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Echoes of Eco, Two Walks in Athens

Echoes of EcoJani Christou, Epicycle, 1968 (excerpt) & Hellenic Hydrocarbons Resources Management, 2014 
Stratigraphy of Hydrocarbon Traps, Central Ionian Region

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Ecosystems and financial systems have increasingly been deregulated and in conflict. In places like the economic zone of China’s Pearl River Delta, the more passable Northwest Passage, and the petrochemical sunsets of Athens, we can sense and grasp the effects of capital exchange, accumulation, and collapse. The invisible hand of the “free” market is made visible in physical spaces, becoming more apparent, tangible, everyday. Economy and ecology, often presumed in opposition, echo a common root—oikos, a household or dwelling place—respectively through its management, and the interrelation of its parts. The growing economisation of material ecologies now responds to the progressive naturalisation of modern economic science.

Echoes of Eco is a set of walks in Athens that gathers an open group of researchers, activists, artists, onlookers, and passersby—an attempt to experience and make sense of the intertwined economic and ecological “crises”. On these walks, we will visit and discuss local sites chosen for their connection to the graspable, material effects of the current political economy, marketisation, urbanisation, privatisation, resource and land use. In walking and considering together, we also wonder aloud how “learning with” (instead or in addition to “learning from”) a place, its people and things, might be possible.

How might we witness, gather and create documents, think through and annotate sites in Athens—a place of dwelling saturated by economic debates and reconfigurations? What spaces have been created geographically, altered geologically, or damaged physically by local, regional and global economic forces? Where do market drives toward the spastic exchange and unbounded growth or erosion of capital (monetary, cultural and otherwise) touch down in the city of Athens? Can we trace, underline and read the marks that these forces leave on the bodies of places, people, animals, plants and things that constitute the city? What becomes of the city when the very modes of government and means of trade it has given birth to turn against it—eroding its grounds, disintegrating its assemblies, ruining its ruins?

WHEN:

 July 14 & 15, starting each day at 5pm

WHERE:

Meet at A-Letheia Kiosk Psyrri, Iroon Square, Ag. Anargiron and Karaiskaki (July 14)
Meet at A-Letheia Kiosk Kypselis, Fokionos Negri and Eptanisou (July 15)

WHAT:

Collective discussion workshop, with visits to sites in Athens, each day starting at 5pm and lasting about four hours. You are invited to think about and bring ideas for site locations in Athens, as well as documents (objects, artefacts, images, texts) that speak to your experience of economic and ecological interactions. Please contact us with any suggestions that might need planning in advance. You are welcome to join for all or any part of the site visits, talks and walks. (Georgios Papadopoulos, Garance Malivel, Jamie Allen at info@continentcontinent.cc, event

Echoes of Eco is held in concert with the A-Letheia, in and amongst its other aneducative walks, talks, events and public programming. (July 14 / July 15 event listings from A-Letheia Project)


Echoes of Eco


Echoes of Eco


Echoes of Eco


Echoes of Eco


Echoes of Eco