Maria Lalou is a Greek artist and researcher focusing on the topic of view
through large scale installations and performances incorporating cinematic
apparatus and surveillance as part of her tools. Lalou’s work is a constant
questioning of the relations between perception, space, material- object and
an observing subject, with a central focus to the political of the viewer.
Each of her works formulates a precise frame for an investigation of one
specific aspect of these relations, often in the form of a distilled, almost
lab-like setting. Lalou’s works have been shown amongst others in the
Contemporary Art Museum of Thessaloniki during the 2nd Biennale of
Thessaloniki, at ‘Living Spaces’-2nd Contemporary Art Festival in Damascus,
in Outline Gallery in Amsterdam and at Manobra Festival in Sao Paolo Brazil.
She has been contributing to the post academic journal 'activate' of
Roehampton University in London and has been an invited lecturer amongst
others at Rijksacademie Studios and at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam
and at IUAV of Venice. Since 2004 Lalou shares her time between Amsterdam
and Athens, and will be a resident in the Studio Program ISCP-New York in
Skafte Aymo-Boot is a Danish architect working and living in Amsterdam.
Between 1999 and 2009 - from 2006 as an associate - he worked at VMX
Architects in Amsterdam where he was responsible for a wide variety of
realized projects. In 2009 he founded NEZU AYMO architects in Amsterdam
together with the Japanese architect Yukiko Nezu.
He works in the field of conjunction between the strictly architectural and
the strong idea, with a focus on program and material. Through research and
unconventional thinking he develops new ideas in the form of buildings,
urban plans, interiors, and spatial concepts. The overlap of theoretical and
practical in his work has been leading Aymo-Boot to numerous collaboration
projects - in particular with visual artists.
He was nominated for the LAi Award for the renovation of t’Japanse Winkeltje,
and won the first prize in the urban planning competition ‘Knots of
Drechtsteden’ with the project ‘Full Circle’, and the Great Indoors Award
for the ‘Power Toilets’ in collaboration with the artist group Superflex.