Four (plus one) Elements / Kinono T.A.G. Residency Program, 2020-2022

Kinono borrows the four elements (earth, water, air, fire) - plus one, the element of time, introducing a thematic residency program that seeks to integrate the landscape itself into our perception of space, time, seasons, their matter, energy, nature, tradition and their various social manifestations.

With a focus on the natural environment, Kinono discerns the synergy of the natural elements in creating -over time- the peculiar natural and man-made environment of the island, its material and intangible heritage. By creating different conditions of interpreting the space, which follow the cycle-chain (transformation) from one physical element to another, Kinono imagines the synergy per location of a combination of physical elements, with the effect of the element of time. Thus, the following five landscapes (visual and material environments) are introduced:

(1) Koumelas Quarries, (2) Kakia Skala, (3) Ismael Village, (4) Livada Reservoir, (5) Livadi (Plain) of Komi.

The consequence of time becomes apparent in these selected sites, as natural and cultural landscapes, i.e. on the one hand from their own geomorphology, on the other hand from the interpretation of human intervention upon them. Human interaction with natural materials, as observed in these locations, provokes a dialogue on the horizon of the modern man-era, in terms of methods that meet the needs of change, adaptation, so they treat materials that are durable and alive and others that stretch them beyond their physical limits. Time reveals matter and, on the other hand, each epoch as human history.


On the occasion of the deranged rhythm of the deterioration of common resources during the modern Anthropocene, contrary to their nature of alternation and transformation in accordance to the transience of the seasons, there emerge both this dual concept of "epoch/season" and the heterogeneous characteristics of matter, earth, water, air, fire, which compose the diverse landscape of the island of Tinos.

Through the residency we wish to host productions of visual art, performing arts, collective and research projects, rehabilitation projects, educational activities, workshops, films, sound art, digital works, thematic symposia. The residency provides the space for reflection and dialogue on contemporary and traditional practices, the extensions of human intervention in nature, history, mythology and metaphysics of matter.

Our priority, through the residency program is to create the conditions for synergy amongst the participants and with local bodies, the local community and with Kinono itself.

Kinono hosts the participants for a certain period of time, so that they can create and grant, in a non-urban environment, projects that are based on Tinos and for the island itself.

The content of the productions and their creation process will be projected on a constantly enriched digital platform, through which Kinono aspires to create a contemporary social, artistic geomorphological map of the island.


The “Four -plus one- Elements” project was introduced in 2019, structured on four different residency periods, one per natural element, which would take place in the four different seasons of the year. Thus, the residency was to last almost a year, focusing its productions on one element per season, in a variety of selected locations.

The first residency, The Element of Fire, took place in January 2020. However, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented the second residency period from taking place, the axis of the theme was adapted to be fulfilled in a limited time period, with all productions taking place in a common period, 26 September to 18 October, so as to do the theme justice and, at the same time, to take into account all new data and indications about the virus.

While the program was introduced with the element of Fire, that was realized in January 2020, hosting 30 international participants, the pandemic that spread around the world forced us to postpone the project and adapt its realisation to a common period during which all productions would take place.


Given the new indications on the pandemic, we predict that the expected changes will affect not only the practical conduct but the content of residencies and the range of issues that contemporary creators and observers of the human community and society will employ.

We invite interested artists, scientists, philosophers, researchers, local organizations, organizations from Greece and abroad, who are sensitive to contemporary issues of locality, sustainability, environment, to attend a non-urban landscape, where the spectrum of speculations of our time unfolds and can and can be interpreted in unique ways.

Kinono handpicked five representative points-areas, from the plethora of spaces-landscapes of the island and from all the locations of Kinono: Koumelas Quarries, Komi Plain, Ismael Village, Kakia Skala, Livada Reservoir, where the productions of the participants will take place. Applicants are invited to submit a proposal based on one or more of the four natural elements, in one of the suggested locations.

The date of the residency Four plus one Elements is set for April 2022 (1st April-2nd May 2022).

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