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“Orange Water” Art Festival is under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, The Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Embassy of The Netherlands in Athens. It is a unification of public cultural places and archaeological monuments around Greece and The Netherlands and development of Contemporary Art Festival with painting, sculpting, video art and installation exhibitions from distinctive Greek, Dutch and international artists. “Orange Water” is the main Contemporary Cultural Event of the Greek Summer with high cultural status and recognition. It contributes to the strength of inter-cultural relations between Greece and The Netherlands in Europe with natural action field the Greek islands. For 2016, “Orange Water” will host 10 contemporary art exhibitions in 10 public spaces in Athens, Crete, Santorini, Paros, Korinthos and Patra between 4 June and 30 September under the curation and Art Directing of Apostolis Zolotakis. Title/Conceptual Framework For 2016 the theme of the festival is the myth of “Fata Morgana” Fata Morgana was, according to the myth, the sister of King Arthur. With her magic powers she could make unreal images of castles hanging over the coast line, in order to intimidate the enemy’s army. Various phenomena have borrowed her name through centuries that are explained through the science of physics, such as: The false appearance of water in the desert The “wet road effect” on roads with high temperature Castles and cities floating over the clouds The myth of the “Flying Dutch” The sink of the Titanic The mountain line that has been observed from the first explorers of the North Pole The parade “Drosoulites” in Crete The floating city of “Father Domenica Giardina” and so many other phenomena that relate to optical illusions are characterized as “Fata Morgana” On a second level, the optical communication of a person with an image can be regarded as an effort to communicate with it, having a supernatural existence Tesla’s great interest for the paranormal space might have influenced him in his scientific approach when he developed the “Tesla Tower” who would transmit messages, phone signals and images in order to communicate with outer space. Fata Morgana inspires Art in combination with science. Recently, the artist Dave Lynch, working on the photographer’s Eadweard Muybridge projector, displayed a green horseman riding his horse over the clouds. Muybridge’s projector actually seemed to be the inspiration of “Kinetoscope” of Edison and Dickson. In an interview given in 1920 entitled “Edison seeks the way to communicate with the other world”, Edison talked about a device that would give the ability to communicate with the deceased. Fata Morgana has also given inspiration in the pure artistic field, as the homonymous movie of Werner Herzog (1969) where he captures and presents optical illusions at the Sahara Desert. Poets like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nikos Kavadias have dealt with Fata Morgana, This above text provides and suggests a wider understanding of Fata Morgana, which defines the choice of this year’s participating artworks in the “Orange Water” Art Festival. “Orange Water” Art Festival is under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, The Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Embassy of The Netherlands in Athens. It is a unification of public cultural places and archaeological monuments around Greece and The Netherlands and development of Contemporary Art Festival with painting, sculpting, video art and installation exhibitions from distinctive Greek, Dutch and international artists. “Orange Water” is the main Contemporary Cultural Event of the Greek Summer with high cultural status and recognition. It contributes to the strength of inter-cultural relations between Greece and The Netherlands in Europe with natural action field the Greek islands. For 2016, “Orange Water” will host 10 contemporary art exhibitions in 10 public spaces in Athens, Crete, Santorini, Paros, Korinthos and Patra between 4 June and 30 September under the curation and Art Directing of Apostolis Zolotakis. Title/Conceptual Framework For 2016 the theme of the festival is the myth of “Fata Morgana” Fata Morgana was, according to the myth, the sister of King Arthur. With her magic powers she could make unreal images of castles hanging over the coast line, in order to intimidate the enemy’s army. Various phenomena have borrowed her name through centuries that are explained through the science of physics, such as: The false appearance of water in the desert The “wet road effect” on roads with high temperature Castles and cities floating over the clouds The myth of the “Flying Dutch” The sink of the Titanic The mountain line that has been observed from the first explorers of the North Pole The parade “Drosoulites” in Crete The floating city of “Father Domenica Giardina” and so many other phenomena that relate to optical illusions are characterized as “Fata Morgana” On a second level, the optical communication of a person with an image can be regarded as an effort to communicate with it, having a supernatural existence Tesla’s great interest for the paranormal space might have influenced him in his scientific approach when he developed the “Tesla Tower” who would transmit messages, phone signals and images in order to communicate with outer space. Fata Morgana inspires Art in combination with science. Recently, the artist Dave Lynch, working on the photographer’s Eadweard Muybridge projector, displayed a green horseman riding his horse over the clouds. Muybridge’s projector actually seemed to be the inspiration of “Kinetoscope” of Edison and Dickson. In an interview given in 1920 entitled “Edison seeks the way to communicate with the other world”, Edison talked about a device that would give the ability to communicate with the deceased. Fata Morgana has also given inspiration in the pure artistic field, as the homonymous movie of Werner Herzog (1969) where he captures and presents optical illusions at the Sahara Desert. Poets like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nikos Kavadias have dealt with Fata Morgana, This above text provides and suggests a wider understanding of Fata Morgana, which defines the choice of this year’s participating artworks in the “Orange Water” Art Festival.

ORANGE WATER Art Festival runs in 10 cultural places in Athens, Paros island and Crete island. 50 contemporary Greek and Dutch artists participate in this festival under the general concept “Landscape of Memory”. The Festival is under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Greece. Follow the festival at facebook