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September 24, 2016
IdeasCity Athens’s Public Conference took place September 24, 2016 and featured acclaimed speakers from the fields of art, architecture, policymaking, and urbanism including John Akomfrah, Sophia Al-Maria, Tania Bruguera, dream hampton, George Prevelakis, Nick Srnicek, and Hito Steyerl, among others. The conference took place at the Athens Conservatory.
Building upon discussions and collaborations initiated at the program’s Detroit conference, IdeasCity observed Athens from the perspective of two key forces that are defining cities today: the flow of humanity and the flow of capital. As a primary flash point in the rapidly escalating refugee crisis, Athens is facing unprecedented challenges in the recent history of Western civilization, yet the city also represents a destination, a center of hope and survival, and a place where one can conceive new realities.
IdeasCity Athens was held in partnership with NEON, a nonprofit contemporary art organization based in Athens, Greece.
Read more about the full IdeasCity Athens program at ideas-city.org.
11:00 – 11:30 AM
Welcome by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum, and
Elina Kountouri, NEON Director
Welcome by Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
Introduction by Joseph Grima, IdeasCity Director
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Session 1. Uncertain States of Sovereignty: Art, activism, and identity in the
Talk by Tania Bruguera
Talk by Nadina Christopoulou
Talk by Pelin Tan
Panel Discussion with Tania Bruguera, Pelin Tan, and Nadina Christopoulou
Moderated by Yašar Adanal.
1:00 – 2:00 PM
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Session 2. Responding to Athens, here and beyond
Talk by dream hampton
Critique Session with Thomas Doxiadis, Rosanne Haggerty, and dream hampton
Moderated by Vere van Gool
4:00 – 4:30 PM
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Session 3. Does Money Love Me Back? Art, capital, and the production of space
Talk by Hito Steyerl
Talk by Nick Srnicek
Talk by George Prevelakis
Talk by Sophia Al-Maria
Panel Discussion with Nick Srnicek, Hito Steyerl, Sophia Al-Maria,
and George Prevelakis. Moderated by Joseph Grima
6:30 – 7:00 PM
Closing Talk by John Akomfrah
Founded in 2011, IdeasCity is a roving platform for the production of strategies at the intersection of art, design, activism, and policy. Operating as a residency and a forum, IdeasCity brings together bold visions for the future of cities shaped by a commitment to cultural practice and social justice.
Athens, we propose, is everywhere. Far from being an edge condition, it embodies a paradigm of resilience and resistance that to a greater or lesser degree is present in every city. The day-long IdeasCity Athens public conference will address two key forces that are defining cities today: the flow of humanity and the flow of capital.As a primary flash point in the rapidly escalating refugee crisis, Athens is facing unprecedented challenges in the recent history of Western civilization, yet the city also represents a destination, a centre of hope and survival, and a place where one can conceive new realities.
Throughout the day-long public conference, a group of local and international artists, activists, and theorists will discuss Athens’ role as a point of reference for their own work and for the development of strategic actions. In the afternoon, the forty IdeasCity Fellows will present the results of their week-long research residency that respond to conditions on the ground.
Founding support for IdeasCity
Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller
Global Social Engagement Partner of IdeasCity
IdeasCity Athens’s presenting partner
International Support for IdeasCity Athens
Stavros Niarchos Foundation