An art project, produced by the Goethe-Institut Athens,
organized in collaboration with the MFA-program „Public Art and New Artistic Strategies“, Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Curated by Sofia Dona
Downoad catalogue: http://sirtimid.com/broadway/Boardway-catalogue.pdf
In these times of global financial crisis, acts of exchange and re-use are gradually coming to the fore as solutions to the impasse brought about by the aims of the current financial system, namely to incessantly increase the production and consumption of goods and services. Calls for an alternative, sustainable way of life depend on the re-invention and re-institution of practices long-forgotten by modern society, and on the exploration of new ideas and solutions.
This art project aimed to reactivate the Broadway Passage (Patision and Agiou Meletiou Street) and the adjacent Broadway cinema/theatre space, and focusing on the concept of “exchange” (of goods, actions and ideas) as its central theme. The aim of this exchange project was to engender an independent barter system between individuals, and to create new forms of daily encounters for the sake of exchange which, as a practice, forms associations and leads to communication and interaction between persons, groups of people, cities, and distant countries. Today, through the aid of modern networks, we have seen the wide-ranging spread of such patterns of exchange and, as a result, new ideas and activities are being transferred from place to place, to become common practice in even the remotest of places.
Such methods of connecting people have been employed in the Exchange project as artistic practice, in an attempt to help improve living conditions in the urban environment.