A site-specific collective project revolving around the exploration and the artistic re-interpretation of the Neos Kosmos neighbourhood (Athens, GR)
Drawing on audiovisual material from the various public and private spaces of the Neos Kosmos neighbourhood in Athens, as well as on the very people who live there, their history and their present, a digital rhizome has been created to augment and to transform the area into a hybrid and interactive urban installation. Visitors are invited to explore Neos Kosmos armed with a smartphone running an interactive digital map which will deliver them audio, video, texts and spoken word in real time and with respect to their geographical coordinates and the artists’ understanding of the area.
The project has been extended a few years following its first iteration, further creating a nexus of stories in the city. 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 the neighbourhoods of Gazi, Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (Athens GR). 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.
Thence, ‘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. A Virtual Reality/360 mobile application has been also developed in-house by Medea Electronique.