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Tomorrow’s Storeys

Critical fictions on the future of Athens

Tomorrows


19 MAR 2017
19:00

The discussion will be held in English (with no translation into Greek).
 
Diplareios School (Theatrou sq 3, Athens centre)
Can we imagine the future of Athens and, if so, how? Artists and architects construct narratives for the future of Athens which they will present in an open to the public discussion.
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis.
Reservation is required. Click here to reserve your seat.
Two months prior to the opening of Tomorrows exhibition at Diplareios School, Onassis Cultural Centre hosts Tomorrow’s Storeys, an initiative organized by architect Liam Young, aiming to produce a series of critical fictions about the future of Athens.
 
Science fiction authors, visual artists, directors, photographers and architects will meet and collaborate for three days (17-19 March) at Diplareios School, to collectively construct narratives concerning the future life of Athenian citizens. Beginning with the city’s current issues, phenomena and trends, the participants will imagine tomorrow’s everyday life, focusing on an already existing block located at the centre of Athens. Through discussions, illustrations and hypotheses, the working group will shape a portrait of the citizens’ daily life, based on assumptions regarding Athens’ needs and dynamics in the future.
 
According to Liam Young, in an age defined by rapid change, where the present is shorter and more immediate than ever, hypothetical and reflective projects are exceptionally valuable, as they are able to shed light on aspects of a seemingly dystopian and unknown future. "The future is becoming a project again. Thinking about the future is an urgent project of our generation".

The participants will present the workshop’s results in an open to the public discussion on Sunday 19 March.

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The working team consists of:
Liam Young, architect
Leigh Alexander, author
James Bridle, artist, author
Bruce Sterling, author
Marina Gioti, director, visual artist
Panos Dragonas, architect
Ioanna Bourazopoulou, author

There will be a live visualization of the discussions by Kostas Charitos.
 
The stories produced will form the content of the installation that will be designed by Liam Young specifically for Tomorrows exhibition.
 
Curated by: Daphne Dragona, Panos Dragonas
Organized by: Heracles Papatheodorou, Pasqua Vorgia
 

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Liam Young is a speculative architect and filmmaker who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms, and co-runs the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic research studio that travels on location shoots and expeditions to the ends of the earth to document emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures. Liam is a producer of a BAFTA nominated short, has premiered films at the London Film Festival and has been collected by institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Metropolitan Art in New York and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. http://www.tomorrowsthoughtstoday.com/
 
Leigh Alexander writes about the intersection of technology and popular culture. She hosts the Guardian’s tech podcast, writes a technomancy column at Motherboard called "Oracles of the Web", and occasionally does narrative design for independent video games. She recently published Monitor, a cyberpunk novella, and launched an ASMR video series devoted to vintage computing. More projects can be found at leighalexander.net/about.
 
Ioanna Bourazopoulou was born and lives in Athens, Greece. She writes novels, plays and short stories. Her work is mainly categorized as political fantasy and dystopian fiction. She has taken part as a speaker in national and international literature events, exhibitions and round tables. Her short stories and articles are published in Greek newspapers, magazines and literary magazines. She is the author of five novels and one book for children. Her novel, What Lot’s Wife Saw, published in Greek, French and English, was included in the Guardian’s list of the Best Science Fiction Books of the year 2013. She has been shortlisted for six national and one international award (Prix du Livre Europeen 2011) and won the following: The Athens Prize for Literature for Best Greek Novel of the year 2007, for her novel What Lot’s Wife Saw; the Literature Award KLEPSIDRA for Best Greek Novel of the year 2014, and the Athens Academy Award for Literature 2014, both for her novel, The Dragon of Prespa I – The Valley of Mud. She was awarded bursaries by the National Book Centre of France (2012) and the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and Arts (2016).

James Bridle is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Barbican, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, the Istanbul Design Biennial, and has exhibited worldwide and on the Internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, The Atlantic, The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Observer and many others, in print and online. He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines. His work can be found at http://booktwo.org.

Daphne Dragona is a Berlin based theorist and curator. She is part of the curatorial team of transmediale, festival for art and digital culture. Her current interests lie in post-digital artistic strategies and methodologies as well as in alternatives, counter-infrastructures and systems that aim for users' and citizens' critical empowerment. Articles of hers have been published in various books, journals, magazines and exhibition catalogs. She has collaborated with different institutions. Among her curated or co-curated projects are: Homo Ludens Ludens (Laboral, 2008), Mapping the Commons- Athens (EMST, 2010), Data Bodies - Networked Portraits (Fundacion Telefonica & Alta Tecnologia Andina 2011), Datenspiel/Dataplay (Goethe Institut Athen & Frown, 2013), Afresh (ΕΜSΤ, 2013), Home/s (Goethe Institut Athen & Benaki Museum, 2013) New Babylon Revisited (Goethe Institut Athen, 3 137, Space Under, Circuits & Currents, 2014), the transmediale 2015 Capture All exhibition & conference program and the transmediale 2017 ever elusive conference program. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens.
 
Panos Dragonas is an architect, curator and professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Patras, Greece. In 2012 he was joint commissioner/ curator of Made in Athens, the Greek participation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la biennale di Venezia. He has curated – alone or in collaboration – the exhibitions Adhocracy [Athens] (2015), Rethink Athens (2013), 14F/21GR – Young Architects from France and Greece (2012) and the 2nd Biennale of Young Greek Architects (1998). From 2001 to 2013, he was consultant editor of the annual review Architecture in Greece. His current research and design activities focus on the transformations of the Greek cities during the economic crisis, the investigation of post-consumerist housing typologies, and the connections between cinema, architecture and the modern city. http://www.deltarchi.com/

Marina Gioti is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Athens, Greece. She studied Chemical Engineering, Environmental Management (MSc), Filmmaking, and Media and Communication (MA) in Greece, UK and Belgium. Although she went through a formal cinema training, in her work she explores the aesthetic and narrative capacities of media, through videos, installations and hybrid media works. In her filmic work, she often manipulates found footage, aiming to revisit and retell old, forgotten stories. She has also co-curated two exhibitions and programmed experimental and documentary films for screenings and film festivals. Her films and installations have been screened and exhibited worldwide at both international film festivals (Toronto IFF, transmediale, Jeonju, Viennale, Les Rencontres Internationales) and exhibitions (Art Space Pythagorion, Thessaloniki Biennial, Wroclaw Media Art Biennial, Bozar Βrussels, CaixaForum Barcelona, Deste Foundation, Museum of Cycladic Art and the Onassis Cultural Centre). She is currently in post-production for her first feature film, “The Invisible Hands”, a documentary set in Cairo, Egypt, featuring Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls and Sublime Frequencies.
 
Costas Haritos was born in Ioannina and now lives and works in Athens as an illustrator and concept artist. He has worked in Greece and internationally for children books, board games, tabletop RPGs (White-Wolf publishing), and independent video games. Currently he’s working on his personal project, in the genre of science fiction and cyberpunk. His work can be found at https://www.artstation.com/artist/costasharitos & http://hyaloclastics.tumblr.com/.
 
Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books. His nonfiction works include The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992), Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years (2003), Shaping Things (2005), and The Epic Struggle of The Internet of Things (2014). His most recent book is a collection of Italian fantascienza stories, Utopia Pirata: I Racconti di Bruno Argento (2016). He has been "Visionary in Residence" at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (2005, 2011), the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (2008), the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University (2013), and the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination (2016). In 2008 he was the Guest Curator for the Share Festival of Digital Art and Culture in Torino, Italy, and in 2015 he was the Curator of the "Casa Jasmina" project at the Torino Fab Lab.

Entrance to all the events in the “Talks and Thoughts” Cycle is free and on a first come, first served basis.
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The discussion will be held in English (with no translation into Greek).