Theo Triantafyllidis Lecture 10/8
Theo Triantafyllidis, Artist, Architect and UCLA Arts DMA Lecturer
Theo Triantafyllidis (b. 1988) is an artist from Greece. He is currently a student and UCLA Design Media Arts (DMA) lecturer, exploring the fields of internet art and interactive virtual environments. He received his MFA from DMA by presenting a guide called “How to Everything” as his thesis, supported by scholarships from UCLA and the Onassis Foundation. Previously, he received his diploma of architecture from the National Technical University of Athens.
Humor, lush visuals and gaming tropes provide an entry point to his work. Computer simulations, improvisations and failures, awkward interactions and precarious physics are employed to produce visual gags. By manipulating emerging technologies, he is searching for their potential emotional impact and the designated limits of their use, often trying to break them. Webpages, virtual and augmented reality, games and interactive installations are his mediums of choice for this.
At the point of their climax, his pieces often become overwhelming, exaggerated or outrageous, trying to expose the audience to the underlying themes that inform his practice. These are strongly related to internet culture and include isolation, sexuality, violence, addiction and fear of missing out. Together with a general overflow of information and its nonsensical nature, this is the part of the internet that he considers the context for his work. His work has been shown museums, including the Hammer Museum in LA and NRW Forum, in Dusseldorf, DE and various galleries such as Meredith Rosen Gallery, the Breeder, Sargent’s Daughters, Young Projects, New Wight and Intelligentsia Gallery in North America, Europe and Asia. He was part of Hyper Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale. Theo Triantafyllidis is based in LA.
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