Read about and order online AAO: Ethics/Aesthetics book-catalogue

The book-catalogue of all AAO series of actions and events under the title Ethics/Aesthetics can be ordered online at: http://www.papasotiriou.gr/product.gbook.asp?pfid=2004302&prid=1258531&deid=10402

It is also available at Papasotiriou bookstores in Athens and throughout Greece, as well as at the Benaki Museum and the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre bookstores in Athens.

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About the book-catalogue:

The Against All Odds project is a mechanism that produces thoughts, ideas and actions. Specifically, AAO is: first, a ‘think-tank’: it promotes debate on occurring issues which need to be addressed within the framework of Architecture (in its wider understanding as spatial practice) regarding society, ecology and culture. Second, a ‘disseminator of ideas’: it raises public awareness on the value of Architecture (as spatial practice) in resolving significant current issues, as well as in offering a podium for the promotion of projects that address its main philosophy. Third, a ‘do-tank’: it sets targets for the fulfillment of which it creates partnership models with organizations, educational institutions and designers, becoming their strategic partner.

This book presents the first of the Against All Odds project series of actions and events that examines through the collective work of a big group of people the subject Ethics / Aesthetics. Views and theses of significant theoreticians, architects, designers and artists are presented as they were recorded during the two interdisciplinary conferences realized by the AAO project in January and in June 2011, as well as the pioneer projects and artworks around the world that were the material of the main exhibition “Ethics / Aesthetics” at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Annex, from 8 June to 31 July 2011.

Additionally, the book presents the results of the academic workshops with urban subjects that were organized from March to May 2011 by the AAO project with Parsons The New School For Design (New York), University Paris 8/CITU Research Center of Paragraphe Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens, University of Thessaly and Athens School of Fine Arts, some of them comprising the urban action “Athens Here and Now”, interactive and video artworks realized in the historical center of Athens. Finally, the book includes the artworks of the parallel group show of Greek contemporary artists “Slow Down Rooms” as well as other performance actions. All of the above are connected and have as a main subject the realization of works with a direct social impact, through a spirit of evaluation of the contemporary social and ecological problems and the need to react by serving a feeling of “emergency”. The global framework of discourse is correlated with the local parameter and application.

The AAO project is organized by the Non Profit Organization 4 Life Strategies. AAO’s concept and curator at large is architect Lina Stergiou who also edited the book.

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