Throughout the festival, the Fokionos Negri bookstore “O Meteoritis” will be hosting an exhibition figuring a multilingual selection of books addressing the origins of private foundations, as well as their mode of operation in the field of culture. This selection marks the beginning of a library which is yet to be created. All documents are exhibited in a purpose-made reading room.
Sounds of the city (everyday conversations, protests…) blend with field recordings from Syngrou Avenue or the Delta of Faliro, shaping a dynamic sonic landscape partly defined by chance, partly by the audience itself. The installation will continue throughout the festival.
Non-profit foundations in culture: staffing and artistic production
Marianna Stefanitsi, Martha Michailidou, Nikos Souliotis
This presentation focuses on the impact of private, non-profit foundations on the cultural scene. It aims to explore the strategy of foundations as it appears in the emerging art world within the local context, and to examine their influence on the human geography of creative professionals and the shaping of artistic trends.
Are libraries “cool” after all? The case of the Stavros Niarchos National Library
Thoughts and questions from a library-goer who was (and still is) forced to smoke in the harsh wind of the Faliric Delta, and who is so impressed by the Tower of Books, the beanbags and the Meditation Rooms. Is reading a trial and does it pave the way for engaging critically with the existing order? Or a good excuse for selfies? Are libraries boring? Or are they “cool”?
Everyday place in the context of the contemporary city being taken over by the practices of capital. The case of the Onassis Stegi cultural agenda.
This presentation aims to explore everyday places and the image of the city as it observes the intense dispossession of social structures and spaces by neoliberal policies. It focuses on the discourse and content of the Onassis Stegi agenda. It explores the meanings attached to everyday place in the light of the contemporary city as a field of investment.
Image Politics and Cultural Foundations
This presentation focuses on the intertwining of different “configurations” of a well-known image by Yannis Bechrakis (demystified photojournalism, cultural-artistic festivals and political communication) with certain “private cultural foundations”. The latter are construed as the force driving the emergence of such intertwining, which, in the case of the aforementioned image, escaped the criticism even of media supoorting the opposition.
Independent art spaces and the urban dominance of private cultural foundations.
Dimitrios Papachristos, Kristi Petropouou
A study on independent art spaces, their relation to neoliberal development policies and the role of large cultural foundations. The presentation focuses on the dominant role of large cultural organisations and assesses the activities of independent art initiatives in relation to the phenomenon under study.
Shipping, climate crisis, greenwashing
In light of the screening of the film ‘Black Trail,’ a discussion with Reporters United, a network aimed at supporting investigative journalism in Greece, about the covert relationship between shipping and the climate crisis. The discussion also explores how big cultural private institutions associated with this industry address the issue of climate change publicly.
Screening & Discussion
Koukoutas Anastasios, Dimitrios Mytilinaios, Marina Skoutela
Terri(s)tories is a video-document in which people from the dance community of Athens narrate moments and events from the 15 years 2005-2020. Artistic collectives, alternative festivals, new private institutions, autonomous spaces of experimentation, squats, all seem to contribute to and confirm the basic characteristic of this community: nomadism. An open discussion with the public will follow, in the presence of the team that conducted the research.
Video & Discussion
Five minutes together, listening of a common ground
Random post group
We met on social media having art in public space as our common denominator. Our function and purpose has nothing to do with representing a genre of art, or even a common purpose, but with the deeper need to meet. A space for collective listening about art in public spaces. An open mic function as an occasion to meet, talk and lie down side by side, listen and be heard.
Kiss on the Cheek / Solus Ipse
Thιs visual intervention and lecture by the artist and curator Dimitris Chalatsis is an echo of the exhibition he organized in 2021 under the title “Solus Ipse”, which dealt with the role of art and cultural institutions in Greece.
Installation & Lecture
Temporary Archaeological Institute
Athina Georgia Koumela
The Temporary Archaeological Institute is a project that, using imagination as a medium, attempts to undermine the notion of the art institute by suggesting that every instituion is, or could be, partly imaginary. Because it is made without any restriction on the use of imagination, it meets the ideals it has set out to the greatest extent possible.