I perceive my artworks as open dynamic processes, focusing on the active engagement of the audience. They are usually presented as interactive new media installations and performances, where physical and digital worlds merge. I create mixed-reality environments that often integrate augmented found objects and public spaces. The augmented objects and places function as interfaces that create opportunities for embodied interaction, performative enactments and collaborative synergies. Through these processes, I encourage viewers to become co-authors that actively participate in the creative process. In some of my projects I pursue the interaction with certain communities (such as local communities, refugees). The openness of my artworks refers to all stages of the creative process, including DIWO practices, use of opensource tools and free sharing of knowledge. My artistic practice feeds my research, which investigates collaborative & interactive practices in old/new media art.
Caterina Antonopoulou (a.k.a peqpez) is an engineer, a new media artist and researcher. Her artistic practice combines interactive installations and performances, real-time audiovisual generation, algorithmic video and urban interventions.
She was an adjunct lecturer of interactive art at the Master in Digital Arts and the Multimedia, Hypermedia and VideoArt Lab of Athens School of Fine Arts (2011-2012). Moreover, she was instructor of several lectures and workshops, including lectures at the National Technical University of Athens and the Technical Educational Institute of Athens.
Caterina was member of the curatorial team of Athens Digital Arts Festival, curating the performance section of the festival, during the years 2015-2016. She is also a co-founder of the art and technology collective ‘Once upon a Byte’ based in Barcelona, and the B-planet creative workshop for children.
She currently pursues a PhD on new media art theory at the University of the Aegean. Meanwhile, she works in the field of educational interactive media at the research institute ‘CTI Diophantus’. Her earlier professional collaborations include research labs and artistic groups such as the Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Lab of the National Technical University of Athens, the Phonos Foundation of the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, the Center for Research & Technology Hellas, the Multimedia, Hypermedia and VideoArt Lab of the Athens School of Fine Arts and the amorphy.org.
Caterina holds a master 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 presented at international conferences, festivals and venues, such as the: Sónar,19th International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art, The Art Foundation (TAF), Phonos Foundation, Pavilion of Knowledge of Lisbon, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens & Epidavrus Festival, Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Espaço do Tempo. OFF Europes Festival, Golferichs Cultural Center, Fabra i Coats Art Factory, Athens Video Art Festival, and more.