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FRIDAY, APRIL 26.2024
THE RESEARCH
INSTITUTE 
OF BYZANTINE CULTURE

MYSTRAS, LACONIA, GREECE

Photo Credit: Karoussos Archives 2024

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FULLY FUNDED RESIDENCY
UNDER CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME

Karoussos Archives welcomed three artists who work across the fields of art, culture, and humanities to build together strategic cultural policies of cultural participation, social cohesion, and innovation to promote better access and wider connection with the chapel of St. Spyridon.                      The residency was held under the Creative Europe programme and Goethe Institute.

Research questions: 

Back in Byzantine times, the people and the land were united. They lived in a unique environment where agrarian, spiritual, and artistic elements were linked and subscribed to a seasonal cycle regulated by planting, harvesting, growth, and decline. As the villages were always protected by divine spirits, this cycle coincided with a calendar of ritual celebrations. Thus, the church served as a landmark and the beginning point for all the events in life.

Aiming to reintegrate the chapel into contemporary society and having all its metanarratives at its disposal, numerous significant questions are applied to the residency project:

Considering the new St. Spyridon church as our contemporary landmark, how might this holistic setting be transformed into our transhumanistic era?

In light of climate change, is it possible to develop a new seasonal cycle? If so, with what elements should a holistic and sustainable ecosystem be linked?  What are the types of the new agrarian, spiritual, and artistic elements?

What would a post-humanistic ritual celebration look like? What would be the character of panygeries (fests) today, as they were one of the key ritual celebrations that kept the elements inextricably tied and the seasonal cycles sustainable?

Assuming that religious ideas such as miracles, epiphanies, transfiguration, and multidimensional aspects intersect with metaverse elements, how can they be expressed in our contemporary context with our modern thinking without losing their cultural identity?

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THE CLUB

Your access to the Byzantine Riviera

By bringing art, design, economy, ecology, architecture, and spirituality under one roof, Karoussos private members club is a community for all things related to living and thriving in our contemporary cultural tissue. We are an exclusive global community of cultural vision and influence. Our cutting-edge clubhouse serves as a hub for brilliant minds in the cultural sector to network, upskill, work, and be inspired.

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THE KA SHOP

Own a piece of Byzantine Cultural Heritage

The Karousos Archive Shop aims to protect the artist's work by preventing the spread of misprinted copies. It also intends to take specific pieces of his frescoes outside of religious contexts. You can get a tailor-made "mural" of our epic Byzantine cultural heritage from the KA's exclusive art production.

By redefining its use and space and promoting its thriving continuation in our digital age, the Karousos Archive sparks the global circulation of Byzantine art.

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