Are coworking spaces designed for a specific type of user?

The answer would be absolutely not! But let’s see why…

When you search the web about coworking spaces, you get the impression that the typical users are freelancers and startups. However, what about the people who are in a transitional phase and are in the mood of trying out new things?

Last week we had an insightful conversation with Virginie Viel. After finishing her PhD thesis in exploring how visualisation can be used to compose music, Virginie decided to take a little break, and experiment how she could artistically express the same message through different human senses (hearing, vision and tasting). It is inspiring listening her to talk about her quest to explore the relationship between the visual sense and music.

“When I think of music, I do it visually. In the frame of a project, I am working on, I am thinking of musical pieces as abstract patterns and colorful sensation, which I depict in pieces of paper as rectangular or circles or other motives and try to express them afterwards into sound and music.”

Virginie is about to obtain her PhD in Electroacoustic composition from the De Montfort University, Leicester (UK). She has a diverse academic background in arts and experimental music and at the moment she is studying baking at EISF -CAP Pâtissier – CAP Boulangerremotely. She also loves to explore new countries and she has lived and studied in France, Belgium and Great Britain. While writing her PhD Thesis, she came to Greece seeking for a new cultural environment. Although she submitted her PhD in October 2018 and passed the viva in January 2019, she is still in Athens as she found a warmth towards the people she encountered here worth staying!

Experimenting on music and baking

Currently, she is engaging in a project that is related to music and baking! She uses music as an inspiration to create pastries and then she organizes tasting sessions. There, rather than the opportunity of eating itself, she invites people to acknowledge their impulsive desire to try the deserts, and then she encourages them to slow down a bit the eating process and feel the actual experience as if it was a wine tasting.

She decided to approach Stone Soup after spotting it online. Her idea was to find a dynamic place with lots of potentials in terms of meeting people, discussing about her project or even discovering some new ones. It is very likely that we will be announcing such workshops in the near future! So stay tuned!

Music workshop

Now, if you are interested in experiencing Virginie’s project or just to meet her, you may attend this music workshop on Sunday 3rd of March, organized by Giorgos Kokkinaris, Giorgos Mizithras and Nikoleta Chatzopoulou. During this evening you will encounter a tasting journey meant to satisfy and surprise your tasting buds as a piece of music does to the ears.

Are you interested to find out more?
You may find here Virginie’s website and have a closer look at her creative pastries here.

A new career in music: Peter Michael Nyman’s work

“I just felt like I should take the risk!”, explains Peter Michael Nyman when we asked him why he choose a new career path in his life. Peter is now a music composer for media such as movies, games and TV series.

Peter used to be a tour guide in China, but his passion for music motivated him to start making music. “Growing up in Finland, there was a piano in my house, and I started composing since my childhood.” explains Peter.” In the past it was very difficult to start a music career because you had to study in a big university to be connected with an orchestra, but nowadays, the computer can be your own orchestra and that enabled me to move here and start working with my music.”

Listen to “Autumn”, one of Peter’s compositions here:

Athens has recently attracted many artists and is perceived to be a very friendly city to newcomers. That’s why Peter chose this place to realize his dream. The history and beauty of Athens has been a great inspiration for his compositions, and being based in a coworking space in the center of the town has helped him to make new professional connections.

Peter believes that Stone Soup is a great place to meet people and work as a freelancer or a digital nomad. It’s perfect for working on a personal project and chasing your dreams. “Sometimes you have to risk in your life”, he says. “Maybe I don’t succeed, but I’ll only know if I try. In my mind, I’m a composer, and my job is to show that to the world.”

Introducing Gabriel Launer

We would like to welcome Gabriel Launer!

Gabriel is a free-lance illustrator and concept artist that arrived at Stone Soup last October. He has worked on video game designs and artistic branding. His art can be described as visual storytelling – creating worlds, characters, and stories to artistically immerse the viewer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel was born and raised in France, where he received an Engineering degree from Lycee Jean Perrin, St-Ouen L’Aumone. However, after graduating he decided to pursue his initial passion, art, and went on to study at Villa Arson, the Fine Art school of Nice.

As an artist focusing on his personal practice, Gabriel makes an effort to collaborate with companies that he feels truly passionate about. This allows him to explore his creativity through a variety of different outlets, which can be seen in his collaboration with ‘Up-Κυτταρική θρέψη’, a vegan restaurant that promotes health and nutrition. Gabriel has used his artistic aptitude to create a brand for the restaurant, by designing visuals and illustrations for them.

Gabriel’s general ambition and true enthusiasm, however, comes from his individual projects. Through his art, his purpose is to effectively demonstrate and communicate ‘pure’ art, to convey authentic emotion that can easily be understood by the audience. By establishing is own artistic identity, Gabriel hopes to collaborate with other artists on bigger projects, and potentially participate in exhibitions to showcase some of his work.

Check out Gabriel’s Instagram to see some of his work!