2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture is setting up a three-day celebration to say goodbye to the Belgian collective TimeCircus that returns to Antwerp after six months and to hand over – now officially – ARKOPOLIS, the ark of eternal youth, this unique cultural space to young people and to the residents of Elefsina.
In the city of Megara (GR), Apothéri or Pothéri is the communal supper held after harvesting (théros – θέρος [masc.] in Greek). This project interprets this custom and transfers the event at the end of summer (théros – θέρος [neut.] in Greek).
Within this framework, contemporary and experimental visual artists, video artists, theatre/movie directors, musicians, DJs, and chefs are invited to stay as artists in residence in the city of Megara for about a week. These artists will work in partnership with farmers and primary sector producers of the local community and the Thriasian Plain to create edible works of art, either stand-alone or as part of a broader action (performances, real-time video art/film shoots) – works to be eaten by the public. Making use of primary sector produce from the broader region (agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing), they will be inspired – visually, gastronomically, and musically – to create a hybrid form of contemporary art and gastronomy.
The presentation of this co-creative process will take the form of a cooperative, experimental public event, an interactive performance, an original, contemporary “panigíri” (feast day celebration/street festival). At this event, the participation of, and interaction with the public is of fundamental importance, playing a crucial role in the final formulation/completion of the works that will all end up at the street party/panigíri, which will be based on the concepts developed by each team combined with the local traditions.