The performance was conceived, visualized and directed by Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou
70–60 BC Greek life-size marble statues, raised from the Antikythera Ship-wreck found by a team of sponge divers in 1900.The parts buried by the sand are exceptionally preserved while the rest of the Parian marble was disfigured by stone-eating organisms.
The first diver to lay eyes on the shipwreck described the scene as a heap of rotting corpses and horses lying on the sea bed,
From the exhibition Antikythera Shipwreck, the Ship, the Treasures, the Mechanism, at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, photos by WeWasteTime.
previously: the Antikythera Mechanism
Digital artworks by Greek artist Vasilios Paspalis
Brilliant handmade collages by Greek artist George Bogiatzidis
Private residence in Kifissia, Greece designed by Tense Architecture Network, aka architects Tilemachos Andrianopoulos, Kostas Mavros and Nestoras Kanellos.
Photographs by Filippo Poli
The architect suggests a museum entirely below the ground surface, build in a now invisible 17m high gap between two walls of the rocks’ phases, the Mycenaean and the Classical when the Acropolis’ rock was significantly expanded to it’s current retaining wall.
Uncovered by early 20th century excavations between the two walls, this gap today is visible only through a series of shafts left by the archaeologists (scroll for photos). These shafts and the now buried gap between the two retaining walls of the acropolis became the site for Christos Papoulias’ Erichthonean Museum of Acropolis proposal.
The museum would inhabit the south and south east part of the Acropolis plateau and could be visible only through it’s entrance. One of the existing caves would offer an exit down to the south side of the acropolis hill, leading the visitor to the fascinating but mostly overlooked theater of Dionysus and other important archaeological sites like the Odeion of Perikles, the choregic monuments, the Asklepieion, the stoa of Eumenes and the Odeion of Herodes Atticus.
The walls of Erichthonean museum would be the originally visible base 17m high base of the Parthenon and the floor a series of carefully placed platforms, would mimic the roughly poured concrete that the archaeologists have long used to make the slippery rock accesible to visitors.
Christos Papoulias on his project: I called this project the Erichthonean Museum of Acropolis as a way of separating myself from what I considered mistaken museological ideas in the official competition program from the new museum. I worked with a new museological idea which took into consideration the city, the archaeological site and the topological characteristics.
photos of the shafts from the early 20th century excavations and the 17m high base of the Parthenon.
Electronic Urbanism, an avant-garde speculative project on town planning and electronics, by Takis Zenetos (1926-1977), the brilliant architect who designed some of the most beautiful buildings in Greece during the 60′s and early 70′s.
The basic idea of Electronic Urbanism, which Zenetos designed, developed and investigated from 1952 to 1974, is the creation of a system with diverse levels and locations for different urban functions, primarily residential, suspended from natural environments (as cantilevers or mountains) and integrated with all communications technologies, that allow wide-ranging connections among people and social groups.
He invented his overhanging cities as mega-constructions in tension that gradually would cover the Earth’s surface, though without stirring it up. The only interference with the ground is the nodal connections in combination with the foundations of the pylons.
The environment. Urban structure coexists with nature. Variation with pneumatic modules (at stage of formation)
Partial plan of a typical sector in the suspended city. The horizontal sections are taken at several typical levels
Zenetos proposes a society where working engines free the humans from boring rituals. To explain this, he wrote,“This free time that will result will give a new dimension to relations between cohabiting individuals, which will be heard by the quiet contemplation of the essence of things…” (source)
A 3D model from Electronic Urbanism project, by Y. Orfanos and D. Papadopoulos in 2003.
“Takis Zenetos was a genuine idealist, contemplating the vision of a new future enlightenment, a period of ultimate universal egalitarianism and progress for the people. In his time, he was understood by very few, while for the majority he was associated with the blurred elusiveness of a myth. Nowadays with this work we are able to conceive him for what he really represents: a prophet not only of his time but also of the century after him.”
Andreas Yakoumatos, Digital visions and Architecture,
Authors: Eleni Kalafati, Dimitris Papalexopoulos, Edilstampa, Athens 2006. (source)
Greek /english link on Takis Zenetos work here
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