knows what is good for the people or perhaps not? ... These thoughts came to my mind while we were re-enacting Echo-Logy by Allan Kaprow in Olympia, Greece 2013. We referred to the antique legend of Echo and Narcissus where what ultimately remains is the voice without the body - can one compare Europe, with its self absorbed Narcissus and Greece as a rejected Echo to its destiny. Next the notion of entropy came to my mind, new taxes are introduced in Greece and a lot of social stability pacts had been broken, it was a burden and many people could not afford to pay the taxes and nobody can buy an apartment either. The Greeks literally were losing the ground beneath their feet and stopped to participate in the initial prosperity of the EU. The old airport was sold and auctioned to international investors, their homes and public spaces were not their protection but became unholy, uncanny and we could see how many ghosts and monster graffiti spread through Athens as well. I was struck by the noise and loudness 10 years ago in Athens, while now people were silent, their voices were muffled, a collective depression. ... I want to introduce the concept of immaterial labour at the end, widely discussed in the 70’s and 80’s and its main theoreticians are Negri, Lazzarato and Virno. It also entails creating social contacts and networks. During our re-enactment the product is lost or corrupted: the water is lost the air is brought back to the air and it is not possible to be exploited from the market. I think this is useful for this workshop, because what you produce could be exploited and you have to give it away, but you can also stop that from happening by instantly sharing everything and make it available immediately - the open access idea.
We like the idea of instant sharing, that’s why we will publish all results from this workshop immediately after and make it publicly accessible for free.
Digital version of our book about Skopje Creative Hub 2014 - new content in public space