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Onassis Cultural Center

rediscovering athens

IT HAD been a while since I’d read about an art exhibition with a concept that truly excited me – so when I found out that the Onassis Cultural Center (OCC) had set up Strange Cities Athens I headed straight to Theatrou Square in Psyrri to check it out. The exhibition displays the result of a challenge set to 23 visual art units from around the world, who have never been to Athens, to create artworks based solely on their impressions of it. The OCC, in collaboration with the team of curators from London’s Double Decker, provided the artists with a triangular “inspiration box” that contained: a recipe, a scent, a poem (Jasmin by Giorgos Seferis), a book, recordings of urban soundscapes, and music by Konstandinos Vita (Song “II”) and Manos Hatzidakis (the song A Magic City), and asked them to take it from there. The impressions of Athens that are formed in the minds of the millions of visitors who come here, as well the multitude of ideas, feelings and attitudes of people who have never visited, …

athens metro

ONE of the most upbeat and functional aspects of city life in Athens despite the downbeat crisis Greece has been facing for far too long is the growing urban metro system. When it first opened to the public, sparkling and polished, strewn with beautiful, sophisticated art (and stunning ancient ruins and even a still-running Ilissos river in Monastiraki station) everyone was impressed and excited, but also worried that it’s great appeal wouldn’t last. ‘It’ll get dirty, and unkempt and sad,’ we all assumed (take a look at the state of the 2004 Olympic venues today and you’ll quickly understand where we were coming from). Ever since  my first  interview with Attiko Metro when the system first started running I was personally very proud that my city could produce such an impressive transportation system, especially after visiting so many run-down, dirty, smelly and dodgy metro stations in otherwise exemplary cities such as London and Rome. The sense of pride continues to ride high today, as it has remained beautiful, clean, shiny and above all, functional.         There is a constant addition of new extensions and lines …