The “Neos Cosmos” series of acts and interventions references the actual neighborhood of Neos Kosmos and uses it both as an action site and a metaphor for other similar neighborhoods in the city. “Neos Cosmos” will design and shape the future public space of the Laboratory. [...]
Assemblages / Συναρμογές, Veronica Malagon, 2018
The “Neos Cosmos” series of acts and interventions references the actual neighborhood of Neos Kosmos and uses it both as an action site and a metaphor for other similar neighborhoods in the city. “Neos Cosmos” will design and shape the future public space of the Laboratory. The Laboratory’s public space will act as a response to contemporary urgent needs and will work for the subsequent reconfiguring of institutional hierarchies and common citizenship(s) taking into account theoretical models, artistic practices and the genealogies of “cultural social centers” .
“Neos Cosmos” is a system of overlapping dangerous or not visions of how Athens could be. It is one spondyl of the city’s backbone main avenues that connects the city center with the sea. From 1930s till today, Syngrou Avenue represents the overcoming of the tradition and the modernisation of Athens. Cultural centers, shipping & trading companies, refugee housing complexes, ancient myths about dogs and gods, the philosopher wishfulness to be thrown from the bridge and a battle for liberation, are creating the fragmented landscape of “Neos Cosmos” full of floating bodies, information, capital, myths, objects and animals.
Positioning ourselves in this landscape where ‘a little learning is a dangerous thing‘, we want to create a precedent; an option that is not already being given; we want to find the crack into the banal and then see what exists beneath it; to abandon the predictable and be on the other side together. Using the citizenship of the cosmonauts we want to discover how things actually get used and discarded, and how they impinge upon our Cosmos.
We are artists, mothers, dealers, poets, studiers, scrapers and weirdos and we are interested in everyday narratives and science fiction forms. We seek to celebrate together the informal and the everyday, to inhabit together the commons.