Microgeographies is a work in progress on the transformations of specific socio-geographic environments. In particular it refers to the area of Faliron bay after the massive changes that followed the Olympic Games 2004. It focuses on the action of local communities, as well as on some small-scale, minimal actions by social and artistic groups which assert a more poetic and political aspect of everyday life and function as a way of personalising resistance to the globalscape, to the further spread of areas abandoned to misuse, to the dominance of property speculation and the strategies of “refinement”: a small gesture, a trace, an in situ discussion or quick chat, the repetition of an everyday action (referring to work or a walk). This closer –“inner”– look through artistic, architectural and social practices contains a wish: to experience rather than to consume, to unite rather than to divide, to simplify rather than to analyze. What we feel is what we get every time from an environment. The work of the participating artists and architects forms the body of this question. The answer will be given by us all, in situ, and it is what we will experience. What, in our turn, we will reciprocate towards the environment, in a psychodynamic relationship with it.
Participating artists and entities: Nautical Club SEANATK, Active Citizens Movement, Manty Albani, Nikos Anastasopoulos, Yannis Arvanitis, Vicky Betsou, Lila Cambanis, Panos Charalambous, Tzimis Efthimiou, Eftihis Efthimiou, Eirene Efstathiou, Friends of Sifnos, Vangelis Gokas, Thaleia Grigoriadou, Hariklia Hari, Nikos Kazeros, Omada Filopappou, Oryio Lab, Nikos Papadopoulos, Nina Pappa, PPC_T / Farkadona Lab, Vassilis Salpistis, Angelos Skourtis, Nikos Tranos, Eleni Tzirtzilaki, Vasilis Vasilakakis, Zafos Xagoraris, Thanos Zakopoulos
*Microgeographies was Parallel event to ART-ATHINA 2011. During the days of the art fair, it was presented concurrently at Faliro Pavilion (TaeKwonDo) and at SEANATK Nautical Club, through exhibitions, performances and discussions.
**We thank AlphaDelta Gallery, Batagianni Gallery, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Elika Gallery and Kappatos Gallery for the courtesy of the works of Nikos Papadopoulos, Vasilis Vasilakakis, Eirene Efstathiou, Vangelis Gokas and Vassilis Salpistis respectively.
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