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Urban Transcripts 2010
Athens, urban (r)evolution through individual spontaneity in the absence of planning

Combing film, photography, design text and interactive installation, the Urban Transcripts 2010 exhibition composes an alternative contemporary narrative of the city of Athens. The exhibition will be hosted at the Booze Cooperativa gallery in Athens from the 16th and till the 26th of December.

Urban Transcripts
Urban Transcripts is an experimental project initiated in 2010 by kollektiva.net as a series of annual exhibitions, talks and events focused on cities and urban development. Urban Transcripts aims to bring together a multidisciplinary spectrum of projects, from photography to architecture, from research work to performance art, composing a unique narrative of a city every year; to create an open public dialogue inviting city-zens to be part of a collective and interactive event. The primary object of Urban Transcripts is to pursue an understanding of cities and their development by (re)discovering some of the exceptional oddities and alternative visions that make every city so different to every other.

Theme of Urban Transcripts 2010
From a small provincial town of no more than 10.000 people in the 1830s, Athens has transformed and reinvented itself into one of the greatest and most densely urbanised territories in Europe, home to an estimated 5.000.000 people. This process has mainly been driven by an accumulation of non-planned individual and spontaneous interventions rather than institutional planning policies; more often than not, planning followed what had already been rather than determined what would follow. The contemporary urban environment of Athens evolved through a disobedience to hierarchy and regulation and a celebration of the individual ego over collective consensus; the frenetic (r)evolution of Athens through a multitude of spontaneous individual interventions. Urban Transcripts 2010 encourages
participants to liberally appropriate this theme and expects projects from a wide range of disciplines to express original perspectives from different points of view. Using the city of Athens as a field of investigation, creativity and inspiration, projects engage in a critical and creative way with the theme and the problematics it evokes.

Projects selected for this year's Urban Transcripts event:

Drawing the unplanned city (drawing)
by Dr Eugenia Fratzeskou

"Novel": Fantas(ma)tic sections (photographic narration)
by Maria Michou & Ioannis Mitropoulos

Anti-death recipes (short film)
by Vaggelis Kalogerakis

Urban Fragments (short film)
by ArchiIV+ (Eleni Boumpari, Theodore Dounas, Natalia Iliadi, Sofia Xanthopoulou, Apostolis Zacharakis)

Athens, the city of senses (interactive installation)
by Maria Sfaellou

Athens Spaltung (urban design)
by Fabiano Micocci

Walls Speak (short film)
by Evdokia Koraki & Cathrine Blin

The perception of the city through TV series (research article)
by Angeliki Zervou

Space - Stop (design)
by Alexia Karakassis & Marina Antsaklis

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