The Temporary Academy of Arts invited four ACTOPOLIS participants to the Final Show of the Soft Power Lectures. During the event in the basketball hall of Panteion Univerisity, Vassiliki Grammatikogianni had the chance to speak to all of them. Photos by Michael Pappas

Vassiliki Grammatikogianni speaking with WE ARE VISUAL. Photos by Michael Pappas
Marc Einsiedel and Felix Jung (WE ARE VISUAL)

Felix Jung (WE ARE VISUAL). Photo by Michael Pappas

The PΑΤ invited the artists and those involved with art who had been involved in the project – also from other European cities – to the big ACTOPOLIS celebration in Athens. Marc Einsiedel and Felix Jung (WE ARE VISUAL) from Hamburg took part with their installations in the public space. They aim to diagnose problems and demonstrate solutions by means of their art. “We travelled from Athens to Sarajevo and to Zagreb and from Brussels to London; we recorded problems and analysed them, not only the social ones but also those within the public space. By investigating the problems of the past and the present we seek solutions for problems which we may find ourselves facing in the future. Artistic installations also function as a means of education and training, and also support the public in their dealings with problems. ” In the work of Konstantinos Hatzinikolaou they recognised some of their own work and promised to return to Athens in the near future.

Marc Einsiedel (WE ARE VISUAL). Photo by Michael Pappas

Daniela Palimariu and Raluca Voinea (ACTOPOLIS BUCHAREST)

Raluca Voina. Photo by Michael Pappas

Daniela Palimariu and Raluca Voinea realised the ACTOPOLIS programme in Bucharest. They are active primarily in the public space and offered their participants the opportunity to be the mayor of an imaginary city for ten minutes. This process offered them the opportunity to learn directly from people in the street how they imagine this city. “The programme coincided with the local elections and we discovered, to our great satisfaction, that the ideas of the citizens were diametrically opposed to the announcements of the politicians. The inhabitants are genuinely interested in their city. Their ideas were very good because they affected social groups rather than individual people. They designed a very generous social agenda with ideas for our city which we really would not have expected, and this was a pleasant surprise.” What pleased them about the Greek programme was the way that the artists addressed stereotypes. “That also applies to Eastern European countries and therefore affects us too, ” they said.

Daniela Palimariu. Photo Michael Pappas

The Final Show of Actopolis Athens took place on March 31st 2016.

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