Book launch on May 18, 2017 (2nd renewed edition)



The Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology announces the launch of the 2nd edition of the Cyprus Museum Guide. The Greek edition of the guide will be available for the first time on Thursday, May 18 2017, during the International Museum Day, at the entrance of the Cyprus Museum (1 Museum street, Nicosia) between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Furthermore, in June 2017, the Cyprus Museum Guide will be published for the first time in English thus filling an important gap in publications related to cultural tourism.

The Cyprus Museum Guide is a book that includes a wide range of information for a hundred two museums, located in the free areas of Cyprus and open to the public. The particular book is an extremely useful tool containing information about the type of each museum, its location, collections, working hours, contact details, entry/ or admission fee, accessibility for wheelchair users, possible organized guided tours, educational activities for adults and children and other activities taking place in the museum setting, the existence of a cafeteria and/ or a museum shop, as well as other important information, that both inform and facilitate museum visits. All the aforementioned information is accompanied and enhanced with rich photographic material, stylish design and practical classification, per district area and per theme. ­

The 2nd edition of the Cyprus Museum Guide is renewed and expanded compared to the 1st edition of 2014. Apart from containing updated information for all museums, it also includes nine newly established museums.

From June 1st, the Cyprus Museum Guide will be available for the price of 10 euros at all Mavromatis bookstores (tel.: 22456122), at selected museum stores and other bookstores. All net proceeds, from the sale of the guide, will be used for the purposes of research and promotion of Cypriot museums.



This Call invites artists who particularly work with photography to respond to the theme of the International Association of Photography and Theory’s first collaborative project entitled Ar(t)chaeology: Intersections of Photography and Archaeology. The project will run from May to December 2017 and will include regular meetings and a creative process that will result in an exhibition, a parallel one-day seminar, and a visual publication, which will negotiate themes that are considered central to this project.

 The project seeks to investigate the relationship between archaeology and contemporary art photography. Cyprus, an island, the identity of which was born out of contested histories and conflicting narratives, can serve as a case study for the examination of the connection between these two seemingly diverse fields of practice. On the one hand, archaeology in Cyprus is usually seen as the meticulous, objectivity-driven, study of objects, artifacts, and material culture, which o en uses photography as a tool for purposes of documentation, archiving, and representation. On the other hand, contemporary art photography can be seen as an entirely different practice to archaeological processes of presentation and preservation. Yet, both archaeology and contemporary art photography are connected by a common engagement with ideas beyond the tactile, and with an equally significant – often indirect – fascination with affect.

 More specifically, the project wishes to include works that:

  • Explore the role of the artist as archaeologist

  • View the photographic archive as a space of archaeological excavation

  • Address the politics of archaeology (and photography)

  • Involve processes of archaeology and photography

  • Investigate the relationship between museums, archaeology and photography

  • Address issues of authenticity, originality, the counterfeit and fictitious in archaeology and photography

  • Approach critically archaeological knowledge and narratives

  • Re-invent archaeological sites of knowledge through photographic practices

  • Offer alternative forms of preserving the past through photography

  • Explore notions of “extend” (space) and “duration” (time) in both archaeology and photography

  • Reflect critically on the intersections of photography, archaeology and ethnography

  • Engage with landscapes and other fabrics of heritage in photographs

  • Explore – and ‘exploit’ – ruins, absences and erasures through photography

Important Deadlines:

Phase I, DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS | Sunday, May 21st, 2017: 
Submission of proposals for existing ongoing works or new productions. Proposals need to be a maximum of 300 words and to clearly describe the proposed work, its concept and rationale, and its expected contribution to the general themes of the exhibition. They must also be accompanied by short biographies of participating artist(s) (up to 200 words) and, depending on the project, by visual material and technical specifications. All proposals must be submitted electronically
to [IAPT] at: The submitted proposals will be reviewed, and up to 15 proposals will be selected, by an invited Selection Committee based on artistic and conceptual merit. Artists will be notified on the selection by Sunday, June 9th, 2017. A small budget will be made available to the participants for the realization of their work.

Phase II, COLLABORATION / WORK PREPARATION | From June, 2017 to December, 2017:

Selected artists/photographers will then have six months to finalize their projects and prepare for the exhibition. The process of preparing for the exhibition will be based on a collaborative and dialogic exchange between artists and between artists and members of the selection committee and the exhibition coordinator. For this reason, at least four meetings will be scheduled which selected artists will have to attend. During these meetings, artists will be given the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss their process and progress and offer their constructive feedback for the completion of all projects.

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Ανοικτή συζήτηση: Μουσεία και Τεχνολογία


LECTURE: Photographic Perceptions and Perceptual Mechanisms: From everyday life to the museum, 10.03.2017 at 18:30 (in Greek)


Fresh off the press!

20170103_150347Fresh off the press!
“Museums and Photography: Displaying Death” was just published by Routledge Press. Elena Stylianou and Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert have been working on this book for the last few years since the International Conference of Photography and Theory 2014.

It’s a book about displaying death in museums and the different approaches museums use internationally. It includes 16 chapters from really interesting and talented academics and museum professionals.

Announcing the Spring 2017 VSMSlab Arts and Research Residents


@ the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab

Cyprus University of Technology


Giuseppe Fanizza and Giulia Ticozzi, artists, Italy

Giuseppe Fanizza and Giulia Ticozzi are artists and photographers with academic background in Law and Geography respectively. Since December 2015 they are co-authors of “Borderlands Project”, a longterm visual research on European border landscapes, that so far includes images realized in Austria, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. For the Art & Research Residency Program 2017, they will realize a visual catalog of border devices, intended here as the set of physical elements, natural or manmade, official or informal, that are provided by the administrative institutions or perceived by the population as material signs of the presence of a frontier. The catalog will serve as a representation tool of the impact of the frontier on the visual definition and imagery of Cypriot landscape.

Project description:

We aim to realize a photographic investigation about border landscape in Cyprus, in the framework of Borderlands project, a long-term visual research using photography to depict contemporary landscape of European frontiers. In particular we investigate how the physical presence of frontiers contributes to the visual definition and the imagery of Cypriot landscape. We want to underline that we are interested in a strictly visual concept of “landscape”, thus limited to the visual perception of the territory by the populations and the visitors of Cyprus, in relation with border topography.





Maren Wickwire, anthropologist, filmmaker and human right advocate, Germany, USA

Based in Germany and the US, Maren Wickwire is a visual anthropologist, filmmaker and human right advocate. Her work is research oriented, involving fieldwork and long term engagement with local communities using participatory approaches. In her work she is looking at the growing movement of people worldwide in the context of various forms of human migration and explores social and cultural phenomena tied into the complex spatial and personal experiences of individuals locally and virtually. She represents her findings in multilayered installations, using a wide range of media including, video, audio, photography and texts. Her exhibitions and large outdoor installations have been well received internationally and granted the National Endowment for the Arts award in 2015. Wickwire holds a diploma in Visual Communication Design from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany and is a graduate candidate of the MA program Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie University Berlin.

Project description:  

This research project will examine how female migrants from the Philippines, who joined the reproductive labor force on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, fulfilling their financial and emotional obligations towards their children and extended family back home mediated through modern technology, while at the same time finding creative ways to overcome societal stigmatization by building a strong local network. The women negotiate their social and private meeting spaces, relationships and transnational identities in their immediate environment and preserving their own cultural and culinary practices in the diaspora.




Stephan Takkides, artist, Germany

Stephan Takkides is an artist who uses photography and video, working mostly with observational shots from human-made landscapes and the built environment. Following studies in New Media at Chelsea College in London, he completed an MFA at the Transart Institute, Plymouth University. For the past three years, he has lived in Bremen, Germany, where he has been working on a long-term photographic study on the effects of land reclamation and erosion on the North Sea coast. For the Art & Research Residency, he will make a new video work looking at the use of open space in the city in Limassol. He is particularly interested in undeveloped pockets of privately owned wasteland, which have become surrounded by buildings as the city has grown. His work will investigate how local people make use of this space and how it compares to officially designated public space.

Project description:

During this residency I’m working on producing a new video work looking at the use of open space in the city of Limassol. Within my definition of “open space”, I will include parkland and car parks, but the main focus is on plots of undeveloped “wasteland” – areas of privately owned land where urban-style construction is legally possible but has not taken place.


Landscape Photography

cut_1014_inv_lctr_photThe Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology, invites you to a lecture about Landscape Photography by Professor Liz Wells and Nicos Philippou.

Manufactured Landscapes

Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Plymouth University, UK

Sharqi: Topography and Identity (a project presentation)

Nicos Philippou, Communications Department, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

WHEN: Thursday, December 1st, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30pm

WHERE: Photography Studio (plateia Iroon), Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol


Εκδήλωση: «O ‘Eξωτικός’ Άλλος»

the-exotic-otherΤο Πολιτιστικό και Ερευνητικό Ίδρυμα Phaneromenis 70 ανακοινώνει τη διεξαγωγή εκδήλωσης με τίτλο:

«O ‘Eξωτικός’ Άλλος».

Προσκεκλημένοι ομιλητές θα είναι:

  • η κ. Δέσποινα Νάζου (τίτλος παρουσίασης: «Ερήμην του το Αιγαίο λέει και ξαναλέει… Αυτός Είσαι!»: Η συμβολική του Αιγαίου, η ‘αίσθηση του τόπου’ και οι φωτογραφικές αναπαραστάσεις του στο πλαίσιο του τουρισμού)
  • ο κ. Νίκος Φιλίππου (τίτλος παρουσίασης: The National Geographic and the Constructions of Cypriot Women)
  • η κ. Θεοπίστη Στυλιανού-Λάμπερτ (τίτλος παρουσίασης: Engendering a Landscape: the construction, promotion and consumption of the Rock of Aphrodite).

Μετά τις ομιλίες, θα ακολουθήσει συζήτηση.

Η εκδήλωση θα λάβει χώρα στις 18 Νοεμβρίου 2016 και ώρες 3.00 – 4.30 μ.μ. στην αίθουσα Β 211/  ΧΩΔ 02 του Τμήματος Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου.

(Οι δύο από τις παρουσιάσεις θα γίνουν στην αγγλική γλώσσα, ενώ η τρίτη παρουσίαση και η μετέπειτα συζήτηση στην ελληνική γλώσσα.)

Η είσοδος είναι ελεύθερη.


Call for Participants

La Cura: Ubiquitous Bodies

Call for Participants


NeMe with the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab and the Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology have launched this open call for participants from the arts, design, hacking, architecture, anthropology, technology, philosophy, and other disciplines.

The workshops, La Cura: Ubiquitous Bodies will be led by Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico.


Sciences and technology have enormous effects on the ways in which we perceive our body, our interconnectedness with the rest of the world – whether human or non-human-, our health and well-being. La Cura is an open, participatory performance whose aim is to create a social space which is interconnected, using technologies and networks, but also proximity, solidarity, human relations.


When he was diagnosed with a brain cancer in 2012, Salvatore Iaconesi launched “La Cura” (, a global performance, uniting arts, sciences, technologies, design and the whole of society to reframe the meaning of he word “cure”. Going beyond the biopolitics of medicine, data, bureaucracy and administration, the cure was taken back into society, confronting with the world’s complexity and diversity to create a collaborative cure in which everyone has a role and solutions come from the interconnection of approaches, sensibilities, techniques, disciplines, practices, strategies and tactics.


The workshops will take place at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol from 16 November to 18 November 2016 at 2:30pm-6:30pm.

The results of the workshop will be included in the exhibition nEUROsis at the NeMe Arts Centre (November,19th 2016) and a PoD publication by the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.




Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. TED Fellow 2012, Eisenhower Fellow since 2013 and Yale World Fellow 2014.

He currently teaches Interaction Design and cross-media practices at the Faculty of Architecture of the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, at ISIA Design Florence, at the Rome University of Fine Arts and at the IED Design institute. He produced videogames, artificial intelligences, expert systems dedicated to business and scientific research, entertainment systems, mobile ecosystems, interactive architectures, cross-medial publications, augmented reality systems, and experiences and applications dedicated to providing products, services and practices to human beings all over the world, enabled by technologies, networks and new metaphors of interactions, across cultures and languages. His artworks and performances have been featured worldwide at festivals and conferences.


Oriana Persico holds a degree in Communication Sciences and is an expert in participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist and writer.

She has worked together with national governments and the European Union to the creation of best practices, standards and researches in the areas of digital rights, social and technological innovation, Digital Business Ecosystems (DBE), practices for participation and knowledge sharing. Oriana writes critical, scientific, philosophical and poetical texts that connects to technological innovation, and on its cultural, sociological, economic and political impacts. She is an expert on the formal analysis of cultural and social trends, with specific focus on social networks. She creates breakthrough communication campaigns, performances, research methodologies and strategies.


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Photography and the Everyday

In a time when the global publishing industry is in dire straits and the
book in its physical form is threatened by digits the photobook seems  to
be going through a revival. That is partly due to the very technologies
that  initially appeared to be threatening the physical existence  of the
photo book; digital technologies which provided unprecedented
possibilities/opportunities for self or commercial publishing. Laying out
and producing zines, photobook dummies, home-made photobooks,
print-per-order publications and the like have never been easier. As a
result the photobook is currently flourishing and remains  central as home
to photography. At the same  time the photobook many times comes through
as one of the most democratic and accessible  arts  mediums as it allows
ownership of art in a physical form by a wide and varied audience.

Acknowledging and responding  to the expanding impulse of creating,
disseminating and owing photobooks, as well as to its potential  as a
democratic medium, NiMAC (Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre
– Associated  with the Pierides Foundation) and IAPT (International
Association of Photography  and Theory) are pleased  to announce  a
special themed  photobook exhibition as part of the 4th International
Conference of Photography  and Theory (ICPT2016).

We invite submissions  of photobooks  whose content  falls within this
year’s ICPT theme, Photography and the Everyday. Content, in other words,
that  touches  upon, but is not limited to, the ways that vernacular
photography shapes  and is being shaped  by digital or other media, art
practices,  memory, individual and collective identities,  historical and
other narratives,  the social fabric, private and
public life. Both self-published  and commercially published photobooks
are eligible for submission.

The selected  books will be exhibited at NiMAC during the 4th
International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT2016) which will be
held between  2&4 December, 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Nicos
Philippou, Despo Pasia, Nicolas Lambouris and Yiannis Toumazis.

Please fill in your details  in the online application  form and upload
•    A short description  of the project/photobook (300 words) in
•    A 250 word short bio in English
•    You may submit your book as an artist,  photographer, or
•    Submitted  books must have been produced/published, within the
last five years (2011-2016)
•    A physical copy of the book must be submitted,  as the
materiality of the  production will be taken
into consideration for the final selection
•    You may submit more than one book. Each entry must be submitted
with its own completed submission form, description  and bio.
•    Submission Deadline: All entries  must be postmarked by 14
October, 2016.
•    Photo book submissions  must be shipped and prepaid. There is no
fee for submitting  your book.

Please fill-in the online entry form and
post your book to the following address:
Marika Ioannou
Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre [NiMAC] Palias Ilektrikis 19, 1016
Nicosia, CYPRUS

Please note that  submitted books will not be returned, and will be housed
at NiMAC’s library as a resource  for research and for future displays.