Site specific Valentine’s..

Goodmorning Valentines!!

How did you spend the world’s most commercial holiday..? Well, I have to admit that i’m not the kind that embraces the traditional Valentine’s day, but it’s a day that brings out mixed and different emotions for each of us.

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I spent it with Nikos and Donatello and we’ve been to Onassis cultural centre and Candy Chang’s installation School of the Future, the first of her three site-specific installations in Athens.

The classroom reinterpreted without teachers, books or pupils. Visitors find themselves in a space with a school desk at one end surrounded by thousands of big, red balloons. They are invited to write down a lesson life has taught them in a notebook on the desk. In so doing, the visitors become teachers and students at one and the same time: by taking part in a school of collective experience in which the shared encyclopaedia of knowledge consists of the lessons of their individual lives, they can teach but they can also learn.

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After all the fun we sat down and shared our thoughts in the collective notebook answering it’s 2 questions :

  • What do you think is important to teach our children?
  • What do you wish you learned while you were in school?

What do you think..?

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❤️❤️❤️ #CandyChang #SchoolOfTheFuture

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Inside Onassis cultural centre..

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Celebrating Valentine’s..

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Missing Florence and my International Hairdresser..

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Jack and Jill: a contemporary romance [vol. II]

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Καλό μήνα σε όλους!

Χαίρομαι πολύ γιατί ξεκινάει ο Δεκέμβρης με πολύ ενδιαφέροντα καλλιτεχνικά δρώμενα στα οποία συμμετέχουν φίλοι μου και ανυπομονώ να συγκινηθώ (ξανά).

Ένα από αυτά τα δρώμενα είναι η παράσταση “Jack & Jill” που ανέβηκε πέρσι με μεγάλη επιτυχία στο Vault και ανεβαίνει για δεύτερη χρονιά. Θα παίζεται από σήμερα και κάθε Δευτέρα και Τρίτη στο Life & Art Theater στον Κεραμεικό. Το έργο είναι της Jane Martin και πρόκειται για ένα σύγχρονο ρομάντζο, συγκινητικό, χιουμοριστικό, ρομαντικό, κυνικό και πολύ αληθινό, μια ιστορία αγάπης που έχουμε ζήσει ή θα ζήσουμε όλοι.

Περισσότερα μπορείτε να (ξανα)διαβάσετε στην συνέντευξη του σκηνοθέτη Βαγγέλη Λάσκαρη και της βοηθού σκηνοθέτη Σταυρούλας Γκιόκα https://urbanzip.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/jack-and-jill-a-romance-by-vangelis-laskaris/.

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Μετάφραση: Ερρίκος Μπελιές

Σκηνοθεσία: Βαγγέλης Λάσκαρης

Παίζουν: Δημήτρης Κάτσης, Μαργαρίτα Παπαντώνη

Φωτισμοί: Nίκος Καραγέωργος

Βοηθοί σκηνοθέτη: Γκιόκα Σταυρούλα, Σαρέλη Μαρία

Εκτέλεση Παραγωγής: Σοφία Παναγοπούλου

Φωτογραφιές: Γιάννης Κυλπάσης

Αφίσα: Nίκος Παναγόπουλος

Επιμελεια κουστουμιών: Λυγερή Παπαγιαννάκη

Μουσική επένδυση: Βαγγέλης, Πιτσάκια, Γιάννηδες

Παραγωγή: L.A. (Life ‘n’ Art) Theater

Parov Stelar & Band..

Hi everyone!

I know it’s been quite some time since my last post but this transitional period from Florence to Athens was really strange and busy. Long story short, I’m back to Athens, working and I finally  have the time to go out! So 2 days ago I attended an amazing concert by Parov Stelar and his band!

The live started around 9 with the greek group Papercut and continued by the french Proleter, till finally around 22.30 the Austrian musician and his band appeared on stage. A great show, old and new sounds, a Led screen full of colors and a lot of dancing! Looking forward for their next visit!

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La Sagrada Familia

As you already know, this blog is a viaggio from Athens to Florence. However, this time let us make a stop to Barcelona. I know you’ll tell me there are so many worth-mentioning spots in that city, but I think I will stick to La Sagrada Familia. Maybe because that was the neighborhood I used to stay in during my visit, maybe because Ι have never seen anything equivalent of a Basilica before…in anyway I believe that it deserves a little of our time.

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Designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona. Its construction begun in 1882, and in 1883 Gaudí took charge of the project and transformed it thoroughly, combining Gothic with modernist (Catalan Modernism) elements. After Gaudí’s death in 1926, only the 25% of the project was complete. The construction of La Sagrada Familia advanced gradually, yet it remains incomplete. 

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Entering the Basilica, I could not hide my insuperable feeling when I outfaced the imposing Christ on the Cross. The sculptures hanging all over the church indicate its sanctity in combination with the noticeable silence, despite the great number of visitors. Of course, I could not miss the tour on the towers of La Sagrada Familia, from where the view is something more than breathtaking.

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From where I stand, La Sagrada Familia is a must-see in someone’s lifetime, independently of whether he prefers exploring the cultural elements of a place or not.

Words cannot always describe the majesty that the eyes witness.

Unusual market..

Last Sunday took place the first Unusual Market in Florence! Ostello Tasso, number 14 on the #unusualflorence map, hosted the event and many of the unusual places were part of it! Unfortunately I missed it since I had an early flight to Athens. I would like to thank in particular Matteo and Francesca for the photos they sent me and felt as if I were there too among them!

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Unusual Michele Chiocciolini..

The last thing I did before leaving Florence was an interview of Michele Chiocciolini! I’ve posted several times about him but this time is different. There are many news since my last visit at his atelier back in July!

So I went by his atelier and we had breakfast and a long chat about everything! Francesca, his sister, was also there never leaving his side! So the great news is that he participates in a new talent show called Fashion Style and he arrived at the final! Don’t miss today’s episode people!!

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When you were little , what you were saying that you want to be when you grow up?

From an early age the thing I wanted to do more was maybe connected to a total look that could be both clothing as well as décor, in any case, little things, bringing things together. I enjoyed doing this at home with objects, clothes matching things, create eccentric outfits. Bringing together stuff in such a way that would create something new. In the end this is what I ended up doing, here you can find everything, plenty of things that somehow coexist in a funny way and perhaps is what I mainly wanted my work to be, something that I liked so much to enjoy myself!

The fact that you grew up in Florence helped you on this thing?

 Yes I think it was crucial, I remember when I was little going out, I wasn’t so much into sports, more than anything I had no interest in the things you make usually on weekends, I liked special things, to go in the antique shops in the center of Florence. It was always a game going to the shops. Discovering markets, from the toy soldiers to Mickey Mouse, not that I would buy a mirror, maybe I was trying to find something peculiar! In Florence I had this opportunity, even now, to discover new things.

 And your studies in architecture?

 A friend of my mother had in fact influenced me. I was always visiting her, I remember she always drew perspectives and I was sitting next to her and and in a way trying to do the same things with her! My grandmother was saying “You’re in love with Deanna”, she was the mother of my friend imagine! I liked architecture from an internal point of view above all, more than the outside I was more curious about the inside, just the room, the apartment, the shop, what’s in there. Usually you enter, this thing in Florence happens a lot and it’s tremendous, you enter a ‘400 building and is a disappointment. And this also happens in contemporary architecture, a beautiful wrap with a very ugly, anonymous inerior, I prefer a box, a cube that somehow inside is magnificent, the surprise I think is the best thing in architecture. The same thing is a bit of what i’ve done here, i’ve tried to persuade people if I can, after all to arrive somewhere and wonder how it can exist in an unknown street like this. You arrive here and as long as you’re not in front you can’t see, then you’re in front and you see and once you enter you see even more, the surprise is interesting!

 What about this place? How long you had been thinking of doing it? It was difficult?

Always! I always used to draw these figures and then it became a thing of trying to do just clothing. And now also to sew, to understand how it works, then all these have inevitably combined the 2 things cause all the things I have around inspire me! It wasn’t easy but when I saw it I immediately thought of it’s potentials, basically did all by myself and it came easily, it was difficult as a concept but once I was inside it happened naturally.

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You take part in Fashion Style, a program raising new designers. How did it begin and how did you feel?

One day in July, I received a phone call from Milan, I did a first casting, a 15 minute test where they wanted a draping test on mannequin and then wanted to see if you know how to sketch, then a long conversation where they asked about everything!

I’m always stressed before, until I enter, then you just do it! It’s a bit like the exams you know. The day before I went, after doing 3 tests then there was the first episode and I started saying at Francesca “I’m not going”…. Then there was Marco and Lucia saying “We won’t say anything but you’ll regret it, go!” It was fun anyway! Most of all I started sewing, I sewed day and night to improve to the fullest.

The people you met there?
Entertaining! A glimpse of Italy and beyond, people who live in Italy but who, like you, come from all over the world,  so piece together all this stuff here and you learn so many fun things you didn’t know. Then they all luckily had their own experience in fashion, maybe in a different way. Therefore you amplify your knowledge. It was a good experience!

How do you feel now that you’ve arrived at the final?
Happy very happy! But in the end, overcoming the shock of the first episode, even if I had done just that it was worth it. Then it was worth bringing a little of this world here, I will not say on television, but let people know what you are doing because it is not easy to describe. I brought a portfolio, but if you take look at this you’ll say he is nuts is this a portfolio…?!? In my opinion they have been intrigued by this thing here. The problem was if this thing could be understood or not, however there is also the timing on television, but in the end they understood and appreciated it! 

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What is your opinion about bloggers?

For me they are essential, I find them an interesting figure. Certain people say “Today everyone wants to be one…”. Ok, this might be true, but in the end everyone wanted to be an architect, lawyer, etc. It’s like when they tell me “That guy opened that store next to you and does the same things with you”, everyone is free to do whatever he wants, he ‘ll never do what I do, as I ‘ll never do what he does. I find bloggers an important figure, there is who is doing it well, as in all activities. Then there is who takes advantage of the situation, and those are the worst ones, doing it for work and not for passion. I put a lot of trust in people, so I think that things are understood and if you do it for publicity and money it won’t last, as in every activity. Then if you actually like it like me, I can’t think that this place could close for example, and this could happen in Italy today, for me there will always be either here or in a different place but will always be in my head!

What is your opinion about the political situation?

I’m not dealing with it, but not out of ignorance. I’m trying to keep myself informed and I realize, from the small things most, that the things aren’t going well. What’s important is not repeating the same mistakes, I really hope that this situation can change. I sometimes say, I know that you can’t do that, but I would go to dinner with some people staying there a while and then say ok I want to vote him!

Is there a designer that inspired you at the start of your career?

As an architect, I am bound to the work done among 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Therefore I like Mendini, hi also named his studio Atelier! Same for Andrea Branzi and Castiglioni. Also the idea of Fabio Novembre related to fashion. On the other hand, Paul Smith, his patterns, his photography, his shops are a mix of situations. Then Marras, he also has his way of working, his spaces are very personal, his research is really interesting. As well Maurizio Galante, also an architect.

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What to expect in the future from Michele Chiocciolini?

I’d like to work in a company, if I find a way, because it is a piece missing that i’ve never tried. I would like to relationship with something where “Michele be quiet… You have to do this…!”

What if you win Fashion Style? Do you think it will change you?

Let’s hope! I don’t know, I suppose it may add to my confidence. Then at a professional level this does not depend very much on the victory but how you are a person who can give something. I’ve got a great desire to continue this work in the best way and I hope to make it. Today, as we said earlier of politics, money, etc. is not easy, but in my opinion if one has his feet on the ground things can also work, you have to have your feet on the ground and do it not because you have expectations, but basically do it because you want to.

What do you want to do apart from all the things above?

Travel! I’d like to stay a month here a month there, for six months to travel, it’s a while I don’t travel and I really miss it. I even like to travel nearby! The other day I visited a friend in Pesaro, I took the train changed then in Bologna, seemed to me that I ‘ve been to Timbuktu! But even walking here!

Also for Unusual Florence right? All of the unseen places you can discover around Florence.

Exactly! Here you would never come, as well as Amblé that little corner with the wall, maybe you pass in front and you are just some steps from Ponte Vecchio!

According to you are there other places to add in the map?

I think they will!  Now there is a talk of uniformity within the map so there has to be a study first, and this is what Luca does. I occasionally suggest some places, it’s not easy though, it has to be something with a common thread with the other places, otherwise there are lots of unusual places but it also has to be linked with the purchase of a certain type, perhaps not that artisan.

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Meet Auguste Rodin

Ο Φρανσουά Ωγκύστ Ρενέ Ροντέν, που γεννήθηκε σαν χτες 12 Νοεμβρίου το 1840, ήταν ένας Γάλλος γλύπτης, του οποίου το έργο επηρέασε σημαντικά την τέχνη της γλυπτικής τον 20ο αιώνα. Σύμφωνα με την περιγραφή της wikipedia ο Ροντέν “Αρνήθηκε να αγνοήσει τις ανθρώπινες αδυναμίες και τις περιέγραψε όσο καλύτερα μπόρεσε στην τέχνη του, με ρεαλισμό και δύναμη. Περιέγραψε επίσης και την ερωτική αδυναμία, με πάθος κι ομορφιά.”

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Άποψη του Κήπου του Μουσείου με φόντο την κορυφή του Πύργου του Άιφελ. / View of the museum garden with the top of the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Ο Ροντέν εμπνεύστηκε από την παράδοση, ωστόσο επαναστάτησε ενάντια στις εξιδανικευμένες μορφές της, εισάγοντες νέες πρακτικές. Χάραξε έτσι μια νέα πορεία που οδήγησε σταδιακά στη σύγχρονη γλυπτική. Πολύ γνωστά έργα του είναι “Ο Στοχαστής”, “Οι Πύλες της Κολάσεως”, “Η εποχή του χαλκού”, το ιδιαίτερα αισθαντικό “Το Φιλί”, “Τα Χέρια”,  “Ο Άγιος Ιωάννης ο Βαπτιστής”, το άγαλμα του Β. Ουγκώ κ.α.

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Οι Πύλες της Κολάσεως / The Gates of Hell

Τα έργα του σήμερα φιλοξενούνται σε έναν πολύ ιδιαίτερο χώρο στο Παρίσι, το Musée Rodin. Το Μουσείο αυτό αποτελείται από το Hotel Biron, το εκκλησάκι (Chapel) και τον κήπο του. Το αρχοντικό Hotel Biron  χτίστηκε στη Rue de Varenne, Παρίσι, μεταξύ 1727 και 1737 και αποτελεί ένα λαμπρό παράδειγμα της αρχιτεκτονικής rocaille, που ήταν της μόδας εκείνη την εποχή. Το 1908 ο Ροντέν νοίκιασε τέσσερα ισόγεια δωμάτια, τα οποία έβλεπαν στη βεράντα, και χρησιμοποίησε τον χώρο ως στούντιό του. Παράλληλα, εξέθεσε κάποια έργα του στο κήπο. Το Μουσείο άνοιξε το 1919 πια, οπότε και το εκκλησάκι χρησιμοποιήθηκε ως εκθεσιακός χώρος, ο οποίος ανακαινίστηκε τελευταία φορά το 2003 (πηγή: Musée Rodin).

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Ο Στοχαστής / The Thinker

Ο κήπος ωστόσο είναι πραγματικά εκθαμβωτικός και κλέβει την παράσταση. Είναι ένα στοιχείο που προσδίδει μια μοναδικότητα σε αυτό του Μουσείο, καθιστώντας το ένα από τα μέρη που πρέπει οπωσδήποτε να επισκεφτεί κάποιος αν βρεθεί στο Παρίσι.

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Το αρχοντικό που στεγάζει σήμερα το Μουσείο Ροντέν χτίστηκε στη Rue de Varenne, Παρίσι, μεταξύ 1727 και 1737 – See more at: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=el&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.gr&sl=en&tl=el&u=http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/museum/musee-rodin-paris/hotel-biron&usg=ALkJrhhBe-P0EAcTXGv0U3AwXiwUSu3arw#sthash.MYNLONJ1.dpuf
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MuséeRodin. Η ιδιαιτερότητα του χώρου έχει να κάνει με το ότι μερικά από τα έργα του εκτίθενται στους πανέμορφους κήπους του Μουσείου, κάτι που κάνει την επίσκεψη σε αυτό ανεπανάληπτη.

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Francois Auguste Rene Rodin , born like yesterday on November 12th, 1840, was a French sculptor, whose work influenced deeply the art of sculpture in the 20th century. According to the wikipedia description of Rodin ” He refused to ignore human weaknesses and described it as best he could in his art, with realism and power. He also described the sexual weakness with passion and beauty.”

Rodin was inspired by tradition, but rebelled against the idealized forms by introducing new practices. His work opened gradually the path that led to modern sculpture. Some of Rodin’s well-known works are ” The Thinker”, “The gates of Hell “, ” The Bronze Age ” , the very sensual ” The Kiss”, “The Hands”, “St. John the Baptist”, the Monument of V. Hugo etc.
His works are now housed in a very special place in Paris, the Musée Rodin. This museum consists of the Hotel Biron, the chapel (Chapel) and its garden . Hotel Biron was built in Rue de Varenne, Paris, between 1727 and 1737 and is a shining example of architecture rocaille, which was fashionable at the time. In 1908 Rodin rented four ground floor rooms, which saw the terrace and used the space as his studio. Furthermore, exhibited some works in the garden which impressed him. The Museum opened in 1919 and all the spaces along with the chapel and the garden were used as for the exhibition (source : Musée Rodin).

The garden , however, is really dazzling and steals the thunder of the rest Museum. It is extremely unique and definitely one of the places that must be visited if someone found in Paris.

“What we love about the human body even more than it’s beautiful form is the inner flame that seems to illuminate it transparently.” – Rodin

Poetry at Panormou

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Poem by Tassos Livaditis

#AB4AGORA

Athens Biennale 2013 Agora

Και τώρα τι;

“Αν το 2011 ήταν έτος διαμαρτυρίας και ριψοκίνδυνων ονειροπολήσεων, το 2013 απαιτεί να σκεφτούμε επινοητικά και με εποικοδομητική διάθεση. Σε μια περίοδο όπου η οικονομική κρίση στην Ελλάδα και σε άλλες χώρες κορυφώνεται, η 4η Μπιενάλε της Αθήνας (ΑΒ4) δεν μπορεί παρά να θέσει ένα καίριο ερώτημα: Και τώρα τι;” (http://athensbiennale.org/agora/about/)

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“Η απάντηση στο ερώτημα Και τώρα τι; ονομάζεται AGORA. Χρησιμοποιώντας το κτίριο της Εθνικής Τράπεζας της Ελλάδος, Σοφοκλέους 8-10, ως κύριο χώρο της, η ΑΒ4 προτείνει την AGORA όχι μόνο ως τόπο ανταλλαγής απόψεων αλλά και ως ιδανικό σκηνικό κριτικής αντιπαράθεσης. Σε αντίθεση με την εξιδανικευμένη εικόνα της αρχαίας αγοράς, η AGORA φιλοξενεί διαφορετικές και ενίοτε αμφιλεγόμενες θεωρήσεις, στοχεύοντας τόσο στην τέρψη όσο και στην καλλιέργεια κριτικής σκέψης. Πρόκειται για μια έκθεση που υποδέχεται ταυτόχρονα το καρναβαλικό και το αμφίσημο, το σημαντικό και το ασήμαντο.” (http://athensbiennale.org/agora/about/)

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“Τι είναι συλλογικό και τι όχι; Ποιό είναι το σημείο που η ατομική έκφραση γίνεται δημόσια θέση και αφορμή συλλογικού προβληματισμού;” (http://athensbiennale.org/agora/ab4agora/#instagram)

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Η Athens Biennale 2013 Agora θα διαρκέσει ως την 1η Δεκεμβρίου 2013. Λαμβάνει χώρα στο Κτίριο της Εθνικής Τράπεζας της Ελλάδος (Σοφοκλέους 8-10) και στον πολυχώρο CAMP_Contemporary Art Meeting Point (Ευπόλιδος 4 & Απελλού 2).

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Μπορείτε να επισκεφτείτε την Μπιενάλε από Τρίτη ως Παρασκευή (13.00–21.00) και Σαββατοκύριακο (10.00–22.00). Κάθε Σάββατο & Κυριακή στις 13:00, 15:00, 18:00 και 19:00, κάθε Τρίτη & Τετάρτη στις 18:00 και κάθε Πέμπτη & Παρασκευή στις 18:00 και19:00 μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε ωριαίες ξεναγήσεις (περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ). Παράλληλα, οργανώνονται διάφορες εκδηλώσεις (διαλέξεις, παραστάσεις, workshops κλπ.) και αρκετές από αυτές μοιάζουν ενδιαφέρουσες.

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Ευχαριστώ θερμά την Εύη που μου έδωσε την άδειά της να χρησιμοποιήσω τις υπέροχες φωτογραφίες της για να συνοδεύσουν αυτό το ποστ!

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Athens Biennale 2013 Agora

“Given that 2011 was the year of protesting and dreaming dangerously, 2013 prompts us to think responsively and come up with useful ideas and suggestions. At a time when the financial crisis in Greece and elsewhere is reaching a highpoint, the 4th Athens Biennale (AB4) cannot but respond to this bleak situation through a pertinent question: Now what?”

“Pondering this turning point, AB4 puts into play the collaborative process in producing an exhibition. Titled AGORA, it reflects on the way a biennale has to operate under the current socio-economic circumstances. Using the empty building of the former Athens Stock Exchange as its main venue, AB4 proposes AGORA not only as a place of exchange and interaction, but also as an ideal setting for critique. Contrary to an idealized image of the ancient agora, this new AGORA points to a radical re-orientation in thinking – one that entails judgment, ruptures and conflict. As a contested space where multiple theses and doctrines emerge, this AGORA cannot be taken for granted: it aims for pleasure and purpose; it opts for the carnivalesque and the ambiguous, for the significant as much as the insignificant.” (http://athensbiennale.org/agora/about/)

“What components comprise a collective action? Where is the fine line between self expression and public standpoint and what turns one into the other?”(http://athensbiennale.org/agora/ab4agora/#instagram)

Athens Biennale 2013 Agora is taking place at the National Bank of Greece Building (8-10 Sofokleous str.) and CAMP Contemporary Art Meeting Point (4 Eupolidos & 2 Apellou str.). Opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday: 13:00-21:00, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00-22:00 (until December 1st). There are also scheduled guided tours every day (Saturday & Sunday: 13:00, 15:00, 18:00 & 19:00_Tuesday & Wednesday: 18:00_Thursday & Friday: 18:00 & 19:00). For more information you may visit here.

I want to thank my friend Evi who let me use the excellent photos she took during her visit at Athens Biennale!

 

 

A Sunday brunch..

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Contraction of breakfast and lunch, usually occurring around the hour of 11 a.m. Typically reserved for snobs and biddies who like tea and jam.

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Hello everyone!

Today i had brunch with Melin, Niki, Despina and Dimitra at the roof garden of New Hotel. New hotel is situated in the very heart of Athens, 2 blocks from Syntagma Square and the metro station and walking distance from all the main sights of Athens! The roof garden, NEW Art Lounge, has an amazing view to Lycabettus hill and the Acropolis!

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