Have you ever come across the endless gardens of the Agricultural University of Athens? Do the visual arts have a role to play in academic life? Can you imagine Athens as a ‘green’ city? The Onassis Cultural Centre in a project curated by locus athens aims to reintroduce the Agricultural University to Athenians, inviting them to discover one of the country’s first academic institutions as a relevant and necessary oasis within the urban landscape. Soil, food, seeds, eco-systems will be some of the vital bi-products of research into the primary materials on hand. Academic knowledge, technological methodologies, agricultural practices will be understood through the prism of contemporary art.
Geometries will be a dense three-month cycle of sowing and reaping, activating different layers and locations of academic life, and an open invitation for a walk through the University’s gardens. An exhibition, with new productions, contemporary and historical works, will provide the framework for a public programme with seven Sundays dedicated to our environment: a procession honoring urban rivers, a rowing competition and an open-air cinema with a film programme dedicated to the issues raised by climate change. The exhibition unfolds in the Agricultural Museum, in the University’s central building and the extensive gardens of the Agricultural University of Athens.
The public programme is divided into 7 themes – salt, fire, gardens, seeds, water, earth and air – within which numerous events will take place: workshops, cooking sessions, food, talks, recordings, performances, walks and readings amongst other things. Throughout the public programme Athenians will be invited to discover known and lesser known aspects of the University – the vineyard, the orchard, the botanical gardens, whilst becoming living participants in the University’s constantly evolving history, from Ottoman times till now. Visitors will have the chance to learn alternative farming practices, discover hands on the philosophy of building from earth, meditate on the history of stones, discover new ways of communing food, gain insights into the history of man’s own evolution set off by the agricultural revolution, focus on climate change as well as be immersed in many more vital facets of our natural world.
Produced/Organised by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Curated by: locus athens
Coordination: Konstantina Soulioti
Assistant Curator: George Kalivis
Architectural design & signage: AREA, Architecture Research Athens
In collaboration with: Agricultural University of Athens
Photo © Giorgos Kaplanidis
Participating artists is the exhibition:
Anna Boghiguian, Yto Barrada, Natasa Biza, Vlassis Caniaris, Carolina Caycedo, Christos Chrissopoulos, Céline Condorelli, Dora Economou, Cevdet Erek, Alekos Fassianos, Angelos N. Goulandris, Inas Halabi, Peter Halley, Federico Herrero, Athina Ioannou, Valentina Karga, Kassandras, Miltos Manetas, Nikos Markou, Petros Moris, MoY Studio, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Uriel Orlow, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Maria Papadimitriou, Voula Papaioannou, Didem Pekün, Standart Thinking, Serkan Taycan, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Thanasis Totsikas, Mario García Torres, Yannis Theodoropoulos, Paki Vlassopoulou
Participants in the public programme:
Omar Amiralay, Will Benedict, Tristan Bera, Yannis Baziotis, Penelope Bebeli, Pierre Berthet, Betty’s Bakery, Ursula Biemann, Wang Bing, Chouska, Metin Erksan, Eparkeia, Jorge Furtado, Takis Kanellopoulos, David Leonard, Yannis Manetas, Sakis Maniatis, Jumana Manna, Angela Melitopoulos, Peter Nadin, Iris Nikolaou, Andriana Papanikolaou, Véréna Paravel, Nausica Pastra, Rena Papaspyrou, Artavazd Pelechian, Marjetica Potrč, Filipa Ramos, Scholio Edafous, Vittorio de Seta, Stagones, Standart Thinking, Serkan Taycan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Aimée Toledano, to peliti, Roikos Thanopoulos, Troō Food Liberation, Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, Rebekka Tsiligaridou, Natsuko Uchino, Ana Vaz, Dimitris Zenghelis, Fay Zika, Yannis Manetas, Sakis Maniatis, Dimosthenis Bogiatzis
GETTING HERE ►
By metro: Blue Line (Line 3: Egaleo-Doukissis Plakentias Airport) | “Keramikos” station
By bus: Βuses 856 and A16 | “Geoponiki Sholi” stop.
By car: Parking space is available in the University grounds (limited capacity).