Bill Balaskas

Parthenon Rising

2 October - 16 November 2012

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  BIOGRAPHY
 

 

Born in 1983 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Lives and works in London, UK.

 

EDUCATION

2011-2016 PhD (RCA) Critical Writing in Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK (by Thesis)

2008-2010 MA (RCA) Communication Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK (CHS Distinction)

2005-2008 BA (Hons) Video Arts Production, University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, UK (First Class)

2000-2004 BSc Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2019
‘Farewell to Thee’, Phoenix, Leicester, UK

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

‘The Assassination of Guy Debord’, European Convention Center, Luxembourg (Performance)

2016

‘Remains of a Summer Bliss’, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

‘The Market Will Save Us’, ArtWeek Boston, Boston Common, USA (Performance)

2015

‘Blindness’, De Bijloke Music Centre, Ghent, Belgium (Performance)

2014

‘No Rest for the Wicked’, ArtInternational Istanbul, Institutions Section, Istanbul, Turkey

2013

‘Critical Mass’, ReMap 4, Athens, Greece

‘The Market Will Save the World’, Kasa Gallery, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

‘New Positions’, Art Cologne, with Kalfayan Galleries, Cologne, Germany (AUDI Art Award)

‘The Vision of the Market’, Museum of Contemporary Cuts (Online Exhibition)

2012

‘Parthenon Rising’, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

2011

‘Le Temps Spectaculaire’, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Institut Français, Thessaloniki, Greece

2010

‘In Between Bubbles’, Sketch, London, UK

‘Ray of Light’, Jewish Museum, London, UK (with Oana Camilleri)

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
‘European Investment Bank Institute Artist Awards’, EIB, Luxembourg
‘Theorimata’, EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
‘Trajectories’, Watermans Arts Centre, London, UK
‘When All is Said... and Done’, Agnus-Hughes Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Curation, London, UK

2017
‘Gestures of Resistance’, Romantso Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
‘Thread’, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece
‘SHOW RCA 2017’, Royal College of Art, London, UK
‘Balance Exercises: Plannings and Concretization’, Special Projects, Art Thessaloniki, Greece
‘RCA Secret’, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2016

‘PUNK: Its Traces in Contemporary Art’, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

‘PIGS’, ARTIUM Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain

‘RCA Secret’, Royal College of Art, London, UK

‘Devalue, Value, Surplus Value: Between Work and Art’, ISET Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens, Greece

‘PIGS’, Almeida Garret Galeria Municipal do Porto, Oporto, Portugal

‘Fireflies in the Night Take Wing’, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

‘De Regreso a la Isla’, Fundació Palma Espai d'Art, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

‘Good Night, And Good Luck’, A Plus A Gallery, Venice, Italy

‘nEUROsis’, NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol, Cyprus

2015

‘PUNK: Its Traces in Contemporary Art’, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain

‘Tous Pour Tous’, Les Chiroux, Liège, Belgium

‘1st Biennial of the South’, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

‘Videozoom Greece: On Πause!’, MUSPAC, L' Aquila, Italy

‘Rencontres du Film d’Art’, The Regent Cinema, Saint-Gaudens, France

‘10th Mildura Biennale’, Mildura Arts Centre/Rio Vista, Mildura, Australia

‘Art Brussels’, Young Section, with Kalfayan Galleries, Brussels, Belgium

‘Videozoom Greece: On Πause!’, C/E Contemporary, Milan, Italy

‘Art Athina’, with Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

‘PUNK: Its Traces in Contemporary Art’, ARTIUM Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain

‘Videozoom Greece: On Πause!’, State of Concept, Athens, Greece

2014

‘No Country for Young Men: Contemporary Greek Art in Times of Crisis’, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

‘The Small Infinite’, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

‘Future Past - Past Future’, Transmediale 2014, Supermarkt, Berlin, Germany

‘Passé Simple, Futurs Composés’, Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France

‘The Value of Nothing’, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

‘An Opera of Labour and Revolution’, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

‘SelfConscious’, The American College of Greece Art Gallery, Athens, Greece

‘Art Cologne’, Film Cologne, with Kalfayan Galleries, Cologne, Germany

‘Show Me the Money’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

‘Videozoom Greece: On Πause!’, Museo di Roma in Trastevere & Sala 1, Rome, Italy

‘Athens Video Art Festival’, Technopolis, Athens, Greece

‘Art Basel Hong Kong’, Film Section, with Kalfayan Galleries, Hong Kong

‘Sound Matters’, The Red Room, Baltimore, USA

‘Show Me the Money’, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

‘Art Basel Miami Beach’, Film Section, with Kalfayan Galleries, Miami Beach, USA

2013

‘4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art’, Thessaloniki, Greece

‘Art Basel Miami Beach’, Film Section, with Kalfayan Galleries, Miami Beach, USA

‘Disruption’, Royal College of Art Research Biennial, Gulbenkian Galleries, London, UK

‘Afresh: A New Generation of Greek Artists’, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

‘Art Brussels’, The Cinema Section, with Kalfayan Galleries, Brussels, Belgium

‘India Art Fair’, Video Lounge Section, with Kalfayan Galleries, New Delhi, India

‘In Case of Emergency Break Glass’, Vetlanda Museum, Vetlanda, Sweden

‘Celebration: 50 Years of Video Art’, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland

2012

‘World Event Young Artists’, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

‘Cultural Embassies’, Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture, Vetrinj Mansion, Maribor, Slovenia

‘Traverse Vidéo: Faut Voir’, Lycée des Arènes, Toulouse, France

‘Level’, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

‘Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival’, The Main Guard, Berwick Upon Tweed, UK

‘Shape Open’, Portobello Gallery, London, UK

‘Miden Video Art Festival’, Kalamata, Greece

‘Art:Screen’, Bio Roxy, Örebro, Sweden

‘Time Based Media: 1972-2012’, University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, UK

2011

‘Vessel’, KARST, Plymouth, UK

‘Leeds International Film Festival’, Leeds, UK

‘Iraqi Memorial’, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA

‘The Constance Fairness Foundation Prize Exhibition’, Royal College of Art, London, UK

‘Time and Travel’, Ku’Damm 101 Hotel, Berlin, Germany

‘Iraqi Memorial’, Works/San Jose, San Jose, USA

2010

‘Acoustic Images’, British Film Institute, London, UK

‘Traverse Vidéo: Ça Vaut La Peine’, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

‘Mare Street Biennale’, London, UK

‘Art Karlsruhe’, Trade Fair Centre, Karlsruhe, Germany

‘Iraqi Memorial’, Sheppard Gallery, Reno, Nevada, USA

‘Wrong Love’, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK

‘Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris’, France

‘Territorial Play’, Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, UK

‘EMERGEANDSEE’, Stattbad Wedding, Berlin, Germany

‘SHOW RCA 2010’, Royal College of Art, London, UK

‘Time is Love’, Werk-Raum Gallery, Berlin, Germany

‘ZOOart’, Fresia Gardens, Cuneo, Italy

‘Rough Machines’, Animate Projects/APEngine, London, UK

2009

‘Pixelpops’, BolteLang Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

‘Images Contre Nature’, Marseille, France

‘Synch Festival’, Technopolis, Athens, Greece

‘Let's Rule Out Aliens for Now and Concentrate on What We Know’, Royal College of Art, London, UK

‘Work in Progress Show’, Royal College of Art, London, UK

‘Palimpsest’, Thurloe Place, London, UK

‘Crash Fest’, Thessaloniki, Greece

‘In Transit’, Luda Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia

‘All Art Now International Video Art Festival’, Damascus, Syria

2008

‘Strange Screen’, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

‘Propeller TV’, Sky, 3-year Broadcasting Rights (Film: Rupture)

‘Eat Our Shorts’, British Film Institute, London, UK

‘Show Me The Light Show’, Candid Gallery, London, UK

‘Roll Up Art’, Bucharest, Romania

‘Crash Fest’, Thessaloniki, Greece

‘Discurs’, Giessen, Germany

‘Girona Film Festival’, Girona, Spain

2007

‘Video Militia’, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

‘Traverse Vidéo: La Re-Visite’, Toulouse, France

‘Trenton Film Festival’, Trenton, New Jersey, USA

‘Crash Fest’, Thessaloniki, Greece

‘Girona Film Festival’, Girona, Spain

‘Festival de Vidéo Expérimental’, Marseille, France

‘Cinecity Brighton Film Festival’, Brighton, UK

‘Séquence Court-Métrage’, Toulouse, France

‘Exposures Film Festival’, Manchester, UK

2006

‘Montecatini International Short Film Festival’, Montecatini, Italy

‘Diaroes Festival of Emerging Artists’, Athens, Greece

‘Athens Video Art Festival’, Athens, Greece

2005

‘Diaroes Festival of Emerging Artists’, Athens, Greece

‘Athens Video Art Festival’, Athens, Greece

‘Buenos Aires International Short Film Festival’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2004

‘Athens International Film and Video Festival’, Athens, Ohio, USA

‘Trenton Film Festival’, Trenton, New Jersey, USA

‘Alternative Film Festival’, Picciano, Italy

 

AWARDS & HONOURS

2018
European Investment Bank Institute Artist Award
Nottingham Trent University Research Fund

2017
University for the Creative Arts Research Fund
Invitation to participate in ‘RCA Secret 2017’, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2016
Commission of Anarchy near the UK by Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (‘PUNK’, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain)
Invitation to participate in ‘RCA Secret 2016’, Royal College of Art, London, UK
University for the Creative Arts Research Fund
 

2015

Mildura Biennale Residency Award (‘10th Mildura Biennale’, Mildura, Australia)

University for the Creative Arts Research Fund

2014

Nomination (longlist) for the Prix de la Jeune Scène Artistique Méditerranéenne (Jean-Luc Lagardere Foundation & HYam)

Royal College of Art Research Methods Fund

Royal College of Art School of Humanities Event Fund

University for the Creative Arts Research Fund

2013

Nomination for the AUDI Art Award for the most innovative young artist (‘Art Cologne’, Cologne, Germany)

Royal College of Art Research Methods Fund

2012

Nomination for the ALICE Award for the most important emerging artist (Global Board of Contemporary Art)

Representation of the UK in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad (‘World Event Young Artists’, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK)

Representation of the UK in Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture (‘Cultural Embassies’, Vetrinj Mansion, Maribor, Slovenia)

Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art Bursary (33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art - CIHA 2012)

Royal College of Art Bursary

2011

Nomination of Parthenon Rising (II) for The Constance Fairness Foundation Prize

European Cultural Foundation/Open Society Institute Travel Grant

Association of Art Historians Conference Grant

Royal College of Art Bursary

2010

Commission of Darkness as the first ever project of contemporary art presented by the Jewish Museum of London

Animate Projects/APEngine commission for Melting Point (‘Rough Machines’ commissions)

2009

Best Experimental Film Award for The Origin of the Complex of Identification in Crash Fest, Thessaloniki, Greece

Royal College of Art Bursary

Royal College of Art Travel Award

2008

Jury Member in EMERGEANDSEE Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

Distinction for Reminiscent Light (Project Proposal) in ‘Iraqi Memorial’ International Call for Artists

Royal College of Art Bursary

2006

Gold Remi Award for Eros (Screenplay) in ‘Worldfest Houston International Film Festival’, Houston, Texas, USA

2005

Distinction for Faraway from Theoklymenos’ Country (Short Story) by the British Council of Greece

LECTURES IN CONFERENCES & ARTIST’S TALKS

2016

‘PIGS: North and South’, ARTIUM Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain

2015

‘Art is a Time Machine’, La Trobe University, Mildura, Australia

‘The Cuts Have Been Made: Welcome to the Aesthetic of Capitalistic Vampirism’, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

2014

‘Breaking the Bank’, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

‘The Aesthetics of Scale: Or on How to Grasp the Little Things’, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

‘Art Out of Time’, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

‘The Secret Life of Data and the Future of Value’, Mozilla Festival, Ravensbourne, London, UK

‘Art After the Crash’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

2013

‘March Meeting 2013’, 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

‘Radical Gestures: Designing Protest, Resistance & Refusal’, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK

‘Red Tape: Ways of Changes’ Discussion Series, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2012

‘Art, Criticism and the Forces of Globalization’, Liverpool Biennial 2012, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

‘The Challenge of The Object’, 33rd World Congress of Art History – CIHA 2012 (Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art), Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nurnberg, Germany

‘38th Annual Association of Art Historians Conference’, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK 

2011

‘Postmodernism After Video. Video After Postmodernism’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK