Tags: creative director
Yes, I acted like a 5 year-old when I entered his apartment and yes I kept going: ‘wooow’ and ‘cool’ as I walked my way through. And yes, I kept asking ‘what’s this?’ and ‘where did you get this from?’. I even saw a Game Boy! The last time I laid my hands on one must have been a billion years back. And yes, I am talking about Konstantinos Dagritzikos, the art director and owner of one of the best multi-use spaces Athens has to offer, six d.o.g.s. As you will see Konstantinos knows about good taste and his place is the living proof of that. Just a few blocks away from Syndagma Square, I got to meet a totally down to earth guy, that sets his goals straight and keeps his options open, believing that ‘there are multiple ways to make your dreams come true’.
You studied History of Art in Greece, moved to the UK to do your Masters on curating at Goldsmith’s and now you are the owner and the art director of six d.o.g.s. Why is that you focused on curating and not making your own art?
I did make my own art. Mostly I worked on videos and installations. I would also include experimental and silly music to whatever I was presenting… and the first exhibition I ever curated was actually my own. But one thing led to another and I discovered I find great joy in organizing events and being responsible for exhibitions. It’s as creative as making your own art.
Your first exhibition space was called B.I.G. and then you had the idea of six d.o.g.s What’s with the dots?
I love them. They separate the letters and everyone has their own version of what the space (or whatever the subject) is actually called.
How easy was it to launch B.I.G.?
It all started out really casual. I was 22 years old at the time, and a couple of years earlier we had moved out of our old apartment with my family, and no one was using it ever since, so I decided to turn it into an ephemeral exhibition space. The funny thing is, that at the same time this gay bar had just opened in town, with the same name and people were mixing it up. But anyways, ephemeral became a bit permanent, and B.I.G. went on for about 2 years, and come to think of it, it’s a miracle it did, considering my age and the state of things back there.
And then you thought of six d.o.g.s.
Yes. And a billion things in between actually. But anyways it was all in my mind about a year before it actually happened. I was thinking of opening this kind of space in London, because I was living there at the time. But health and safety sucks up there, so Greece seemed like a good idea at the time (it still does of course). Greece offered a lot more flexibility and a much better ground for such an idea to flourish.
So you chose Greece over the U.K.
Yes, because life quality is easy to find and to have here (at least, easier than it is for an average person to find in London). The fact that no one appreciates it is a whole different story.
You mostly focus on the music at six d.o.g.s. Why is that and how many concerts have you hosted?
I think we’ve hosted about 1.700 to 1.900 differenet bands, DJs, performers and visual artists so far (3 years since we opened). I think music is the form of art that most people can relate to. I guess it is ‘user-friendly’… I mean, you can take music with you everywhere you go. You listen to it when you go out, you put your ear plugs and you can receive it as art. It’s a much more popular means compared to other forms of art.
Have you gone through major changes at six d.o.g.s. since it opened its doors? Any plans for the future?
Imagine a newborn entering adulthood in less than 3 years. That’s how it feels like really, with all the changes we’ve been doing all the time. The thing is we opened really fast. Found the place, found the architects (Point Supreme), and just went for it. And no one here is trying to be smart about it. We talk to people, we listen to their comments and their ideas and we try to change things around here. We made some changes with the sound system and sound proofing and many other things. As for the future, we’ve always thought about opening a small restaurant, but we’re taking things slow, considering the economic situation our country is going though.
Have you seen a change in the way people perceive ‘going out’ in the past few months?
No, not really. Keep in mind that we started this business when the crisis had already hit Greece. And if you think about it, if people start getting miserable on their nights out, then that’s the end of it!
You can always find Konstantinos at six d.o.g.s.
A few comments on the things pictured above:
Yes, that’s the Acropolis you can see through his bathroom window. / Konstantinos is a great cook and an even greater baker. He is rumored to make the best cheesecake in town. / The stars and planets cut-out on his bedroom ceiling was actually made during a trip on a sailing boat. He was sleeping in a really small space on the boat and needed something to look at and relax. So, his special lady drew the universe. And some aliens / The objects around his apartment are there on display. For instance, the bread maker in his dining room is there, because it’s simply beautiful. / The shark-patterned shirt he is wearing with his plastic cap was made from scratch especially for his 30th birthday by Daphne Iliaki of DElight. His apartment used to be their showroom.