Kantharos Gatherings is an original series of wine tasting experiences, designed by emerging visual artists, conceived and curated by Eleni Tranouli, and powered by Dexamenes Seaside Hotel. Kantharos Gatherings bridges hospitality with contemporary art, and intertwines with the hotel’s unique story: a postwar winery turned into a barefoot luxury resort.
The name for the events derives from the ancient Greek cup kantharos, a typical vase used for drinking wine, and an attribute to the god Dionysus. During summer, handpicked creatives were invited to explore Dexamenes as residents and stage multi-sensory, site-conscious wine tastings, affording guests a transformative journey through sound, visual narratives, performative objects, costumes and flavors.
The artists headlining at Dexamenes this season were Panos Profitis, Despina Charitonidi, and Paky Vlassopoulou. On June and July, Profitis and Charitonidi joined forces for Spit, a moving, participatory experience engaging with performance, site-based sculptural elements, sound, and industrial scenography. On August, Vlassopoulou staged Tonight, we're going to do some very gentle whispers (with elements of haircut), a wine tasting journey inside the hotel, combining elements of purity, care, pleasure and personal attention.
Guests got to taste wines, that had been carefully selected by expert sommelier Chryssa Giatra Batzi, from the distinguished Mercouri, Brintziki, Markogianni, and Stavropoulos wine estates in Ilia, each of whom carries its own special tradition in winemaking. The finger food was conceived, especially for each event, by the head chef of Dexamenes, Spyros Drakoulis.
Kantharos Gatherings is an ongoing investigation on Dexamenes’ identity in transit. It aspires to reshape the site’s collective memory and cultural significance, while connecting local producers with global creative minds.