Dimitra Viveli is based in Athens, Greece. Her work is made up of esoteric snapshots, where art and philosophy meet with the urge to embody spiritual heirs. In her recordings of this field, she employees a mix of visual art and poetry, which bring her philosophical and artistic vision to life. The colours and shapes assigned have an essential, hermeneutic role, which is partly instinctive/expressive and partly disciplined, serving a philosophical purpose; her 17 syllable poems anchor the problematics of each work. This active exchange between art and idealistic philosophy is seen as a process of forming and (re)negotiating identity, internalising genuine meaning, and revealing the semiotics and hermeneutics of a reality that is equally physical and imperceptible.
Dimitra was born in Athens in 1973. She studied at the School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, from which she graduated in 1997 with a BA Hons in Greek and English Language, Literature, and Linguistics. She studied the Italian language and literature following the programme of the University of Perugia (Universitą per Stranieri). In 1999, she obtained her master's degree in Art and Design (MA in Design for Interactive Media) from the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University of London. From 2007 to 2010 she pursued studies in fashion design in Athens (she graduated with honors from AKTO, Art and Design College) and London (a series of specialised, short-term educational programmes at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design), as well as visual art, at independent art studios. She attended seminars and participated in workshops on performing arts, focusing mainly on physical theatre and varied approaches to dance and performance. Since 2005, she has been systematically involved in research work regarding the impact of colours and shapes in the human psychology and health and their value in the process of self-discovery and identity construction.
Dimitra has worked in the areas of education, media, and business in Athens and London. In her capacity as a teacher, she researched and experimented with alternative methods of teaching, aiming, primarily, at motivating and engaging students with conventionally poor performance. The particular relation of many of those students with their personal truth has been the source of great interest and inspiration. In the context of an academic research for the University of Athens, she explored the notions and procedures inherent in the functioning of physical and online communities, as well as the mechanisms of identity formation within them, with particular reference to the internalisation of meaning and the self containment-interdependence negotiation.
In 1999-2000, London, she collaborated with the Institute for International Visual Arts (Iniva) in the context of an online educational project on contemporary art, addressing secondary school art students, as well as art teachers. Following that, she moved to the media industry, working for English & Pockett as a creative programmer.
Dimitra Viveli has exhibited in Athens and Syros, Greece, as well as in London, UK. The blending of boundaries between art and other areas of human activity is essential to her work. To Dimitra, life is not a collection of activity fragments and closed discipline networks - rather, it is an active continuum in which various densities of existence, ranging from soul to matter, seize the opportunity to interact and produce common results, which are shaped by an uninterrupted array of choices.
In 2010 she founded to dodeka, a philosophy and art lab in Lycabettus, Athens. As a practising artist, she daily employees art as a means of researching the systematicity of existence and managing the responsibility of increasing the options that experienced reality can accommodate.