Esthir & her E-Projects

Esthir Lemi focuses on documentation of the artistic process and reality (Masters UdK Berlin in public events and multimedia arts) as well as on the complementarity of art forms, and how technology interferes with its schemes (PhD, Department of Philosophy, Music Studies, University of Athens). Her research, based on haptics, is aimed at a broad public in order to create an easily accessible innovative platform for both artist/engineers and the audience.

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Esthir Lemi focuses on documentation of the artistic process and reality (Masters UdK Berlin in public events and multimedia arts) as well as on the complementarity of art forms, and how technology interferes with its schemes (PhD, Department of Philosophy, Music Studies, University of Athens). Her research, based on haptics, is aimed at a broad public in order to create an easily accessible innovative platform for both artist/engineers and the audience. After achieving her piano diploma at the age of 17, Esthir Lemi went on to study composition (I. Ioannidis- Diploma in Composition, ΩΜΕΑ/ J. Brettingham-Smith, Music Analysis and Composition, UdK Berlin/, G. Toro-Perez, CAS in Computer Music, HdK, Zurich) and western musical aesthetics, (O. Fragou, PhD, Athens University). She also followed parallel studies in painting (N.Kessanlis, J. Psychopedis, Diploma in painting, Athens School of Fine Arts), and multimedia (documentaries and performance) (J. Dech, Master of Arts/Art in Context, University of the Arts, Berlin). She has been awarded with several scholarships: for her achievements as a student (IKY- School of Fine Arts), for her studies in Berlin (Onassis Scholarship) and Zurich (Scholarship of the Swiss Government), as well as for her PhD research (Propontis Foundation) and further research at ICST in Zurich (SNF) and at the University of Michigan (Fulbright Schuman). She has been chosen to represent her country at numerous events and international festivals (Bjcem 2003 and 2005, European Capital City 2006, Athens Biennial 2011, NIME12, Innovation in Music II, Escales 2019 ) both as an artist and composer, furthering her research concerning the perception of complementary forms for a wide audience.
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Five mediterranean artists  Sara Kaddouri (Maroc), Kinda Hassan (Liban), Cécile Le Prado (France), Esthir Lemi (Grèce), Habiba Effat (Egypte) comissioned by a GMEM production and Galeries Lafayette. Escales project is intended for fitting rooms of the new department store Galeries Lafayette Prado in Marseille (opening date May 2019) and is part of the theme of this new store “L’Escale” ‘”stopover”. Five artworks based on field recording will be realized in a Mediterranean harbor city chosen by the artists’ origins, in dialogue and juxtaposed with the aura of Marseille harbor sound material and its narrative elements.

Photo: Esthir Lemi: Patras harbor 

Floating Peripheries (https://floatingperipheries.fi/) is a consortium funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2022). This site-specific conference and exhibition process in Lapland aims to presentations that look at and speculate about the multitude of peripheral sites and situations as a multi-layered and complex phenomenon; a conceptual, spatial and site-responsive domains, aesthetically and spatially experienced and shaped by associations, representations and practices through different mediums in arts and epistemologies.

 

Image: Lupander Helena Schjerfbeck, 

1982 :Tanssiaiskengat in abscence of Ester Aline Lupander (montage)

Esthir Lemi:”Depicting choreographic space” 

Lecture and Site Specific Installation, Winter 2019 Rovaniemi Lapland

Writing Spaces: Writing as Transfomative, Scholarly and Creative Practice

Edited by 

E. Lemi, E. Midgette, J. Seymour 

Brill Publishers 2019 

Book Cover: 

oil painting 

Title: Studying in the Library 

1.20×1.00 cm  Esthir Lemi 

The artist as a writer 

Abstract

‘The tough and the cute dancer’ started in 1998 as a collection of photos while using the technique of chronophotography, depicting black and white images of dancers on the move. The film was analogue printed,  and in 2013 the photographic material was re-worked via the photogravure technique. In 2016, 18 years after the first photos were taken, I digitally scanned and reworked these images into an art book. Ten pictures were selected and have been used as inspiration for nine texts.

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This work-in project of a visual artist and composer with the lifetime hobby of classical ballet started with a photo-shoot. It has been finalized in the form of a book based on text. This process follows the end of the analogue era in printing via digital technology while at the same time it manifests how an artist can express herself in words or her thoughts will vanish, in the same way memories do if we don’t keep a record of them. On this presentation,  I focus on the artistic process of cultivating artistic skills in musical composition, design and embodied cognition that end up in common rules in writing. The author started with the safe move of common space in art that is ‘definition’ and defines nine words significant for her career in the same fashion that nine ètudes do in writing. In this chapter, I present a method I consider as a common ground of all arts for the realisation of these ètudes.

Image 16: ‘Dos au Public’. Chronophotography © 1998. Esthir Lemi. Used with permission.

 

Key Words: Chronophotography, analogue, digital, photogravure, embodied cognition, ètude, composition.

 

 

Esther Lemi: Tetrachromia for piano (4 hands) guitar and flute, 5 min. 

Onassis Stegi is leading a Creative Europe large scale collaboration project called “Interfaces”. 

http://www.interfacesnetwork.eu

Within the context of this project there is an action that aims to enrich the existing Young Performers’ Repertoire, in the area of contemporary music. The aim of this action is to develop a contemporary idiom repertoire for young performers aged between 6-10 years old. The idea is to commission new works that will inspire young musicians to explore the sonorities and techniques of contemporary music, whilst remaining well within their physical capabilities. 

Picture: Aura, haptic object, Athens Biennale 2011