This experimental documentary conveys the interwoven stories, memories, histories and emotions of a diverse group of Athenians as they walked through their city. The voices of the many become embodied in one protagonist who sleepwalks the city. We see and hear the city through his point of view, the fictional character of Andreas gives us a universal perspective on how both the past, present and future of a city can be carved out of the individual experiences and truths of real people. The initial concept, goals and follow-up projects unfold while outlining the fate of an avatar named Andrea/s, a semi-fictitious figure whose lifetime is related to fundamental elements of the general metropolitan stories of subsumption such as energy, time, sleep, sounds, landscapes, the extended mind, or the public/private bi-polar. Premiering at Transmediale: Capture All, 2015, Berlin, Germany at Glossary of Subsumption: Enclosed Athens Disclosed. Screening Side Gallery, Jaipur, India, March, 2015.
Created in collaboration with Athens Subsumption.
Metaxication Inc. The Athens Subsumption Group
15-16 September 2015 11:00 – 20:00
Metaxication is a well-established corporation, looking for passionate multitasking people, holding critical thinking and organisation skills to participate in a 2-day workshop for the creation of a prototype.
For this workshop our “laboratory” will be in the neighborhood of Metaxourgeio which will be examined through the lens of a “shadow corporation” as a node of international flows of capital and materials which have made this working class district into a hub of global trade.
The laboratory will look at new emerging geographies where public space is transformed to economic zones, places of production, transport hubs and industrial facilities as well as spaces of illegal commercial transactions. Participants will explore forgotten/invisible spaces, forming economic heterotopias of production. They will become enmeshed in a temporal network of immateriality by way of a selection of tactile objects that we’ll dissect through a variety of theoretical tools and methodologies.
The shadow corporation is called “Metaxication Inc” to link the workshop activities with the spatiality (Metaxourgeio neighborhood in Athens), materiality (silk in Greek i.e. metaxi) and historiography (trade routes) of capital flows.
The Athens Subsumption, an open source diverse group of scholars, artists and architects first assembled in Athens in November 2014during a workshop initiated by Oliver Lerone Schultz, as part of the Goethe Institute Athens project New Babylon Revisited. The group’s aim is to trace “subsumption” of urban space and collectively build a glossary reflecting on the possibilities, stakes, and potential [social] formats of such an endeavor. Based on social theory building and “knowledge commons”, the group uses both analogue and digital tools to mediate different experiences and concepts of enclosure. The Athens Subsumption participated this year in Transmediale “Capture All”, with a follow-up workshop, The Glossary of Subsumption_Collective Edition. Taking into consideration the findings of the first workshop in Athens, the group clustered those with other existing ideas and keywords and set up some fleeting “methodological devices” to capture conceptual noise and enlist circulating issues and terms throughout the festival.
During Hybrid City, the active members of the workshop will examine the emerging geographies where [public] space is transformed to economic zones, places of production, transport hubs and industrial facilities, as well as spaces of illegal commercial transactions, through an artistic approach of a shadow corporation called “Metaxication Inc”.