Source: Catalogue of the presentation at D264 art centre in June 2006
Free Knowledge and Free Culture
Participatory Devices and
Processes of Auto-organization
Post Programmed City_Territory is a collaborative project that consist of a series of cultural activities, which are devices of interaction with the territory and public events concentrated on Emergency Case Situations as seen at the settlement of the repatriated community in Farkadona, in the district of Trikala, Thessaly-Greece.
The settlement was created in the early 90s for repatriated Greek Pontians from the former Soviet Union as a result of a state policy of peripheral dispersion of refugees to organized camps and units. The settlement was based on an existing military camp infrastructure in the community of Farkadona. Prefabricated containers previously used by the earthquake victims were transported there. Fourteen years after their rehabilitation, the residents of the community still live under conditions of degradation, ghettoïzation and exception.
The participants investigate with the inhabitants of the community methods that initiate ideas and practices to enhance the process of auto-organization and the notion of the community as space of production and transformation, focusing mainly on the emergence of their cultural identity through cultural activities, on the development of the possibility to find occupation and create new models of micro-economy and on the production of new forms of relationship distribution .
At the moment, PPC_T is programming an interdisciplinary workshop that is taking place in Farkadona during June 2006. It is based on practices of auto-organization under the concept that this new era of digital environments provides news ways of sharing immaterial productions. These new cultural products don’t lose quality in reproduction whereas they’re establishing new values and new possibilities of solidarity all around the world: videos, audios, texts can be shared and freely accessed. Running under free software, recycled computers serve as a methodological tool for the communities to understand how technology can be part of their lives and improve the material exchanges envisioning a new way of collaborative cultural production that neglects distributors and editors.
PPC_T team is: Yannis Arvanitis, Attasha, Elias Charis, Insectos Tropicales, Aliki Kakoulidou, Agis Kolyvas, Mihalis Kyriazis, Carlos Paulino, Otavio Savietto, Lorena Tselemengou, Fay Tsitou /Divers, Anna Vasof. Coordinators: Hariklia Hari, Thiago Novaes
With the support of:
The Hellenic Linux User Group (HEL.L.U.G) that decisively contributed to the creation of the activity center providing the recycled computers and supporting FOSS, the Wireless Athens Metropolitan Network (W.A.M.N) that made the wireless connection for the community possible, the Larissa Contemporary Art Center, the Association of Pontians and repatriated Greek-Pontians the “Argonauts”, the Municipality of Farkadona and the Prefecture of Trikala.
Artur’s Klaket is an abstract diary about the everyday life of the young people who live in this settlement.
Video made by: A. Adamidis, E. Gasparidu, M. Yangabuzova, Ch. Yangabuzova, S. Koumbous, Ch. Konstadinidis, Th. Labrianidou, Y. Mihailidis, Ch. Mistakidis, A. Dadianidis, M. Dadianidis, M. Panayiotov, V. Skiaridis, A. Vasof