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Greece’s New Archbishop elected February 7, 2008

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Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes, has been elected by the Holy Synod, as the new Archbishop of Athens and All Greece securing 45 votes.

Holy Synod went to polls today to choose Christodoulos successor > All four candidates vying to succeed the late Archbishop Christodoulos yesterday made last-ditch efforts to secure votes ahead of today’s elections.

The Holy Synod convened at 9 a.m. today to conduct the 20th election of an Archbishop to head the Greek Orthodox Church. A total of 75 bishops participatee in the polls, with three abstaining due to illness.

The Bishop of Thebes, Ieronymos, and the Bishop of Sparta, Efstathios, were the strongest candidates of the four clerics who have said they will run. The two other hopefuls were Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki and Bishop Ignatios of Dimitrias.

Until late last night, the camps of all four candidates reportedly sought to convince undecided Bishops to back them in the polls. Despite the clear predominance of Bishops Ieronymos and Efstathios, Church sources said that it was anyone’s game. “No one can predict what will happen within the confines of the cathedral – in an Archbishopric election, the best prediction is the result,” an experienced cleric said.

The Bishops casted their ballots in a process overseen by a three-cleric committee along with the Education and Religious Affairs Minister Evripidis Stylianidis.

A candidate must garner an overall majority – 38 of the 75 votes – to be elected. If this does not happen, the candidate with the smallest number of votes will be eliminated and a second round of voting will be held. Again the 38-vote mark must be reached. If the second round is inconclusive, a third round will be held, as was the case with Christodoulos in 1998.

As speculation mounted yesterday about the outcome of today’s polls, some Bishops were said to be angered by the interventions of certain politicians who allegedly expressed support for particular Bishops. There were also allegations of attempts by businesses and publishing firms to intimidate some Bishops into voting a certain way.

Simply Red live in Paphos next June February 7, 2008

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Simply Red > Saturday 7 June 2008

It may be the concert of the year. Simply Red are coming to Cyprus, for a live concert!

Saturday 7 June, at 19:oo hrs, at the  Paphian Stadium, Paphos, Cyprus.

Ticket prices > 99,10 euro at the door, 92,26 euro (pre sale), 128.14 euro for V.I.P.

For more information call > 80 000 222 and 77 777 211.

Modern, creative force in graphics and design February 7, 2008

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Benaki Museum’s exhibition on three pioneering Greeks in the field

06-02-08_gnto_brochure.jpg  06-02-08_gnto_poster.jpg  Brochure (right) for the Greek National Tourist Organization, designed in 1962 by Freddie Carabott. Left: Carabott’s poster for the GNTO (1962) was awarded second prize in an international contest.

The art that touches on our everyday lives and designs the objects we use or the advertisements we see can have an emotional and intellectual impact that we seldom realize. In “Design Routes,” an exhibition currently being held at the Pireos annex of the Benaki Museum, hundreds of examples of graphic art and communication design – advertising posters, graphics, packaging design, illustrations for brochures and books – from the 1960s and 70s will make the visitor feel a twinge of nostalgia. Those who grew up in the 60s and 70s will be reminded of their childhood, others will encounter an iconic image of a bygone, more elegant Greece.

The exhibition is a tribute to the work of Freddie Carabott, Michalis Katzourakis and Agni Katzouraki, who joined forces in the early 60s and formed K&K – Athens Publicity Center, a pioneering design group that received multiple awards, both Greek and international. It was a creative force that helped establish the then fledgling field of graphic design as an autonomous domain and brought a fresh, modern approach to the aesthetics of communication design.

Organized in cooperation with the Greek Literary and Historical Archives (ELIA) and initiated by designer Dimitris Arvanitis who also designed the exhibition’s catalog, the exhibition is an elegant display arranged along a long hallway and ending in a large, circular exhibition space.

The images bring to life the mood of an entire era, a period of modernization, urban development and growth in the field of tourism. There are the advertising posters that K&K designed for the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), for the Athens and Epidaurus festivals, all reminders of a cultural boom (the 60s were the years of the so-called Greek Spring) and of Greece’s reputation as a sophisticated tourist destination. Some posters look like paintings and when compared with the computerized, digital technology effects used in contemporary advertisting, they have a wonderful warmth about them.

There are also advertisements, package design or logos for some of the most classic Greek consumer products or companies: among them Ivi soft drinks, Karandanis bottled water, Sportex trainer shoes, Kourtakis wine and Myloi Agiou Georgiou flour. They are the reminders of a developing market epitomized by several Greek household names.

Many of the designs are still around, such as the logos for National Bank, the Mitera maternity hospital and the Museum of Cycladic Art.

In the exhibition, there are also documentations of site-specific, interior design works. The geometric, abstract murals that Michalis Katzourakis made for interiors in the broadcasting department of the Hellenic Radio and Television Foundation (EIRT) or the melamine murals on the Golden Odyssey cruise liner are indicative of broad-ranging creativity.

As in the murals, a classic modernist style defined by geometric shapes, minimalism and a tendency toward abstraction was typical of the team’s work. Both as a team and independently, the three designers showed a preference for large areas of a single, bold color, austere lines and clear forms. Clarity – a trait seldom found in contemporary advertisements – in terms of both form and content is what best describes their work. In some advertisements, captions or brief written texts enrich the message: In a 1968 magazine advertisement for the Zanussi brand washing machine, a group of elegantly dressed women carry a banner that reads: “Long live freedom, down with hand washing…” The image evokes the liberation spirit of the late 1960s.

The modern, pure visual style in their work was recognizable to an international public. It won them acclaim and opened up the way for international collaborations. It all happened early in their career. The beginning was in 1957. Freddie Carabott, a graphic design graduate from London’s Chelsea and St Martin’s schools, met Michalis Katzourakis, a graphic designer educated in Paris. Carabott, who was also working as an art adviser at the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO), asked Katzourakis to join the advisory board. In 1962, Carabott was awarded in an international contest for a poster he had designed for the GNTO. In that same contest, Katzourakis received first prize in the category of painted posters. Encouraged by the success, Carabott and Katzourakis, together with the latter’s wife Agni, a painter who had graduated from London’s Slade School of Fine Art, established the K&K Athens Advertising Center. (D. Tsopelas and P. Kannovos were associates).

Awards, both Greek and international, followed on an annual basis. The Rizzoli Award for best Greek advertisement was given to them from 1964-1969.

In the mid-70s, their collaboration came to an end. The field was gradually changing. In his essay written for the exhibition catalog, graphic designer Spyros Karachristos refers to the advent of multinational companies and of advertising conglomerates as important factors of change.

Although no longer a team, each designer continued their creative work individually. In 1974, Katzourakis founded AMK Architects & Designers and turned to interior design. Agni Katzouraki followed four years later. Since 1979, Carabott has been working as a freelance designer. Michalis Katzourakis focused on painting and sculpture and Agni Katzouraki specialized in interior design and decoration but also accepts selected graphic design commissions.

The Benaki Museum exhibition includes some of these later works. However, its focus is on the 60s and 70s, the period when K&K made an innovative mark in the field of visual communication and paved the way for the designers that followed. The exhibition documents an important chapter in 20th-century Greek graphic design, a body of work that provided inspiration for artists and created images that are still remembered.

“Design Routes” at the Pireos annex of the Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos & Andronikou Street, Athens, tel 210 3453111, through March 23.