An audio-visual and highly interactive walk at the neighbourhoods of Kerameikos/Metaxourgeio in Athens to discover parts of the city we were unaware of.
The Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens and Soundscapes Landscapes create a nexus of stories in the city of Athens. Artists who work in sound and images explore a new form of digital art-mapping in downtown Athens neighbourhoods and invite us on a real-time stroll through Gazi, Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio.
Kerameikos, along with Metaxourgeio, has a special intensity. It has been a living, meaningful space since antiquity that seems to weave and encapsulate the entire course of Athens through time: the cemetery, the train lines, the factory at Gazi, Kerameikos, Iera Odos and its night clubs, the edges of Metaxourgeio, multiculturalism, the development and gentrification of the area, immigrants, artists, night venues and clubs, alternative cultural spaces, tourists, and the Acropolis’ rock overlooking the area.
Cosmopolitanism and localism, national and European identity, pockets of resistance, modern Greeks and immigrants, tradition and modernity, an industrial area, and a working-class neighbourhood.
The project Soundscapes Landscapes / Rhizome ΙΙ reveals the stories that take place on the city's surface as well as those that are hidden away or underground or in its past. Put in your earphones, download the app onto your smartphone or tablet, and navigate the city.
A project at the intersection of art, technology, audio research and field recording which also provides a gateway into the anthropology and sociology of the city through its interviews and real-life stories, soundscapes, compositions and poetry.
Click on the icon to download the application.
Click here for the online app which allows you to create your own walk.
Click here to read the instructions for downloading the app.
Production management: Manolis Manousakis Curator & Texts: Angeliki Poulou App Design: Tim Ward Sound Artists: Manolis Manousakis, Tim Ward, Costas Bokos, Vassilis Kontouris ((Studio 19st), Alexandros Drymonitis, Marinos Koutsomichalis Video Artists: Panagiotis Goumpouros, Cleopatra Korai, Michael Tebinka Virtual Reality Programming: Vicky Bisbiki, Michael Tebinka 3D Design: Vicky Bisbiki PD Programming: Alexandros Drymonitis Graphic Design: Yannis Lolis Recitation: Sara Bislanis, Nadia Deligianni, Stavros Loukeris, Gregory Patrika Karr, Giorgos Antonopoulos Translation: Memi Katsoni, Anna Papaeti
A project by Medea Electronique, 2016-2017
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Soundwalk App by ZKM
The app is developed in partnership with the Onassis Cultural Centre and Medea Electronique as part of the Interfaces Project. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Virtual Reality App by Medea Electronique
A Virtual Reality/360 mobile application is developed in-house by Medea Electronique and will be released to the public in late 2017/early 2018. More info will be made available in the fall of 2017.
Guest Artists: John Van Aitken, Jane Brake, Iris Garrelfs, Emilia Izquierdo, Tassos Karadedos, Conor McCafferty, Matilde Meirelles, Evi Nakou, Alfredo Pechuan Roca, Marilee Pizarro
Τhe following academics’ and researchers’ scientific contribution has been important: Myrto Dimitropoulou (Historian, Researcher), Giannis Kozatsas (Dr. οf Philosophy, Archaeologist), Eugenia Bournova (Historian, Associate Professor, University of Athens), Elena Patatouka (Architect, PhD Candidate), Haris Tsavdaroglou (Dr. Urban Planner), Menelaos Charalampidis (Historian, Dr. οf Modern Greek History)
We also thank the poets who gave us permission to both use and record poems of theirs:
Zissis Ainalis, Kostis Gardikis, Thomas Kiaos, Giannis Stigas
The walks of Soundscapes Landscapes / Keramikos / Metaxourgio are in both Greek and English.