Hypnos Project at Onassis

What happens during sleep? The "Hypnos Project" will open our eyes to a time during which we have no sense of who we are

APR-JUN 2016Inside & Outside the OCC

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, Theophilos Tramboulis, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Pasqua Vorgia
Coordination: Elisavet Pantazi, Konstantina Soulioti, Pasqua Vorgia

Architectural Design: FLUX – office (Eva Manidaki & Thanassis Demiris)

Events in the context of Hypnos Project include:

Main Exhibition | Opening: 18 April 2016
The Hypnos Project brings to the public masterpieces of Greek art, 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. Performances by Christodoulos Panayiotou and Fyta will take place in the context of the exhibition.

Nova Melancholia Performance | all the weekends of May (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-19 May)
An original work by the contemporary theatre and performance group Nova Melancholia.

Curators: Theophilos Tramboulis, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis

Hypnos Clinic | 19-24 April and 6-10 May
Τhere will be a ten-day sleep clinic in the Onassis Cultural Centre; participants’ bodily reactions and any disorders during night sleep will be recorded.

Polysomnogarden | 19 May - 2 June
The medical data from the sleep clinic will be used for the creation of a visual installation by Marina Gioti. The stages of sleep will be transformed into an ever-changing visual environment with sounds, lights, projections, and moving sculptures.

six d.o.g.s pyjama party | 14 May
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.

The Theta Series – All-Night Event at the Onassis Cultural Centre | 29 May
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.

Lectures and Discussions | 12 April, 9 and 16 May
• Insomnia: 12 April (With: Kostas Gemenetzis, Hara Tsekou, Kostas Soldatos. Chair: Amanda Mihalopoulou)
• Body: Sleep, death and resurrection: 9 May (Chair: Dimitris Papanikolaou)
• Dreams: 16 May ( a conversation with Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalysis and Chair of Freud Museum London)

In the context of the Hypnos Project, researchers, artists and scientists will talk about their approaches to three main themes: sleep disorders, dreams, and death. The discussion on dreams will feature psychoanalyst Dany Nobus, Director of the Freud Museum, London. The discussion on death will be chaired by Dimitris Papanikolaou.

Cinemarathon | 13-14 May
A 24-hour cinemarathon with films and documentaries related to the topic of sleep.
Curator: Elias Fragoulis

Lecture with Christiana Galanopoulou | 7 & 8 May
Art Historian Christiana Galanopoulou will give a lecture at the Onassis Foundation on the topic of sleep and death in art from antiquity to today.

Photographic Projections
Artists, dancers, and actors will be photographed while sleeping by Pavlos Fysakis. The photographs will be projected in public spaces in Athens during the Festival.

HYPNOS issue
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.

Among others, the Hypnos issue includes articles by: Dimitra Vogiatzaki, Joanna Bourke, Simon Critchley, Vassiliki Kokkori, Elias Magklinis, Sofia Nikolaidou, Panagis Panagiotopoulos, Anna Papaeti, Dimosthenis Papamarkos, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Aris Sarafianos, Konstantinos Tzamiotis, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, Theophilos Tramboulis

Quatuor Diotima | 20 April 2016 | 21:00
The celebrated French Quatuor Diotima returns to the Onassis Cultural Centre in the context of theHypnos 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.

Yun-Peng Zhao: violin
Constance Ronzatti: violin
Franck Pierre Charles Chevalier: viola
Pierre Morlet: cello
Hara Sira: viola
Vasilis Lykos: cello

Quatuor Diotima is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Regional Culture Administration of Centre-Loire Valley. It has been regularly supported by the French Institute, Spedidam, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, Fonds pour la Création Musicale, Adami, Sacem, as well as private sponsors.


Additional Info

  • Place: ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE 107-109 Syngrou Avenue, 11745 Athens, Greece Information/Tickets: 210 900 5 800
  • Date: 12.4-30.6.2016