Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation

June 2023

Panos Fourtoulakis

The end

The end is a research project by Panos Fourtoulakis looking into artistic approaches and broader cultural reflections to the concept of death and what we might consider an apocalypse.

These concepts are approached not as fatal but ongoing processes that we live through, manifested in diverse ways- through the effects of late capitalism on selfhood, the influence of media, and the climate emergency, among other issues. Τhe research also considers the impossibility of death concerning our digital imprints, the remediation of moving images and their shifting affecting and affective capacities over time. The end looks into practices and works that reflect upon what it is like to live in the present through the prism of death.

This project connects to Fourtoulakis’ broader research concerning our proximity to media and moving images- the relationship between embodied presence and mediation and how they shape our subjectivities and embodied sensibilities. He has been exploring these concerns over the years in diverse ways, often by developing expanded moving image presentations- both online and onsite.


Panos Fourtoulakis is an independent curator whose practice centres on media cultures; their ability to produce subjectivities and the relationship of liveness and embodied presence to mediation, particularly concerning moving image practices. He explores these concerns by developing presentations that consider the exhibition space - online or offline - as a medium to examine how a given context, its underlying rhythms and attention economy influence the relationship between viewer and image. He is the curator of courtyard, an online exhibition space by Rodeo gallery. In 2020 he graduated from the Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art. He has curated exhibitions, moving image and performance programmes in London and Athens, for Barbican Centre, Cubitt, Goldsmiths CCA, RCA, Fringe Queer Film Festival, Haus N amongst other places. He is the recipient of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS (2021).

He is a beneficiary of the curatorial residency of the Matadero Madrid Centre for Artists in Residence in collaboration with LOOP, Barcelona.

(*)Image Credit: Leslie Thornton, Peggy and Fred in Hell: Folding, 16mm film and video transferred to digital, duration: 95 min, 1984-2016.