curated by Lina Stergiou
Athens Here and Now Parallel exhibition
Benaki Museum, Pireos Annex, Athens
This parallel exhibition presents with five installations the outcome of the five respective academic workshops described above that dealt with current pressing urban and social issues in the city of Athens as well as with the documentation of the respective urban action (Athens Here and Now) that took place in the historic center of Athens on 9, 10 and 11 May. Curators and designers of the installations are the instructors and participants of each workshop alike.
Parsons The New School for Design, New York
National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture
University of Thessaly, Department of Architecture
The Athens School of Fine Arts, Postgraduate Program on Digital Art Media
Université de Paris 8, CITU Research of Paragraph Laboratory
AAO academic workshops employ diverse collaboration models with international and Greek universities. Different aspects of the AAO: Ethics/Aesthetics subject will be examined and implemented.
The main parameters of the AAO philosophy dealt with during the workshops are that the outcome should be realistic and applicable, it should be immediately useful to society, and address an ‘urgent’ issue. The workshops aim to develop dialogue, critical thinking, creation and open hands-on process among young people, teachers, associations and institutions.
The workshops aim to support environmental and social actions taken by young people and develop activities that transform the younger generation into co-creators of and make them co-responsible for the urban and social environment.
The workshops focus on the urban environment, primarily that of Athens, and their outcome will either be immediately implemented by being offered to social groups or to society, or will be offered to an institution that is able to implement it immediately. They will be shown at the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex in the Athens Here and Now parallel exhibition, which will take place from 8 June to 31 July, 2011. Some of the workshops-actions within the Athens urban landscape will be part of the Athens Art Week project, organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 9-15 May, 2011 and a selection will be participating in the Futur En Seine Festival in Paris, 17-26 June, 2011.
The AAO workshops are five. For two of them there is an AAO open call for participation. The AAO open call for participation applies to the following workshops:
1. AAO workshop with Parsons The New School For Design, New York
Within the spring semester Greek participants worked online with students from Parsons The New School For Design New York in order to exchange ideas, opinions and information. For the online collaboration they used the ground-breaking academic platform ΑΑΟ online-Social Design Academy in order to communicate effectively by exchanging their designs, files and ideas. From 12 to 18 March, the New York students came to Athens in order to work closely with the Greek participants and create a research and action corpus in the center of Athens. Two projects/actions took place in the area of their research, Exarhia, on 17 March and were conducted with great success. The workshop process and final action will be documented and transformed into an installation comprising of video, graphics and photos, which will be exhibited from 6 June to 31 July at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Annex, Athens.
Instructors: Lydia Matthews, Michael Morris, Lina Stergiou, Radhika Subramaniam.
2. AAO workshop Université Paris 8, CΙTU research center of Paragraphe Laboratory
Within the spring semester 2011 Greek students will collaborate with students from Université Paris 8, CITU research center of Paragraphe Laboratory through the innovative Art Collider interactive platform in order to research, enrich and explore their own work as well as work on the strategic tackling of spatio-social urban issues in the urban fabric of Athens. The outcome of this workshop will be put forward for inclusion in the Athens Art Week, organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism from 9 to 15 May, and the Futur En Seine Festival, Paris, from 17 to 26 June, and will be exhibited from 6 June to 31 July at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Annex, Athens.
Coordinators: Maurice Benayoun, Robin Gareus, Lina Stergiou.
The final selection of the participants has been conducted by a Committee comprised of:
George Harvalias (Dean of the Athens School of Fine Arts)
Spyros Raftopoulos (Head of the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens)
Lina Stergiou (Architect, Curator at large of the AAO project).