Katerina Athanasopoulou

Born in Athens in 1974 and currently lives in London, England. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and then completed an MA on animation at the Royal College of Art in London. Her short films, screened at international film festivals and galleries, are a hybrid of live action and animation, forming richly layered worlds with a strong feel for colour and texture. Video, photographs and animation coming together in a process akin to alchemy, embracing chance and experimentation. Her work was recently presented at Paradise Lost, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey, 2011; Hands on at Collect, The Saatchi Gallery, London, 2011; Moves-International Festival of Movement on Screen, Liverpool, 2011; Animacall, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, 2011; Animfest, Athens, 2011; Special Anniversary Screening, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2011.

 

Katerina Athanasopoulou's short films cross the line between animation and live action, blurring the boundaries of the perceived and the imaginary. She is interested in what triggers memory and free association, through layering and collage of still and moving images. Katerina embraces experimentation by creating digital animation that is textured and hand-made, in a process akin to printmaking.

 

For Engine Angelic, commissioned on the theme of rough-machine, she considered roughness not only as a physical state, but also in terms of behavior and motivation. Thus, roughness became cruelty in the idea of a mother machine that eats its own children and then gives birth to new ones that will probably face the same fate. What greater cruelty than infanticide? She found her inspiration in Gazi district in Athens, an old gasworks area that has been converted into a major exhibition space. The old machinery that still exists on the courtyard became the source of her creation. Without a shortlist or a solid plan in mind, she explored the space with a handheld camera documenting the long abandoned machines. Starting to work on the video, she shot on location, looking for moments in time that would allow her to build the mechanical dystopia. The process involved digitally cutting out the live action gasworks from the surrounding space and adding cell-like amoeba children and tentacles that grab them. Engine Angelic depicts a reinterpreted industrial space, born out of experimentation and a deep overlaying of video, photographs and CGI elements that together form a carnivorous feast.

Photos

Engine Angelic, 2010, short film, duration : 2΄45΄΄courtesy of the artist
Engine Angelic, 2010, short film, duration : 2΄45΄΄courtesy of the artist
Engine Angelic, 2010, short film, duration : 2΄45΄΄courtesy of the artist
Engine Angelic, 2010, short film, duration : 2΄45΄΄courtesy of the artist

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon