The Space Between
Maria-Thalia Carras & Olga Hatzidaki
2.10.14 – 14.11.14
One Athens, former Constantinos Doxiadis’ offices, Stratiotikou Sindesmou
The exhibition The Space Between looks into the relationship between cities, our built environments and our lives lived in between.
The artists participating in the exhibition explore our relationship with the physical, visual and psychological parameters of urban space. They look at borders and ways through them. They talk about the manner in which urbanity is experiential, how it can transform, alienate or contain and simultaneously touch our lives or even set us free. The Space Between reflects on cities’ rhythms, their faces and facades, the visual structures that form the punctuation of our everyday lives. Through different media and narratives, the artists comment on the personal, historical, political and cultural conditions in city life.
The exhibition unfolds around the courtyard of the former offices of the Greek avant-garde urban planner and architect, Constantinos Doxiadis. His offices, a landmark modernist building, built in 1958, were positioned over the Iridanos river on the foothills of Mount Lycabettus with a view towards the outer reaches of Athens and then the sea.
They housed amongst other things a publishing house, a design school, the graduate school of Ekistics as well as a series of arts exhibitions and talks.
The Space Between references Doxiadis offices’ as a testament to Athens’ architectural history, whilst acknowledging the changes in its usage (most recently into residential apartments) as an interesting commentary on buildings’ undulating lifespan. The exhibition also takes note of Doxiadis’ prescient research on the need for a balanced relationship with our built environment. Each work then relates a different story about what each city or physical space has to tell, and the human perspective in between.