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​A collaborative walking work in process – a live multi-channel sound and movement – dance installation, based on simultaneous and remote walks translated into a performance space, superimposing new layers of sounds and ideas to an imaginary territory, drawn by collective dérives, creating of a parallel reality of human voices and movement.

The work invites to new ways of co-operation in sound and movement, unfolding steps that restore a sound score of the dialogue between humans in movement and the ground.

Walking is the instrument to capture the sonic urban future as an alternative memory of our phenomenological history departing from the euphoric contamination between the fluid plan of sound and the apprehensive dimension of the touch and of the kinesthetic proximity.

Music/auditive compositional layer – Local and soundscape storytelling layer -Textual Layer:  Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou. Andromachi Vrakatseli, Geert Vermeire and master students in new technologies of information and communication in education. Department of Preschool education and Media Department. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Prof. Anastasia Georgaki / Director Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Movement layer:  Eleftheria Rapti and simultaneous remote walkers / walking voices in various cities around the world (Athens, London, New York, Rome, Paris, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Barcelona,…): Zacharoula Rafailidou, Eva Pangiotara, Chrysti Mouratidou, Ioana Thanou, Chara Tzoka, Olia Olina, Aphrodite Theodora Andreou, Maria Methimaki, Nikos Chaldaiakis, Bogna Juchnowicz, Nawal Guendouz, Oriana Haddad, Sandra Fruebing, Freddie Dessau, Ivana Pinna, Veronica Cordova de la Rosa, Zoe Balasch, Milka Panayotova, Ignacio Pérez Pérez, Yoshitsugu Yubai, Claudia Mel, Giulia Galvan…

Concept, coordination and curated by Geert Vermeire / Co-production: the Milena principle

Try out@Platforms Project 2018

Friday 17 May 2018, 3.00 PM – 3.30 PM“Nikos Kessanlis” Exhibition Hall of the Athens School of Fine Arts (Piraeus str. 256, TK 182 35)
Admission Free

Walking together in Athens
We chose Athens as city-theater of the cradle of European civilization for an act of « listen in wonder » or contemplating (com-templum), to counteract on this way the panoptikum by which we filter today our urban experience.

Point of departure are sound walks by remote and simultaneous walkers, next to a preparatory group walk on the ancient path towards the Academy of Plato in the Athens of today, connecting the peripatetical Aristotelian tradition with the contemporary walker in the urban landscape and with the Spaziergangwissenschaft, the science of walking as an instrument urban transformation, as conceived by the sociologist Lucius Burckhardt.

By consequence the sonic localization of the memory and the tradition of Plato´s Academy is longing for an experience of negotiation that is equally esthetical, philosophical and social, a sonic and phonic point that cancels the reciprocal ignorance of the civic anonymity for a social inclusion in the aura of a permutation of various sensorial levels of body movement in space.
Moreover, crossing the city to weave with t(h)reads the sonic text of space. This will not be a manner of confirming the urban surface, but most of all of questioning the profound memory of Athens and Greece in an « agglomeration » of voices, escaping from the manieristic derision of the visual metropolitan excess.

Image: brain town by Stefaan van Biesen

Geert Vermeire

Geert Vermeire

Founder Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023 Online Jury 2024

Geert Vermeire is a curator, poet and artist, moving constantly between Greece, Portugal and Brazil, with a focus on spatial writing, locative sound & performance and social practices. He develops collaborative processes, departing from the ethical in...

Near Athens, Greece

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