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Alex Zakkas (1981, Athens) uses perspectives on the crossing of critical media and performance art to observe changing routines of life in synthetic environments, i.e. shifting assemblages of social, technological and affective relations. He works on 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 Near Enough?, 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

2018— >> Lecturer Interactive Media Design at the Department of Photography in Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague
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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