GeorgeKoutsouris

Bio - George Koutsouris

When I was a child I was passionate about building things. Whatever I saw, whatever I experienced during trips or events, I wanted to replicate at home afterwards. From ships to trains, from various devices to toys and from circus shows to live concerts, I kept myself occupied for days and weeks in making drawings, models and games out them. I used paper, wood, motors from old devices and generally whatever I could find at home and at my parent’s animation workshop. On top of these, I fell in love with music and its amazing theory about harmony and sound. It was such a great and creative time…

After high school, I studied Mechanical Engineering in Athens. Then Acoustics Engineering in Denmark. I started working as an engineer at Odeon A/S that produces the ODEON Room Acoustics Software. At the same time, I also got accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Since then I keep following my dream: to combine various disciplines and skills into a creative profession. I still work part-time as engineer and part-time as artist and graphic designer. The way I make my artworks is clearly inspired by my engineering and sound background. Rythm, movement, precise craftmanship are all there in an attempt to make tangible works that speak a clear language, and convey messages about the way we coexist, without being pretentious…   

Education

2015 – 2018: MFA. The Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Schools of Visual Arts (BKS).
2009 – 2011: MSc Acoustics. Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
2004 – 2008: MSc Energy Engineering. National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
2001 – 2004: BSc Mechanical Engineering. National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
2006 – 2008: Rythmic Piano and Harmony. Philippos Nakas Conservatory, Athens.
1994 – 1998: Classical Piano and Music Theory. National Conservatory of Greece.

Exhibitions
  • The Project Gallery, Alex in wonderland II, Athens, Greece, November 2020.
  • Den Frie Udstilling, Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (The Artists’ Autumn Exhibition), Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2018.
  • Rundgang 2018, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2018.
  • Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Afgang 2018. Copenhagen, Denmark, April-May 2018.
  • PULSAR festival, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark. March 2018.
  • PulseWorks, Illutron, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 28th, 2017.
  • Rundgang 2017, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2017.
  • The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, PULSAR festival. Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2017.
  • Kunsthal Charlottenborg, The Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark. February-March 2017.
  • Festival of Endless Gratitude, Volume, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2016.
  • Q space – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, “Studies in Turbulence”, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2016. Solo show.
  • Rundgang 2016, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2016.
  • Q space – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2016.
  • Kunsthal Charlottenborg, PULSAR festival. Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2016.
  • PVC – Project Room Vera, Copenhagen, Denmark. January 2016.
Public Works
  • Krausparken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Rotatable Tubes: Project funded by Metroselskabet. Dimensions 12m x 4m x 5cm. January 2016.
  • Nørrebro Station, Copenhagen, Denmark. Sonic Curtain: Project funded by Metroselskabet. Dimensions 27m x 3m x 30cm. January 2016.
  • Skulkenborg, Odense, Denmark. Transformations: Project funded by Fra Gade Til By, Odense. Dimensions 40m x 2.5m x 3cm. September 2015.
  • Enghave Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark. Sound Neckties: Project funded by the Copenhagen Metro Company. Dimensions 8m x 2.4m x 15 cm. September 2015.
  • Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark. Speaking Labyrinth: Project funded by the Copenhagen Metro Company. Dimensions 30m x 2.4m x 50cm. June 2015.
  • Rådhuspladsen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Rotating Waves: Project funded by the Copenhagen Metro Company. Dimensions: 20x4m. June 2014 – February 2015.
Residencies
  • Danish Art Workshops (Statens Værkesteder for Kunst), Copenhagen, Denmark, August-October 2020.
Collaborations
  • Mindre end Støv, public project. Collaboration with Composer Alexandra Hallén and Choreographer Ingrid Tranum Velásquez, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2021.
  • Overgaden (Institut for Samtidskunst), Collaboration with Kim Richard Adler Mejdahl for his exhibition Lilith Grotto, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2020.
  • Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark. Collaboration with Angela Melitopoulos for her project ‘Crossings’. Acoustics, design – loudspeaker construction, 16-channel sound spatialisation. November 2018. 
  • Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo – CAAC, Seville, Spain. Collaboration with Angela Melitopoulos for her project ‘Crossings’. Acoustics, design – loudspeaker construction, 16-channel sound spatialisation. September 2018. 
  • documenta 14, Kassel, Germany. Collaboration with Angela Melitopoulos for her project ‘Crossings’. 16-channel sound spatialization – construction of loudspeakers. June 2017.
Collections
  • Museum of contemporary art (Psalm machine), Roskilde, Denmark. 2021.
Lectures
  • Τεχνοκρατία ή Τεχνηκρατία (Technocracy or Artocracy). Online lecture at the Florina School of Fine Arts, Greece, February 2021.   
  • The science of sound, lecture-workshop at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with The Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2018.
Awards
  • Finalist at new Rødovre Music School Open call for a permanent artwork. Rødovre Municipality, Denmark. 2021. 
  • Work grant (arbejdslegat for Kunsthåndværk og Design) – Danish Art Council, Statens Kunstfond. Copenhagen, Denmark. 2021.
  • Construction grant – Danish Art Council, Statens Kunstfond. Copenhagen, Denmark 2020.
  • Hegnspælen 2016. Jury prize of Sonic Curtain. Best project in 2016. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Hegnspælen 2015. Nomination of Speaking Labyrinth. Best 12 projects in 2015. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Hegnspælen 2014. Nomination of Rotating Waves. Best 10 projects in 2014. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation: 2-year financial scholarship for the MSc studies in Denmark. 2009.
  • School technology exhibition of innovative factory architectural scale models. 1st prize. Athens, Greece. 1997.
Auctions
  • The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2018.
Catalogues
  • Metrohegn er Byens Hegn, Udgiver Metroselskabet I/S, Copenhagen 2018.
  • Kunsternes Efterårsudstilling, Copenhagen 2018.
  • Afgang 2018, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts, Copenhagen 2018.
  • Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling MMXVII, Copenhagen 2017.
  • Metrohegn er Byens Hegn, Udgiver Metroselskabet I/S, Copenhagen 2015.
Publications in Acoustics
  • A. Richard, C. L. Christensen, G. Koutsouris: Sine Sweep Optimization for Room Impulse Response Measurements. Proceedings of Forum Acusticum 2020, December 2020, Online.
  • G. Koutsouris, A. K. Nørgaard, Claus Lynge Christensen, and Jens Holger Rindel. Considerations for modelling curved surfaces as those found in worship spaces. Akustika, Vol. 27.
  • G. Koutsouris, A. K. Nørgaard, Claus Lynge Christensen, and Jens Holger Rindel. Discretization of curved surfaces and choice of simulation parameters in acoustic modeling of religious spaces. ICSV23, Athens, Greece. 2016.
  • C. L. Christensen, G. Koutsouris, Juan Gil and Jens Holger Rindel. Applying In-situ Recalibration For Sound Strength Measurements in Auditoria. IOA Auditorium Acoustics 2015, Paris, France. 2015.
  • C. L. Christensen, G. Koutsouris and J. H. Rindel. Estimating absorption of materials to match room model against existing room using a genetic algoritthm. Forum Acusticum 2014, Krakow, Poland. 2014.
  • J. H. Rindel, C. L. Christensen and G. Koutsouris. Simulations, Measurements and Auralisations in Architectural Acoustics. Acoustics 2013, New Delhi, India. 2013.
  • C. L. Christensen, G. Koutsouris and J. H. Rindel. The ISO 3382 parameters. Can we measure them? Can we simulate them? International Symposium on Room Acoustics, Toronto, Canada. June 2013.
  • G. Koutsouris, J. Brunskog and C. H. Jeong. Combination of the acoustical radiosity and the image source method. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 133, 2013.
  • G. Koutsouris, J. Brunskog and C. H. Jeong. A combination of the acoustic radiosity and the image source method. INTER-NOISE 2012, New York, USA.