as well as their project series in progress Virtual Babylons (2012), emerge from a delirium of digital virtual appropriation, an addictive compulsive procedure of a systematic order of actions, a process which they call ‘Digital Tank Appropriation’. Kalos&Klio embark in an almost time machine journey and surf the search engines of the net between the trivial and the precious, the obscene and the remarkable, the essential and the random; retrieving, collecting and manipulating large parts of diverse virtual elements that float and sink in the abyss of the net screen. These are the representations of images from the whole history of humanity, from different times and from all the corners of the world, where the signifier and the signified exchange roles and create new memories.

Kalos&Klio artworks, in a deeper level, are concerned with what is – in appearances only – a research in vain: the exploration of our lost connection with the memory of the past through reusing existing objects; the memory as historical past or aura, but also the importance of memory as illusion in the internet by means of a mélange of personal narratives, among which one can surf time and space; notions that have in present nothing to do with what we’ve known.

Kalos&Klio have showed their work in exhibitions in Europe, Asia. In print: “Kalos&Klio, Digital world and global trash: A user’s manual” by Thanasis Moutsopoulos (IANOS Publishers, 2011).

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Kalos&Klio­­: 2005 - Present:  Collaborative duo, Artists

 

Klio Tantalidou          Education

MFA         2000           Digital Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

MA           1998           Printmaking, Governors’State University, Chicago, IL USA                       

BFA          1996           Plastic Arts (Summa cum laude) University of Groningen, Academy

                                   Minerva, NL

Certificate 2004          Museum Studies Northwestern University, school of Continuing

                                   Studies, Chicago, IL, USA                             

Chistos Kalos             Education

BFA            2000         European Studies Of Photography Ι. Ι. Ε. Κ. E.S.P, Thessaloniki, GR

                   1996         Fine Art credit-courses Painting, Boston College, Boston, UK 

 

Exhibition Record (* solo shows marked by asterisk)  

 

       2013
  • National Archaeological Museum, Athens,| October 15th to December 15th, 2013 group exhibition ,Offering" ,Greek Contemporary Artists, Curator: Manos Stefanidis, assistant professor, University of Athens. N.A.M cataloque
  • Art-Athina | 16-19 May,  Platform Project,curation Artemis Potamianou                                               

       2012

  • Liquid Identities, International Art Festival, Venice (Italy) ,Winners of the computer graphic competition and Featured artists, project: Virtual Babylons
  • ID / Identities, International Art Festival of Photography, Video Art, Computer Graphics, Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association, Istanbul, Turkey, project: Virtual Babylons 
  • Beijing Design Week ,DESIGNLOBBY.CN & ASIA , China , project: Virtual Vanitas 
  • Canton Fair, DESIGNLOBBY.CN & ASIA , China , project: Virtual Vanitas 
  • Visual Arts Festival  "Anakata 4” , Installation- altered readymade, Piggy bank – Head of Aphrodite “, Municipality Of  Stavroupolis, Thessaloniki, GR 

       2011 

  • * Art Athina, International Contemporary Fair of Athens,  Athens, GR, catalogue 
  • * SYMVIOSIS? XV Biennale de la Mediterranée Thessaloniki, Rome, Installation “The Triumph of Waste”, Catalogue 
  • * New City Hall,"The Listening Wall", permanent, installation in public space Thessaloniki, GR, Catalogue 
  •  National Gallery “ 50 Years Of Greek Ready Made”, Municipality of Kalamata   curation Th. Moutsopoulos, Kalamata, GR 
  • +1 Art Festival, Lazaristes Art Center , Vector City, Municipality of Stavroupolis, curation Theofanis Nouskas, Eli Chryssidou Thessaloniki, Gr 
  •  Booze Cooperativa, nonprofit art project space, “Homo Sapiens In Love”, curation Katerina Fanouraki Athens, GR 
  • *Lola Nikolaou Gallery,” Virtual Vanitas”, Thessaloniki, GR Lola Nikolaou Gallery, “Art to Use”, Thessaloniki, GR
  •  10th  Festival of visual arts ,Action Field Kodra, Museum Of Contemporary Art  Others In Wonderland” installation In space,  bus stops stands  Thessaloniki, GR
  • Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Urban Art, Thessaloniki, GR 
  • Lola Nikolaou Gallery,  “ Holy Art ?”,  Thessaloniki, GR 
  • Visual Arts Festival  "Anakata 24”  “The Miracle” video installation in public space,  Municipality Of Stavroupolis,Thessaloniki, GR 
  • * Fena Fresh - Cosmos City mall  “Virtual Vanitas” windows Installation in public space, Thessaloniki, GR 

      2009 

  • Contemporary Art Center Of Thessaloniki “Greatest Kitsch” exhibition
  • Benaki Museum, Athens,  “Thessaloniki Fly Your own Way” ,illustration for International  Cinema Festinal, Thessaloniki, GR      9th festival of visual arts Action Field Kodra ,“ Vector City”, video installation in public space, ,Municipality Of kalamaria,Thessaloniki , cataloque 
  • 2007 – 2008 
  • Kappatos, Gallery ,”UNFAIR fair, “Eudaimonia” installation, performance,, Athens imperial Hotel  Athens, GR,  Macedonia Pallas Hotel, Thessaloniki, GR 
  • 2004 
  • Guerilla action, video projection, “Happy New War”,  audio visual work, at public space, Thessaloniki video documentation 

 

Commercial - Design works 

      2011

  • IANOS Art Shop, pattern designs for limited edition art porcelain tableware, Athens, Thessaloniki, GR  
  • 2010 
  • Fena Fresh, Department stores, limited edition art purses, Athens, Thessaloniki, GR 

Cover Illustrations

       2012

  • Home - Athens Voice Mag.  issue, 24 
  • 2010
  • Athens Voice Mag., issues, 279, 362, www.athensvoice.gr 

Publications 

       2011

      In Print : Kalos&Klio, Digital World & Global trash, A User’s Guide, Thanasis Moutsopoulos, © IANOS , May 2011, ISBN 978-969-  6882-43-2  

 Selective Bibliography

      2011

  • Epilogos, National Arts Journal Review, kalos&Klio, National Best, article by Art Historian professor M. Stefanidis, January 2011 pg    
  • 2010 
  • Recompose, Recycle, Reuse, “50 Years of Greek Ready Made”, author art historian, Thanasis Moutsopoulos,” Municipality of Kalamata, 2010  
  • WIP, digital arts mag. Kalos&Klio, digital photography, curator Areti Leopoulou, Center Of Contemporary Art , June, 2010 

 Lectures – Presentations  

    11/12/2012 

  • University of Thessaly, GR - Department of Architecture , Lecture  title  “ Reweaving the Internet

     25/5/2012 

  • AKTO College of Art & Design, GR, Convention “The Form of Beauty and the Shape of Ugliness “.  Lecture title “Reweaving the Internet |From Chaos to Symmetry – A Beautiful Monster.

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

Recent Exhibits

Kalos&Klio participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 The Lumen Prize Exhibition: London
Triangle Space
 
Oct, 2013 Offering, Greek Contemporary Artists
The National Archaeological Museum ,Athens
 
May, 2013 Platform Project @ Art-Athina
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