Read about the AAO academic workshops

The AAO project academic workshops employ diverse collaboration models with international and Greek universities. Different aspects of the AAO: Ethics/Aesthetics subject will be examined and implemented.

The main parameters of the AAO philosophy dealt with during the workshops are that the outcome should be realistic and applicable, it should be immediately useful to society, and address an ‘urgent’ issue. The workshops aim to develop dialogue, critical thinking, creation and open hands-on process among young people, teachers, associations and institutions.

The workshops aim to support environmental and social actions taken by young people and develop activities that transform the younger generation into co-creators of and make them co-responsible for the urban and social environment.

The workshops focus on the urban environment, primarily that of Athens, and their outcome will either be immediately implemented by being offered to social groups or to society, or will be offered to an institution that is able to implement it immediately. They will be shown at the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex in the workshops section of the AAO project exhibition, which will take place from June 6 to July 31, 2011. Some of the workshops-actions within the Athens urban landscape will be part of the Athens Art Week project, organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, May 9-15, 2011.

The AAO workshops are six. For two of them there is an AAO open call for participation.

The AAO open call for participation applies to the following workshops:

1. AAO workshop with Parsons The New School For Design, New York

Within the spring semester Greek students will work online with students from Parsons The New School For Design New York in order to exchange ideas, opinions and information, and they will eventually meet for a week in Athens, from the 12th to the 18th of March. For the online collaboration they will use the ground-breaking academic platform ΑΑΟ online-Social Design Academy in order to communicate effectively by exchanging their designs, files and ideas. From 12 to 18 March, the New York students will be in Athens in order to work closely with the Greek students and create a research and action corpus in the center of Athens. The workshop process and the final action will be documented and transformed into an installation comprising of video, graphics and photos, which will be exhibited from 6 June to 31 July at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Annex, Athens.

Instructors: Lydia Matthews, Michael Morris, Lina Stergiou, Radhika Subramaniam.

2. AAO workshop Université Paris 8, CΙTU research center of Paragraphe Laboratory

Within the spring semester 2011 Greek students will collaborate with students from Université Paris 8, CITU research center of Paragraphe Laboratory through the innovative Art Collider interactive platform in order to research, enrich and explore their own work as well as work on the strategic tackling of spatio-social urban issues in the urban fabric of Athens. The outcome of this workshop will be put forward for inclusion in the Athens Art Week, organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism on May 9-15, 2011, and will be exhibited from 6 June to 31 July at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Annex, Athens.

Instructors: Maurice Benayoun, Lina Stergiou.

The final selection of the participants will be conducted by a Committee comprised of:

George Harvalias (Dean of the Athens School of Fine Arts)

Spyros Raftopoulos (Head of the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens)

Lina Stergiou (Architect, Curator at large of the AAO project).

Other AAO workshops are:

3. National Technical University, School of Architecture

Instructors: Konstantinos Moraitis, Lina Stergiou

4. National Technical University, School of Architecture

Instructors: Andreas Kourkoulas, Ifigenia Mari, Georgios Parmenidis,Vana Xenou, George Haidopoulos et al

5. University of Thessaly, School of Architecture

Instructors: Maria Papadimitriou, Lois Papadopoulos, Alexandros Psychoulis, Yiorgos Tzirtzilakis

6. Athens School of Fine Arts, Master in Digital Arts

Instructors: Vicky Betsou, Lina Stergiou

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