Adonis Archontides (b. 1991) is a Cypriot artist whose work and research explores the construction of the self, truth and memory. An avid gamer and comic book enthusiast, Archontides has lived vicariously through the life of hundreds of fictional characters from a very young age. The artist's most recent project utilises The Sims games engine to spawn various selves who are also operating as artists within the art world. These Adonises illustrate the shortcomings and vices of artistic production, the art market and self realisation in a post capitalist and imminently post-physical society. Adonis and Adonis have solo exhibited at Seventeen (New Year, New You, 2019), on his personal account on Instagram (#instagramresidency, 2018) and more recently at DriveDrive's TestDrive platform (Emotional Sculptures, 2019).
Archontides has also participated in group shows (amongst others) at NiMAC (The Presence of Absence, or the Catastrophe Theory, 2018), S:2F2 (Share IRL Phase 2: The Anxiety Primer, 2018), Garage (Ecstatic Textures, 2017), Bank of Cyprus Cultural Centre (Rooms to Contemplate, 2017), Salone degli Incanti, Trieste (Imago Mundi: Join The Dots, 2018) and Uqbar Project Space, Berlin (Dig Where You Stand, 2016).
Hear Adonis talk about his fascination with video games, why he considers the medium of video games to be useful within an artistic context, the notion of living in a simulation and how the other Adonis begins to suspect his state within the simulation.
The Longest Journey - Main Menu Theme The Last of Us - All Gone (Aftermath) Hiroshi Yoshimura - Blink The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild - Riding Kingdrom Hearts - Dearly Beloved (Original Version) Portico Quartet - Prickly Pear Tour de Japon - Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow - Pallet Town Theme
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