artists participating

 

I n t e r a k t i o n s - L a b o r

 

Christopher Brellis

( Greece )

Short Bio

After my swift escape to London, I trained as an industrial designer at the Royal College of Art. Then I went on to pursue a mixed-up path, where New Media, design and communication converged, as the land was fertile for proper messy new ideas.

The response was the creation of antidot design studio on Brick Lane, E. London; a bussiness entity and a creative hub where friends and strangers alike met up, played, lived and produced work in a multitude of mediums. The character has since remained in the grey area between design (i.e. the industry) and art (i.e÷. another industry).

The most enjoyed projects I did were sculptural objects with a purpose, inseminating the žutilitarianÓ with emotion, humanity and humour.

The relocation of the studio to Greece in 2001, found me crash-landing in a totally new reality. As a result, all work was directed at commercial work Ů albeit a very choosy one.

Since February 2005, I have been teaching Industrial design at the University of Aegean, on the island of Syros Ů an invaluable experience that rekindled my appetite for all things academic (i.e. non-commercial). Above all, it assisted me in acknowledging the value of self-reflection and critical thinking. Added as a bonus, the study of different methodologies (remember the art/design debate?) has assisted me greatly in comprehending the mechanisms that we use (or not), in order to remain creative.

My main obsessions are Philosophy, Jazz and gazing at the sea.

URL: http://www.antidot.gr

 

Selected workshops + extras /

[Sep 02 Ů May 05, seminars]:
History of Philisophy Pt. 1+2, Aesthetics (Sep 02 - May 05)
[Oct 1998 - Jun 1999, part-time]:
Birkbeck College, University of London, P/T MA Philosophy.
[Sept 1997 - Jan 1998]:
Kyoto City University of Arts (Kyoto, Japan), traditional Japanese crafts and Urushi Lacquer, Japanese Calligraphy.
[April 1997] :
Arnhem Institute for the Arts (HKA, Arnhem, Holland), ŽAccessoriesŪ International Workshop.
A weeklong workshop investigating the presence and influence of ŽaccessoriesŪ in the formation of contemporary urban culture.
[Mar - Jul 1995]:
Lahti City Institute of Art and Design (Lahden Muotoiluinstituuti, Lahti, Finland),
Traditional Finnish metal and woodwork, design for disability.
 

 

Selected exhibitions /

Hurricane

at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Mall, London, (objects).

[22 Jul - 10 Sep 2000]

DesignerŪs Block

Bishopsgate Goodsyard, London, (objects and multimedia).

[23 - 26 Sep 1999]

ICFF

International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York.

[15 - 18 May 1999]

Salone di Mobile

Milano.

[13 - 18 Apr 1999]

Ambiente 1999›››››››

Frankfurt.

[19 - 23 Feb 1999]

Internationale Biennale Design› Ž98

St. Etienne, France.

[07 - 15 Nov 1998]

DesignerŪs Block

Old TrumanŪs Brewery, London.

[21 - 27 Sep 1998]

Royal College of Art

Degree Show, RCA, Kensington.

[July 1998]

KCUA

Kyoto, Japan (computer installation).

[Dec 1997]

New Designers

Business Design Centre, Islington.

[July 1996]