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  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change
  • Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change

Isternia/ Tinos Zig Zag Festival 2022 | Future Nature: Dialogues on Change

2nd ZIG ZAG Festival at Isternia, Tinos 》One week of Contemporary Culture 》Artists for Climate 》30+ Greek and international artists, musicians - art events - readings.


From July 18 – 24, more than 30 sculptors, painters, artists of various art disciplines and musicians, present their work both indoors and in public spaces within the traditional village of Isternia. The Festival transforms the village of Isternia into a vibrant and engaging artistic canvas, while art installations, music events and guided tours reclaim one?s attention to our environment and natural heritage.
Isternia Tinos/ ZIG ZAG Festival revisits Tinian natural history through art, suggesting alternative ways of approaching environmental issues. Art exhibitions and events draw on local nature and explore its elements, connecting and engaging locals and visitors in a unique exhibition and event program.

"Civilization and the life of nations are governed by the same laws
as prevail throughout nature and organic life."
Ernst Haeckel


The ancient Greek conception of the four basic elements—Air, Earth, Fire, Water—dates back to the pre-Socratic era, and was maintained throughout the Middle Ages until the Renaissance, deeply influencing European thought and culture. One of the earliest ontologies has the fundamental forces of the universe to be the four basic elements. By combining these elements and having them interact with one another, all materials emerge both as immaterial (invisible) and material (visual) objects of our Universe.

Modern science, on the other hand, does not claim the four elements as the material basis of the physical world. The atomic theory, leaving behind early philosophical thoughts and latter misconceptions and false beliefs, classifies atoms into more than a hundred chemical elements that form chemical compounds. Solids, liquids, gas, and plasma, however, are similar to the classic elements of Air, Earth, Fire, and Water.

In the history of art one encounters numerous allegorical re¬¬presentations of the four elements. Similar to planets or days of the week, the four elements have been associated with mythological deities. For example, the earth is symbolized by Kyveli / Rhea, water by Poseidon, air by Hera, and fire by Zeus. Artists borrow references from these elements to develop an environmental toolkit, an artistic habitat.

The term ökologie was introduced in 1866 by the German biologist Ernst Heckel, deriving from the Greek words oikos + logos which literally means “the study of the natural house-(oikos)”.
Ecology was not always synonymous with the environment, environmentalism, or natural history. It is more relative to evolutionary biology, genetics, and ethology, explaining the mechanisms behind biodiversity in response to the ecosystem. The environment of any living organism is the proximate or extended area that affects its living conditions. Between environment and ecology there can be interaction, exchanges of matter, energy or information.

Exhibitions / Events: Isternia Tinos/ ZIG ZAG Festival 2022
Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future

1.Group exhibition Isternia Tinos/ Zig Zag Festival 2022, Old Medical Center, Isternia
2. Outdoor exhibition, interventions and public space-installations in various locations within Isternia create a path of discovery through art.

Artists: Ageliki Augoustidena & Leftheris Naftis, Philipp Benkert, Piyi Daniilidi, Onoufrios Despiris, Evdokia Kyrkou, Jérémy Lacombe, George Palamaris, Despoina Pantazi, Nikos Rizopoulos, Eirini Roumpi, Mary Roussioti, Elio Samara, Stratos Sterianos, Martha Tsiara, Voula Ferentinou, Dimitris Christidis, Werner Widmer/ Myrto Apostolou, Lamprini Boviatsou, Nikos Kryonidis, Sophia Kyriakou, Dimitris Lempesis, Alexandros Maganiotis, Margarita Petrova, Maria Stamati, Konstantina Sylikou, Irini Vazoukou, Costas Vittis, Maria Zygomala/ Curator Efi Michalarou.

Book of Change

1. 1. Talks, tours, music, events

#IsterniaZigZagHunt, Verses from poems related to the enviroment presented via QR codes create a path of discovery within Isternia. On Saturday 23/7 there will be a prize winner?s draw and at the exhibition space.

Marble demonstration by sculptor Onoufrios Desypris at his studio-workshop.

Talk/reading, «Poetry and environment, readings», Haris Vlavianos, Poet-translator, essayist, professor of Political History/ International Relations at the The American College of Greece.

Digital Collection of artwork and texts Artists, people of the arts and culture suggest a new approach to everyday life, contributing with their works and texts to a collection of online cultural material.

Sustainable kitchen the public will be acquainted with exquisite secrets of the delicious local kitchen and natural ingredients of Tinos through a series of video demonstrations with the specialists from the two taverns of Isternia. Anna Rigou will introduce us to the Tinian Artichoke, explaining how this favorite legume is filled with stuffing. Kyrillos Paraskevas will provide insight on local meats and his famous recipe for goat in parchment paper, and Panagiotis Agathos from Corfu who fell in love and moved permanently to Isternia, tour us around his magical vegetable garden which overlooks the Aegean.

Nights of Classical and Contemporary music

18/7 Series of songs written during the years of “confinement”. The songs are based on traditional music forms and rhythms, yet interpreted with electric instruments, loops, effects-pedals with strong experimental/improvisational elements enorchestrated in a musical psychedelic performance.
Music: Stratos Sterianos, Lyrics: Elena Hadjisavva/ Stratos Sterianos

19/7 «say_it_olo»
A spark of copper on wood. Back to the roots.
Don Stavrinos (synths, trumpet), Nefeli Stam (bass, vox) and Stefanos Chytiris (drums), three artists with several collaborations and side projects in one performance based on free improv. Anna Apergi, Dance

21/7 Christina Basili, Cello, Nafsika Peppa-Triantari, Choreography/ poem recitation "The poison-flower", John Boyle O'Reilly. With the support of the Austrian Embassy Athens

23/7 Music performance by Timotej Kosovinc, composer and guitarist, presenting compositions from his CD “The Good Moment” Special guest: Cellist Cristina Basili.




> Left 1. Isternia Tinos/ ZIG ZAG Festival 2022, participating artists and curators 2. Isternia Tinos/ ZIG ZAG Festival 2022 Team, Georg Georgakopoulos, Fotini Kapiris, Eva Dalla 3. An evening of classic music with Cristina Basili, in the presence of the Deputy Head of the Austrian Embassy in Athens Dr. Martina Hermann, as part of the Austrian-Greek Music Summer.

Zig Zag Festival 2022 Program

OPENING: Monday July 18, 19:00, Old Medical Center, Isternia
DURATION: July 18 – 24, daily 19:00-21:00

MONDAY, JULY 18
19:00 Inauguration / Introduction to the program
«Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future», group exhibition, Old Medical Center, Isternia, and outdoor exhibition.
21:00 Stratos Sterianos, music performance, Sochos Square
Isternia Zig Zag Hunt, Treasure & word hunt, exhibition space

TUESDAY, JULY 19
19:00 – 21:00 «Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future», group exhibition, Old Medical Center, Isternia, and outdoor exhibition.
19:30 Marble demonstration by sculptor , Onoufrios Desypris
21.00 «say_it_olo», Don Stavrinos (synths, trumpet), Nefeli Stam (bass, vox), Stefanos Chytiris (drums) Performance based on free improvisation. Dance: Anna Apergi
Isternia Zig Zag Hunt, Treasure & word hunt

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
19:00 – 21:00 «Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future», group exhibition, Old Medical Center, Isternia, and outdoor exhibition.
Isternia Zig Zag Hunt, Treasure & word hunt

THURSDAY, JULY 21
19:00 – 21:00 «Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future», group exhibition, Old Medical Center, Isternia, and outdoor exhibition.
21:00 Classical music concert and choreography Christina Basili, Cello, Nafsika Peppa-Triantari, choreography, Sochos Square
Isternia Zig Zag Hunt, Treasure & word hunt

FRIDAY, JULY 22
19:00 – 21:00 «Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future», group exhibition, Old Medical Center, Isternia, and outdoor exhibition.

SATURDAY, JULY 23
19:00 – 21:00 «Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future», group exhibition, Old Medical Center, Isternia, and outdoor exhibition.
19:00 «Poetry and environment, readings», Haris Vlavianos, Talk-reading, Sochos Square
20:30 Prize winner's draw Isternia Zig Zag Hunt,Treasure & word hunt, Sochos Square
21:00 Music performance by Timotej Kosovinc, Special guest: Cristina Basili, Sochos Square

SUNDAY, JULY 24
19:00 – 21:00 «Dialogues on Change: Mapping the Materials of the Future», group exhibition, Old Medical Center, Isternia, and outdoor exhibition.


Discovering Isternia
Isternia, the whitewashed village perched on the mountain at an altitude of 310 meters, is located in the western part of the island, known in Tinos as “Exo Meria”. It is situated 25 km from the port of Tinos and 2 km from Pyrgos, the birthplace of Giannoulis Halepas (Yannoulis Chale- pas, 1851 – 1938, Greek sculptor and significant representative of Modern Greek art). Isternia is the second most important center of marble sculpture in Tinos after Pyrgos, from which many great marble sculptors emerged (G & I. Vitalis, L. Sohos, L. Lameras).

Isternia Tinos/ ZIG ZAG Festival 2022
Georg Georgakopoulos, Fotini Kapiris, Eva Dalla

CHEAPART, Organizer
With the financial support and under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Culture and Sports (Dialogues on Change, έκθεση σύγχρονης τέχνης και εικαστικές δράσεις)
National Bank of Greece, Sponsor
Non-Profit Civil Company, AEGEAS, Donor
Austrian Embassy Athens, Support
Under the auspices of the Municipality of Tinos
Isternia President, Mr. Iakovos Malakates, Support/collaboration
APART, Coordination
TOGIAS Travel, Golden Star Ferries, Transportation sponsor
Vlachakis Eggs, Breakfast sponsor
Mamos Beer, Ioli Water Sponsor
dreamideamachine, Support