Body interventions and memory flows - see Miriam Mourad
2014 Europe in memory of 1914 - 1918
Greece in 2014: reading the writing on the wall - graffiti - tagging of wall
The writing on the wall expresses a kind of perplexity: "why do I feel free only when doing this shit?" The exit from the crisis has yet to be found. At the same time, the Municipality of Athens wages a kind a war against all kinds of graffitis most of the time a simple tagging of walls. But it definitely says no exit from the crisis has been found as of yet.
One can only wonder why no exit strategy has worked until now? The graffiti seems to suggest one possible reason: people are chained to old communication technologies when in reality the world is changing so rapidly due to digital technology, that even travel by sea becomes an adventure since without compass. Kant would say this requires first of all coming to terms with one's means of understanding before setting out into an unknown world.
We are making art!
in an empty store in Athens 2013
"Culture is that undeniable and irresistible force, which is able to direct changes into a positive stream, turning fear into a challenge and a venturous joy, and uncertainty – into trust in the creative spirit." - key slogan of Riga for that decisive year.
For official information: http://riga2014.org/en/
Official website: http://www.umea2014.se/inenglish
Umea will also host the next conference of the University Network come October 2014.
Rückblende / Looking back – the former ECoC cities
Legacy of Marseille and Kosice 2013
Official website: http://www.mp2013.fr/?lang=en
San Sebastian and Wroclaw preparing for 2016
Valletta and Leeuwarden preparing for 2018
For Holland, there has been selected Leeuwarden 2018
Italian city for 2019
In Italy there are 21 cities competing for the title for 2019. In the past, Florenz has been in 1986 and Bologna in 2000 European Capitals of Culture.
Greece –selection of the next ECoC for 2021
Slowly various cities are declaring themselves to be potential candidates but much depends upon the outcome of pending municipal elections which coincide with the European election end of May 2014.
Ongoing Concern about Nuclear energy since Fukushima 11.March 2011
Reading / Indian Saga : Anjan Sen
The gaping flaming mouth of cosmic time
floats again and again
What will disappear into it?
The peace of the earth and the sky!
With the radiance of a thousand suns
Evolution flares up belief burns
Barriers mount upon the Vindhya vertically
Many kneeling Agasthyas stand halted
The inertia of the immobile one seeps into us
Apathy and unconcern harden into columns.
Anjan Sen states that his poem "Reading / Indian Saga" is related to our present time, when terrorism is linked to ,violence and fear of nuclear exploitation'. The poem is based on a "sloka of Bhagbat Gita" which was recited by the scientist Oppenheimer when he called the nuclear bomb as being "brighter than a thousand sun". "The gaping flaming mouth of cosmic time" was seen and experienced for the first time when an atomic bomb was dropped first over Hiroshima and then over Nagasaki.
European elections in May 2014
Ethics in politics and philosophy - a soft reminder
An important contribution to the topic 'ethic and politics' was made at the philosophical conference held in Iraklion 2006 with Noam Chomsky, Agnes Heller, Martin Jay etc. Many of the abstracts provide important insights into what position can be taken up with regards to the question whether politics has to be / can be equal to ethics or if the two have to be separated?
Vicious Cycle Dance performance
1 - 2 February 2014
For tickets and further info see
Chemist, Hunter and 3 Women 17.1.2014
Created & Performed by: Paul Blackman, Christine Gouzelis, Aëla Labbé, Konstandina Efthimiadou, Aimilios Arapoglou
Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth
Following the review by the DAVID Project Kids' Guernica has been awarded the "social literacy reviewed" reward. Initiated by Gertrude Spiteri and Paul Dalli in Malta, social literacy entails contributions to such socialization of children and youth that they are capable to protect themselves against all kinds and forms of violence, from child abuse to the invisible form of 'cyber bullying'.
Alexandra Zanne in Gezoncourt
A poem in need to be discussed / ein Gedicht das diskutiert werden soll -
while in memory of 'Cultural Actions for Europe' (Athens 1994) and 'Myth of the City' (Crete 1995), the discussion with Brendan Kennelly needs to continue, in particular due to his epic poem 'JUDAS' touches upon so many important issues still today, such as 'the language of hatred' and the use of 'labels' to stem the flow and create instead a frenzy to replace rational politics. See
Cries of Anguish, Cries of Joy: the Poetry of Brendan Kennelly by Hatto Fischer 1994
March 6 - 9 "Heritage First! Towards a common approach towards a sustainable Europe." This is another one of EU conference taking place during the Greek Presidency, but with no information or real invitation to make possible active participation:. See http://gr2014.eu/events/conferences-and-seminars/conference-heritage-first-towards-common-approach-sustainable-europe
March 20 - 23 "Little Data and the Big Picture: What Everday Literature Can Do for Comparison. A Seminar to be held at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association New York University. See http://www.acla.org/acla2014
April 8 - 10 Conference about "Discourse - Power - Resistance / Research and Practice: Exchange and Change" The conference shall take place at University of Greenwich, UK . More information at http://www.dprconference.com/
April 10th Mediterranean Creativity and Innovation: Transforming Regional Policy (10th April 2014 - Athens, Greece)CreativeMED project presents a smart specialisation model for creativity and innovation in the Mediterranean on 10th April 2014 in Athens.
May 9 - 10 The city at a time of crisis. See http://crisis-scape.net/conference or else Conference, Athens, May 9-10 2014
May 24 - 27. To Foreign Shores. Canadian Theater Makers abroad and at home. Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Conference organized at Brock University. For inquiries contact email@example.com
May 28 - 30 International Conference on "Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories" in Coimbra, Portugal.
June 11 - 13 ICELW: Seventh International Conference on E-Learning at the Workplace. www.icelw.org
June 11 - 13 Scientific Committee meeting on Anti Bullying Network to be held in Athens during the EU Greek Presidency: Gertrude Spiteri
June 27 - 28 London Conference on Critical Thought at Goldsmith College
July 6 - 10 Conference on "Museum Work - Working for Museums" in Munich. Organized by Baverian State Office for Museums (Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern). www.museen-in.bayern.de/die-landesstelle/serviceangebote/fortbildungtagungen/emac-2014.htm
July 31 - August 3 The European Association of Social Anthropologists will hold its biennial conference in Tallinn, Estonia on the theme of "Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution - innovation and continuity in an interconnected world." See http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/index.shtml
September 4 - 5 International Conference on Cultural Relations in the Mediterranean in Valletta, Malta organized by V18 with Valletta the European Capital of Culture in 2018
September 9 - 12 "Museums and Politics" in St. Petersburg, http://www.museodata.com/noticias/convocatorias/2416-call-for-papers-museums-and-politics.html
September 9 - 12 in Hildesheim + 12-13 September 12 - 13 in Berlin. 8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Hildesheim, Germany http://iccpr2014.de/welcome/
November 6 - 9, 2014 Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century http://www.theasa.net/annual_meeting/page/submit_a_proposal/
Poiein kai Prattein - Publications
Catalogue "Imperishable Water", 2012 with Haroula Hadjinicilou, Anna Arvanitaki, Hatto Fischer (ed.), Athens ISBN 978-618-80160-0-2
Hatto Fischer: The poem 'Destiny still flows' by Katerina Anghelaki Rooke - this concerns a discussion of the poem which inspired the action on Rhodes last year
"Nation and Identity" by Kreisau-Initiative, with introduction by Hatto Fischer is crucial for answering the question whether or not Patriotism is an alternative to Nationalism. Youth met first in Kreisau, Poland and were inspired by this example set by the Kreisau Circle which went into resistance against Hitler on the basis of a non discriminatory approach for the day after Hitler fell.
Article by Anna Arvanitaki and Haroula Hadjinicolaou, "Action on Rhodes" in Journal "Nissides" (small islands). Rhodos, Vol. 9, 2012
Poiein kai Prattein is member of the Mediterranean Directory organized by the
René Seydoux Foundation
Cultural Calendar for 2014
January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Feb. 1 and 2 Vicious Cycle - Dance performance Paul Blackman + Christine Gouzelis
February 14 "Youth in Crisis" - photo exhibition by Pauliana Valente Pimentel at the Melina Cultural Center
March 21 International Poetry Day
July 2 - 6th World Congress of Dance Research, including Jadwiga Grabowscy
September 21 International Peace Day
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