The Hybrid City Workshop:
Codes of Disobedience & Dysfunctionality
Professor Martin Rieser
Interdisciplinary Workshop Team:
Elena Antonopoulou, Efi Avrami, Nikos Belomatis, Darie Budeanu, Dimitris Delinikolas, Eleni Giannari, Kyriaki Goni, Zaharias Ioannidis, Nikos Kaimakamis, Aimilia Karamouzi, Achilleas Kentonis, Vaggelis Kolotsios, Lila Mastora, Tatiana Mihailidou, Nickos Myrtou, Maria Papacharalambous, Dimitris Psychogios, Maria Saridaki
Phill Sparks, Empedia locative walk implementation
Jackie Calderwood, video development and user evaluations
Professor Michael Meimaris, Asst. Prof. Dimitris Charitos
Workshop Organiser and Curatorial Advisor:
Exhibition Organised by:
National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in collaboration with the University Research Institute of Applied Communication and the New Technologies Lab, of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
In the context of the “Global Gateway” action and of the EU-funded program “Civil Society Dialogue – Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture”
“Codes of Disobedience & Disfunctionality” proposes a different trail and a new narrative for the city of Athens and its contemporary transformations. Inspired by the posters and the graffitis of the city and taking advantage of the possibilities given by mobile communication technologies (GPS, QR codes etc) and the internet, Martin Rieser and the workshop team aim to connect the urban surroundings of Athens to opinions and statements of its inhabitants regarding the challenges imposed by the current social, political, and financial circumstances; Anger, disobedience, opposition, dysfunctionality. The features of the contemporary metropolis in the midst of a period of crisis are the main focus of the project. Can the new possibilities offered by technology really capture the needs and the atmosphere of a city like Athens? Can patterns and characteristics of urban life be identified when studying the use of these communication systems?
In the premises of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, on the internet and at the center of the city (at the streets Skoufa – Navarinou – Tzavela), the museum visitors and inhabitants of Athens, are invited to follow the project’s trail and discover the spots where parts of the narrative are hidden. Special QR codes are placed in selected locations of the city and by scanning them with a mobile phone, access to the audiovisual material created during the workshop is given. Combining elements of installation art, urban intervention, gaming and performance, “Codes of Disobedience & Disfunctionality” reflects Rieser’s long term practice on art and technology.