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Lidinos for Syria

Title: Lidinos for Syria, Lagini Workshops
Date: September 14 - 16 2012
Venue: Eynardeion, Aegina

ARTISTS: Nikos Charalambidis, Giannis Charitidis, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Ioannis Dedes, Kostas Emmanouilidis, Giorgos Goulias, Pavlos Habidis, Voula Karampatzaki, Ryusuke Kido , Filippos Koutsaftis, Nikos Larios, Olia Lazaridou, Tarohei Nakagawa, Ioannis Nestoros, Angelos Papadimitriou, Georgia Sagri, Aspasia Syrigou  

PARTICIPANTS: Paraskevi Annousi, Eugenia Asimakopoulou, Maroula Baharidou, Ismini Chrysochoou, Anastasia Dimoulaki, Anastasia Ferentinou, Despoina Giannouli, Mari Katsika, Stavros Koumoutsos, Eleni Moniodi, Kostis Lieros, Ioanna Papageorgiou, Giorgos Papamatthaiakis, Alkis Peppas, Thodoris Pitsilis, Loukas Protopapas, Thalia Sahinidi, Mario Salata, Ksanthi Sotiraki, Eleni Stavrotheodorou, Vassiliki Tantaoui, Ioanna Tsakanika, Konstantinos Tsimbouris

.. completed another edition of the HAM project recently at Palais de BOZAR in Brussels, the journey of the most precious Belgian embroidery continues to Aegina, where through years has been established as kopaneli. A small needle-work of Kopaneli’s purchasing value, not surprisingly, is higher than a gold jewelery. Deceiving the financial crisis, LaginiWorkshops / Exhibition explores the luxury existence of the embroidery through the bombing in Syria; making the whole procedure even more provocative ...Nikos Charalambidis

Through a linguistic device, Aegina is connected via Cyprus with Syria that is currently stricken by war. Peanuts, a typical product of Aegina, are called "chalepiana" in Cyprus, from the city of Aleppo (Chalepi) in Syria. The connection of these places on the map is realized by the work provided by laginiWorkshops, curated and based on a concept by Nikos Charalambidis.

... once, to tease my male architect associates, I invited them to my apartment to discuss business matters and I was talking to them while ironing my clothes... Zaha Hadid

Frankfurt Kitchen

Is it possible that everyday functions, movement or the necessary household work in the habitual space of our house, are predefined not so much by us but mostly of our own home? Is it possible that the design of our house, the furniture, the objects but also the utensils of household equipment, be decisively involved, apart from their initial role, in our routine?

Exceeding our mood and emotions, can they affect deeper our spirituality, consciousness, or even our ethics? Is it possible that a small household can comprise a small fortification of everyday resistance to the razing bourgeois power of the contemporary globalized civilization? Can it be the idiotype of a gym for our daily practice of those mechanisms that hold us alert? Are a subversive routine and an alternative lifestyle indispensable conditions for achieving general radicalness in social change? Is it possible that our house itself is indeed the beehive of revolt?

In an era of incontinent disposal and ethical recession, how paradoxical can the poetry of Evagoras Pallikarides seem; how strange and distant does the heroic lifestyle of him and his companions seem – the contenders of our recent history of resistance against the superpower of colonization? Is it possible for an old cabinet or the wooden bench of a kitchen to have their own renowned history, forming a model of an alternative lifestyle? "EOKA" (National Organization of Cypriot Fighters) fighters' hideouts were particularly attached to furniture and household equipment, like the legendary hideout-cabinet of Grivas Digenis. Placing the detergents and the plastic mopping bucket in the cabinet under the kitchen sink is typical of most households. Yet, in the kitchen of the photo they had a misleading role. No one could imagine that underneath them and the removable floor of the cabinet, there was a wooden ladder leading to the underground hideout-headquarters of EOKA.

Domestic Barricade

The hideout is an exercise to the participants, aiming to the final production of a Dovecote for the central square of the city of Aleppo in Syria. This dovecote is baptized as a symbol of peace, after having being first installed transitionally at Eleftheria Square of Nicosia. Designs, models and video-constructions will be exhibited around a central sculptural construction, given as a starting point for the projects. As signified by the title, Domestic Barricade, the construction is based on the idea of a barricade for every home! It comprises a kitchen bench manually revolving around a brace of barrels. So, it limits or liberates space, according to the user's or visitor's position. This sculpture refers to the improvised hideout of G. Digenis and the scientifically studied Frankfurt Kitchen.

Dovecote

The totemic architecture of the Dovecote is a reference to the scarecrow of Lidinos, symbol of the earthly rebirth, carrying the message of peace to warzone. This symbol of peace and freedom is directly connected to the events of Syria. One of the goals of the project is to collect and preserve visual material related to the Eleftheria Square, before its reconstruction by Zaha Hadid, such as concerts, demonstrations and talks that have marked the history of Cyprus. This square has been a very important centre of intense sociopolitical events and it's now redesigned by Hadid into a contemporary example of innovation in urban architecture. The Dovecot will be studied at a realistic scale and in relation to the model and aesthetic of the project by Hadid, so that the construction may be installed at a selected site in the square.

 

Deree Workshop

Title: Deree Workshop
Date: February 17 - 24 2015
Venue: Deree, The American College of Greece

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The WHITE HOUSE BIENNIAL presents: 
THE RED AND WHITE VARIATIONS for the RED AND WHITE FLAG PROJECT 
a project conceived by Nicos Charalambidis
 
COLOR & DESIGN I Class at the American College of Greece, DEREE:
Alexandropoulou Ariana, Fox Rachel, Harkiolakis Tatiana, Lykogianni Pinelopi, Kalafati Georgia, Malliaroudaki Melina, Michalarias Nikiforos, Papanidis Alexandros Rombert, Skavantzou Areti, Velleca Krystina, Zafeiropoulou Vasiliki, Sherouk Elebasi
Instructor : Dionisis Christofilogiannis
 
...To have a revolution you need to have true passion and feeling. Red is passion, anger and perseverance . Peacefulness is white. The lack of color means the lack of emotions and all that is left is white light; the color of a bright sky, which inevitably means freedom... Red is pasionate and loud, a color that demands to be seen from miles away. In a sense it draws the viewer to it like the revolution's call. It represents the strength and power of the endeavour for freedom, but also the bloodshed that is often undergone to achieve this freedom. ...Red is a rebellious color, it can show anger but also passion, it represents very strong feelings. White on the other hand is a very calm and peaceful color. Seeing red and white on flags sounds quite fitting considering all the revolutions and rebellions the world has gone through, but also the peace and unity we all want to establish... Red is a strong color, representing the strength and passion of the people who are ready for revolution. White is peaceful and a neutral, soothing color to look at... The white flag represents the peace and harmony needed in the crazy world around us. The red flag represents the fight for anything, resist the power and fight for what you believe in... White is the one true nuetral- the sky is sometimes white, our skin can be varying shades of white, and in the western culture is often associated with cleanliness, purity and innocence. Most canvases and papers are white before paint or anything else- complications -is added to them. Much like white, peace exists before any complications or conflicts come into play, and will continue to exist long after they have gone...Red is pasionate and loud, a color that demands to be seen from miles away. In a sense it draws the viewer to it like the revolution's call. It represents the strength and power of the endeavour for freedom, but also the bloodshed that is often undergone to achieve this freedom... White is the one true nuetral- the sky is sometimes white, our skin can be varying shades of white, and in the western culture is often associated with cleanliness, purity and innocence. Most canvases and papers are white before paint or anything else- complications -is added to them. Much like white, peace exists before any complications or conflicts come into play, and will continue to exist long after they have gone... The symbol of peace is united with flowers and birds,symbols of happiness and freedom, to show the happiness that peace ''brings'' to people's faces... What could be more evolutionary than a bird escaping from a cage,with a red background?... On the other hand the white is to show the peacefull result that a revolution should have. Again white here is manipulated to show power the power of peace together with the text and the child in a peacefull state togethet with the written message.. The red as the color of passion and the scream of a child represents the meaning of revolution as it should be. Powerfull, loud and to the point...
(text by the students)