Alex Zakkas is interested in people’s ways of getting along and around the structures that they have to deal with daily. The mediating and conditioning agency of technologies in shaping practices, behaviours and identities, plays a critical role in the contexts that he examines. His attention is drawn to instances of dissonance and inertia in routine procedures; the moments when intentions meet resistance from circumstances, when rules reveal their ambiguity, tools behave as obstacles and system lapses create possibilities for reorganisation. By means of designed and spontaneous interventions, he seeks to bring in view the tensions and fluctuating power relations inherent to such instances. These are often expressed along narratives lines that balance between documenting and constructing experiences, thereby foregrounding and questioning the nature of both processes. He uses any media sensitive to the situation at hand and specific to its context of representation.
He is involved with the net-art collective BrowserBased.
Studied Fine Arts & Interaction Design Unstable Media at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft (BSc + MSc)
Born in 1981 in Athens, Greece, he now lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
2016 Athens Digital Art Festival – "69.numbers.suck" with BrowserBased
2016 Cimatics, Brussels – "0,1, Assume Both" with BrowserBased
2016 Flatstation, Amsterdam – “Bring Your Own B” with BrowserBased
2015 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam – Si Si Spex 2015
2015 Athens Digital Art Festival, Athens – "hyperlocal" with BrowserBased
2015 Frascati Theater, Amsterdam — "A night with Art in Context (Laughter)"
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam — Internet Yami-Ichi Black Market #6
2015 Oude Kerk, Amsterdam — "Wander & Wonder"
2015 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam — Rietveld Uncut "Are You Alive Or Not".
2014 Meneer de Wit gallery — "The Good Friday"
2013 IDE/TU Delft: Positive Design Day — "Certain Sticks and Other Chance Encounters"
2012 Waag Society, Amsterdam — "The Making Of"
2011 Meneer de Wit, Amsterdam — "Modes of Use"
2010 Athens Video Art Festival — "framed 16:9"
_Presentations / performances
2015 “Paper is a Leaf that Will Destroy Us in its Fall” by and with Sarah van Lamsweerde and Esther Mugambi. Performed in Het Veem Theatre, Amsterdam NL (October 2015) and Onomatopea, Eindhoven NL (November 2015)
2015 “Latest Notes” with Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness, Ingrid Berger Myhre, Lasse Passage. Performed in Black Box Theatre, Oslo NO (January 2015) and The Bunker Theatre, Ljubljana SL (September 2015)
2014 Workshop "Mnemonic devices" during the Night of Philosophy, Leeuwarden. In the context of Yvonne Dröge Wendel's presentation "Look, the human is so much more"
2014 Workshop "Prototyping for Interaction and Participation" IDE faculty, TU Delft.
2013 "FlipSides" by and with Zhana Ivanova. Performed in Les Urbaines Festival, Lausanne
2013 "FlipSides" by and with Zhana Ivanova. Performed in Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam
2013 Guest lecture at the White Lady program "Design Research Tools", Design Academy Eindhoven.
2011 Presentation of "Product-Friendly User Desing" at IASDR 2011, 4th World Conference on Design Research, 'Diversity and Unity'
2015 "Attempt to Grasp the Whole Context" Text and images. Contribution to the book "Laughter" by Art in Context 2014–2015. Gerrit Rietveld Academie in collaboration with Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam
2013 Book: 'Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick'
±160 copies available by request.
2011 Paper: 'Product-friednly user design' published in proceedings IASDR
conference 2011, Delft.
2011 Book: 'Modes of Use' Independently produced and published. Very limited availability.