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“My audiovisual work is hybrid New Media artworks based on Live Visuals. The aim of the projects is to create Generative Images in real-time, with various techniques and Artistic Media such as Generative Art, Music Visualization, Virtual Reality, Depth Cameras, and Synthesizers.

The artworks, in their final form, are presented as video screenings, prints, original drawings, and live audiovisual performances. The problem of the interaction between image and sound is dominant in the artwork. It consists of audiovisual works that explore the possibilities of live video screening, systems, and abstract audiovisual events, and spatial reading.

It focuses on research about interactive image reconstruction and real-time video production based on audiovisual information or the visual quality of audio. The purpose of the whole work is to explore the transition/translation of the picture to sound and vice versa and to create generative images in real-time. “

Lecturer in Digital- Graphic Arts. Department Of Audio & Visual Arts Ionian University

2010 – Present (3 years) Corfu, Greece.

http://avarts.ionio.gr/en/department/adjunct-teachers/325-vallianatos

Studies/Education

  • 2007-2009: Athens School of Fine Arts, Art Teaching Degree
  • 2004-2006: Athens School of Fine Arts, Postgraduate Program: Digital Art Forms. Postgraduate degree on Digital Arts.
  • 1997-2003: Athens School of Fine Arts. Painting Degree. 6th Laboratory.

Research Interests

  • Static and Moving Compositional Image
  • 2D and 3D Animation
  • 3D Interactive Applications
  • Interactive Cinema and Hyper – Narratives 

Animation & Illustration Freelance

2007-2011, exclusive partnership contract with the advertising company «SMART MAGNA». External collaboration as an illustrator, cartoonist, 2d, 3d animator.

2007, Production Company «Time Lapse Pictures». External collaboration as 2d animator to create animations on producing commercials for TV channel «MEGA».

2007, Production Company «Pissanos.» External collaboration as 3d animator to create visual effects on documentary production.

2004-2007, a cooperation contract with the advertising company «SMART MAGNA». External collaboration as an illustrator, cartoonist, 2d, 3d animator.

Comic Book Illustration Freelance

2000-20012, External cooperation as an illustrator, cartoonist for magazines «9» Eleftherotypia «Babel», «Free», «Athens Voice», «Redman», «Olympic», e-go.gr, «Burn out», «Wanted news».

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Hi Thomas! How would you describe what you do? And how did you discover that this is your purpose? What did you want to become as a child?

Thomas: I make art which means I create something. Sometimes I do it because I’m bored with the sad reality, but I usually like to make a piece of art and I’m satisfied with the fact that something sprang from scratch. I discovered this strange mood, let’s say,  to observe reality internally and externally and translate it into symbols and lines from a very early age. Today I believe that I have simply changed the vehicle on the same route. The tools may change but the final artwork is my eternal core of myself…

Flying in a Paintscape

What does a typical day look like for you? Do you have a specific routine or process? How much planning do you do before you jump into creating an artwork?

Thomas: The process of an artwork is no different from other similar jobs but it has no schedule because ideas and inspiration can emerge at any time, in a chaotic manner. The routine at work has a logical basis and I use it in the sense that every day I am going to do something constructive. From there on, I work quite chaotically and freely my every project. Οne would say that I just dance into a cage.

Shan Shui Paintscape

Your art is very unique, where do you get inspiration? And what advice would you give to younger artists, to think “outside of the box”?

Thomas: I draw inspiration from my inner soul. I’m looking to see images I have not thought of yet. It takes a lot of patience to capture what your soul can take from its depths. What I advise my students at the Ionian University in which I teach as a lecturer, is to read books of science, philosophy, and art, to gain a critical understanding of reality. It is important to break down stereotypes that hold the imagination and critical thinking.

Quarantine Self Portrait

What are you currently working on?

Thomas: I work on the correlation between audio and video. I focus on interacting with live sounds and creating graphics in real-time. I also paint digitally in virtual reality which is just painting in 3D space. I try to integrate all of the above into a live audiovisual performance where the narrative can be the attempt to relate live sounds, semantically, and morphologically to the live image.

How has your style changed or evolved over the years?

Thomas: My style, I think is constant during the years, because I suspect it is something like the character of everyone who almost never changes. Despite that, what has changed are the artistic and expressive mediums as well as my tools and my transitions to various art forms. such as comics, music, audiovisual performance, etc.

Alienscapes_Abandoned Fractal 01

Who are a few artists/people that really inspire you right now, and why?

Thomas: I think I am not inspired by works of art at this moment but by a search for new tools and ideas about the composition of my work. If I am inspired by other artists at this time it is the use, the treatment of the artistic tools, and the solutions they give to artistic and technical issues. At the same time, it goes without saying that I am always interested in aesthetics and that is why I read a lot.

Alienscapes_Abandoned Fractal 02

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Thomas: As a teacher of digital arts, I am a full-time lecturer at the Ionian University in the Department of Audio and Visual Arts, since 2014. As an artist, I can vividly remember these moments where people responding to my work whether this is visuals or music. These are the moments that can not be written in my CV. Ιt could be applause, a compliment or a good review for the job, etc.

Trumptard 1

What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?

Thomas: Given the current conditions, the best and fastest way is the internet. Especially social media and all the job that can be done through your own distribution. But you must know what is valid and worst of all the appropriate information about you and your job. There you should have a tip from a professional manager or curator. So, it is a mixed way to achieve this task.

Trumptard 2

Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?

Thomas: I am currently teaching a new course at Ionian University, with the title ‘Live Visuals”. It is the result of personal artistic research on audio-reactive visuals. At the same time, I continue playing the AV performances for example, I played live at Athens Digital Arts Festival my art project “Trumptard” which is based on sound and image interaction. For the future, I continue painting in virtual reality as well as researching live visuals.

Trumptard 3

What’s next on the horizon for Thomas?

Thomas: I just see a lot of creation, artworks, and traveling to show my work. What I want is to know more and more the reality through my works. I wish I had 20 lives for all that.

To learn more about Thomas and his art, please check:

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