Academic Leader: Contemporary Art Summer School

Royal College of Art School of Arts & Humanities, 24 July - 12 August 2021

The Contemporary Art Summer School, led by performance artist and academic researcher Despina Zacharopoulou since 2017, examines the rich array of positions, methods and materials that artists use, as well as exploring the questions raised by contemporary art and its production.

 

This three-week, online, practice-led short course provides a supportive environment for self-led independent practice and introduces participants to the study of contemporary art within the academic environment of the Royal College of Art.

 

Taught online by RCA staff and supported by a broad range of prominent artists, academics, critics and curators, the course provides participants with the opportunity to develop their individual practice within an interdisciplinary, collaborative atmosphere.

https://www.rca.ac.uk/study/programme-finder/contemporary-art-summer-school-online/

Academic Leader: Rethinking Contemporary Performance

Royal College of Art School of Arts & Humanities, 19- 23 July 2021

By having the human body as its raw material, performance art has been known for its potential to generate immediate affective responses from both the artist and their audience. This is why art movements of the avant-garde at the turn of the 20th century (e.g. Dada, Surrealism, Futurism) used performance art as their main medium, to introduce their art manifestos to a wider public. From the 1960’s onwards and up until the present day, whenever society finds itself in times of crisis, performance art has been employed as a medium of resistance, having the power to generate political and social change. Without doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced humanity to unforeseen situations where things that were supposed to be taken for granted (e.g. safety, health, financial and emotional stability, human rights) are now being threatened, without knowing what the future will hold. Art making, including contemporary performance, couldn’t stay unaffected by this new status quo. Performance art, in particular, has been severely wounded, when live events and academic courses keep being cancelled worldwide. Given the urgency created by the current socio-political situation, this five-day intensive online masterclass, led by renowned performance artist and academic Despina Zacharopoulou, is an opportunity to re-think contemporary performance art in times of pandemic.

Academic Leader: RCA Contemporary Art Summer School 

Royal College of Art School of Arts & Humanities, 22 July - 10 August 2019

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Rebecca Fortnum, Senior Tutor, School Lead, Postgraduate Research, RCA 
General Manager: Lina Varotsi, General Manager of the RCA School of Arts and Humanities
Academic Leader: Despina Zacharopoulou, RCA Fine Art Researcher, Onassis Foundation Scholar
Peter Christian, Head of Executive Education, RCA Research Office
Hattie Allen, Executive Education Coordinator, RCA Research and Innovation Office
Academic Staff: Prof. J.Golding, Prof. O.Richon, Prof. J.Stockham, Senior Tutor Dr C.Faust, Whitechpael Gallery Assistant Curator Mrs H.Rashid, RCA alumna V.Antonopoulou (VL), RCA alumna Anthea Hamilton (VL), M.Hadjilouca (RCA Researcher)

Video by M.Kita / Royal College of Art / 2019

Academic Leader: RCA Contemporary Art Summer School 

Royal College of Art School of Arts & Humanities, 23 July - 12 August 2018

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Juan Cruz, Dean of the RCA School of Arts & Humanities
General Manager: Michael Turco, General Manager of the RCA School of Arts and Humanities
Project Manager: Dr Arantxa Echarte, Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer
Academic Leader: Despina Zacharopoulou, RCA Fine Art Researcher, Onassis Foundation Scholar
Peter Christian, Head of Executive Education, RCA Research Office
Hattie Allen, Executive Education Coordinator, RCA Research and Innovation Office
Academic Staff: Prof. J.Golding, Prof. O.Richon, Prof. J.Stockham, Senior Tutor Dr C.Faust, Associate Professor O.Ashery (VL), D.Burrows (VL), A.George (VL), M.Hadjilouca (RCA Researcher)

Video by Monika Kita / Royal College of Art / 2018

Co-leading with M.Gluzberg RCA MA Group "THINGS"
After the RCA Research group Entanglement, led by Professor Johnny Golding 

Royal College of Art School of Arts & Humanities, Academic Year 2017-2018


Led by RCA Reader in Contemporary Visual Production Margarita Gluzberg 
& PhD researcher in Fine Art Despina Zacharopoulou (Onassis Foundation Scholar)

 

Students: Emma Fineman / Lydia Boehm / Ada Hao / Mumu He / Sarah Duyshart / Craig Woodrow


Video by Monika Kita / Royal College of Art  / 2018

Leading the Across RCA Group "The Body Electric"  

Royal College of Art, 2017

Performances in order of appearance: Emilia Demetriou "Untitled" / Eleni Tomadaki "Them" / Marika Jasmine Grasso "Untitled"/ Elghandiva Tholkhah "With Me" / Hong Zhu "Can I"/ Zhaoyang Zhang "Fetishism"/ Xindi Zhou "Mango"/ Cai Zhang "Aporia" / Henna Aaltonen "Untitled"/ Rebecca Marsden "Landings" / Jennifer Hawthorn "Untitled"


Video by Monika Kita / Royal College of Art  / 2017

Leading MA Crits at the RCA School of Arts & Humanities

Royal College of Art, 2017-18

*Artist in the photograph: Emma Fineman, MA in Painting. 

Photo by Despina Zacharopoulou

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Teaching at the RCA Contemporary Art Summer School 

Royal College of Art, July - August 2017

 

After being selected by Tai Shani, Academic Leader of the RCA Contemporary Art Summer School, I was one of the members of the course's Academic Staff, with responsibilities including studio practice supervision, co-leading (with M.Gluzberg) a gallery visit and leading a performance workshop.

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Juan Cruz, Dean of the RCA School of Arts & Humanities
General Manager: Michael Turco, General Manager of the RCA School of Arts and Humanities
Academic Leader: Tai Shani, RCA Tutor in Contemporary Art Practice
Peter Christian, Head of Executive Education, RCA Research Office
Hattie Allen, Executive Education Coordinator, RCA Research and Innovation Office

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Giving Tutorials at the Bath Spa School of Art & Design

Bath Spa School of Art & Design, May 2017

Photo by Despina Zacharopoulou

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Leading the RCA Cross School Group: "DE MONSTRIS"

An investigation on performance & the monstrous / RCA, Acad. Year 2016-17

MA Students: Sam Dauncey / Ro Hardaker / Edu Torres / Tom Kaniok / Yongchan Lim / Korie Denby McGowan / Antoine Heraly.

Video by Patricio Soto Aguilar // Video Editing by Despina Zacharopoulou