It is when we are in transition that we are most completely alive.”
– William Bridges
What does it mean to be alive? Co-existing, communication, creativity. How much do we say when talking? What kind of elements could we extract from non-verbal communication? When dealing with social phenomena that affect our daily lives, what are our bodily reactions? How could contemporary artists deploy those reactions for artwork creation?
Transition to 8: Transitioning from social phenomena to contemporary artistic creation takes on the challenge to explore all of the above. Transition to 8 is an innovative project that seeks to unite social sciences, technology, and contemporary art to transition to a new state of mind; social issues related to human rights are turned into subject matters of active confrontation among those affected the most.
Science establishes the epistemological framework, the sociodrama.
Technology is used to gather biometric data and transform them into material ready to be processed by artists.
Art uses the processed data and creates original art pieces.
Transition to 8 starts the public dialogue concerning important social issues. The project’s pilot implementation takes place in Eleusis, where residents, through sociodrama sessions, will deal with the crucial social issues of environmental pollution, labour, and the refugee/immigration issue. The bodily reactions of the participants in the sociodrama sessions will be recorded. They will later be processed on the interactive digital platform and the innovative software implemented within the project.
Transition to 8: Bridging social issues, tech and contemporary art is a research project coordinated by MENTOR Cultural Production and Management Company and implemented in collaboration with Athena Research Center and the Laboratory of Quality Research in Psychology and Mental Health of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens’ Department of Psychology. The project is co-funded by Greece and the European Union as part of the Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation 2014-2020 (EPAnEK)