The works presented in the context of Ars Electronica Garden Athens explore the post-human condition, the changing boundaries of city and the body, the need for environmental justice and the emergence of new subjectivities, as well as new forms of regulation, resistance, dissent and expression. The program includes Data Garden, a multimedia installation, and HackAthens 2020, a series of five works in the form of film, digital games, sound drama and mobile apps.
Stories of Athens
Inside the Ars Electronica Garden Athens, Onassis Stegi presents Data Garden, a multimedia installation, and HackAthens 2020, a series of five works in the form of film, digital games, sound drama and mobile apps. Despite having very different points of departure, both projects explore the local vs. global, the endemic vs. the permanent, algorithms and rituals, data, ecologies and bodies.
What are the data ecologies of tomorrow? Can we develop models of symbiosis between humans-plants and data? What are the data secrets hidden in the DNA of a plant secretly grown in the slopes of the Acropolis Hill? What is the future of our connected bodies in post-COVID Athens? Can we reinvent our human relationships, bodily contacts, emotions jobs, sex lives and dreams in a world heavily mediated by technologies and constantly regulated by psycho-political constellations?
In contrast to the conception of Romantic gardens, Data Garden becomes a symbiotic locus of humans, data and non-humans, memory and resistance. Cities are reimagined as assemblages of actors equally seeking the right to our memories.
Similarly, HackAthens 2020 aims to explore post-COVID-19 Athens: how are bodies reconfigured in an era where digital communications mediate all forms of activity, where haptic encounters have become rare and where professional and personal spaces are blurred? What kind of cities are we going to experience when our realities are both expanded and reduced through technology? Are our daily micro-routines a form of resistance or the ultimate instance of compliance?
3 137 (GR), Audrey-Flore Ngomsik (FR), Christos Carras (UK/GR)
„Lasst uns beenden, was wir begonnen haben.“ Auf diese Weise stellt die UNO ihr erstes Ziel für nachhaltige Entwicklung vor – das Ende der Armut in allen Formen und Dimensionen bis 2030. Die 17 Ziele der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung und ihre 169 Teilziele wurden als ein ausuferndes, missverständliches Durcheinander großer Absichten beschrieben. Allein der Titel der Entwicklungsagenda – „Unsere Welt umgestalten“ – verströmt utopische Ambitionen. Er wurde 2015 von 193 Nationen angenommen. Fünf Jahre später und mit zehn verbleibenden Jahren: Wie wird sich unsere Welt verändern?
Hypercomf (GR), Markos Digenis (GR)
Will there be no poverty and zero hunger across the world in ten years? Is this planet to be populated in ten years by billions of healthy and educated humans? Is comfortability or autonomy more important to well-being? Can you be comfortably autonomus? These are the questions scientists were asked who applied to an open call to collaborate with artists in the STUDITOPIA residency program.
A panel discussion, featuring a prerecorded introduction by curators Angelos Varvarousis (GR) and Prodromos Tsiavos (GR), a live show of the developed works and live discussion with participating artists.
Kyriaki Goni (GR)
Commissioned through an open call process, *HackAthens 2020* includes a series of five works taking the form of film, digital games, sound drama and mobile apps.
Kyriaki Goni (GR)
Data Garden Prerecorded discussion between artist Kyriaki Goni (GR), Prodromos Tsiavos (GR) Head of Digital at The Onassis Foundation, and *TBC,* followed by live recap and audience Q&A on YouTube and Zoom.
Kyriaki Goni (GR)
Exhibition Tour & Talk Can anyone think of the future of connectivity beyond surveillance? Is it possible for the bond between human and non-human worlds on this planet to be substituted? Can plants, as organisms on which life itself is dependent, contribute to the creation and adoption of new practices for the mediated reality? Kyriaki Goni’s new multimedia installation investigates this set of questions by recounting a fictitious narrative that contains elements of truth. YouTube Premiere of a pre-recorded exhibition tour with artist Kyriaki Goni, followed by a live discussion between artist Kyriaki Goni (GR), Prodromos Tsiavos (GR) Head of Digital & Innovation at Onassis Foundation, and collaborators of the project
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Program Curation: Christos Carras, Prodromos Tsiavos
Production Coordination: Heracles Papatheodorou
Production: Ioanna Margariti, Katerina Varda
Participating Artists: Vasileia Dereli and Marialena Vyzaki, Kyriaki Goni, Lotus Eaters, Pari Selinas, Evita Skourleti, Christina Chrysanthopoulou and Olga Chatzifoti