Nikos Alexiou

Nikos Alexiou, The End, 2007, digital animation, Collection of Kalliopi Alexiou, installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Mathias Völzke

The End by Nikos Alexiou was inspired by the eleventh-century Byzantine marble floor mosaic of the monastery of Iviron at Mount Athos. Since his first visit to Mount Athos in 1995, the artist dedicated his practice to a meticulous and obsessive process of copying, repeating, translating, and redesigning the vortices of the marble floor of the monastery with natural materials and digital media, which culminated in a large-scale modular video installation in the Greek Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007. The video projection consists of an interchangeable matrix that generates the color combinations of details of the mosaic. This perpetually spinning constellation of basic forms of Euclidean geometry attempts a cosmology in which harmonious order and mystery are explored through digital handicraft.

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