Soft Protocols

In the urban context they can be spaces of unregulated wilderness, there where the law gives place to unwritten protocols, where non-institutionalized forms of coexistence have to be constantly re-invented.  In the municipality of Athens one such area is the  zone from Tris Gefyres (Three Bridges),  where the Kifissos River is revealed under the National Road, till the Philadelfia junction, an area of  multiple, overlying and fuzzy borders. It is both the boundary of the city to the river and the autoroute, the meeting point of the dense urban fabric with a mutated nature, a jurisdictional border between three municipalities, the boundary of industrial uses with the residential zone; there where different phases of urbanization overlap leaving patches of the past untouched; it is a field of multiple negotiations. Its urban landscape constitutes an indecisive urban reality.

In the urban context they can be spaces of unregulated wilderness, there where the law gives place to unwritten protocols, where non-institutionalized forms of coexistence have to be constantly re-invented.  In the municipality of Athens one such area is the  zone from Tris Gefyres (Three Bridges),  where the Kifissos River is revealed under the National Road, till the Philadelfia junction, an area of  multiple, overlying and fuzzy borders. It is both the boundary of the city to the river and the autoroute, the meeting point of the dense urban fabric with a mutated nature, a jurisdictional border between three municipalities, the boundary of industrial uses with the residential zone; there where different phases of urbanization overlap leaving patches of the past untouched; it is a field of multiple negotiations. Its urban landscape constitutes an indecisive urban reality.

Ludovic Bernhardt,

akoo-o collective(Sofia Grigoriadou, Nikos Bubaris, Dana Papachristou, Giorgos Samantas )

Campus Novel (Giannis Delagrammatikas, Ino Varvariti, Yiannis Sinioroglou)

Stefania Migliorati,

Kostas Bassanos,

Sofia Dona,

Giorgos Papadatos,

Nina Papaconstantinou,

VASCOS ( Kostas Tzimoulis – Vassilis Noulas ), Dimitris Halatsis.

Nina Papaconstantinou,

VASCOS ( Kostas Tzimoulis – Vassilis Noulas ), Dimitris Halatsis.

Series of interventions around Kephisos, N. Ionia, Athens
Organized by COUNTERPUBLICS

August- October 2021

 

The project is an invitation to artists, architects, performers, and theorists to explore the possibilities of these open spaces, to appropriate them defining an open syntax of use, inventing soft protocols for an expanded public space.

In the urban context they can be spaces of unregulated wilderness, there where the law gives place to unwritten protocols, where non-institutionalized forms of coexistence have to be constantly re-invented.  In the municipality of Athens one such area is the  zone from Tris Gefyres (Three Bridges),  where the Kifissos River is revealed under the National Road, till the Philadelfia junction, an area of  multiple, overlying and fuzzy borders. It is both the boundary of the city to the river and the autoroute, the meeting point of the dense urban fabric with a mutated nature, a jurisdictional border between three municipalities, the boundary of industrial uses with the residential zone; there where different phases of urbanization overlap leaving patches of the past untouched; it is a field of multiple negotiations. Its urban landscape constitutes an indecisive urban reality.

With a series of interventions, ephemeral installations, urban drifts, performances  and discussions, taking place in the wider area on October 2021 we  aim to negotiate the balance between this insubordinate urban condition and the decisiveness of action- between the openness of possibility and enclosure of form.

The project will be documented in a collective edition, together with theoretical contributions at the end of the process.

Participants

Rebecca Agnes, Lucia Bricco,  Ludovic Bernhardt, Sofia Grigoriadou-akoo-o collective, Campus Novel (Giannis Delagrammatikas, Ino Varvariti, Yiannis Sinioroglou), Eirene Efstathiou, Stefania Migliorati, Kostas Bassanos, Sofia Dona, Giorgos Papadatos, Nina Papaconstantinou, Artemis Potamianou, Thodoris Prodromidis,  VASCOS ( Kostas Tzimoulis – Vassilis Noulas ),  Dimitris Halatsis.

Soft spaces, spaces in the interstices of “hardly” defined territorial entities, emerging in the gaps of legal jurisdictions, are always “in between”, trapped in a legal limbo, spaces of a-legality by default, deviant territories of action. 

They are rather socially constructed than materially defined, being both arenas of negotiation and under negotiation themselves; their borders being fuzzy and porous. In their indecisive and incomplete form, they are exposed to appropriation, susceptible to the exercise of the soft power of diplomacy and governance. Yet, in the same ambivalence they can be spaces of experimentation, they can be offered as alternatives to current rigid spatial patterns of social and political action. Their manifold potential exceeds that of strictly regulated space

In the urban context they can be spaces of unregulated wilderness, there where the law gives place to unwritten protocols, where non-institutionalized forms of coexistence have to be constantly re-invented.  In the municipality of Athens one such area is the  zone from Tris Gefyres (Three Bridges),  where the Kifissos River is revealed under the National Road, till the Philadelfia junction, an area of  multiple, overlying and fuzzy borders. It is both the boundary of the city to the river and the autoroute, the meeting point of the dense urban fabric with a mutated nature, a jurisdictional border between three municipalities, the boundary of industrial uses with the residential zone; there where different phases of urbanization overlap leaving patches of the past untouched; it is a field of multiple negotiations. Its urban landscape constitutes an indecisive urban reality.