Tomorrow’s Talks


17 MAY 2017
Diplareios School (Theatrou sq 3, Athens centre)
The discussion will be held in English.
Speculations, stories, fictions: What role can they play in a contradictory era when they become part of architectural and artistic projects? The discussion will focuses on current practices and methodologies that use speculation to explore near or distant futures.
Free admission
Speculations, stories, fictions: What role can they play in a contradictory era when they become part of architectural and artistic projects? How can they engage with elusive phenomena, such as climate change, or the rapid development and use of artificial intelligence? To which degree can they provoke change?
As part of the Tomorrows exhibition, Onassis Cultural Centre organises an afternoon of talks on current practices and methodologies that use speculation to explore near or distant futures. Participants from the exhibition are invited to present their approaches and the ways in which they respond to users’ and inhabitants’ worries and expectations. Through these approaches, speculations about the future role of architecture and design also occur; going beyond their common functionality, they are redefined as they focus on fictional scenarios, and aim to evoke discussions about the relationship of the human with nature and the machine. Distinct examples offer the opportunity for critical reflections on possible as well as desirable futures.

Topics and participants:
5:00 pm
Techno-Natural Environments in the Era of Climate Change 
with Stefania Strouza & The New Raw, Zinovia Toloudi and Michael Young
7:00 pm
Garments for a Surveilled Future
with Behnaz Farahi and Adam Harvey
8:30 pm
Images from the City of Tomorrow
with Penelope Haralambidou and Liam Young


Curated and Moderated by: Daphne Dragona, Panos Dragonas
Organized by: Pasqua Vorgia

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Entrance to all the events in the “Talks and Thoughts” Cycle is free and on a first come, first served basis.

Behnaz Farahi is an architect and interaction designer whose work explores the potential of interactive environments (from fashion to architecture) and their relationship to the human body through the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems. Holding a Bachelor’s and two Masters degrees in Architecture, currently she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic.
Dr Penelope Haralambidou(GR/UK), Senior Lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, is acting director of the MPhil/PhD Architectural Design programme and MArch Unit 24 coordinator. Her work lies between practice and theory, she has used filmmaking and architectural design as a research method, and her projects have been exhibited internationally. Her monograph Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire was published by Routledge (2013), and she has contributed writing on themes such allegory, figural theory, stereoscopy and film in architecture to a wide range of publications. Her recent research focuses on what she has defined as the ‘architectural essay film.’ She has organised the symposiums Architecture | Essay | Film, 2016, at UCL, and Film | Making | Space, February 2017, at the Royal Academy, and is the author of “The Architectural Essay Film” (ARQ, volume 19 issue 03, 2015), and “With-Drawing Room on Vellum” (Drawing Futures, UCL Press, 2016).
Adam Harvey is an artist and independent researcher based in Berlin. His work includes developing camouflage from face detection (CV Dazzle, 2010), anti-drone garments (Stealth Wear, 2013), a faraday cage phone case (OFF Pocket, 2013), and a Wi-Fi geolocation spoofing device (SkyLift, 2016). Harvey's multidisciplinary approach to exploiting surveillance technologies has been widely noted in a wide range of publications from The New York Times to the Air Force Times. He has been nominated as a Future Great by Art Review magazine in 2014, received a Core77 design award in 2011 for his work on CV Dazzle, and was recently awarded a web-residency by Schloss Solitude and ZKM for continued development of SkyLift. Harvey's current work continues to explore low-cost methods for averting high-tech surveillance.
The New Raw (TNR) is a creative practice that explores the merging fields of digital fabrication and ma­terial resourcing. TNR’s projects focus on creating closed loops by introducing digital fabrication technologies in the recycling process of discarded materials. In this manner, the studio explores what design can do for waste-over­production and material misuse. The New Raw was founded in Rotterdam in 2015 by Foteini Se­taki and Panos Sakkas.
Stefania Strouza is an artist and architect living and working in Vienna and Athens. Her artistic practice is based on the idea of the Eastern Mediterranean region as the merging point of diverse cultural currents, between the East and the West, the archaic and the modern. In her current research, she focuses on the notion of the ‘shore’ as a physical and conceptual site, both in terms of its materiality as well as its geopolitical and symbolic implications. Part of this ongoing project was developed during her residency at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies of Princeton University.
Zenovia Toloudi is an architect, artist, and Assistant Professor at Studio Art, Dartmouth College. In 2000, Zenovia founded Studio Z, a research and art-architecture practice. Her installations have been exhibited internationally, including Venice Biennale, The Lab at Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, and Athens Byzantine Museum. Her public art projects have been placed in Fenway Boston, the lobby of MIT Stata and the central entrance of two buildings in New England of Optometry in Boston. Other works of her belong to permanent collections such as Aristotle University's Sculpture Collection, Threcian Pinacotheca and Leslie Center for the Humanities, at Dartmouth. Her essays have been published in Routledge, Technoetic Arts, MAS Context and WAr journals. Zenovia has received a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard GSD, a Master of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology (as a Fulbright Fellow), and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Young & Ayata recently received a first-place prize to design the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. In 2014, they received the Young Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York and in 2016 the Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record. Michael is Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union. He has previously taught design studios and seminars at Yale, Princeton, SCI-Arc, Columbia, Syracuse, Pratt, Cornell and Innsbruck University. His work has been exhibited recently in New York, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Chicago, Barcelona, and Princeton.
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.

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