PHOTODOTES: the making of


photodotes: collect - transfer - diffuse



PHOTODOTES, a ‘machinic’ installation, explores the manipulation of natural and artificial light in space, architectured to perform in 3 stages: collecting, transferring and emitting light. The experimentation discusses phenomena related to lack of light, like the lack of vitamin D, depression, women’s cycle patterns irregularities, and work separation from exterior conditions. By augmenting the individual and collective perceptual mechanism, PHOTODOTES emphasizes how light’s relation to energy and the survival leads to well-being of people.

*PHOTODOTES is the plural form of the greek: φωτοδότης = giver of light, luminary

Project credits:
Design: Zenovia Toloudi
Research: Zenovia Toloudi, Ute Meta Bauer (MIT Art, Culture, and Technology), George Toloudis
Construction: Zenovia Toloudi, George Toloudis, Panagiotis Stamboulidis @ Stamboulidis Panagiotis Workshop in Alexandroupolis, Greece
Gallery Installation: Zenovia Toloudi, Dominic Tschoepe, Dimitris Papanikolaou
Special thanks to: Maria Toloudi, Yannis Stratakis, Theodoros Koukos, Marrikka Trotter, Jonathan Santos, Evelyn Rytz

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The Garden Lab

Join us for the opening reception of the GARDEN LAB! Thursday, January 26, from 6:30 - 7:30pm
Meet the Artists-in-Residence (Caitlin Berrigan, Andi Sutton, and Zenovia Toloudi) and learn about their projects.

"When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Garden Lab, an experimental project for the 2012 spring semester in the Brant Gallery. The aim for this initiative is to create a garden space and platform where all students and the community-at-large can engage in an open conversation about art, design, food, community, and the environment. The project examines these topics and concerns in experimental and investigative ways, while proposing creative and sustainable solutions and possibilities.

This initiative is not only to enrich students’ learning experience, but also to facilitate a collaborative milieu of growth and creativity. Through workshops, visiting artist projects, lectures and events students will be introduced to a variety of interdisciplinary practices to broaden the learning, making and understanding of art and design. Students will have an opportunity to participate in how-to grow, consume and forage for food in an enjoyable and sustainable practice. Through sharing and gardening, we hope to inspire students to play an active role as “citizen artists”.

This project is supported in part by Sustainable MassArt: Art and Design at the Intersection of the Environment, Social Justice, and Health, and the Studio Foundation Sustainability Committee. It is directed by Jonathan Santos and Evelyn Rydz.

Many Thanks to: Paul Dobbs, Rachel Resnik, Yamilah A Kenny, Christian H Restrepo, Scarlett Hoey, Lisa Tung, Darci Hanna, Gamalia Pharms, Kyle Brock, David Tames, Jamieson Wicks, Howie Larosee and Jane Marsching

Garden Lab: January 18 – May 7, 2012
Brant Gallery: South Hall, 3rd floor
Hours: Monday- Friday: 9:00 AM -6:30 PM
Contact: brantgallery@massart.edu
Online Resource: MassArt Library + Garden Lab
Accommodation: If you need a disability-related accommodation for a MassArt-sponsored event on campus, email Mercedes Evans at mercedes.evans@massart.edu at least two weeks prior to the program date.

More information at Brant Gallery at MassArt (click here)

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Starting today and up until May 7th, my work will be exhibited at Brant Gallery at Mass Art in the exhibition Garden Lab, curated by Jonathan Santos and Evelyn Rytz.

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happy 2012!

The photo was taken at Panagiotis Stamboulidis workshop in Alexandroupolis, Greece where I was preparing my installation for Brant Gallery together with gtroza. Photos are coming! Stay tuned!