Varela Maria


Maria Varela (Athens, 1984) works as a media artist and workshop designer seeking to develop strategies of collective production. In 2010 she completed MA in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths College, London. As an artist has presented her work in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad, in museums such as the EMST in Athens and Bozar in Brussels and art festivals such as Media Art Biennale WRO in Wroclaw, Siggraph in Vancouver, Ars Electronica in Linz, Transmediale in Berlin, ISWC (International Symposium on Wearable Computers) in Seattle, Piksel in Bergen, Amber in Istanbul, Visual Dialogues (Onassis Cultural Center) in Athens etc.She has organised and instruct creative educational programs in primary schools in London (2006-2009) and since 2010 in Athens in collaboration with Onassis Cultural Centre, EMST, Goethe Institut, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation and Neon Institute. Between 2010 - 2014 was co-founder and responsible for the artistic and educational program of Frown, a platform which deals with the production of artistic events of innovative character in the sectors of creative media and performance art, as well as with the organisation of workshops. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.


2015Installation Art
Accept represents a system where the information of a text is transmitted as light signals, formatted in Braille method characters. The installation creates a screen which reproduces the text "I accept the terms in this licence agreement" in Braille alphabet. While Braille code is a tactile writing and reading system used by the blind, the selected medium is light. The project references the end-user license agreement - EULA and comments on the violation of users’ data by corporations. EULA agreements are known for their complexity and large volume, making their reading and understanding impossible for the average user. The user, exposed to information that cannot understand is forced to the option NEXT in order to bypass the information volume ending up to the option ACCEPT to use the software. In EULA agreements, there are extreme terms for use, property and reproduction of a user's personal data as well as for the unilateral interest protection of the corporation.

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