Giannis Giannoutsos
Architect ∙ Visual Artist

FIRST PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE ON ‘AESTHETICS AND ETHICS’

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FIRST PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE ON ‘AESTHETICS AND ETHICS’

‘ARCHETYPICAL CIRCLE FORMATIONS IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE’, Athens, 2015

 

The source of inspiration for this study comes from a composite group of clay figurines dating back to the 6th century B.C (i.e. the Archaic Period). The figurines are now deposited in the National Archaeological Museum. They consist of a series of human figures arranged in a circle which has been nicknamed “the Dance”. This symbolic act of dancing thanks to its circular form is reduced to an archetype bearing social connotations.

Circular arrangements are seen as archetypal forms which have been variously interpreted and “translated” in the History of Art and Architecture. The notion of circular compositions is explored starting from the “Dancers” painted on the surface of a Late Geometric Amphora and structures like the communal Longhouses.

In all these cases it is the social conditions that determine the circular organization of space.