Katerina Athanasopoulou, a Greek filmmaker and animation and digital artist, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Lumen Prize, worth 3,000 euros, for her Athens-based film “Apodemy,” ekathimerini reports.
“Apodemy” is an experimental piece in emigration, which was created in 2012 for a group art project at the Academia Platonos park, the central Athens site where the ancient Greek philosopher Plato is believed to have taught.
Katerina Athanasopoulou is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the Royal College of Art in London, where she got her masters’ degree. According to ekathimerini, she is currently based in London and teaches at the London College of Communication
About the film, she said: “I thought it fitting to work with Plato’s hypothesis of the human soul as a birdcage, where knowledge is birds flying. I was fascinated by the ornithological term ‘zugunruhe’ which is the turbulent behavior of birds about to migrate, whether free or caged.”
On the Apodemy website: www.kineticat.co.uk/#, the artist describes the film as:
“A flock of birds circles and moves a cage vehicle, seeking escape from a city half-finished and abandoned, with roads interrupted by fragments of fallen statues. Those hands are simultaneously the pursuit of knowledge and also the heroes/leaders of the past that we have rejected but are still haunting us. In a time when Europe seems to be imploding, this is my portrait of Athens.”
The Lumen Prize is an international award founded by American journalist Carla Rapoport in Cardiff, Wales, and designed to celebrate art work that is created digitally – be it on a tablet, PC or mobile phone. This year, it’s second of 700 entries in 45 countries.