|Vital Space is founded on the belief in the power of art to change the world. At a time of major confluence of economic and environmental crises,Vital Space deploys the artist’s perspective so as to dissolve the polarisation typifying the current dialogue on our relationship with Nature and with one another. Vital Space is dedicated to the initiation of art projects designed to reach and influence a wide and diverse audience. It strives to demonstrate in the most practical manner that art has its finger on the planet’s pulse and can mediate human deliberation on the course of our future.|
|Vital Space invites all artists to participate in the first of a series of open call competitions in the context of our ‘Raising Awareness‘ theme. For our first competition we invite short, one-minute video submissions under the broad title EAST | WEST – NORTH | SOUTH : Imperiled Viatl Spaces.|
DEADLINE:MIDNIGHT (EST) 7th September 2013
EAST | WEST – NORTH | SOUTH: Imperiled Vital Spaces
ABOUT THE 60″ VIDEO COMPETITION
|Participants are requested to submit an original sixty-second (one minute) video that reflects the theme’s spirit and helps raise awareness on our common predicament in this time of global crisis. Indeed, submissions from all over the world are encouraged, with our theme acting only as a general guide to the idea of a ‘local collapse’ following a global crisis.
Participants are asked to complete and to submit this electronic Registration Form (including a link to their video on YouTube, Vimeo or any other video hosting service website). The deadline expires at midnight (EST), 1th September 2013
PRIZES, AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS: THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
|ROUND 1 – Videos go live: Vital Space will upload the approved videos on vitalspace.org by15th September 2013. The videos will remain on our site for two months.
ROUND 2 – Viewers’ Prize: The general public will then be invited to vote amongst the contenders for the Vital Space 60’’ Video Competition Viewers’ Prize for 2013. The vote will be completed by, and the winner will be announced on, the 16th of November 2013.
ROUND 3 – Panel Prize: On 1st October 2013, a five-member panel of jurists (drawn from Vital Space’s Board of Advisors) will announce the winner of the Vital Space 60’’ Video Competition Panel Prize for 2013, as well as two runners-up. These three videos (including the winner of the Viewers’ Prize) will then be added to the permanent collection of Vital Space’s Art Projects.
ROUND 4 – EXHIBITION: The winners of both prizes in all competitions, and possibly the runners up will be exhibited, during 2014. Athens will be the starting point of an exhibition series in Greece and abroad. Vital Space will announce details about the exhibition as soon as all competition results are announced.
VITAL SPACE’s PREVIOUS 60″ ‘RAISING AWARENESS’ VIDEOS
|The idea of one minute, 60’’, videos for the purposes of raising awareness was first introduced to Vital Space by its founder, Danae Stratou, who posted two such videos as part of the ‘inauguration’ of vitalspace.org. These two videos focused on public awareness regarding Climate Change and Urbanisation equivalently. The material shown is original, taken from Danae Stratou’s archive from shootings in hundreds of strategically chosen areas worldwide.|
|Vital Space is pleased to announce that this one-minute video competition is the first in a series of three annual competitions. The other two will involve photographic stills, with suitable captions, and short 100–word texts. For more, watch this space. You will soon receive our next Photographic Competition Announcement: Raising Awareness with One Image.|
Terms and Conditions
|Submitted videos must be one minute in length.
Any spoken words heard in the submitted video that are not in English must be accompanied by the relevant subtitles in English.
The video must not contain gratuitous violence, profanity, or defamatory statements (including racism or sexism) on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed gratuitously offensive will be immediately disqualified.
Videos submitted must be original works – no copyrighted music, video, sounds or images may be used without prior, full permission from the author(s)/owners of said copyrighted music, video, sounds or images that you wish to include.
Submitted videos must not infringe on any third party rights.
Submitted videos that are the result of a group effort need to have a nominated representative.
Posted at Roarmag.org 08 May 2013
A collective of researchers, photographers and filmmakers comes together to launch a powerful new multimedia research project on the crisis in Athens.
A collective of researchers, photographers and filmmakers comes together to launch a powerful new multimedia research project on the crisis in Athens.
In recent years, Antonis Vradis of Occupied London has brought us invaluable reports from the front-line of the popular uprising(s) in Greece, while Ross Domoney, a member of the documentary photography and film collective Aletheia Photos, has produced some of the most paradigmatic short docs and video reports on the crisis and revolt currently under way in Athens. Now, the two join a team of researchers who have just launched the website for a very exciting new multimedia project.
In an emailed announcement, the research collective describes their initiative as follows:
Crisis-scape is the website of the “The City at a Time of Crisis”, a collective, cross-disciplinary ESRC-funded research project that traces the transformations of public spaces in Athens. By focusing on urban public spaces, we aim to study the rapid, wider social and political transformations that are under way in the crisis-ridden Greek society today.
The website so far features metronome, the first in a series of short films corresponding to each of the project’s research strands; a full interactive time-line of the crisis in Greece since 2008; a documentary explaining the ongoing social meltdown taking place in the country; an interview with Professor Stavros Stavrides of the NTUA; two blog-post series (état de siege: public space user manual and metronome) and much, much more.
Crisis-scape is updated every Monday with first-hand ethnographic accounts, theoretical interventions, digital interactive material, videos and photographs from the ground here in Athens.
We rely on your help to spread the word!
The www.crisis-scape.net team
Jaya Klara Brekke, Ross Domoney, Christos FiIippidis, Antonis Vradis and Dimitris Dalakoglou
During the 80s, transgender Greek artist and prostitute Paola Revenioti published the trans-anarchist fanzine Kraximo. Funded by her own prostitution, the zine pioneered the fight for gay and trans rights, combining interviews with Greek poets and intellectuals alongside Athens street hustlers and her own photography, since compared to the work of Larry Clark and Walter Pfeiffer. Today she continues to work as an artist and activist, making Athens-based documentaries with her “Paola Projects”. This interview is taken from the May issue of Dazed & Confused:
“I was born in 1959 on the Greek coast in Piraeus, a historic place. There were old captains and merchants from the Aegean islands gathered around the big port in neoclassical houses, while on the other side of town was the Trouba neighbourhood with its old brothels, cabarets and cinemas that played erotic movies after sunset. The American navy was moored off the coast. My father was a factory worker, my mother a hairdresser.
If you remember the character Tadzio, from the movie Death in Venice, that’s how I looked then, with my long blond hair. Boys there were nothing like the self-indulgent Athenian boys. They knew how to seduce you. I remember my grandmother showing me a piece of land one summer and saying, ‘This will be yours’ – a small yard, but a forest in my eyes. But for my father’s family it was a legacy I didn’t deserve; I was a ‘faggot’, shameful to them. I wanted to be independent and escape that family environment, so I joined the navy. I never had the opportunity of a proper education. In life I met extraordinary people and educated myself.
I was in my 20s when I moved to Exarchia in Athens. It was an oasis of painters, poets, musicians and intellectuals. A revolutionary neighbourhood. Most of the friends I made back then became famous for something. We wanted to change the world. I got officially involved with politics – as the first transvestite to run as a candidate for the Alternative Party of Ecologists. My beliefs were closer to anti authoritarianism and anarchism. We occupied universities, held demonstrations.
I began running my own pirate radio in Exarchia with money from prostitution. I’d go to work around nine in the evening and by 11pm I’d had about 25 customers, so I was making enough to run the station from midnight till 5am. I always played hard with the police. I was arrested twice for the station – the first time I hid the equipment with communists living next door. The whole of Athens was listening to ‘crazy Paola’. I’d receive live calls, start philosophical conversations on air, even arrange blind dates. I was evicted from my flat because every night dozens of boys would hang out on my doorstep, making too much noise. Read the rest of this entry »
We are inviting all anti-austerity groups in the UK to join us to prepare
the UK instance of the International Demonstration “People United
Against Austerity and Troika” that was called for in the international
meeting in Lisbon last 26th April
Would you care to join us in organizing this in London?
4th May, 4 pm
4th floor, Blue Bar, Royal Festival Hall, London
People United Against Austerity and Troika: International Demonstration,
1st June 2013
Europe is under an onslaught by the financial capital represented by the
Troika, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the
European Commission, and by the governments that implement policies in
agreement with these entities against the people. This offensive intends
to crush the people, making them slaves of debt and austerity. Austerity
has spread across Europe and should also be defeated by international
Each of us, in every country, in every city, in every home, in themselves,
feel the effect of policies and decisions on peoples’ rights won over
decades. They have increased unemployment, they look to privatize
everything that can be profitable, they attack the sovereignty of
countries under the propaganda of “foreign aid”. It is urgent that we join
our forces to better fight back.
We have launched an appeal for an international decentralized
demonstration to dozens of movements in Spain, France, Italy, Greece,
Cyprus, Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Slovenia … At the meeting
held on 26th April in Lisbon, companions from several European countries
have discussed this proposal together.
We reached an international consensus to take to the streets on the 1st of
June 2013: People united against troika!
This is the beginning of a decentralized and participatory process. We
want to build it collectively by joining our forces. Countries across
Europe will be from now on invited to join in a protest against the
international troika and against austerity on the 1st of June 2013…
people shall decide how to live their lives.
We call on all citizens, with and without political party, employed or
unemployed, with or without hope, we urge you to join us. We call on all
political organizations, civic movements, unions, political parties,
communities, informal groups, we urge you to join us.
We are extending our contacts, both nationally and internationally,
because we know that only the sum of our voices can stop the new wave of
austerity that is being prepared. The peoples of Europe have demonstrated
on several occasions showing that they are not available for more
sacrifices on behalf of a future that will never come. It is time for a
major demonstration to show the ability of these peoples across borders to
coordinate in this fight. The people say NO to the policies of austerity.
From North to South of Europe, we will take to the streets against
SYRIZA Cambridge is organising its second event on the issue of Workers’ Control with the support of the Cambridge and District Trades Union Council. The event will start with a short documentary screening about the case of the Greek factory of VIOME and the struggle of the workers to re-open the factory under workers’ control since its owners abandoned it, leaving the workers unpaid for 6 months.
After the screening there will be a discussion on the issue of Workers’ Control with contributions by two local Trade Union representatives and SYRIZA Cambridge. We’re aiming in having an interactive discussion amongst the attendees and we’ll invite you all to express opinions, raise questions and make contributions.
The discussion will be followed by a food and wine social and fundraiser in order to financially support the struggle of VIOME workers.
originally published at Artivist.gr
The Peliti Community was founded thanks to the personal need of Mr. Panagiotis Sainatoudis and has been embraced by many people throughout Greece and beyond. It is a non-profit organization which is engaged in the collection, preservation and dissemination of local varieties.
Pelit in Pontic Greek language (a dialect originally spoken in the Pontus area) means oak. The name of the Community, Peliti, is inspired by this tree and its trademark illustrates an oak with its roots, surrounded by dancing men and women holding hands. The logo of Peliti could not therefore express in a better way the dream of the main organizer of the community, Mr. Saitanoudis in 1995. The trademark expresses the collective effort of Mr. Saitanoudis and his team over the last 15 years for the collection, preservation and dissemination of local varieties. An effort that is particularly significant since the introduction of the massive industrialization and globalization of agricultural production puts in danger varieties that are grown in Greece for centuries. These varieties perform better in the Greek territory with its particular characteristics and the prevailing local climate and they represent the Greek culture and Greek identity. The collection, preservation and dissemination of the seeds among the local farmers constitutes the most effective effort towards the conservation of Greek biodiversity, which is attacked by increasing imports of foreign varieties that are supposedly more resistant.
The work of Peliti is holistic; this means that the community is trying to achieve its objectives in a spherical manner by organizing a large spectrum of activities and events. Since 1995, Peliti has been organizing expeditions to the mainland and the islands of Greece to collect and gather as many varieties of seeds as possible and has supplied more than 80,000 (!) amateur and professional farmers with seeds or plants. The community of Peliti gives also the opportunity to farmers to purchase small quantities of free unimproved varieties. Since March 1999 the community has been organizing the “National Festival of Exchanging Local Varieties”. The aims of the festival are the dissemination of traditional varieties to as many growers as possible, the share of knowledge and experiences, as well as the realization of the true concept of exchange, which is the exchange without the intermediation of money! Already since 2002, well before the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008 and the collapse of the intangible financial system, Peliti started the “Nationwide Network of Exchange of Goods and Services without Money” to bring together people and enhance their cooperation without the use of money.
The work of Peliti community is of great importance and scale. It is enough to mention the effort made by the community to record the wide network of farmers of traditional varieties found throughout Greece, the “local farms”. It is also important to mention that the effort of the community is embraced by people throughout the Greek territory. These people have created local Peliti groups in different parts of the country, which aim to organize activities and events locally. Moreover, the Peliti community has issued a series of publications containing information and news on its actions such as the “manual for the collection and preservation of local varieties”, the yearly magazine on “local farms” and the booklet “from hand to hand and heart to heart” that describes the actions of the community for an inclusive economic activity.*
Nikos Kazantzakis in “Saviors of God” urges us: “Love responsibility. Say: “It is my duty, and mine alone, to save the earth. If it is not saved, then I alone am to blame”. People who volunteer in Peliti, the organizers, the amateurs, the professional growers of traditional varieties and all those people and local communities that have embraced the community’s effort practice their responsibility towards themselves and the generations to come. You?
*The information on the above article was drawn from the well informed and comprehensive website of Peliti community. For more information visitwww.peliti.gr
Zoi Volioti – Artivist Team
It would be a pleasure to see you at the SARCHA meeting tomorrow
Thursday 25 April 2013, 18.00-20.00
at the new Acropolis Museum café
(note: entrance to the café is open – no need to pay for a ticket)
- SARCHA’s participation at the London Festival of Architecture LFA2013 following invitation by the British Council in London
- A Partisan Peripateia: a new Athens itinerary to be planned in collaboration with www.maydayrooms.org
- Update on recent activities: the submission of the “Urbanism in an Age of Austerity” proposal http://www.sarcha-architecture.blogspot.gr/2013/02/urbanism-in-age-of-austerity-proposal.html and SARCHA’s hosting of the visiting Architecture school from the University of Western Australia(UWA) http://www.sarcha-architecture.blogspot.gr/2013/02/university-of-western-australia-uwa.html
published at Enet.gr
The arrests at 3am spurred angry residents to attack the local police station
The home of one of the Ierissos residents after police broke at around 3am on Wednesday (photo: antigoldgreece.wordpress.com)Residents of Ierissos, a village in northern Greece, have accused police of illegally breaking down doors and violently entering the homes of two locals and arresting them over their alleged involvement in a February arson attack at the nearby gold mine installations. Police, however, said they had arrest warrants and only used force to enter the homes when residents refused to let them in.
The arrests at 3am on Wednesday spurred angry residents to attack a local police station. Police said no officers were in the police station at the time of the attack.
Locals fiercely oppose plans to develop the mine by Vancouver, Canada-based Eldorado Gold Corp and argue that the venture will harm the economy in Greece’s northern Halkidiki peninsula which relies heavily on farming and tourism.
The two people arrested by police are scheduled to meet with the public prosecutor. According to their lawyer, the 3am arrests were unjustified.
The opposition to Eldorado Gold Corp’s $500 million project to develop the site is visible from the heavy equipment that has been torched and the barbed wire fence that now cordons the mountaintop site. A February 20 attack caused extensive damage. Some 40 masked intruders broke into the gold mine and torched machinery and vehicles being used to construct the open pit mine.
Residents have reported that the police made extensive use of teargas in Ierissos, firing it in front of a school while it was in operation. A number of children were affected by the gas, a former mayor for the area said. Michalis Vlachopoulos also told Skai TV that one student suffered a head injury.
Appearing on the same television station, a police spokesperson denied that teargas was fired into the school and said that it was used only to remove a blockade that residents had erected at the entrance of the village to prevent riot police from entering.
He said the riot were police sent to assist colleagues who were carrying out a preliminary investigation into the arson attack.