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Fast Forward Festival 4

2-14 MAY 2017
A contemporary festival, reclaiming public and private spaces in Athens and Piraeus, taking place within a fortnight. The 4th Fast Forward Festival explores the notion of home, of forced displacement and global strategies of precarization through socially engaged artistic practices.
The 4th Fast Forward Festival is slipping silently into abandoned hotels and arcades, making inroads into old railway stations, making it as far out as Piraeus' Silo and old stone warehouse to wander the side streets and squares of Drapetsona. The three landmark spaces of this year's FFF—Syntagma and Omonoia squares and the port of Piraeus—co-exist with heterotopias such as the radioactive exclusion zones of Fukushima and Chernobyl and refugee camps in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

In a world charging headlong from endless motion to utter immobility and the total militarization of our borders, the co-existence of different places—and hence times—cannot but acquire a socio-political dimension. The 4th FFF is articulated around “heterotopias of crisis”, which is say around forbidden, invisible and marginalized places where, according to Foucault, spaces and times that could not normally co-exist are intertwined.

The common thread running through the heterotopias of the 4th FFF is the traumatic experience of forced displacement and the loss both of “home” and of a sense of belonging. Using various forms of artistic expression, the Festival sets out to create a notional “shared space” on the borderline between fiction and reality—a space of otherness which can dissect the hegemonic mechanisms of entrenchment and global strategies of precariousness while simultaneously testing the limits and the potential of art's social function.

The process of preparing for the 4th FFF, which involved extensive research and fieldwork, is every bit as important as the end result. The creation of site-specific works in the public sphere could never have proceeded without the cooperation of social networks and the exchange of experiences and practices among researchers, artists and educators. Still, the FFF is not only about participatory urban interventions; it also features highly heterogeneous “communities” which the viewer/visitor is invited to join, albeit temporarily.

In an attempt to dilate our crisis-compressed present and redefine it by means of a comparative historical approach, the artists of the 4th FFF create a space that is realistic as well as poetic; a state both invisible and “real”, like the one Gregor Schneider has set up in Omonoia Square, which evades the machinery of surveillance and exclusion and which could, ideally, serve as a familiar space of co-existence.


Katia Arfara
Artistic Director of Theatre and Dance at the Onassis Cultural Centre



FAST FORWARD FESTIVAL 4
Concept and Artistic Direction of the Festival: Katia Arfara
Production Management: Dimitra Dernikou
General Technical Management: Lefteris Karabilas
Line Production: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos
General Coordination & Research: Marina Troupi
Workshops and Debates Coordination: Myrto Lavda, Eleanna Semitelou
Assistants to the Line Production: Despoina Sifniadou, Irilena Tsami, George Linardakis
INCLUDED IN CIRCLE

6 May 2017

Inside & Outside the OCC
Participation cost: Free
If you are interested in attending the workshop, click here for more info

VISUAL ARTS

FFF | Workshop: "We Refugees, Α Scenario for a Schizoanalytical Seminar" Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri

2 - 14 May 2017

Outside the OCC
General admission fee: 3 €

The audience can enter the hotel from the side entrance inside the arcade.

VISUAL ARTS

FFF4 | Don't Follow the Wind Chim↑Pom, Kenji Kubota, Eva & Franco Mattes and Jason Waite

2 - 14 May 2017

Outside the OCC

VISUAL ARTS

FFF4 | Piraeus / Heterochronia Hikaru Fujii

2 - 14 May 2017

Outside the OCC
Free admission
 
Performance Guidelines 
The audience will walk and move outdoors.
We recommend comfortable clothes, hats, and shoes, since the audience’s walk will last approximately three hours. 
To use the application, a smartphone is needed – with a 3G or 4G Internet connection – as well as headphones. For those who do not have one, there will be a limited number of phones at the starting point at Omonia Square.
This event is not appropriate for people with mobility difficulties.

THEATRE

FFF4 | Piraeus / Heterotopia Akira Takayama

3 - 8 May 2017

Exhibition Hall
Full price: 10 €
Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 8 €
Large groups (10+ people): 7 €
Reduced, Unemployed, People with disabilities & Companions: 5 €

The performance takes place in a non-theatrical venue which is not accessible to people with mobility impairments.

The performances can take place only with a specific number of viewers. 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.
 

THEATRE

FFF4 | Evros Walk Water 1 & 2 Daniel Wetzel / Rimini Protokoll

3 - 10 May 2017

Outside the OCC
Full price: 10 €
Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 8 €
Large groups (10+ people): 7 €
Reduced, Unemployed, People with disabilities & Companions: 5 €

Reservation is recommended due to limited availability.

THEATRE

FFF4 | Sanctuary Brett Bailey

8 - 21 May 2017

Outside the OCC
Free admission

VISUAL ARTS

FFF4 | Invisible City Gregor Schneider

9 - 14 May 2017

Syntagma Square, Athens centre
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis.
The tickets available for sale online have sold out.
A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance. 

Please be sure that you arrive at the starting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the performance. In case of late check-in, your reservation will be canceled.

The performance takes place in a non-theatrical venue which is not accessible to people with mobility impairments.
The performance is not suitable for people with epilepsy.

THEATRE

FFF4 | Phobiarama Dries Verhoeven

10 - 14 May 2017

18:30 Outside the OCC
Full price: 10 €
Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 8 €
Large groups (10+ people): 7 €
Reduced, Unemployed, People with disabilities & Companions: 5 €

The performance takes place in a non-theatrical venue which is not accessible to people with mobility impairments.
We recommend comfortable clothes and shoes.

DANCE

FFF4 | Peregrinus Zoi Dimitriou

10 - 11 May 2017

Main Stage
Full price: 10 €
Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 8 €
Large groups (10+ people): 7 €
Reduced, Unemployed, People with disabilities & Companions: 5 €

THEATRE

FFF4 | Zvizdal [Chernobyl – so far so close] Berlin

13 - 14 May 2017

Upper Stage
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis.
Prebooking: infotickets@sgt.gr & +30 213 017 8036
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before and during the symposium.
 

TALKS & THOUGHTS

FFF4 | International Symposium: "On Homelands and the Stateless as the World Tilts Right"