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A flock of birds circles and moves a cage vehicle, seeking escape from a city half finished and abandoned, with roads interrupted by fragments of fallen statues.

Apodemy

2012


Apodemy from Katerina Athanasopoulou on Vimeo.

Commissioned by The Onassis Cultural Center on the theme of Emigration for Visual Dialogues 2012

Plato likens the human soul with a cage, where knowledge is birds flying. We’re born with the cage empty and, as we grow, we collect birds and they go in the cage for future use. When we need to access knowledge we put our hand in the cage, hunt for a bird – and sometimes catch the wrong one.

Ornithology uses the term “Zugunruhe” to describe the turbulent behaviour of birds before they migrate, whether free or caged.

These two images, birds inhabiting the human soul and the distress of the migrating bird became the starting points for this film, commissioned on the theme of Emigration.

A flock of birds circles and moves a cage vehicle, seeking escape from a city half finished and abandoned, with roads interrupted by fragments of fallen statues. Those hands are simultaneously the pursuit of knowledge and also the heroes/leaders of the past that we have rejected but are still haunting us.

In a time when Europe seems to be imploding, this is my portrait of Athens.

Credits

A film by Katerina Athanasopoulou
Original Music by Jon Opstad
Violin: Claire Wheeler
Commisioned by the Onassis Cultural Center for Visual Dialogues 2012

Awards

Winner of the Lumen Prize 2013

Finalist, Best Commissioned Animation, British Animation Awards 2014

Best Animation, London Greek Film Festival, October 2013

Special Mention for a Greek Film, Animasyros International Festival, Greece, September 2013

Nominated for the Peer Raben Music Award at SoundTrack_Cologne 10, Germany 2013


Screenings

Filmessay at Archine, Brazil, 2016

Filmessay/E.V.A at Paris College of Art, France, 2016

E.V.A (Experimental Video Architecture), Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016

Special Screening, Strangloscope Video Art Festival, Brazil, December 2014

Lumen Show at the Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, November 2014

Festival Miden, Greece, July 2014

The Queen of Hungary, Landscape: Dislocation /Space / Place, UK, May 2014.

Public Choice Awards Screening, British Animation Awards, BFI, February 2014

London Short Film Festival, January 2014

Winter Shuffle, London, December 2013

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, November 2013

Underwire Festival, London, November 2013

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Holland, November 2013

Shnit International Short film festival, Switzerland, October 2013

Belo Horizonte International Film Festival, Brazil, September 2013

Animasyros Festival, Greece, September 2013

The Queen of Hungary, Landscape: Dislocation /Space / Place, UK, Spring 2014.

Femina Film Festival, Brazil, July 2013

Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, June 2013

Hong Kong Art Fair, Animation Club Screening, May 2013

MAshRome Film Fest, Rome, May 2013

60th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, Serbia, April 2013

Skepto International Film Festival, Sardinia, April 2013

Holland Animation Festival, Utrecht, March 2013

Flatpack Festival, Birmingham Museum & Gallery, UK, March 2013

Visual Dialogues (Installation), Plato's Academy Park, December 2012 - February 2013