What happens to the body during sleep? How do we spend one third of our lives? During sleep our most secret and repressed self emerges. At the same time, our body becomes vulnerable.
The Hypnos Project
is a festival of the Onassis Cultural Centre. It consists of an exhibition of modern and contemporary art, a series of performances and sleepovers, a series of sound works and walks, lectures and discussions, a theatre production, a pyjama party, and a special magazine issue.
Curators: Afroditi Panagiotakou, Elisavet Pantazi, Konstantina Soulioti, Theophilos Tramboulis, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Pasqua Vorgia
Coordination: Elisavet Pantazi, Konstantina Soulioti, Pasqua Vorgia
Concept: Afroditi Panagiotakou, Elisavet Pantazi
Architectural Design: FLUX – office (Eva Manidaki & Thanassis Demiris)
Events in the context of Hypnos Project
Main Exhibition | Click here to read more about the exhibition and book your tickets
The Hypnos Project
brings to the public 65 masterpieces of Greek art to the exhibition hall of the Onassis Cultural Centre and to the Onassis Library (56 V. Amalias Avenue). Works by contemporary artists, as well as archival data and transcribed examples from local popular culture, in an attempt to not only mutally interract but also transform each other.
Exhibition at the OCC opening hours: everyday 12:00-21:00
Exhibition at the Onassis Library opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 12:00-20:00 & Saturday-Sunday 11:00-15:00
Performance by FYTA | 18 April | Free admission | OCC
A performance by FYTA will take place at the opening of the Main Exhibition, based on the slumber and awakening of the nation and its language.
Performance by Christodoulos Panayiotou | 23–24 April | 20:00 | Free admission - It is necessary to book your seat at firstname.lastname@example.org| Onassis Library (56 V. Amalias Avenue)
A performance-lecture by Christodoulos Panayiotou, titled Dying on Stage
, in collaboration with the dancer Jean Capeille and the composer and pianist Kyriakos Spyrou. A reflection on the impossibility of representing death on stage.
Nova Melancholia Performance | 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-19 May | 21:00 | Age guidance: 18+ | Galaxia & Sfiggos str. (behind the OCC building) | Click here to read more information and book your tickets
An original work based on Georges Bataille’s story The Dead Man
by the contemporary theatre and performance group Nova Melancholia.
Exhibition and performances' curators: Theophilos Tramboulis, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis
Insomnia | 12 April | 19:00 | Free admission | Upper Stage | Click here to read more and watch the discussion on video
With: Kostas Gemenetzis, Hara Tsekou, Kostas Soldatos
Chair: Amanda Mihalopoulou
Hypnos Clinic | 19-23 April and 6-10 May | OCC | Free admission - Thank you for your interest. The limited number of seats are now reserved.
Τhere will be a ten-day sleep clinic in the Onassis Cultural Centre; participants’ bodily reactions during night sleep will be recorded. In collaboration with doctor/pulmonologist Martha Andritsou, scientific collaborator of Evangelismos Hospital's Sleeping Study Center.
Quatuor Diotima | 20 April 2016 | 21:00 | Parnassos Literary Society (Karitsi sq 8, Athens) | Click here to read more information and book your tickets
The celebrated French Quatuor Diotima returns to the Onassis Cultural Centre in the context of the Hypnos Project
with night as its theme. Diotima will perform Ainsi la nuit
by Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) and Métamorphoses nocturnes
, an early work of Hungarian composer György Ligeti (1923-2006). The concert will end with a landmark work marking the dawn of twentieth-century music, Verklärte Nacht
by Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951). A work of abstract programme music, without words, it is based on a poem by R. Dehmel.
‘Farewell’: Lecture-Performance with Christiana Galanopoulou | 7 & 8 May | 20:00 | Onassis Library (56 V. Amalias Avenue) | Free admission - It is necessary to book your seat at email@example.com
Following the Sleeping Girls
in the secretive paths of their sleep, art historian Christiana Galanopoulou invites us on a journey exploring works of art of different eras in texts, locations, archaeological sites, but also in moments of contemporary reality and people’s stories, thus weaving a narrative about life, what lies beyond, and eternity.
Body: Sleeping, death and resurrection | 9 May | 19:00 | Free admission | Upper Stage | Click here to read more and watch the discussion on video
Chair: Dimitris Papanikolaou
Polysomnogarden | 19 May – 2 June | Daily 15:00-21:30 | Evridamantos & Galaxia str. (behind the OCC building) | Free admission | Click here to read more
An audiovisual mixed-media installation on representations of the architecture of sleep, using medical data from workshops on the study of sleep (i.e. polysomnography) in real time.
Concept, Planning: Marina Gioti
Sound: Coti K.
Automatic Programming: Thanos Eleftherakos
Lights: Tassos Paleoroutas
Garden Design: Olga Manetta
Scientific Support: Chara Tsekou
Cinemarathon "Let's (not) go to sleep" | 13-14 May | 22:00 | Upper Stage | Click here to see the programme and book your tickets
A 24-hour cinemarathon with films and documentaries related to the topic of sleep.
Curator: Elias Fragoulis
six d.o.g.s pyjama party | 14 May | 00:00 | Free admission | In all the floors of the OCC | Click here to read more information
DJ sets will take place in all the floors of the Onassis Cultural Centre, from midnight to dawn, in what will be an unforgettable midnight party.
Dreams | 16 May | 19:00 | Free admission | Upper Stage | Click here to read more and watch the discussion live.
A lecture by psychoanalyst Dany Nobus, Chair of the Freud Museum, London.
The City of the Sleeping | Sound Walk & Sound Installation at the First Cemetary, Athens | 28 May - 19 June | First Cemetary, Athens (29 Anapafseos and Trivonianou st., Mets) | Free admission | Click here to read more information
Α sound walk and a sound installation at the First Cemetary, Athens, by the visual-arts artist Nikos Arvanitis and the musician Dimitris Kamarotos.
The Theta Series – All-Night Event at the Onassis Cultural Centre | 29 May | 22:00 | Duration: till the morning (breakfast is included) | Main Stage | Click here to book your tickets
An all-night experiental event will take place at the Main Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre by choreographer and Onassis Foundation Fellow Apostolia Papadamaki, in collaboration with composer Trifon Koutsourelis.
Tickets | Full price for all the evening: 15 € | Reduced / Friends / Small groups (5-9 people): 12 € | People with disabilities - Companions / Unemployed / Large groups (10+ people): 10 €
Photographic Projections in public buildings in Athens | 18 April – 19 June
Artists, dancers, and actors will be photographed while sleeping by Pavlos Fysakis. The photographs will be projected in public buildings in Kafthmonos square, Syggrou avenue and others.
Photographs were taken at the Coco-mat Hotel Kolonaki.
Hypnos Project will be accompanied by an independent bilingual publication on the topic of sleep, which will circulate widely. Academics, specialists, and writers approach the issue of sleep with original ways, each one from his/her own perspective. Together they compose a polyphonic and original anthology, in which sociology co-exists with military studies, architecture with classical philology, short stories with personal testimony.
The Hypnos issue includes articles by: Joanna Bourke, Thodoris Chiotis, Simon Critchley, Vassiliki Kokkori, Elias Magklinis, Panagiotis Menegos, Sofia Nikolaidou, Afroditi Panagiotakou, Panagis Panagiotopoulos, Anna Papaeti, Dimosthenis Papamarkos, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Matina Pashalis, Aris Sarafianos, Patti Smith, James Stavridis, Konstantinos Tzamiotis, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Theophilos Tramboulis, Dimitra Vogiatzaki