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“If works of art were judged democratically–that is, according to how many people like them–kitsch would easily defeat all its competitors.” Thomas Kulka
Post-Digital Kitsch is an ongoing investigation into the way digital media have indexed mass cultural values while simultaneously exposing the relationship between ourselves and the way we perceive the reality we live in. Post-Digital Kitsch holds up a mirror that allows us to recognize ourselves in the fake image that it throws back at us. Although not considered by most as art, kitsch together with pop are the only two cultural forces that have enough mass appeal to be able to influence the aesthetic qualities of any given period in history. Seen either as polemics against the suppressed individuality of fascist rule or simply as the Queer alternative to established art practices, kitsch in the post-digital era arguments the relative values of society to offer a fun way to look at ourselves looking back at us.
Stefanos Ziras (GR)
Stefanos Ziras is an Architect and Intermedia artist based in Athens, Greece making work on the aesthetics of Kitsch, the Post Digital Age, religion; and Mythology. He is co-founder of the multidisciplinary practice Space Oddity Studio SOS. He has collaborated with architects and artists from Greece, Canada, Italy, Turkey and the USA, he has participated in international architectural competitions and some of his projects have been presented at the twenty-fifth International Union of Architects World Congress (Durban 2014). His works have been awarded by the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) and have been presented in international publications and electronic journals (Magenta Magazine, Art in America, Superarchitects). He has been project manager for international competitions for RMJM Global Architects. He is a collaborator and Exhibition Designer for the Contemporary Greek Art Institute (ISET) presenting exhibitions at the International Contemporary Art Fair, Art Athina and the Biennale of Athens. He is the Architect of the Greek Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale, presenting the work of Maria Papadimitriou «Why look at Animals» AGRIMIKA. His latest exhibitions include Flesh Marble Leaf and Twig, Toronto,2015 (featured in Art in America) / Local History Room, AKA Artist Run Centre, Canada, 2015 / Open Archive, ISET, Art Athina, Athens, 2015/ CoolGardens, Resting on a Hill waiting for a sunny day, Winnipeg, Canada, 2016.