portrait hammock

artist and stuff

I am Laonikos, a musicking artist and wilderness guide living in Helsinki. (I'm originally from Greece, though.) Here's my elevator pitch:

Through my work, I seek to explore ways in which musicking and being in the wilderness can help us connect to ourselves, to each other, and to the world around us.

Musicking is a gerund of the verb 'to music', and it means that I sometimes improvise, perform, lead workshops, compose, collaborate with other artists, work with electronics, sing with my flatmates, or (just) listen.

I studied composition and piano at Guildhall in London, and I am also a qualified wilderness guide. At the moment I am on the GLOMAS masters programme in Sibelius Academy, and I work seasonally as a guide. Which is great.

My favourite wikipedia page is by far the List of Common Misconceptions. I hitchhike, I make hammocks, I am in love with Finnish winters, and I enjoy good chocolate and Belgian beer.

why

I believe in honesty. I believe in play, in sharing, in dance.

I believe that music is a verb, not a noun. That it is a social activity, a process, and its value is not found on a price-tag on a CD, but in the change it brings to the people involved.

That nature is something that we should see as a community, not a commodity. The art isn't something a few select people make for the rest of the world to consume, but an activity which is valuable in its many forms - a mother humming her baby to sleep is as valuable a musical experience as a symphonic piece by Brahms. (Perhaps the Brahms can be a bit less touching.)

What I find common in both being in the nature and musicking is the importance of listening - in other words, I believe that through musicking and being in the wilderness we can allow ourselves to have conversations, and connect, to ourselves, to each other and the world around us.

recent work

I'm planning a sound installation exploring intimacy and the in-between dreams and reality, titled "tread softly". I am part of collaborative artistic research group in Sibelius Academy investigating issues of gestuality, performance and space through improvisation.

We performed at Aarhus Festuge 2013, Sibafest 2013, and RAMA Festival 2014 with GLOMAS, and presented work-in-progress with Arts School Lab at the Barbican in June 2013.

Here's one of my hammocks:

hammock

In August 2013 I wrote a talk on life, relationships, the self, nothingness, and meaning, titled Black Holes of the Mind for Three Discourses, a collaboration with Matthew Lee Knowles at the Barbican Centre during Hack The Barbican 2013.

Last autumn I also gave a talk on "Wilderness Guiding and Changing the World" and another on "How to be Human". I'm writing an essay related to both.

Last spring I completed mtloo1.0 – a Max/MSP looper using Apple's magic trackpad. Here's a nifty video of what it can do:

For a complete list of compositions and performances, click here.

media

I am @laonikoss pretty much everywhere on the internet.
Here's my territory:


soundcloud for music

vimeo for videos

flickr for photos

IMSLP for music scores

c74 for electronics

scribd for essays

life motto

"Hakuna matata!"

–Timon & Pumbaa