Description of organisation
MENTOR is a cultural management and production company, founded in Eleusis, Greece, in 2014. We invest in the development of synergies with public and private bodies and professionals in the cultural and creative sector, as well as with the academic and research community at national and international level. We design, coordinate, implement and support contemporary culture initiatives and research projects that focus on sustainable development through contemporary artistic creation, re-use of public space, new technologies in culture, extroversion, community and audience participatory processes.
Our most recent projects include
• “Transition to 8: Bridging social issues, tech and contemporary art” (2020-2023) is an innovative research project, the pilot case of which is currently being implemented in Eleusis. Lead by MENTOR, with partners the Athena Research Center, and the University of Athens (Department of Psychology). The main objective of the project is to connect pressing social issues with contemporary art, by using biometric data as source materials for artworks. Co-funded by the EU (Regional Development Fund) and MENTOR
• Narrative Archaeology (2022): A 2-year project that foregrounds the theatricality of archaeological sites, through performing arts, implemented under 2023 Eleusis ECoC
• YouthLabs LaborArtory (2022): capacity building workshops on cultural management, targeting local youth, in collaboration with 2023 Eleusis ECoC
We are looking for a project leader to join a medium scale proposal to implement an interactive electronic music and digital arts festival. This proposal concerns the production of an innovative electronic music & digital arts festival, where artworks presented are created by utilizing data collected from bodily and emotional reactions to social issues.
“Transition to 8: Bridging social issues, tech and contemporary art” is an innovative research project, the pilot case of which is currently being implemented in Eleusis by MENTOR (cultural production and management company), Athena Research Center, and the University of Athens (Department of Psychology). The project’s main objective is to connect pressing social issues with contemporary art, by using biometric data as source materials for artworks. Actively involving local communities in the research phase and creative process, TT8 creates a novel festival experience by foregrounding current social issues that deeply affect the communities involved, therefore emphasizing the relationship between event and impact. Transition to 8 draws from the experience of the community and reciprocates via large-scale multimedia festivals. Electronic music producers and digital artists will showcase original artworks, using as raw material data deriving from bodily reactions to social issues.
Employing a specific methodology designated by sociopsychologists and computer researchers, community members participate in sociodrama sessions, where sensors register bodily and emotional reactions to specific social issues. The collected biometric data become frequencies, texts and audiovisual material, which, in turn, are transformed to raw material for the creation of artworks. A large-scale festival will give back to the community its (heart)beat expressed through artistic means.
• Mapping local social issues
• Community engagement activities
• Artist mobilities -> art residencies to co-create, exchange good practices (e.g VJs / visual artists with music producers)
• Capacity building / skills exchange
• Festival production to showcase artworks produced
From any country
Festivals, cultural organisations, contemporary culture, electronic music, digital arts, social science
Virginia Vassilakou – General Manager