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Open Call for Workshops: Μystery 43 School of Waves and Weeds

From 25th May to 1st June, the 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture and EIGHT, critical institute for arts and politics are organising Mystery 43 The School of Waves and Weeds, two participatory workshops for all those interested in the arts, environment and politics, leading to the creation of a participatory artwork.

Through interdisciplinary collaborations between scientists and artists from the fields of visual and performing arts and music, the educational approaches of the two workshops Seeds and Weeds (25th-28th May) and Together, All Islands Make an Archipelago (28th May-1st June) trace the journeys of seeds and the rhythms and shapes of the sea, respectively. By exploring poetic and political interrelations between production, development, parasitism and inertia, they seek to highlight local ecosystems and networks of mutual support, while raising more general questions about the critical new practices, methodologies and educational approaches that respond to the needs of today and their corresponding repercussions in the urban, natural and socio-political realm.

The participatory artwork produced by the participants of the two workshops will be presented, in September 2023, in the framework of the Ecoculture Festival.

The workshops in detail:
Seeds and Weeds | 25th to 28th May 2023

The first open workshop investigates theories of biodiversity, symbiosis and interaction and how they apply to various plant production and farming systems. How can these theories and practices help to approach the challenge of coexistence with its implications in the urban and political realm?
Monoculture and/or biodiversity are proposed as models for critical thinking and creative action. The meetings will involve scientists, farmers and performing artists.

Together, All Islands Make an Archipelago | 28th Μay to 1st June 2023

The first open workshop examines, through examples of theories and scientific practices around the Aegean Sea, the creative patterns and formations of island clusters. The workshop aims to explore the creation of symbiotic structures, local ecosystems, networks of mutual support through the micro-scale of the human body. Through artistic participatory processes, it proposes to highlight the importance of the archipelago as a useful model for new practices of symbiosis and human geography. The meetings will involve scientists, musicians and performing artists.

To participate in the workshops, register here.
Participation in the workshops is free.
Dates:

Seeds and Weeds | 25th to 28th May 2023
Together, All Islands Make an Archipelago | 28th Μay to 1st June 2023
Hours: 11.00 – 16.00

Participating artists:

Gigi Argyropoulou – theoretician, theatre director
Vassilis Noulas – theatre director, visual artist
Kostas Tzimoulis – visual artist, academic scholar
Christina Karagianni – dancer, researcher
I broke the vase – Eva Matsigkou and Nefeli Sani / artistic and research duo

Conceived – Organised by: EIGHT, critical institute for arts and politics
2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture.

Also participating:
Vasso Kanellopoulou – writer, researcher, member of the SITO Network
Lefteris Bitzilekis – biologist, PhD candidate Natural History Museum
Perivolaki – organic farm
Dimitris Tachias – Agronomist, Educator

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Mystery 199 Vangelis Tsakos – Thanos Tsingos

From 17 April to 30 May, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents Mystery 199 Vangelis Tsakos – Thanos Tsingos, an exhibition – tribute to two great artists of Elefsina, the award-winning photographer Vangelis Tsakos and the internationally acclaimed artist Thanos Tsingos at the Old Town Hall of Elefsina. Photographic and painting works, testimonies, publications, exceptional editions and valuable materials, products of extensive research, describe their history and highlight just a small part of the particularly rich but also unique work of the two artists.

The LANDSHIP diary of TimeCircus in bookstores!

After the landmark arrival of TimeCircus in Elefsina in February 2023 during the Opening Ceremony of 2023 Eleusis, and the construction of ARKOPOLIS—a landmark that has since activated multiple communities in the city—several months later, the time has come for the release of LANDSCHIP, the diary chronicles the entire procession of the Belgian collective from Antwerp to Elefsina.

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