“Tonight, we’re going to do some very gentle whispers (with elements of haircut)”
A wine tasting performance by Paky Vlassopoulou.

Part of Kantharos Gatherings, Conceptualized and Curated by Eleni Tranouli.
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Kantharos Gatherings is an artistic concept by curator Eleni Tranouli, intertwining with Dexamenes Seaside Hotel’s original story as a century-old wine factory turned into a conscious luxury resort.

During summer 2019, emerging visual artists are invited to explore Dexamenes as residents, discover the local wineries of Ilia, and stage site-based wine tasting experiences, informed by space, hospitality, the viticulture, the role of a hotel as a community hub as well as a place of transformation. On August 17 and on August 24, as part of Kantharos Gatherings, Paky Valssopoulou stages “Tonight, we’re going to do some very gentle whispers (with elements of haircut)”, a wine tasting journey inside the hotel combining purity, care and personal attention.

Exploring the role of service providing industries and hospitality, Paky Vlassopoulou combines elements of care, pleasure and indulgence. By tweaking certain protocols, or introducing new ones to the standard process of wine tasting, she instigates guests to be mindful to what’s happening, to what they are doing, to the space they are traversing. The guests’ experience begins at the history room, where the artist hands out bizarre garments (haircut aprons), that function as bibs and bring the guests closer together, as a group. Next stop is the open space in front of the silos, where the artist has installed a black podium with a pair of handcrafted, clay spittoons with evident formalistic associations to parts of the human body. Guests are offered sparkling water and are invited to clean their mouths with it, then spit inside the ceramics.

After this made-up initiation step, they enter the front silo, where an excerpt from an ASMR practitioner is playing on a loop. In this step, guests are encouraged to focus on hearing and sight, abandon themselves to a comforting, whispering voice and follow, with their eyes, a horizontal, white line that runs through the interior of the silo, going full circle.

Final stop is the passage that connects the heart of the hotel and the beachfront. This is where the wine tasting takes place, guided by sommelier Chryssa Giatra Batzi. Above, from a clothesline, are hanging white sheets that help observe the wines’ color. Throughout this space, the artist also sets handcrafted, clay spittoons, whose voluptuous forms and (mis)function make the act of spitting or dumping the wine more conscious and playful.

The wines are generously offered by Brintziki Estate, Markogianni Winery, Mercouri Estate and Stavropoulos Estate.

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