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From Friday December 6th to Monday 9th, the no-longer-in-use East Airport in Athens, Greece, will come back to life with Medi@terra, a four-day festival of art and technology addressing the theme of 'New Platforms.' The programme is now online and gives details of the performances, installations, screenings, panel discussions and workshops to be given by artists from all over the world. Alongside the festival is an open competition for the best text message in under 160 characters. This 'SMS OK Contest' is a reminds us that the term 'OK' was first used by Greek migrants to the USA 150 years ago, who could only afford to send one-word telegrams home - OK for 'ola kala,' everything is alright. They'd be amazed by the communication platforms and hybrids we use to say 'OK' today. -Helen Varley Jamieson