The S.O.M.A.i is a collaborative project by the NonPlan Architectural Lab and the Association of Intellectual and Social Activity Kerateas “XrisiTomi”. It is an open, scattered structure that is temporarily hosted in Keratea, Attica. Meant as a pilot venture, it can be implemented in any area of a similar social and urban character.
The project explores the idea of Museums as ‘Commons’ and the potential for the region’s cultural and tourist development in collaboration with the community and the local entities and institutions that seek participatory answers to contemporary design issues of the Greek landscape. The museum’s architectural and environmental infrastructure is derived from the re-inhabitation, reuse and activation of abandoned buildings in the area of Keratea, the incorporation into the everyday life of the community of deserted archaeological sites or locations with a special significance for the local community s. The archaeological site of Ovriokastro, antiquities that lie by the road, ancient masonry or architectural elements built into latter-day houses and garden walls, the ‘Impregnable Castle’ of the roadblock at the 45th km of the Athens-Lavrion road, the Cultural Space of “Xrisi Tomi”, the headquarters of the “Mnesimache” Women’s Cooperative, local houses and two abandoned buildings from the old local railway come together in a network of sites, landscapes and routes that make up the S.O.M.A.
Its permanent collection, based on private collections belonging to people in Keratea, comprises ancient and modern artefacts that tell the region’s and the community’s history, customs, rituals, legends and oral traditions, art, handicraft and economy; its biopolitical and aesthetic relations. The temporary collection comprises works of contemporary art presented in interaction with the objects of the permanent collection through periodic exhibitions. The spectator is invited to experience with all his senses the site / exhibition material: the objects can be touched, material and information can be added. His/her body is welcomed to participate fully at S.O.M.A.
As part of Art-Athina 2015, the Scattered Open Museum of Attica will hold its “opening” on June 6 in Kerate with an exhibition of contemporary art that focuses on and animates selected sites in Keratea, intermingling with local art and crafts works, archaeological findings and bio political objects from the collections of Keratea inhabitants.
There will be in-situ works, photographs, drawings and texts by: Vasilis Vasilakakis, Kostis Velonis, Katerina Velliou, Vangelis Gokas, Nikos Kazeros, Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Rika Krithara, Panos Mentzos, Metoo, Katerina Papazissi, Eleni Petouri, Maria Sarri, Angelos Skourtis, Angela Svoronou, Kostas Tsolis, Katerina Zafeiropoulou, Omada Filopappou.
The exhibition is curated by Hariklia Hari and Yorgos Iatrou.
The Museum’s shop will present a new kind of cultural and tourist objects by Greek designers who participate in the project It’s all, oh so souvenir to me! We have planned a series of lectures to investigate the need for a Self-Managed Local Museum that incorporates the dynamics of the particular site and points out new ways of cultural management, production and distribution. And explore ways of creating it. The first panel discussion on “Archaeological Sites, Art and Everyday Life” will take place on June 6, 2015. The discussion will delve into the concept of the archaeological site and its relation to the urban and natural landscape, re-examine the current relation of the Attica landscape with today’s interventions by planning authorities and private individuals, and focus on the way in which art and artistic practice act as catalysts in the creation of new urban structures.
At panel participate the architects Iosif Effraimidis and YorgosTzirtzilakis, the archaeologists Despina Catapoti, Helen Steplanopoulos and Yannis Hamilakis and the editor Theophilos Tramboulis. Coordinated by Yorgos Iatrou, Stamatis Papathanasiou/XrisiTomi and Hariklia Hari/NonPlan.
The discussion will take place at 19:00-21:00 p.m. at the Association of Intellectual and Social Activity Kerateas “XrisiTomi”, 55 Athinon – Souniou Ave, Keratea Square. Tel: +30 22990 61 850. For information and material:
M: +30 6907 780 851, +30 6984 614 675
i SOMA is the Greek word for BODY