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Alex Zakkas (1981, Athens) works on the crossings of interaction design and performance art, using unstable media to observe the infra-ordinary and bizarre routines of life in synthetic environments, i.e. shifting techno-social assemblages of power and affect. He develops self-initiated projects, collaborations and commissioned assignments.

Contact

Email: alexzakkas@gmail.com
Chamber of Commerce (KvK) registration number: 53899989
VAT identification number (BSN): NL241323411B01

Exhibitions, Performances, Presentations

2018 Precarious Pavilions #2: the new local, Brussels
2018 Near enough? – 3rd NFCDAB, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
2018 Saristra Festival 2018, Cefalonia
2018 Near Field Communication Digital Art Biennale, Gol
2018 Europe Was Taken By A Bull, Communitism, Athens
2017 de TOUR, Paleis van Mieris 2, Amsterdam
2017 iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures & Technology: Internet Yami-Ichi Brussels #2
2017 Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam: Dufus Tedious
2017 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam: Graduation Show 2017
2017 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rietveld Uncut 2017
2017 LAG, Amsterdam HackLab: Talk in/on/about phone-booths in Athens
2016 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam: DOGTIME SiSiSpex 2016
2016 Athens Digital Art Festival: Digital POP
2016 Cimatics, Brussels: 0,1, Assume Both
2016 Flatstation, Amsterdam: Bring Your Own B
2015 Athens Digital Art Festival, Athens: Public Space_s
2015 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam: DOGTIME SiSiSpex 2015
2015 Onomatopee, Eindhoven: Paper Is A Leaf That Will Destroy Us In Its Fall
2015 Het Veen Theatre, Amsterdam: Paper Is A Leaf That Will Destroy Us In Its Fall
2015 Frascati, Amsterdam: A night with Art in Context (Laughter)
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: Internet Yami-Ichi Black Market #6
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: Rietveld Uncut 2015
2015 Black Box Theatre, Oslo: Latest Notes
2015 Stara Mestna elektrarna, Ljubljana: Latest Notes
2015 Oude Kerk, Amsterdam: Wander & Wonder
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: Rietveld Uncut 2015
2014 Nacht van de Filosofie Fryslân, Leeuwarden
2014 Meneer de Wit gallery, Amsterdam: The Good Friday
2014 Arsenic, Lausanne. Les Urbaines Festival: Flip Sides
2013 Het Even Theatre, Amsterdam: Flip Sides
2013 Delft University of Technology: Positive Design Day
2012 Waag Society, Amsterdam FabLab: The Making Of
2012 Design Academy Eindhoven: This is Service Design Thinking: Research Tools!
2011 Meneer de Wit, Amsterdam: Modes of Use
2011 IASDR 2011, 4th World Conference on Design Research, 'Diversity and Unity'
2010 Technopolis, Athens. Athens Video Art Festival 2010

Publications

“The Assassination of a Voyeur. Impressions of Synaptic Dissonance.” (2017) Graduation thesis DOGtime Unstable Media. Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

“Types of Smudges and Other Fudges.” (2017) With BrowserBased Group. Contribution to Immaterial Labour Union issue #10 “Immateriality”. Edited by Lídia Pereira and Δεριζαματζορ Προμπλεμ ιναυστραλια

“Attempt to Grasp the Whole Context”. (2015) Essay. Contribution to the book “Laughter” by Art in Context 2014–2015: edited by J. Kleerebezem and S. Karalic. Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam

“Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick”. (2013). Book. The Delft Institute of Positive Design. ISBN: 978-94-6186-196-2

Zakkas, A. (2013) “Designing for Affect, Meaning and Emotion in Human–Object Interaction” Nordes 2013 Design Research Conference. Co-edited by Prof. Dr. Ir. Pieter Desmet

Zakkas, A, Boess, S, Kuijer, A (2011) “Product-Friendly User Design: A Critical Discourse on User-Centered Methodology.” In Diversity and Unity: Proceedings of IASDR2011, the 4th World Conference on Design Research, edited by N.F.M.Roozenburg, L.L. Chen and P.J. Stoppers

Current Work

2016— >> Lecturer Communication and Multimedia Design in The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS)
2011— >> Critical Error Observer at AZAZAZ Very Creative Services

Studies

2013—2017 (BFA) Fine Arts / Unstable Media, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
2009—2011 (MSc) Design for Interaction, Delft University of Technology
2004—2009 (BSc) Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

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