Soundscapes Landscapes / City Above – Life Below: Extended Reality Tour
The Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens and Soundscapes Landscapes create a nexus of stories in the city. Artists who work in sound and images explore a new form of digital art-mapping in downtown Athens neighbourhoods and invite us on a real-time stroll through Gazi, Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio.
Kerameikos, along with Metaxourgeio, has a special intensity. It has been a living, meaningful space since antiquity that seems to weave and encapsulate the entire course of Athens through time: the cemetery, the train lines, the factory at Gazi, Kerameikos, Iera Odos and its night clubs, the edges of Metaxourgeio, multiculturalism, the development and gentrification of the area, immigrants, artists, night venues and clubs, alternative cultural spaces, tourists, and the Acropolis’ rock overlooking the area.
Cosmopolitanism and localism, national and European identity, pockets of resistance, modern Greeks and immigrants, tradition and modernity, an industrial area, and a working-class neighbourhood.
The project Soundscapes Landscapes / Rhizome ΙΙ reveals the stories that take place on the city’s surface as well as those that are hidden away or underground or in its past. Put in your earphones, download the app onto your smartphone or tablet, and navigate the city.
A project at the intersection of art, technology, audio research and field recording which also provides a gateway into the anthropology and sociology of the city through its interviews and real-life stories, soundscapes, compositions and poetry.
A project by: Medea Electronique, 2016-2017
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens
Production management: Manolis Manousakis
Production Assistant: Iro Akrivou,
Curator & Texts: Angeliki Poulou
App Design: Tim Ward
Sound Artists: Manolis Manousakis, Tim Ward, Costas Bokos, Vassilis Kontouris ((Studio 19st), Alexandros Drymonitis, Marinos Koutsomichalis Video
Artists: Panagiotis Goumpouros, Kleopatra Korai, Michael Tebinka
Virtual Reality programming: Vicky Bisbiki, Michael Tebinka
3D Design: Vicky Bisbiki
PD Programming: Alexandros Drymonitis
Graphic Design: Yannis Lolis
Recitation: Sara Bislanis, Nadia Deligianni, Stavros Loukeris, Gregory Patrika Karr, Giorgos Antonopoulos
Translation: Memi Katsoni, Anna Papaeti
A Virtual Reality Application by Medea Electronique
A Virtual Reality/360 mobile application is developed in-house by Medea Electronique and will be released to the public early 2018.
Guest Artists: John Van Aitken, Jane Brake, Iris Garrelfs, Emilia Izquierdo, Tassos Karadedos, Conor McCafferty, Matilde Meirelles, Evi Nakou, Alfredo Pechuan Roca, Marilee Pizarro
Τhe following academics’ and researchers’ scientific contribution has been important: Myrto Dimitropoulou (Historian, Researcher), Giannis Kozatsas (Dr. οf Philosophy, Archaeologist), Eugenia Bournova (Historian, Associate Professor, University of Athens), Elena Patatouka (Architect, PhD Candidate), Haris Tsavdaroglou (Dr. Urban Planner), Menelaos Charalampidis (Historian, Dr. οf Modern Greek History)
We also thank the poets who gave us permission to both use and record poems of theirs: Zissis Ainalis, Kostis Gardikis, Thomas Kiaos, Giannis Stigas
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
2-18 February, 2018
For more info: http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG2001
Photo credit: Kiki Papadopoulou, Κική Παπαδοπούλου