Greece of the ’80s at the Onassis Cultural Centre

Opening: 17 February  | 21:00

17 FEB – 12 APR 2017
Exhibition Hall
What do you remember from the ’80s? What would you keep and what would you throw away? Which song did you frantically dance? Which poster did you have hanging on your bedroom wall? Come and let us unravel together the mythology of the ’80s in our country, to remember again, or to learn again a misunderstood decade.
What do you remember from the ’80s? What would you keep and what would you throw away? Which song did you frantically dance to? Which poster did you have hanging on your bedroom wall? Where were you the night of the EuroBasket final? Where did you use to hang out? Did you wear shoulder pads? Did you dance at ‘Aytokinisi’? Which clothes from that period do you refuse to throw away until today? For which hairstyle are you ashamed of?

In the context of the exhibition GR80s: Greece of the 80s at Technopolis, the Onassis Cultural Centre has organized a series of events, running in parallel, such as discussions, a party, dj sets, workshops, film projections, and of course a photography exhibition curated by photographer Spyros Staveris.

Come and let us unravel together the mythology of the 80s in our country, to remember again, or to learn again a misunderstood decade.


Planning: Afroditi Panagiotakou, Elisavet Pantazi, Konstantina Soulioti

Complementing the opening night of the exhibition in an ‘absolute’ way are cocktails inspired by our special decade of the 80s, and drinks of Absolut, the Vodka that makes our nights unforgettable and unique. Make your 80s nights, Absolut nights!

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Events at the Onassis Cultural Centre in the context of the exhibition GR80s: Greece of the ’80s at Technopolis.

Greece in the 80s at the OCC: Our photographs
Back when film had to be developed
Photography exhibition curated by Spyros Staveris
17 February – 12 April | Exhibition Space -1 | 12:00-21:00 | Entrance free
The 80s through photo albums: The audiences of OCC responded to our call, and sent us photographs and films from parties, school celebrations, nights out, cultural events, excursions, birthdays, Easter and Christmas, and weddings. Fashion, human relations, the mentality and the customs of the decade are exhibited as you have portrayed them through your own lenses.   

80s Opening Party in association with six d.o.g.s
17 February | Exhibition Space -1 | 21:00 | Entrance free
Remember the songs you used to listen to on repeat and dance the night away to them at an eclectic 80s party in the OCC exhibition space in collaboration with six d.o.g.s. The Greek 80s wasn’t just disco and it wasn’t just Greek pop, either. It was New Wave, it was punk, and it was metal. The nation’s dance floors were awash with stilettos and carnations, but Greek teenagers were at home wearing out the play/rewind buttons on their cassette decks beneath Dark Wave posters and round their friends’ houses setting the synths alight. All that and the rest--rock, instrumental, metal, lyrics Greek and English--will provide the soundtrack for an evening every bit as eclectic as the decade it’s dedicated to. Ten disk jockeys with the Eighties in their blood will be manning the decks for 45 minutes each from 21:00 till dawn, covering a huge range of music, playing most of it on authentic vinyl. Songs produced in Greece between 1980 and 1989, some obvious but others that will surprise you, will revive the musical spirit of an era which has been loved, sung about and misunderstood like few others, Disk Jockeys: Vouno / Cult Invaders / Theodosis Michos / Mr. Z / Dimitris Papaioannou / Makis Papasimakopoulos / Elena Falirea / Fantastikoi Ichoi / Felizol.

Escape from the 80s – escape room at the OCC
18 February – 12 April | Exhibition Space -1 | Weekdays 17:00-21:00, Sat-Sun. 12:00- 21:00
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Tickets: 7 € per person for groups of 2-3 and 6 € per person for groups of 4-5
Take yourselves back to the Eighties with this interactive game-experience. Go back in time and find something you thought of as hugely important in the Eighties but have been ignoring ever since...
For groups of 2-5
Curated by: Paradox Project

Dj and club culture in 80s Greece | Open from 17 February | Exhibition hall | Admission free
Revival of the dj booth of the legendary disco Barbarella. Discussions with leading djs of the period and dj sets (Curated by Black Athena & Giorgos Markatas).
A series of events under the title Dj and Club Culture in Greece in the ’80s in the context of GR80s: Greece of the ’80s at the Onassis Cultural Centre, takes us through what happened from the beginning of the decade up until the time when the disco ‘Aytokinisi’ was turned into one of the largest clubs in the country. Live discussions with important djs of the time, talks by specialists on club culture, dj sets inspired by the decade of disco, and a unique installation will take place at the exhibition area of OCC, transporting us to the Athenian big dance floors of the 80s.
More info about the talks will be announced soon

A conversation about Eurobasket 1987
10 March | Main Stage | 19:00 | Admission free
What were you doing in June 1987? Do the phrases “one plus one shot”, “the Greek team’s in the lead again”, or “our qualification’s now in the hands of this honourable giant” remind you of anything? In association with Panagis Panagiotopoulos and Vasilis Vamvakas and the collaboration of journalists, sports writers and professional athletes (including Antonis Panoutsos, Dimitris Theodoropoulos and Panagiotis Menegos), a conversation about the unforgettable Eurobasket 1987 tournament thirty years on.
Pre-booking will be possible on the OCC website.

The way they lived
Exhibition hall | Admission free
The dates will be announced soon.
Film screenings curated by Ilias Frangoulis. A look at the Eighties lifestyle through the American films we loved.

80s Bingo night | 31 March | Ground floor Bar | 20:00 | Admission free
Play Bingo, answer questions on the 80s, and sing your favourite ‘refrain’ in karaoke.
Curated by Elias Frangoulis

Retro-Technology Workshops | Exhibition hall
Our two workshops, Retro Gaming and Analogue Hacking, create a technological and aesthetic journey to the 80s, using technologies of the twenty-first century.

Digital Wednesday "Video Game Aesthetics from the 80s to today" | 22 February | 19:00
Digital Wednesday “Aesthetics and Society in Computer Gaming since the 80s” | 22 February 2017 | 19:00 |
Digital Wednesday (22 February 2017 at 19:00) “Aesthetics and Society in Computer Gaming since the 80s” with Pavlos Papapavlou and Dimitris Trakas, Renia Papathanasiou and Christina Chrysanthopoulou will explore the influence 80s video games have had on the current aesthetic and the socio-economic and technological evolution of the gaming industry.

Click here to read more about Digital Wednesdays and how to take part in.

Five-Day Retro Gaming Workshop | 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 March 2017 | Exhibition hall
The OCC is organizing a five-day workshop on Retro Gaming. Taking the two-dimensional graphics, pixels and chiptunes of the 80s as its starting point, the workshop invites participants to design and implement contemporary games with a retro aesthetic. Over an intense five days, workshop attendees will form small creative teams, familiarize themselves with contemporary development tools like Unity, and develop a new video game.
With: ViRA (Dimitris Trakas, Renia Papathanasiou, Christina Chrysanthopoulou)

10 March | 18:30-20:30 - Introduction: Historical Overview, Game Design Practices
11 March | 10:00-18:30 - Unity Basics: Grahics PART I, Physics, Animation, Audio / Sound Design
12 March | 10:00-18:30 - Creating and importing 2D & 3D assets: Graphics PART II, UI, Programming
18 March | 10:00-18:30 - Workshop
19 March | 10:00-19:00 - Workshop and Presentations
Requirements: Participants will need ot bring their own laptops and headphones. Participation is free but full attendance is required.
Reservations: Please reserve your participation at the workshop until Tuesday 7 March by completing the registration form. Participations will be confirmed on the next day of the reservation deadline.

Two-Day Analogue Video Hacking Workshop | 8 and 9 April 2017 | 10:00-17:00 | Exhibition hall
On April 8-9, John Richards, professor of Music Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester, is coming to familiarize us with analogue video hacking. An ever-growing segment of listeners and artists alike are returning to analogue (signal, video and sound) and experimenting with digital practices in an analogue environment. What is an analogue signal and how can we process it? How can we ‘interfere with’ analogue media like video and audio cassettes and analogue radio signals?  Do we have what we need to build ‘bridges’ between analogue and digital technology? How can we build analogue devices to mix cassettes and VCR? Over the weekend, we will familiar ourselves with analogue culture; process sounds, images and signals; learn about analogue devices from another era; and embark on a dialogue with the Eighties in search of an aesthetic for our own era of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. The results of the workshop will be presented to the public on the last day.
Curated by Prodromos Tsiavos, Iraklis Papatheodorou
With: Jonh Richards
Requirements: The workshop will be held in English. Participants will have to bring a 9V PP3 battery and old videotapes, preferably from the 80s. Participation is free but full attendance is required.
Reservations: Please reserve your participation at the workshop until Wednesday 5 April 2017 by completing the registration form. Participations will be confirmed on the next day of the reservation deadline.

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