What we saw during the second week of AGORA
The Economics Conference ‘Now What?’ with surprising statements by internationally renowned economists, like Paolo Manasse, Professor Frances Ruane, Heiner Flassbeck, Deirdre McCloskey, Nicholas Economides, Loukas Tsoukalis and Elias Papaioannou, the high attendance of teams that intervene in the City at the premier of AGORA – KYKLOS, the performance The storyteller, the knife and the ‘machine’ by Yota Ioannidou that re-enacted the 1862 uprising against King Otto of Greece in the Kapnikarea district of Athens, the touching discussion of Sally Potter with Leda Papaconstantinou at the Machine Room of AGORA, the ongoing Value workshop at the Machine Room and the roundtable discussion The New Parthenon (beta) transformed AGORA for a second week into a Machine that produces reflections, that works with ideas and opinions as fuel, that does not predetermine the result but highlights the functions and manifestations of its collective use.
The 4th Athens Biennale is based on participation, a parameter equally important to everything that has already been planned, is being planned and presented.
The program of the third week of AGORA
AGORA continues to create a meeting space at Sofokleous street for coexistence, reflection and polyphony with discussions, performances, music and of course, food by Nomadic Kitchen with recipes from all over the world, especially on Sunday, October 20th.
Uncommon Commons Re (Projected), Jenny Marketou
The third week of AGORA opens with the Uncommon Commons Re (Projected) workshop curated by Jenny Marketou. The workshop, which will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 15 and 16 October respectively, aims to create a common space/time between people, teams, organizations of social research, art and activism and to promote exchange and retribution among them. Uncommon Commons Re (Projected) is facilitated by: Nicholas Mirzoeff (Professor Media Culture and Communication, NYU, writer, founder and deputy director of International Association of Visual Culture), Yates McKee (activist, art historian), Amin Husain (artist, lawyer), Pamela Brown (activist, scholar), Tidal Magazine, Strike Debt in New York.
Participants: George Papanagiotou, Ilias Paraskevopoulos, Katerina Tselou (members of the AB4 team), members of the groups Radiobubble, Tutorpool, Iliosporoi, Errands, Politeia 2.0, Global Voices, Media Liberation Front/Feminism, Global Voices as well as Gigi Argyropoulou (director and theorist), Dimitris Kosmidis (historian), Κostis Stafylakis (artist, curator and theorist), Kostis Velonis (artist) based in Athens.
Future lasts forever. 10 years, Blitz
On October 17th, 18th and 19th the theatrical team blitz present in AGORA a performance titled ‘Future lasts forever. 10 years.’ blitz present their artistic work through audiovisual material, open a dialogue with the participants on their artistic career and share with them a 30-minute excerpt from their recent production GALAXY.
Especially on Saturday, October 19th blitz will move on to present GALAXY in AGORA.
Value workshop, Elpida Rikou
At the same time on Sturday, Octoober 20th, in the Machine room at Sofokleous the Value workshop will take place. The workshop proposes a two months’ collaboration of visual artists, socialscientists and theorists of various disciplines, who will take the anthropological perspective on ‘exchange’ as a point of reference, while attempting to comprehend and comment on the ways value is created and experienced in everyday life. Coordinated by Elpida Rikou.
In the context of the workshop, a discussion titled Value | Economy | Philoposophy will take place, with the participation of: S. Tegos (Lecturer Philosophy, University of Crete) , Ν. Theoharakis (Associate Professor Political Economy and History of Economic Thinking).
Moreover, Io Chaviara (visual artist) will present the art project Votive Offering, which she describes as below: ‘Spreads, hedge funds, CDS, toxic bonds, deficit, debt restructuring, PSI, primary surplus. Financial terms and processes are indicate as responsible for national salvation, economy is sanctified, human value is economized. Irrationalisms are presented as precipitations of logic and the obvious. What can our stance be towards these inductions and reassessments?’
On Sunday, October 20th, AGORA spreads in the city. In the context of its performances Romvos presents a performance in the “Korean Market” of Iera Odos. Every Sunday the Greek Scavengers Union is selling its products at a made-up bazaar, described by themselves as a process of «direct recycling». Romvos and its guests will search for vinyl records at the scavengers’ stalls and play them through the sound system that is going to be set up at the bazaar.
Generation 2.0 festival
Back to Sofokleous we meet generation 2.0, a youth organization of immigrant and Greek origin that represents the New Generation of Greek Citizens, meaning people of different origin that were born or/and raised in Greece. generation 2.0 is aiming to claim the right for all children to be equal citizens of the country in which they were born or/and raised..
In AGORA generation 2.0 organizes on Sunday, October 20th, a day of polymorphic actions, discussions, workshops, as well as food and music by music groups of second generation children, with the participation of teams, artists, academics, professionals and human rights activists. Among the actions that have been planned are the workshops Education on Human Rights and Experiential game on Human Rights, as well as the roundtable discussion ‘The right to Citizenship: the problematic of the second generation’, with the participation of: Tina Palivos (anthropologist), Nikos Odubitan (generation 2.0), Andreas Takis (academic), Christos Iliadis (Hellenic League for Human Rights), Grigoris Tsioukas (The Greek Ombudsman), Andriana Mardaki (lawyer and member of ΕΝΑR).
AGORA – KYKLOS: Human Rights
The third week of AGORA closes with the series of discussions AGORA – KYKLOS. It is a series of loosely structured pluralistic approaches on crucial issues that take place every Sunday afternoon. Invited to Kyklos, the teams and initiatives that actively touch these subjects will have 10-15 minutes in order to share their practical approaches as answers to the question Now what?
On Sunday 20 October at 6:00 pm, Human Rights will be the focus of the second thematic unit of Kyklos. Paticipants: MDM (Médecins du Monde), Amnesty International, Transparency International, Colour Youth, Shedia Magazine, Streets of Life, Human Library, generation 2.0, School up.