about me


Maria Varela (Athens, 1984) works as a media artist and workshop organiser seeking to develop strategies of collective production. In 2010 she completed her MA studies in “Interactive Media” at Goldsmiths College, London. Her works reflect an interest in a range of issues, including folklore, tradition, identity, memory, non – linear narrative and the archeology of media. She has presented her work in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

She has organised and instruct creative educational programs in primary schools in London (2006-2009) and since 2010 in Athens in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre, EMST, Goethe Institut, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation and Neon Institute.
Between 2010 – 2014 she was co-founder and responsible for the artistic and educational program of Frown, a platform which deals with the production of artistic events of innovative character in the sectors of creative media and performance art, as well as with the organisation of workshops.
She lives and works in Athens, Greece.

shows


2015
19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil I Southern Panoramas, Sao Paulo, BR
Caldera Festival, Santorini, GR
SIFF 2015, Syros, GR
2015 Edition ADAF, Athens, GR
16th International Media Art Biennale WRO, Wroclaw, PL

2014
ISWC – International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Seattle, US
Future Innovation Summit – Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Au
No Country for Young Men – Bozar – Palais de Beaux Art , Brussels, Be
Future past – Past future, Transmediale, Berlin, De

2013
Visual Dialogues 2013, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens , Gr
Afresh – EMST (Museum of Contemporary Art), Athens, Gr
Synergopolis (workshop outcome), Onassis Cultural Center, Athens , Gr
Lust, Frown, Athens, Gr
2012
Piksel X, Bergen, NO
Amber 12, Istanbul, TR
ATHENS PLAYTHON, Athens, GR
KODRA12, Thessaloniki, GR
Boiling Point, Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna
LustLands, Thermisi, GR
Zootrope, Camp, Athens, GR
DOWNTIME, Kokona Buriti, Syros, GR
VIDEODROME, Camp, Athens, GR
DOWNTIME, Frown Tails, Athens, GR
Lust3, The Office, Athens,GR
2010
THE FALSE PROJECT, Kakoyannis Foundation, Athens, Gr
WE ARE ALL TRANSISTORS, The George Wood Theatre,Goldsmiths University, London,UK.
2009
‘DIY’, Gallery Espacio Menosuno, Μadrit, Spain
‘CULTURE INDUSTRY: FOLKLORE AND CLICHES’ Vox, Athens, Gr.
EXPO 09, Goldsmiths University , London, UK.
2007
1st THESSALONIKI BIENNALE “KODRA –ROOMS TO LET”. Thessaloniki, GR.
FINAL SHOW, BYAM SHAW SCHOOL OF ART , CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, London, UK.
‘PATCHWORK COSMOPOLITE’, Espace Asiem, Paris, FR.
VIDEO CUTS- VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, UK.
‘LOVE ME< LOVE ME NOT’ ,Kingsgate Gallery , London, UK.
THE HONEYMOON PHASE’, Lauderdalle Gallery, Waterlow Park,London, Uk.
‘CONCOURSE SHOW’, Byam Shaw School of Art, London, Uk.
2006
‘OPEN 06′, CAFÉ GALLERY PROJECTS LONDON, Southwark Park, London, Uk.
KODRA –ROOMS TO LET, Thessaloniki, GR.
INTRO OUT O6 FESTIVAL, Thessaloniki, GR.
2 PIXELDANCE VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, Thessaloniki, GR.
Painting Group Show, Cultural Center of Ioannina, GR.
2 ATHENS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, Athens, GR
POP. BLASÉ +KITCH, GALLERY EOS. Athens, GR.
2003
Sculptural Designs, Cultural Center of Ioannina, Gr
Engraving and Printing Techniques,Thimomeno Portraito, Ioannina, Gr

education


MA Interactive Media, 2010 /Goldsmiths College University, London , UK. 
PG Fine Arts, 2007 / Central Saint Martins, London, UK.
BA Art Sciences, 2005 / University of Ioannina, GR.

curating / organising


2015
Urban Design Fiction Hackathon, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, GR

2014
Arduino D14- festival, Frown, Athens, GR
Hack the Day @ Kakoyannis Foundation – workshop festival, Kakoyannis Foundation, Athens, GR

2013
#Open – Festival, Frown, Athens, GR

2012
Technology Tinkers – presentation, Frown , Athens, GR

2010-2014
Frown workshops and seminar programme, Frown, Athens, GR

workshops


2015
Cavafy and New Media@ Andros, Onassis Cultural Center, Andros, Gr (upcoming)
Cavafy and New Media, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Gr (upcoming)
New media and traditional embroidery, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Gr (upcoming)
Kinetic Origami, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Gr (upcoming)
Interactive pop-up book, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Gr (upcoming)
Diegetic prototypes, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Gr
DIY paper speakers, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Gr
Cavafy and New Media @Ioannina, Onassis Cultural Center, Ioannina, Gr

2014
Cavafy Goes to School, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Gr
Sound puppets,  PPTDEPA, Athens , Gr
Interactive Costumes of Asia Minor, Cultural Asia Minor Association, NEON Institution, Athens , Gr
Hybrid Cretan Instruments, Cultural Cretan Association , NEON Institution, Athens , Gr
Interactive Mural Painting, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens , Gr
Electric Tree – Hack the Day, Kakoyiannis Foundation, Athens, Gr
Ecards – Hack the Day, Kakoyiannis Foundation, Athens, Gr

2013
Synergopolis, Onassis Cultural Center [Στέγη Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών], Athens , Gr
Online Digital Narratives, Hive Athens, Technopolis, Athens, Gr
Thimble Remixing Websites, Haidari Public Library. Athens, Gr
Arduino POV, LPM Festival, Anamesa, Athens, Gr

2012
Qr Corpse, Athens Plaython, Technopolis, Athens, Gr
Damn Lab, Frown, Athens, Gr

2011
Our Neighbourhood, Frown, Athens, Gr
Talking Quilt, Spitafields City Farm, London, Uk

2010
Play Space Arts Club, Edward Wilson Primary School, London, Uk
Play Space Arts Club, Queens Park Primary School, London, Uk
Play Space Arts Club, , Soho Primary School, London, UkEco Club, Greenside Community Centre, London, Uk

talks


2015
SIFF Festival, Syros, GR
Adhocracy Symposium, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, GR
MA Digital Arts, ASKT, Athens, GR
Cavafy and Image, Panteion University, Athens, GR

2014
Knowledge as a common good. Communities of production and sharing in Greece. (documentary) – common-knowledge.eu
Political Speech : Private Initiatives in Athens – Ways to a New Visual Reality, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, GR

2013
Creativity: Open & Economically Sustainable Models of Creative Production, National Documentation Center (EKT),Athens, GR

2012
Net and Zelda: Internet stories and video games, Panteion University, Athens, GR
Systems, Camp!, Athens, GR