ART & CULTURE | by AIDHA BADR | 09 JULY 2020
MEET ANNA VASOF, THE WITTY GREEK VIDEO ARTIST
34 years old, great personality, height 164, a few white hairs but not too many is Anna Vasof, a Greek architect and media artist currently living and working in Austria. She explores everyday life, everyday objects, everyday movements and simple mechanics of motion. Creating her videos as a means to get her audience to start watching their everyday life from a different perspective. Her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them winning distinctions. Vasof is currently writing a Ph.D. thesis about an animation technique that she develops, and at the same time working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for producing critical and narrative videos, actions and installations.
"My work is accessible in a universal way via its wit and mischief. It is grounded in genuine experimentation of the core mechanisms of motion and time based art. I go to the heart of every question and start from zero, reinventing core premises with my own perspective. My Non-Stop Stop-Motion works reinvent a contemporary expanded cinema and deal with the poetic mechanics of persistence of vision. My works with everyday objects (shoes, brooms, pots etc.) deal with social paradoxes and let us see a familiar world from a different perspective."
Unmanned Tea Party
The Graph of a Fanction
To be able to identify exactly what Vasof does would take her motivation away. To describe her work would depend on who she's descriving it to "if I want to impress a new man that I would date who may not be involved in the art scene, then I would describe it by saying it’s cool and funny and not experimental at all (men are easily afraid of avant-garde). If I want to describe it to a contemporary related art professional, I would describe it as multilayered and highly experimental." Vasof tells LOS GATOS. Currently Vasof is working on several projects that will make the planet a better place, and make her very famous, rich, and happy, just please do not ask her when they'll be finished.
Cleaning Footprints In Desert
All videos courtesy the artist.