11th Athens Digital Arts Festival

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

Description

Metaxication Inc: A Shadow Corporation as a Node of International Flows of Capital and Materials in Athens

Description For the Athens Digital Arts Festival, a group of scholars, architects and artists created Metaxication Inc. a well-established (but mock) corporation. For this workshop our "laboratory" was in the rundown neighborhood of Metaxourgeio which was examined through the lens of a "shadow corporation" as a node of international flows of capital and materials which have made this working class district into a hub of global trade. The laboratory looked at new emerging geographies where public space is transformed to economic zones, places of production, transport hubs and industrial facilities as well as spaces of illegal commercial transactions. Participants explored forgotten/invisible spaces, forming economic heterotopias of production. They became enmeshed in a temporal network of immateriality by way of a selection of tactile objects that the group dissected through a variety of theoretical tools and methodologies. The shadow corporation is called "Metaxication Inc" to link the workshop activities with the spatiality (Metaxourgeio), materiality (silk in Greek i.e. metaxi) and historiography (trade routes) of capital flows. Bio The Athens Subsumption, is an open source diverse group of scholars, artists and architects first assembled in Athens in November 2014, during a workshop initiated by Oliver Lerone Schultz, as part of the Goethe Institut Athens project New Babylon Revisited. The group's aim is to trace "subsumption" of urban space and collectively build a glossary reflecting on the possibilities, stakes, and potential [social] formats of such an endeavor. Based on social theory building and "knowledge commons", the group uses both analogue and digital tools to mediate different experiences and concepts of enclosure. The Athens Subsumption participated this year in Transmediale "Capture All", with a follow-up workshop, The Glossary of Subsumption_Collective Edition. Taking into consideration the findings of the first workshop in Athens, the group clustered those with other existing ideas and keywords and set up some fleeting "methodological devices" to capture conceptual noise and enlist circulating issues and terms throughout the festival. During the Digital Arts Festival in Athens, the active members of the workshop formed by Jeff Andreoni [artist/writer], Ismini Epitropou [architect], Lauren Lapidge [artist], Maria Saridaki [PhD game studies researcher], Penny Travlou [cultural geographer/academic], Marilia Trogada [architect] and Konstantinos Venis [architecture student], will examine the emerging geographies where [public] space is transformed to economic zones, places of production, transport hubs and industrial facilities, as well as spaces of illegal commercial transactions, through an artistic approach of a shadow corporation called "Metaxication Inc".
Period23 May 201524 May 2015
Event typeConference
LocationAthens , Greece

Keywords

  • space of flows
  • networks
  • materiality
  • labour
  • gentrification
  • public space