I would like but how much I would like yes I would like right now now I want *
We want / yes, we want the obvious that are not given.
We want to get scared, to breathe, to forget and even if we forget something - it does not matter - we do not need another punishment to understand the important things in life.
We want a promise of happiness that does not come but it is nice to wait for it as it arrives.
We want this lightness that finally fits into a phrase and says "we had a good time yesterday", "did you like the show?", "We drank a lot again", "what a laugh we did", in Athens, and wherever we want, in dunes and scaffolding
not like old
As it is worth living now: freely.
Director of Culture of the Onassis Foundation
Are we all heroes after all? And how is it worth living? In a year when we need hope, joy and thought more than ever, the culture at the Onassis Foundation floods the roof scenes, activates new spaces in the city and in the digital world, to speak for all of us: young people, new symbols, faces that transcend us but can be us at the same time, our contact with ourselves and others, with our rights, with nature, hoping that art changes mindsets and new mindsets people.
* Lyrics from the poem by Matsis Hatzilazarou, "Reverse dedication"
From the supreme myth of the "god" sacrificed for man (Prometheus directed by Nikos Karathanos) to the modern Prometheus who seeks the lost paradise (Frankenstein written and directed by Lena Kitsopoulou). From the human cracks that make our souls rustle (Glass World directed by Ivo van Hove starring Isabel Yper) to our journey to a source of light (Transverse orientation of Dimitris Papaioannou).
From mythical artists who left their mark, such as Andy Warhol (Andy in the first theatrical direction of the only American filmmaker Gus Van Sant), "Greek Rodin" (Halepas by Argyro Chioti), the pioneers Iannis Xenakis () Giannis Christou (Once to be realized directed by Michael Marmarinou), George Apergis (Deciphering his universe) to the everyday heroes. African-American Paul Robson who fought against racism (End Credits, 2012-ongoing by Oscar-winning director and visual artist Steve McQueen), people who fight against HIV prejudice (I'm Positive) or tell us about the fragile reality of adolescence (documentary Girlhood by Vania Turner and Maria Sidiropoulou), about the invisible heroines who clean the cities of the world (documentary Clean Cities directed by Marina Danezi, Costa Mandyla, Konstantinos Hatzinikotarou and social) time and place (Society Uncensored discussion series).
The man who seeks justice emerges through productions that reveal the long history of murder in the Mediterranean (The sea between my soul, a rock musical by Raed Yassin with the voice of Alan Bishop), the people who expose governments and their repressive practices through hip hop dance (new choreography by Brazilian Bruno Beltrau and his group). People who have been historically marginalized, come to light at the 7th Athens Biennale ECLIPSE, in collaboration with Onassis Culture, while children from vulnerable social groups, coming from every neighborhood of Athens, from any country in the world, do training and workshops at the academy envisioned by the Antetokounbros Academy.
Man and his needs, desires and fears are reflected in the productions of various arts. The desire to outline the story of a future at Gener8ion, where surfers, guerrillas, and Charlize Theron meet at Romain Gavras' pop, multimedia installation. The desire to dance the here and now, the past and always (Onassis New Choreographers Festival 9). The need for animation (telephone Poetic Conversations with "prescription" of poetry), the need to leave our mark on the world (Stones and Bones by RootlessRoot), the need to confront ourselves (Moby Dick by Dimitris Papadimitriou directed by Giannis Kaklea), the need to party either with clarinet, or with electronic music and field recordings (ENA ENA by Thanassis Deligiannis).
The man and the cities he builds, the ones he lives and the ones he dreams of, inspire a series of actions and producers of the Onassis Foundation. A new complex is being created in the urban center of Athens, its space Matala Gallery in Patision, with the aim of acting as a catalyst for cultural and social ferment. Nearby, Pedion tou Areos, which Ωthe Onassis Foundation will return with new activities in May 2022, after the You and AI festival. At the same time, for a year now, the Onassis Foundation has transformed the former plastic factory of the KOCH company into an unexpected space for artistic experimentation and exploration.
Its first "inhabitants" Onassis Renti (Legaki 7A) have already given life to the area, filling with light an uncharted area of Rentis, between working-class apartment buildings, dirt roads and material yards. In the area of Plaka, on the street Φρυνίχου 16A, Onassis AiR is more than just an artistic research and hosting program. It is a space that invites artists to rethink their practice, to take time and to think outside the established expectations of continuous artistic production, creating the home of an ever-growing and changing artistic community.
In 2022, a space in the center of Athens, dedicated to KP Cavafy, will gather all the items and objects of the Cavafy Archive. The OnAthens program of the Onassis Foundation, with a series of public interventions and works by contemporary Greek artists, continues and expands to change the daily experience of the city. In the Athenian Theater in Dionysiou Areopagitou, where the Attic "Mantra" was, we witness a profound erotic confession in public view (Work for a Man Alone - Part One by the artist Iokos Ioannis Kotidis).
Ruined houses get a second life with a separate art installation: the reconstruction of a wall from a demolished house in Pagrati inside the Roof (11 Vryaxidos and Aspasia: The unknown face of Rena Papaspyrou). A documentary comes to illuminate the history of the Athenian apartment building (Builders, Housewives and the Construction of Modern Athens directed by Tassos Langis and Giannis Gaitanidis). Life in the metropolises unfolds through a discussion of the unconventional New York writer and critic Fran Lebovich with the Director of Culture of the Onassis Foundation, Aphrodite Panagiotakou.
Man and nature, our climate footprint and our existence in an uncertain environment come to the fore. Radical interventions in the natural environment and our eating habits form an agricultural satire in the form of performance-speech (Bladder Diplomacy by the distinguished artist from Beirut, Ziad Adar). The planet that is lost under the garbage (in the punk environmental oratorio Paradisos by the up-and-coming director Katerina Giannopoulou). Dancing like a glacier, 10.000 years old, that can move so slowly and not be captured by the human senses but affects everything (Larsen C by the international Greek Christos Papadopoulos).
An exhibition that explores the poetry and politics, aesthetics and technologies of our environment, from the ground to the sky, from the air to the atmosphere (Weather Engines). A festival that wonders how we redesign our world so that we can have environmental justice, produce and use sustainable technologies in the fields of design, fashion, entrepreneurship and digital culture (Circular Cultures).
The established music festivals of Stegi return: Tectonics Athens, A Bridge of Music over Syggrou vol. 7, Borderline '22, Big Bang 6.
Continuing its mission for extroversion and connection with important institutions abroad, the Onassis Foundation's roof exports modern Greek culture to the world. More than 60 productions have already been presented in major cultural organizations and festivals in recent years, weaving creative webs with the world cultural scene. This year, the Extroversion program travels from Brussels to Madrid, from Florence to Ljubljana, from Paris to Bratislava and many more destinations.
At the same time, Stegi actively participates in international networks for the exchange of ideas and artistic practices, encouraging creativity and innovation in the field of culture and giving opportunities for action to art professionals and the public. With European programs at the frontiers of art, science and technology (S + T + ARTS Regional Centers: Repairing the Present), art and science (Studiotopia), dance and disability (Europe Beyond Access), dance and seniors (Dance On, Pass On , Dream On International Lab), dance and professional development (Grand Luxe), music (Sounds Now), music and sound art (Transmissions), music for children (Big Bang Festival), music for teenagers (Pass the Mic!), Architecture , sound art, cultural heritage and visual arts (Alexandria: [Again] activating the urban public).
Apart from Europe, culture continues to occupy the Onassis Foundation on the other side of the Atlantic. Onassis New York has ONX Studio, a new space for augmented reality (XR) artists where they can create and present their work. Launched in the fall of 2020 as a joint initiative between Onassis USA and the NEW INC of the New Museum. It hosts twelve artists and producers whose practice is related to augmented reality (MR), in order, over a period of one year, to develop important works of public interest. On the West Coast, Onassis LA (OLA) CEO Paul Holdengräber may have talked to some of the most famous people in the world on LIVE from the NYPL on behalf of the New York Public Library, but now he's continuing to Unexpected meetings for the Onassis Foundation in Los Angeles, increasingly reducing the distance of Los Angeles from the rest of the world.
The Onassis Foundation, during the lockdown, created new content responsive to the circumstances. This new content continues to be enriched and is another "scene". The Onassis Channel YouTube is now a meeting place for people and ideas, producers and discussions, which is constantly expanding and evolving, embracing the digital future. Movement Radio, the online radio station of Stegi under the artistic direction of DETACH (Voltnoi & Quetempo), records, disseminates and unites the past, present and future, through daily live broadcasts.
Oh, yeah Onassis Podcasts spark conversations and challenge stereotypes with true stories of important people from the days of quarantine at The Quarantine Tapes, with mythical creatures at Live From Mount Olympus, with young people giving advice to young people at fri Education, with bright minds in Onassis Encounters, but also with discussions on critical and topical social and political issues at Society Uncensored. As the digital universe grows rapidly, the Onassis Foundation descends on the New Digital Planetarium of the Eugenides Foundation together with the 7th Athens Biennale, the Berliner Festspiele and proposes a series of actions, 360 ° film screenings and compositions by The Athens Digital Infinity . The Onassis Foundation has been investing in Greek cinema for a long time and is becoming an active part of artistic creation. From Vassilis Kekatos to Panos Koutras and from Giannis Economidis to Evi Kalogiropoulou, from Konstantina Kotzamani to Zaklin Lentzou, Onassis Cinema supports renowned creators and new talents.
How is it worth living in the end? With myths and desires, in our cities and in nature, outside, in the present and in the future - in tune with the digital "here and now" of our times. Onassis Culture, both on the Roof and in other indoor and outdoor spaces in Athens, as well as around the world, presents the voices that must be heard at a time when art comforts us, comforts us and reminds us that all of us can we are the results of history, but at the same time we are writing history.