Heraklion, like any urban center,is a city that evolves and grows, creating over time conflicts, marginalization, abandoned landscapes and deprived neighborhoods usually hidden behind the image of the city. The group of unseen City wants to highlight these small "invisible cities" within the city under the auspices of the Association of Architects Heraklion, focusing each time on a different area of the city of Heraklion on the main characteristics of the social, economic and urban degradation.
The aim of the festival is the redefinition and formulation of the proposal for the recovery of the relationship of the city residents with public space and the neighborhood and improve the quality of the urban environment and public life. Our goal is ,through a series of measures and actions, to develop public dialogue, to sensitize and mobilize the residents of areas both individually and collectively.
The "Invisible City" is a non-profit action based on voluntary participation of the organizing team. The festival hosts events and actions collectives, creative groups and active citizens, such as lectures, artistic interventions, exhibitions, cultural events, workshops, etc.
The first event of unseen City took place in October 2012 in Agia Triada, area of Heraklion and the second in the Lakkou Heraklion area in September 2013. In June 2015 the "Invisible City" returned to highlight the "invisible" side of the Venetian walls of Heraklion.
This year, the Invisible City takes place on 7, 8 and 9 October 2016, co-organized by the Municipality of Heraklion and Heraklion Archaeological. Our proposal follows the route along the hidden Hellenistic wall (Arab-Byzantine) running through part of the inner city.
For further information regarding the programme of the festival and the map of the events link to the following: http://www.atheatipoli.gr/%CF%80%CF%81%CF%8C%CE%B3%CF%81%CE%B1%CE%BC%CE%BC%CE%B1-2016 (more)
More than merely built-up areas consisting of houses and public services, cities are loci of meetings and exchange. They are cultural loci, which often transubstantiate their energy via artistic channels into new ways of looking at life.
In an attempt to redefine my relationship with Heraklion, I sought a motive for approaching what is an aesthetically distressed city. I went in search of small, insignificant objects of the type we pass by without noticing, so as to record their contribution to the history of everyday life. I found myself face to face with an unknown, hidden face of the city, made up of the fading colours on walls and dimensions of structures built on a human scale.
Wall memories is a photographic imprint of the plaster on ruined houses in Heraklion’s old city, which progresses from a colour landscape into a linear and geometric topography.
The pictorial approach focuses on the variety of colour hues and wall textures, while the notional approach extends to issues concerning the loss of collective memory.
Beyond simply recording reality, photographic representation may further hint at a new, autonomous, transcendental reality. (more)