As a research process, Adhocracy displays examples but also triggers discussions about the main subjects structuring the exhibition: people making things and making the commons. Understanding the call for action to set ad-hoc questions and responses to current challenges, this symposium gives the floor to people experienced in both areas, to discuss the main topics and compare experiences that have been developed during the run of the exhibition.
Thursday, June 18th
17.00—18.40 / First session: “Making objects”
Rather than big factories or production lines, the new production paradigm makes a claim for workspaces for interaction, where the ideas of citizens who have training or experience can mix, cross-fertilize and spread. The working space developed for this exhibition is a clear example. In the span of two months the space has been transformed into a maker space, allowing creative and critical interactions. The space has shown that adaptable conditions can be set to test new ways of making things, learn and have fun; like exploring the communicative dimension of a piece of bread or new urban artefacts and software using Open Source software and hardware. But, amid all the hype of new maker movement possibilities, a critical review of the process and the products generated is also needed. What are the necessary energy inputs to feed new maker tools? Who is providing the raw materials to develop new products? Do we need all of them or are they basically pointless plastic products? Are we producing better things and also better wastes?
Architect, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Patras. Co-founder of dragonas christopoulou architects. Consultant editor of the Architecture in Greece annual review (2001-13). Joint commissioner and curator of "Made in Athens", the Greek participation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition -la biennale di Venezia (2012). He has curated the exhibitions "Rethink Athens" (2013), "14F/21GR. Young Architects from France and Greece" (2012) and the "2nd Biennale of Young Greek Architects" (1998). Co-curator of the Adhocracy Athens 2015 exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center (2015). His current research and design activities focus on the transformation of the Greek cities during the economic crisis.
Critic, writer and curator. Co-founder of dpr-barcelona, an architectural research practice based in Barcelona. Her [net]work has become a hub linking several publications and actors on architecture and theory. She is editor at Quaderns and Archis adviser. Associate Curator for "Adhocracy", first commissioned for the Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012 then exhibited at The New Museum, NYC [May 2013] and Lime Wharf, London [Summer 2013]. Co-curator of the third Think Space programme with the theme 'Money'; and currently curating the exhibition Adhocracy Athens 2015, at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens.
Afroditi Psarra, PhD is a multidisciplinary artist working with e-textiles, DIY electronics and sound. Her artistic interest focuses on concepts such as the body as an interface, contemporary handicrafts and folk tradition, pop iconography, retrofuturistic aesthetics and the role of women in contemporary culture. Her work encompasses a wide variety of media and techniques that extend from embroidery, soft circuits, hacking and creative coding, to interactive installations and sound performances. She holds a PhD in Image, Technology and Design from the Complutense University of Madrid. Her academic research Cyberpunk and New Media Art focuses on the merge of science fiction ideas and concepts with performative and digital practices, and offers a philosophical, sociological and aesthetic analysis of the influence of new technologies in the contemporary artistic process. Her work has been presented at numerous platforms such as Siggraph in Vancouver, Ars Electronica in Linz, Transmediale and CTM in Berlin, Amber in Istanbul, Piksel in Bergen, Electropixel in Nantes and MakerFaire in Rome between others. She has worked as an intern on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing at Disney Research Zurich. She currently lives and works in Athens.
Maria Varela works as a media artist and workshop designer seeking to develop strategies of collective production. In 2010 she completed MA in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths College, London. As an artist has presented her work in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad, in museums such as the EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art) in Athens and Bozar in Brussels and art festivals such as Media Art Biennale WRO in Wroclaw, Siggraph in Vancouver, Transmediale in Berlin, ISWC (International Symposium on Wearable Computers) in Seattle, Piksel in Bergen, Amber in Istanbul, Visual Dialogues (Onassis Cultural Center) in Athens etc. Since 2010 she is a co-founder and responsible for the artistic and educational program of Frown, a platform which deals with the production of artistic events of innovative character in the sectors of creative media and performance art, as well as with the organisation of workshops. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.
Thomas Lommée (*1979) is the founder of Intrastructures, a pragmatic, utopian design-studio, that applies product-, service- and system design as a tool for change. He is also the initiator of the OpenStructures project, a hands-on design experiment that explores the possibility of a modular construction model where everyone designs for everyone on the basis of one shared geometrical grid. Next to his activities as designer / design researcher Lommée has been teaching at the 'Social Design' research program at Design Academy Eindhoven’s Master course and is the co-founder and mentor of the 'ENSCImatique' at the ENSCI in Paris. He lives and works in Brussels.
Yorgos Tzirtzilakis is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Thessaly and art adviser to the DESTE Foundation. He is the author of the recently published Sub-modernity and the work of grief. The impact of the economic crisis on contemporary Greek culture (in Greek).
18.40—19.20 / Intermission
Coffee and Chocolates Break
Souzy Tros / Eleni Hadjitoffi “Choco Choco Bam Bam” performance.
19.20—21.00 / Second session: “Making the Commons”
Practices of commoning have become a main discussion theme since the occupy movements and the invention of modalities of solidarity. The whole outcome of pointing to a developing General Intellect of collectivities and communities creates an optimistic future of living together that provides alternative ways of economies, pluralities and being together not only under austerity but also within global neoliberal policies. Design, architecture and urban space meet these discussion at every level and scale. As the force of the market is very strong and governmental policies are unavoidable, the question remains: How is possible for our commoning practice to stand and develop together? What is the organization and hierarchy in the practice of making commons; do we need it? How do Making commons differ in heterogeneous realities in different geographies? How we can discuss commons as ontological category and epistemic category at the same time? What is the position demanded of new educational systems?
Architect. PhD in Bio-climatic Construction Systems and Materials. Co-founder of dpr-barcelona. His work seeks a thermodynamic approach to architecture focusing on social issues and the exchange of matter and information in urban environments. He also researches the development and application of biomaterials in architecture. Co-curator of Think Space 2013–2104 Cycle in Zagreb and the Adhocracy Athens 2015 exhibition for the Onassis Cultural Center.
Pelin Tan is a sociologist and art historian. She concluded her PhD on socially engaged art in urban space and her post-doc on methodology of artistic research at MIT. Tan researched artist run spaces and urban justice in Europe (2004), Asia and Japan (2012, 2015). With Anton Vidokle, she is the co-director of sci-fi film episodes 2084 about the future of art. She is a member of video collectives Artıkişler/videoccupy and bak.ma, an open digital media archive of political movements in Turkey. Tan is an associate professor at the Architecture Faculty, Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey. Her forthcoming publication is ARAZİ (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2015). Pelin Tan is member of The Silent University
Valentina Karga, born in Chalkidiki, Greece, is an artist with a background in architecture, based in Berlin. After she got her degree in architecture from the University of Thessaly, she has been a fellow at the Graduate school, University of the Arts Berlin (UdK). Often through collaborative actions, her work addresses issues such as autonomy, education, sustainability, communication, the DIY and the commons. Valentina’s projects encourage engagement and participation, some times ending up imagining alternatives for societal structures, such as economy and pedagogic institutions. Among her projects is the “Summer school for Applied Autonomy” in Berlin, a research initiative interested in capturing the technical know-how but also the social, political and affective aspects involved in autonomous living. She is also a founding member of Collective Disaster. She has shown her work at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, the Athens Biennial and in a major exhibition curated by Whitechapel Gallery. At the moment, together with Pieterjan Grandry, they are the artists in residence for the Vilém Flusser program for artistic research in Berlin.
Alessandro Petti is an architect and researcher in urbanism, founding member and co-director of DAAR, an architectural office and an artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions. Alongside research and practice, Petti is engaged in critical pedagogy, he is the founding member of Campus in Camps an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh refugee camp Bethlehem. Petti has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control in Archipelagos and Enclaves (Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2007) and more recently he co-authored the book Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, Berlin 2014) an invitation to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonization.
Dimitris Papalexopoulos (b. 1953) is an architect, PhD, Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA); Director of Architectural Technology Research Unit (ATRU); and Director of FabLab Athens. He researches on interaction design, parametric design and building knowledge management. His post-graduate course on “Architecture and Information Technology” (since 1998) won prizes at international competitions and participated in international exhibitions and conferences. A redefinition of locality through IT is researched. At Archsign, his architectural work includes renovations and new buildings projects in the private and public sector. He is author of articles on architecture and IT, co-author (with Eleni Kalafati) of Takis Zenetos, Visioni digitali, architetture costruite (EdilStampa, 2006) and author of Digital Regionalism (Libro, 2008).
Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, technologist and luddite. Currently Curator of Digital at the Serpentine Galleries, is CoDirector of LIMAZULU Project Space, a Near Now Fellow and facilitator for the opensource development of unMonastery, a new civically minded social space prototyped in Matera, Southern Italy during 2014 and now set to replicate throughout Europe 2015/16. During his spare time he contributes to EdgeRyders, coruns the nomadic talks programme The Thought Menu and host’s Open Funerals.