FFF | X Apartments

Fast Forward Festival 2

21-24 MAY

The tours are held in English or Greek.
Outside the Onassis Stegi
ca. 2 hours and 30 minutes
Who lives in this city and how? What stories lie hidden within their homes? Theatre in Athenian houses and apartments?
Click here to buy ticket for Tour 1 (Starting Point: Cafe Krikelas, 2 Diligianni St. - Metaxourgeio Metro Station, Exit Diligianni)
Click here to buy ticket for Tour 2 (Starting Point: Cafe Pronto, 161 Liosion St. - Attiki Metro Station, Exit Liosion 149-169)

X Apartments - Athens
Apartments from the 1950s and 1960s and houses from the pre-war years—buildings which testify to a rich architectural past—, empty spaces and homes full of memories and old objects, half-finished buildings and temporary constructions, semi-public spaces and sites of social exclusion: X Apartments focuses on unseen aspects of Athens and on the complex phenomenon of shared city space, essaying an alternative anthropogeographical approach to our urban landscape.

Can you rediscover the city of your birth through the lives of its inhabitants? Can an art project really overcome both the dictates of political correctness and nostalgic narratives about the good olddays of ethnic homogeneity and engage with the new hybrid social identities that have come into being with the arrival of large numbers of immigrants and refugees? Does art have the power to crack open the dominant geographical narrative which has locked the public image of downtown Athens into a discourse on overarching urban decay? Can an artist work in areas traumatized by attempts to reappropriate public space, by conflicting forms of coexistence and by extreme social phenomena?

Initiated in 2002 by Matthias Lilienthal, the new artistic director of the Münchner Kammerspiele and former artistic director of Hebbel Am Ufer in Berlin, X Apartments has been staged in a number of different cities throughout the world. After Beirut, Johannesburg, São Paolo and many more cities besides, this unique dérive which invites us to penetrate deep into our fellow citizens’ private inner sancta is coming to Athens.

Fifteen Greek and international artists who work in different fields using different artistic idioms accepted our challenge to create works especially for the houses and apartments of downtown Athens.

Click here to read the curatorial statement of Katia Arfara & Anna Mülter.

Click here to see a video of Ant Hampton's work.


Concept: Matthias Lilienthal
Curated by: Katia Arfara & Anna Mülter
Research: Prodromos Tsinikoris
Dramaturgy: Katia Arfara, Anna Mülter, Prodromos Tsinikoris
Production Manager: Dimitra Dernikou
Technical Manager: Lefteris Karabilas
Line Production: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos
Assistant to the Line Production: Theodora Kapralou
Coordination: Marina Troupi
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

Tour 1: Agios Pavlos – KolonosAndreas
Angelidakis (GR), George Drivas (GR), Syllas Tzoumerkas (GR), Ant Hampton (UK/CH), Markus Öhrn (SE/DE), Akira Takayama (JA), Doris Uhlich (AT)
Tour2: Agiou Meletiou – Kypseli
Anestis Azas (GR), Tzeni Argyriou (GR), Eleni Efthimiou (GR), Alexandra Bachzetsis (GR/CH), Chris Kondek (USA/DE), Boris Nikitin (CH), Taldans (Filiz Sizanli & Mustafa Kaplan) (TR), Daniel Wetzel (DE)

Click here to read the artists' and curators' bios.

The project of Alexandra Bachzetsis is supported by:

read more

Instructions for the performance
X Apartments will run concurrently in two different areas of Athens. Spectators start in pairs every 10 minutes.
Part of the performance takes place at open-air locations and includes walking. The audience is advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, as well as a hat.

Tour 1
Starting Point: Cafe Krikelas, 2 Diligianni St. (Metaxourgeio Metro Station – Exit Diligianni)
Starting Point: Cafe Pronto, 161 Liosion St. (Attiki Metro Station – Exit Liosion 149-169)

Timetable: Thu-Sun 16:00-20:00 (tours begin every 10 minutes, with 2 spectators per tour). Please click here for the exact time slots.

It is advisable to book your ticket in advance. You can also purchase your ticket from the starting points, as long as there is availability.
Age guidance: 18+ or 16+ accompanied by an adult.

The performances start exactly at the above mentioned hours. Please be sure that you arrive at the starting point 15 minutes prior to the performance scheduled start time. In case you will not be able to attend a performance for which you have purchased a ticket, please make sure to inform us at Τ. 213 017 8036. The performances can take place only with a specific number of viewers.

25 May 2015

19:30 Goethe-Institut, 14-16 Omirou str.
Free admission


A debate in the context of "X Apartments" Art, politics and the “social turn”: Reconsidering the role of aesthetics in contemporary human geographies

sponsoring / partnerships

Supported by

Hospitality sponsor

Medical cover