I perceive my artistic practice as an open, dynamic process that explores everyday practices and social interactions through a creative-critical-ludic-ironic appropriation of technology. My work includes processes of post-production of common objects and repurposing of narrative fragments (from archives, memories, interviews, internet sources). The objects are augmented with technologies and their official use is hacked, while the narrative fragments are recomposed to articulate new plural narratives. My artworks are hybrid (physical/digital) and draw inspiration from subjects such as everyday life, political actuality, technological mediation of social interactions and personal/collective (hi)stories. The openness of my artworks refers to all stages of the creative process, including DIY/DIWO practices, use of opensource tools, free sharing of knowledge, and community engagement. My artistic practice feeds my research, which investigates critical and tactical uses of augmented common objects in the intersection of art and everyday life.
Caterina Antonopoulou (a.k.a peqpez) is an engineer, a media artist, and researcher. Her artistic practice combines interactive installations and performances, D.I.Y. augmented objects, real-time audiovisual generation, algorithmic video, and urban interventions.
She is currently an adjunct lecturer of media art at the Department of Digital Arts & Cinema of the University of Athens, an invited lecturer at the Athens School of Architecture and former adjunct lecturer of interactive art at the Master in Digital Arts of Athens School of Fine Arts. Moreover, she is the instructor of several lectures and workshops in the intersection of art and technology.
Caterina co-curated the 11th and 12th editions of Athens Digital Arts Festival and co-founded the art and technology collective ‘Once upon a Byte’ and the B-planet creative workshop for children. Her professional collaborations include research labs and artistic groups such as ElectrOpera.tors, Nada & Co, amorphy.org, Kinono, Loop Dance Lab, the research institute ‘CTI Diophantus’, the Image, Video & Multimedia Systems Lab of the National Technical University of Athens, the Phonos Foundation of the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, the Multimedia, Hypermedia & VideoArt Lab of the Athens School of Fine Arts.
Caterina has recently completed her Ph.D. thesis (2021) on the Materiality of Digital Art, focusing on the integration of everyday objects to critical, socially engaging and tactical media artworks, at the School of Social Sciences of the University of the Aegean. She holds a master’s degree in Digital Arts from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (2009) and a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (2006). Her work has been exhibited at numerous festivals and venues, while her research work has been presented at international conferences.