Cultural botanology: cultivating Uraniasgardens 2009-2016-, by Poly Kasda

P. Kasda, Chrysalis2, Chaos Aghia Triada, Greece Photo:S. Samios1990

Cultivating Uraniasgardens* -2009-2016-  for the seeding of a new hyperproject:

"For an hemar of seven years i have been planting seed ideas, (things per se), in the fertile space of Uraniasgardens, watching them sprout and grow, with minimum interference. 
 During each realization process I could observe the intrinsic power of formulated Ideas to morph themselves attracting, in our mythically freighted groundwork, the creative human and non-human components necessary for their fleshing out, in our consensually materialized hyper-spaces.
Uraniasgardens was a dynamic cross-pollinating working field in which i could set pattern- strategies exploring uncharted spectral territories integrating them in our conscious perception through real-life  projects framing my and others' emerging art- objects. 
By formulating the actions of each project, in my parallel self-reflexive narrative texts, i could assimilate their contents; an artistic-linguistic process crammed with articles and essays, juggling live action with spectral space elements in pliable time contractions and expansions...". 
PolyXene Kasda
project-plotter, pattern-setter IAA UNESCO artist and writer

Uraniasgardens 2009-2016 projects**: the merging of live space /inner space/ spectral space 

Dynamic Pattern-Setting of a set of techno-agro-psychosocial SAGA Myth/Network applications, in culturally gagged, mythically charged loci of Greece, based on a core idea and evolving script layers outpacing the emerging psychosocial play states- 

Special attention was given to clues providing a psycho-anthropological synesthetic signature of each place  :
- the affective environment-subjectivity entanglement 
- the haunting presentness of the ancient relics; their phasmatic affect on our cognitive processes..
- the possible restitution of their ghost imprints that are inseparable from our unconscious consciousness 
Sites' benefits:  topological  re-evaluations, myth- spectral and agro- space awareness, cross-cultural interchange,  residents'creative involvement, creation of permanent,international polycentric art collections.

*Gargling Sky, village/ network, for the Year of Astronomy-2009-
 overviewish  polycentric international art constellation spread throughout the meteorite showered village Gergeri, Crete. 
Engagement of the local youth, astrophysicists and shepherds.
observation: spontaneous revival of Ariadne's thread by the youth of the village, spontaneous participation of housewives and shepherds
art co-curators Ch. Vathiaanaki, D. Bisutti, Auspices  Municipality of Rouvas, now, Gortys
Extended in Croisees d'Arts, Chateau London, France (c0-cur. K-Droz Paris)

research-narrative articles
P. Kasda, The Gergerian Experience, Artooth.gr articles
P. Kasda, Gargling Sky, newspaper of the Greek Chamber of the Arts ΕΕΤΕ, nb.158
P. Kasda, Γάργαρος Ουρανός 2009, http://kasdapolyxene.blogspot.gr. 11/8/2011

from the Samothrace museum
*ΠAI -2010-: Archetype of the Child: a borderline  aeonic viral experience.
Trans-border, transloci artworks on Time as a Child /ΠAI playing/ΠΑΙΖΩΝ.

Org. Union of the Cultural Associations of Evros gen. secretary K. Kaltsou, Alexandroupolis, Samothrace
Extended in Bulgaria, Thebes, Patmos, Athens, Salentina..
Site benefits: Permanent international EPOFE art collection ΠAI in Alexandroupolis-Samothrace
Exhibited in the Natural  History Museum of Alexandroupolis.
art -.co-curators D. Saquegna (Primipiano Italy) and P. Chirouze (K-Droz Paris) 

from the Thebe's Cabeirion
P. Kasda, PAI 2010 concept,“The eon is a child playing, tossing {dice}; the kingdom is the Child’s” Heraclites. Uraniasgardens 6.10.2010.

*The Samothrace Game -2011-,  To be and not to be. Aye, this is the question!:  Looking for ΠAI (the Fugitive Child) in the Cabirian island, with the ambiguous guidance of Heraclitus’ antinomic Fragments.
Psycho-physical reality game favoring abyssal archetypal potentization, spectral space transpositions, oscillations and intricate states of mind.

The landmark-images were dictated to game- imager A. Papantoniou by the residents' legend- freighted, subjective telenarrative providing an affective alternate map of the place..
A time-capsule was inserted inside the neolithic Gate of the Sun.
 Org. IDEA local cultural association.

P. Kasda, Concept of the treasure hunt Looking for PAI 2011http://uraniasgardens.blogspot.com 2011
P. Kasda, Map of the hidden treasure PAI 2011in Samothrace. Ibid
P. Kasda, Treasure-hunt cultural game PAI 2011..//polyxenekasda.blogspot.com 9/1/11

 T   *Tu vas a Tuva? oue je vais a Ithaca -2011-..
The project was first formulated for the apex 2011 contest with the title Tout va a Tuva? It was reformulated on paper in 2013 with primopianoatelier as The Ithaca-Salento experiment to be/not to be realized in the future. ....

A playful contemporary version of Homeric Ithaca, inspired by R. Feynman's Tuva, the utopic space that has inspired poets to create epics driven by that self-devouring SEM,  that Something Essential Missing,  this heroic conscient element engrailed in our human unconscious, retroactively charged with our human destiny, that makes its power felt by the merciless attraction of its own void ...

 Tu vas a Tuva? http://www.polyxenekasda.blogspot.com 27.12.11

Πιθ΄ Ελλέβορον”/ Pith'Ellevoron or Drink Helleborus -2014-  botanology and the seduction of folly.
Agricultural topology affect on our cognitive processes 

"Alert and flexible at the end of the line, I follow the unfolding of the self-combustive idea with which i am connected and which is steadily growing out of itself, continuously ramifying, involving more and more creative people from all fields, finding its way through ordinary life, redefining space, sealing our future ". P.  Kasda (Project diary 2014).

M.Manieri, Antikyra 2014
The interactive SAGA performances were scattered all-over  the town of Antikyra, Boetia, Greece, eliciting brain-storming performances..
Helleborus is a local herb known for healing madness. Pith'Ellevoron is an ancient Greek saying meaning "drink a sedative ( stop talking crazy )". 
Org. Allotropia local popular academy- artistic co-curator: Primopianogallery Italy, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Site benefits: Permanent art and agro collection in Allotropia museum.
Pith'Elevoron/ Drink Helleborus http://festival.culture.gr/2014/10/

*Sphinx 2015, The Hidden Thebes Festival on the contagious effect of spectral Greece, the ontological entanglement of man/nature/myth, 
Planting Uraniasgardens seeds in the cracks of cemented Thebes- , the Riddle of the Sphinx and the affective potentized incubation of our latency- The background hum  of the  stone-walled spectral space. ..
Curators:  Konstantin Angelou, Poly Kasda
artistic co-curators: D. Saquegna (visual arts), M. Frangi (theatre), M. Cheetara (architecture)

Auspices: Athens School of Fine Arts - Greek Ministry of Culture.

The Sphinx Hidden Thebes Festival was an outgrowth of "Miorita, Melusina and the Sphinx", Kasda- Angelou telecommunications project probing “mioritic” space, digital deterritorialization and the critical instability of the culturally uninformed model of hybrid Europe, selected by Arscenic French Association for the twin Capitals of Europe 2007..

P. Kasda, topologie syncretique europeenne,2014, http://polyxenekasda.blogspot.com

Kasda's crust projects underlying her latest Uraniasgardens projects: 

"I was unleashing in the present the repressed imagery of my deep unconscious, which, to my surprise, I was now recognizing embodied in the vigilant topology of Greece, an ontological riddle that is incessantly defying our mortality under our feet”.P. Kasda, When that word swallowed me, Sphinx, the Hidden Thebes Festival editions 2016.

-  Affective hermeneutic maps of spectral Greece -1994-1996-2011, herding the tantalizing trails of the spectral space ossified symptoms, into evocative landscape semiotics and language games.

Mythologically augmented anti-historical parcours in mythical sites of Greece - graphisms and sets of instructions opening mythical barcodes, regenerating enchanted noetic hyperspaces embodied through the participants' consensual engagement.

 Under the auspices of the Municipal Radio of Athens 9,84F.M, the Biennial of Poetry of Alessandria Italy,Τοuchstone poetry group for the XVth European Poetry Festival (Brussels), the European Poetry Network (Belgium)who adopted the Maps as a new form of generative poetic expression.

P. Kasda, Pyrisporos. Art-Mythology-Informatics, Greek interdisciplinary hyper-essay, Aigokeros-Art, Athens 1994.
P. Kasda, Landscape of my SoulPoeti e Paesaggi, XIV Biennale di Poesia di Alessandria, Joker, Italy 2008.
P. Kasda, Poetry and Landscape, Echo of Faleron, Greek newspaper of Paleon Faleron, Athens 2008.
P. Kasda, Ciel et Terre, Poesia, Mito, Utopia ed. VIIIth Biennale di Poesia di Alessandria, Joker, Italy1996.
P. Kasda, Iηdicibili e Ineffabile,VIII Bienale di Poesia di Alessandria, Millenium writers, Joker, Italy 1996
P. Kasda, Taurokathapsia,Touchstone Coed. Seven Sleepers 1994.
P. Kasda,  Μyth/ Network 5, ARTI, 1995.
P. Kasda, Myth/ Network 5: The Gate of Fire, Euphorion Transilvania, VI, n. 55.56.57. Sibiu, Romania, 1995.
P. Kasda, Arkteia, on the threshold of time, Tradition et Modernite dans l'Ancien et le Nouveau Monde, Leuvain Les Sept Dormants n4 coed. Uni. Lucian Blaga press1996.
P. Kasda, Progetto Myth/ Network 1-5, La Clessidra n.1, Joker, Italy 1995.
P. Kasda, Cer si pamant, Transilvania 1-2-3, Cultura Nationala, Romania 1996.
P. Kasda, Puterea elementului mic/ Power of the Small, translated by M. Ivanescu, La Tribuna de Sibiu1995.
P. Kasda, Progetto Myth/Network 6 : Sulla soglia del tempo, La Clessidra n2/1995.
P. Kasda, Myth/ Network 5: The Gate of Fire, Euphorion Transilvania, VI, n. 55-57, Sibiu, Romania 1995  
P. Kasda, Progetto Myth/ Network 1-5, La Clessidra n.1/ Joker, Italy 1995.
P. Kasda, Μyth/Network, International bac review of Costeas Geitonas Schools, Athens 1995.
P. Kasda, Where is the Village going? Arcas, Greek newspaper of Arcadia, Greece 1995.
P. Kasda, Mein poezie is een reis in de geegtelidjke textuur vaan het land, 3000 Letters X, The Seven Sleepers Leuvain 1994
P. Kasda, Taurokathapsia Mythologically augmented Route Map across the island of Crete, Landscape semiotics, Touchstone co-ed. The Seven Sleepers 1994
Project Myth/Network 1990-2011, European heritage integration in modern perception http:PolyxeneKasda.blogspot.com

- PXK Route global fossil 2004-2015 overview installation made with Kasda's innovative fossilizing fabric PXK, anchored in 25 world loci including the Athens Olympics 2004, XVII Βiennale di Poesia di Alessandria Italy 2004, 2nd Biennial of Beijing 2005, 4rth Biennial of Tashkent 2007, Nuit Blanche Paris 2007...
 PXK Route represented Greece in the Beijing Biennial Olympic conference 2008 and was awarded the Olympic Fine Arts Golden medal Beijing 2008.

 - Home/ Network -1995-1998- : Neighborhood acoustic-visual installation on the expansive dynamics of intimate territories. Inter-balcony acoustic happening; a magically activated connectedness..
Odonymic and bioaffective topology of  Neighborhood. Municipality of Paleon Faleron, Athens.

P. Kasda, Casa/ Retea, Home/Network, Transilvania 1-2, Sibiu, Romania 1995, translated in Romanian  from French by poet Mircae Ivanescu.

- Code Lexomorphes 1991- 2009 -2015-: Speaking sculptures and cryptographic linguistic games: numerical modeling of  Greek words based on the Ancient Greek language codification.

P. Kasda, Lexomorphe ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ
P. Kasda, synthesis of Lexomorphes ΨΥΧΗ, ΟΝΟΜΑ, ΕΛΠΙΔΑ, ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ

participated in:
Structuralist exhibition Homage a Stazewski Concept/ Form, Municipal Center of Athens 1991.
Congress on Greek Language 2009, Old Parliament of Athens, org. Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.

P. Kasda, Code Lexomorphes, the iconic dimension of Greek languagePoesia e Spiritualita review, Milan, Italy 2007.
P. Kasda, Chrysalis/Grail, Reflections of an Object of Truth, Verita e Dubbio 2004. XVII  Bienale di Poesia di Alessandria,Joker, Italy 200
P. Kasda, project Myth/network, Τετάρτη Αποστολική, Municipal Pinacotheque of Athens1994-
 Dedication to Polyxene Kasda,Tyflomyga review, Athens 2003- 

- Doodling interludes 1985-2016, scattering matrix fluidity, perturbations of a probabilistic mind inserted in 13 cultural events 7 countries ( 3rd Beijing Biennial 2008, DESIGN House of Cyprus Athens 2009, Munster Night of Museums, Germany 2014 et al),

- Fugue, or, The Gate of Love 1996-1998-2005: 'overviewish 'monumental Fibonacci structures anchored in five distant sites of our planet: Castro di Piovera Alessandria Italy 1996,  Crabova Fountain Arcadia 1997, University of Lucian Blaga Sibiu Romania1997 (Silver Honorary Medal), The Aegean Foundation Paros 1998,  Park Floisvos 2005 Athens.

Chrysalis -1990-1991-when the Atlas was turned into an interactive web and the object spirited away into a vibrational motif which turned into music, without the use of the internet technologies which in 1990 were still widely unknown.

Performative threshold ritual on the stone altar emerging from the receding Lake of Mornos, Greece. The resulting biodegradable installation Chrysalis 1990, soon expanded into a co-creative geocaching global installation in 300 sites-27 countries and dissolved in the rain releasing the dynamic relational web diagram of its interactοrs' time-lapse arrows, echoing contemporary trendy data maps,

The polycentric interactors' documentation was augmented by a UCT world -on- the- make libation 15-2-1991, in the acoustic structure dictated by the algorithm of the word ΧΡΥΣΑΛΛΙΣ performed by SIDAS musical group dispersed in the crowd.

Project Myth/Network was launched in the Museum of Modern Art of Joensuu Finland, PAND Meeting of the Worlds conference.
Archives: Project Myth/Network: emst.gr/gr/collections National Museum of Modern Art archives code 1595.Donation: Xagoraris 1991.

 Narrative-articles relevant to the above sub-project:
P. Kasda,The Silenziosi and Project Myth/Network 1990-2005 in Art-Act, Tyflomyga revue, December. 2005. (Greek)
P. Kasda, Project: Myth/Network 1990-1994: Revival of cosmological Memory in our spacetime redefinition, Tetarti Apostoliki, Pinacotheque of the Municipality of Athens catalog, T.E.E. 1994.
P. Kasda, “Logos”, ENOPE Center of Arts and Sciences, booklet 2/11/1992.(Greek)
P. Kasda, Sky inside, sky outside, Emvolimon magazine nb.8, Aspra Spitia Boetia, Greece 1990.
P. Kasda, Progetto Myth/Network 1-5, La Clessidra1, Joker, magazine, Italy 1995.
P. Kasda, The Network, Govostis ed. 1991.
Dedication to Polyxene Kasda, Project Myth/Network interview, Tyflomyga, September, Athens 2003.(Greek)
P. Kasda, Project Myth/Network 1990-1995, TV documentary by Makis Faros, production Icona, 
P. Kasda, Chrysalii, a mythological experience, Politistiki ekfrassi/ Cultural Expression journal, interview, Athens 1991.(Greek)

They wrote:
"Under-determination is transcribed in the work of Poly Kasda as scattered traces of language, objects, performances...which may reveal or conceal the true meaning, the core of her objectives. A core attracting into its orbit scientific theories of computational and cognitive science along with the philosophical and applied concepts of experience".
Mariana Ziku, art historian, Under-determination in poly Kasda's work, Stoa tou Vivliou, 2/6/2016 Athens

"She manages with a pre-scientific  way’ Paracelsus, Leonardo’s , the witch-doctor’s and Huomo Universalis’ to connect the tangible with the intangible and to  manifest in front of our eyes invisible dynamic lines that lend to our world a little more meaning"
Dr. Yannis Almyrandis, Democritus  institute of bioscience research and applications, Over-determination in poly kasda’s work, 2/6 stoa tou vivliou Athens  

"At each and every point of her art, Kasda re-casts and re-interprets mythological and philosophical concepts bringing them back to life transfigured in aesthetic form of the highest quality".
Dr. Yael Navaro-Yashin 2010, anthropologist, essayist, senior university Lecturer, recommendation for EN, Cambridge 2010.

In Kasda's projects original and unpredictable social “language games” are set up and left to evolve creating a multitude of narratives”.
Dr. John Kontos, Artificial Intelligence Professor John Kontos needles Poly Kasda's  Conscious Eye”, South Wind 2015.

Through collective synergy sustained by pure subjectivity, her itineraries- maps enriched with graphisms- are transformed into an embodiment experience for the participants, tending to be reduced into abstraction, through logical elaboration and writing.To seek to enter in this dimension seems at first sight difficult, but, once you accept to make the effort, doors will open to unsuspected dimensions”.
Donatella Bisutti, poet, writer, editor, Polyxene Kasda Myth/Network”, La Clessidra 1/1995, Joker, Italy

"Project Myth/Network is a state which is configured as much by the artist as by the participants in her growing interactive web. It is an open system that evolves on many ontological levels”.

Elzbieta KoscielakΑICA art critic, “Myth/Network: The vision of an open system in ArtThe Network,Govostis, Athens 3/2/1991.

*uraniasgardens were first launched by Poly Kasda and writer Poly Chatzimanolaki at the conference room Tritsis of the Municipality of Athens in 2009, with the participation of the whole cross-disciplinary team

see Urania's gardens chronicle in FB

19 August 2009 

**All of the above projects belong to Project Myth/Network -1990-2015- :  a scattering matrix of inter-weaved sub-projects emerging from depth psychology and multi-plexing in overview dispersive installations; time shift traces of  Kasda's threshold instant performance in the bottom of the  lake of Mornos, Greece 1990. 


Χιτών Άπειρος (Chiton Apeiros), Polyxene's depotentization, cloak,210Χ150cm,.PXK 2016.

Polyxene Kasda, XITΩΝ ΑΠΕΙΡΟΣ 210Χ150 cm. PXK on life-saver, 2016
archetypal depotentization

Polyxene being wrapped in the sacrificial in Chiton Apeiros, PXK on kife-saver 210X150cm. Photo. Pierre Chirouze 2016 

Polyxene's sacrifice Tyrrhenian amphora, Timiades 570-560 a.c. British museum
Polyxene is wrapped in Chiton Apeiros/ endless robe (Sofoklis 426R.)

- Chiton Apeiros is the last piece of  Kasda's global fossil installation PXK Route -2004-2014- anchored in more than 25 international cultural events, like: the PXK Chrysalis monument in the Athens Olympics 2004, the XVII Βiennale di Poesia di Alessandria, Italy 2004, the 2nd Biennale of Beijing 2005, the Syria panhellenic festival FMC Damascus, Aleppo Syria 2006,  the 4rth Biennale of Tashkent 2007, Nuit Blanche, Anvers-aux-Abesses, Place de l' Europe Paris 2007, the Olympic Fine Arts of Beijing 2008, DESIGN 2012 Municipal Pinacotheque of Athens.

PXK ROUTE represented Greece  in the congress on Olympism of the 3rd Biennale of Beijing 2008.and was awarded the Olympic Fine Arts of Beijing Golden Medal 2008.