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ADDNOISE (15-03-2015 6:00 pm) Athens Digital Arts Festival, in the framework of “Traces of Commerce II”, presents the project #AddNoise which will last until March 15th, 2015. In the context of “Traces of Commerce II”, 10 empty stores in Stoa Emporon are assigned, free of utility costs and rent, to the qualified entrepreneurs who will transform the ground floor of the Social Security Fund for the Merchants building into a transparent cluster of creative production and exhibition events. Through a program of talks, workshops and screenings, #AddNoise raises questions about the reconfiguration of public space in the light of recent technological developments. The public will have the opportunity to participate in workshops using digital and analogue technologies in order to create participatory artistic activities related to the city, the arcade and the neighborhood. During the workshop “Sound art”, participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the basic principles of sound art as well as to explore creative ways of utilizing sound as a medium for artistic expression. On the other hand, during the workshop “Publiscapes”, participants will be introduced to tools such as the microcontroller ATtiny, conductive materials and capacitive sensing, soldering circuits and assembling paper-structures in order to create a participatory sculpture. *Athens Video Art Festival changed its name into Athens Digital Arts Festival, reflecting the wide range of art forms based on digital technologies which is hosted on its editions. For more info: http://addnoiseinthecity.tumblr.com/, www.tracesofcommerce.com Venue: Stoa Emporon (Arcade of Merchants), 8-10 Voulis Street, Syntagma
OPERA: "I WANT TO SEE THE POPE!" (22-03-2015 8:30 pm) The Greek National Opera presents a new production of Theofrastos Sakellaridis’s operetta, “I Want to See the Pope,” in a series of performances running at the company’s Olympia Theater on February 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 21st and 22nd with Conductor Andreas Tselikas, as well as on March 17th and 19th with Conductor Yorgos Aravidis. Following last year's great success of its abridged presentation at the GNO Foyer, the once-upon-a-time most celebrated operetta by Theophrastos Sakellaridis is re-staged this time on the Olympia Theatre principal stage. Indeed, this is the first time the play is being presented by the Greek National Opera which over the last years has proved its continuous support for the Greek operetta by staging The Cretan Girl and Halima. The operetta I Want to See the Pope! is drawn from Sakellaridis's contemporary urban themes that undermine the foundations of bourgeois life and judge harshly the institution of family. The composer (who also wrote the librettos for many works dealing with the same issue) follows the patterns of this genre and demonstrates a particular inventiveness in the levels of music and theatre in his attempt to portray characters who upset the norms of family life. The play was first staged at the Papaioannou Theatre by the eponymous theatre company, on 6th July 1920 and its success was instant. In fact, the song bearing the play's title not only was widely sung, but also became a separate sketch in its own right in revues and, in any case, it was the great success of that year. However, right from the very first performances, there were reactions from the Catholic Church, protesting against the scandalous content of the operetta ridiculing its leader. The scandalous course of the play culminated on 11th December 1921, when the main song of the Sakellaridis’ operetta served as a pretext for a murder in front of the Catholic Church of Piraeus. Directed by Vassilis Papavassiliou.
PERMANENT GALLERY TALKS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM (31-12-2015 5:00 pm) The Acropolis Museum gives visitors the opportunity to participate in presentations of selected exhibits held by Archaeologist–Hosts. Additionally, Archaeologist-Hosts are available to answer your questions about the Museum exhibits every day between 09:00 and 17:00. Visitors can find them by looking for staff wearing ‘archaeologist’ badges in the Museum exhibition areas. Permanent Gallery Talks are offered in English, in French and in Greek. The Museum also offers every Saturday the possibility to participate in the Alternating Gallery Talk. The arrangement of an Alternating Gallery Talk in English can be organized via telephone, every Tuesday and Friday, from 09:00 to 10:00, on +30 210 9000900 /ext. 405. 1. Permanent Gallery Talks: The Parthenon- Why we consider the Parthenon an exceptional monument of world cultural heritage? Why has it much preoccupied both previous and current viewers? Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts issues relating to the architecture, the decoration and the exhibition of this famous monument, as well as its symbolism and history. They will also be able to look closely into its sculptures and to admire the temple in its natural environment through the transparent wall of the third floor of the Museum. The presentation is enhanced with special video projections in the Parthenon Gallery featuring 3D-imaging of the frieze blocks and with the use of a digital tablet. Greek: every Tuesday, at 12:00. English: every Tuesday, at 11:00. French: every last Tuesday of the month, at 11:00. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 50 minutes. 2. Masterpieces in the Acropolis Museum- A presentation of masterworks on display in the Museum, their significance in their time and for world art. Visitors have the opportunity to engage Archaeologist-Hosts in discussion about art, aesthetics, religion and society at the time these works were created, all of which belonged to ancient Athens’ most important sanctuary, the Acropolis. The way in which they are exhibited in the Museum is also discussed. Greek: every Sunday, at 12:30 and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 20:00. English: every Sunday, at 13:30 and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 18:00. French: every last Sunday of the month, at 13:30. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 60 minutes. 3. Archaic Colors - A presentation on the continuing research on the unique collection of archaic statues, which retain their colors to a small or large degree. Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts on the color of archaic statues, its technical issues, its detection using new technologies, its experimental use on marble surfaces, its digital reconstruction, its meaning, as well as the archaic period’s aesthetic perception of color. The presentation concludes in the special “lab” on ancient three-dimensional art, which has been set up on the second floor of the Museum. The presentation is enhanced with the use of a digital tablet featuring additional visual material, colored cast copies of exhibits, marble details painted experimentally using ancient pigments and techniques, video projections, and collections of pigments. Greek: every Friday, at 12:00. English: every Friday, at 11:00. French: every last Friday of the month, at 11:00. Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 30 minutes. Coupons are available everyday on a first-in first-served basis. For further details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.