HILLS AND FIELDS: Short talks about our life in the city. ‘Have you ever tried to hide? (workshop))


11-16 Μay 2022


Filopappou Hill/Pedion tou Areos/Stefi Hill/Lycabettus Hill/Polytechnic Street/ EIGHT / ΤΟ ΟΧΤΩ


A peripatetic public program on Hills and Fields of Athens invite us  to examine together the ephemeral habitations in public space under the current circumstances and explore the possibilities for intervention, resistance and joy. To reflect upon the emergent urban geographies and hegemonies and rethinking the relationship between art practice and mental health, architecture and pedagogy, poetry and urban praxis. A call for impromptu collective explorations in the public and in-between spaces of the city.

Performances, actions, discussions, talks, readings, picnic, interventions, walks and workshops for children and adults, seek to create a city-wide ephemeral intervention on Hills and Fields”; a call for repeated experimentations on the limits and uses of what is considered as the collective/shared spaces of the city.


FRIDAY 13 ΜΑΥ 2022

5:00 – 8:00 pm PEDIO TOU AREOS

Short talks for our lives in the city. Have you ever tried to hide? (workshop) Idea & Creation: Eleni TzirtzilakiMeeting Point: Entrance to the park from Alexandras, Statue of Athina*Registration is necessary at 8eightathens@gmail.com


Book Presentation – “Nomadic Architecture. Walking through Fragile Landscapes”

Wednesday, October 17 at 18:00
Athens School of Architecture, Averof wing, amphitheatre A002

We invite you to the presentation-event of the bilingual edition Nomadic Architecture. Walking through Fragile Landscapes (futura, 2018) that will take place on Wednesday, October 17, at 6pm, in the Averof wing of the Athens School of Architecture (amphitheatre A002).

During the discussion, the following will speak: Gigi Argyropoulou (PhD in Theory of Art, director, curator), Daphne Vitali (art historian, curator EMST), Katerina Nasioka (sociologist), Nikos Kazeros (architect), Eleni Tzirtzilaki (PhD in architecture, community artist). The discussion will be coordinated by Pegi Zali (architect).

The launch will be accompanied by the video made for the event-performance “Exile Europa” (Christina Thomopoulou, Dimitris Samir, Eleni Tzirtzilaki, Stefanos Chandelis), the sound material of the “Home as a Fabric” (Maria Mantzari, Eleni Tzirtzilaki), and material from the “Nomadic/Topos/Athina” (Maro Zaxarogianni). Anna Tsouloufi, Eleni Vafiadi  Fani Sofologi and Angelos Skourtis will participate.

The book Nomadic Architecture. Walking through Fragile Landscapes is an archive of the actions of the Nomadic Architecture network, from 2006 up to today, through photographic material, texts and maps. The documentation material is interrupted by texts that aim at tracing the methodology and the practices of Nomadic Architecture: “A Change Made by Walking. Walking as an Artistic and Political Tool” by Daphne Vitali, “A Small Mountain of Soil” by Sophia Vyzoviti, “From Five Fingers to Nomadic Architecture Network” by Pagona Zali, “Notes on the Nomadic Architecture Actions” by Nina Pappa, “To Walk under the Trees” by Angelos Skourtis, “Walking on Shifting Grounds. Nomadism, Migration and Commons in Nomadic Architecture’s Actions” by Sevie Tsampalla, “Flesh, Stone and Contemporary Artistic Parctices” by Eva Fotiadi, the introductory text by Eleni Tzirtzilaki “Encounterings of Bodies. Like Fireflies That Survive”, as well as a discussion among Eleni Tzirtzilaki, Jilly Traganou, and Nikos Kazeros under the title “Life Jackets”.

The choice of the Athens School of Architecture for the book launch marks our wish to point to the fact that Architecture may be expressed variously and that it has to be present in all the events taking place in the city, dynamically and collectively, giving its support against the vulnerability that emerges in it. The actions of the Nomadic Architecture are being realized crossing this public space and urban voids and connect each body with the city soil-urban soil and other bodies. They lurk between architecture and art, appropriating elements of urban geography, anthropology, social sciences. Its practices include silent walking, the participation in squats of empty spaces in the city, testimonies and the connection of past situations with the present, they also regard the preparation of food, the creation of a garden or playing with the communities of people who inhabit a certain area, immigrants, women, children, as well as encounterings for the investigation of the crucial notion of home, as, e.g., in “Home as a Fabric”.

During this process, the significance of the participation of the bodies is very important: the actions are like flashes of light, flares in the dark, and the spirit companionship created each and every time is unique. These actions wish to constitute a promise of solidarity and reconciliation within social limitations, exclusions, precariousness and the conditions of social cannibalism that emerge.

With the publication of this book an era is coming to its end and a new one begins. Athens is changing – fear and violence being installed and the society gradually giving in to fascism. All we can do is to answer in our proper way, exploring new artistic practices. The encounterings of bodies in the city –the commons– acquire a particular significance.

Home as fabric | Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 17.00-20.30

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 17.00- 20.30  Dwelling / ASFA BBQ, Pireos Street 256, Program: http://asfabarbecue2017.weebly.com/program.html

Home as fabric

Home, a place of desires, fragrances, love, memories, dreams. A home on the move, hidden, silent, disturbed, vulnerable, in debt, smuggled.

The home, vulnerable as a fabric but also made of fabric.

Beloved yarns, ropes, fabrics, given as gifts by women at their meetings, the papers with the answers to the questions, photographs from the place of exile where father lived in the island of Makronisos, a letter that he wrote from a hidden home during the first days of the dictatorship, photographs from the “homes” of the refugees in Moria, a poem, a drawing, a embroidery piece, a piece of fabric, are some of the traces that compose the home as a fabric.    Continue reading

Silent walk 13, 14 May 2017

Nomadic / Topos / Athens
13, 14 Mai 2017

Athens is a city of southern Europe where urban planning is unclear, where there are many unemployed and homeless people as well as many empty apartments and closed shops, where the city is often very reminiscent of an installation and magic is often hidden beneath the cement.

It is a city that refugees and immigrants come to in order to leave for the North as soon as possible, but many do not succeed as they are blocked by the closed borders and often they end up residing here, where squats/hospitality spaces for refugees are in the center.
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Exile Europa-15th Venice Biennale of Architecture

In the context of the Greek participation #ThisIsACo_op, Association of Greek Architects (SADAS) 

The performance-action Exile Europa will take place at 2pm on Saturday September 17th in the Greek pavilion – Giardini. A presentation will follow the performance entitled “Lesvos Solidarity-PIKPA: The creation and the evolution of a self-managed refugee camp”, with a video screening. An open discussion will follow, connecting the contexts of Greece and Italy.

The performance Exile Europa reflects on the notion of exile and how it is created today, as Europe closes its borders to refugees.  Continue reading

Documentary “Partisan Nitsa – Eleni Papayiannakis, called Electra. Women branches”

On Friday, December 18, 2015 at 20:30 we invite you to the presentation of the documentary: “Partisan Nitsa – Eleni Papayiannakis, called Electra. Women branches”
at EXILE ROOM, 12 Athinas St. Monastiraki.

As Walter Benjamin wrote in Theses on the Philosophy of History, “the authentic image of the past passes fleetingly”. The past can be perceived only as an image sparkling at the moment of its recognition and then is lost forever. “The truth will not escape us”.

Her image is only a family photo with which, as well as with the photo of her brother, we grew up. In the documentary, her image is recognized through the testimonies of her comrades and her sister’s, through the visit at the place, through books about the Civil War, through archival research. On the occasion of her own story, we can recognize the stories of other women who came to the Mountain, driven by deep desire, and who participated in the impossible Revolution which was the Civil War, and thus conquered equality and freedom. Continue reading

Partisan Nitsa, or Electra Papayannakis

Silent procession, Saturday, September 12, 2015, starting at 17.30 from Kallikratis village in Sfakia.

Eleni, Nitsa or Electra joined the Democratic Army (DSE) of Crete, at the mountains, when she was 17 years old.

She was “pampered” at the mountain, as a companion of her told us, because she was used to living in the city. Nevertheless she quickly adapted to life there. “We were together in the mountain” said Argiro. She was proud, beautiful, tough and brave. She was killed in a conflict while she was fighting along with other rebels in Kallikrati village in Sfakia, in April 1949. Her head, according to testimonies, was taken to the city of Chania. The local newspapers dealt extensively with the incident and called her “gang member” who fought heroically. Her relatives did not mourn for her because they were afraid. Her body was transferred by her companion to Chania much later.

I went to the location Sideroporti near the mountain village of Kallikratis, a shepherds’ village, to spend the summer, on June 19, 2015 seeking for her traces. Proud mountains touching the sky.

I wanted to make the story of Nitsa or Electra public, as a story that does not only belong to family memories, as she was my mother’s sister, and I have her name, but also belongs to the collective memory and is part of history, of that weak revolution with great social dynamics, so it is very important to go back and keep that in mind especially during the current crisis and state of exception.

The female fighters of DSE conquered equality and freedom, although a large part of society condemned them and it was considered inappropriate for a woman to be in the mountains and live alongside men. “Women today owe their position to the fights of those women,” said Argiro.

I invite you to a silent procession on Saturday, September 12, at the site she was killed where you can give away something to rebel Nitsa or Electra.

For additional information on how to get to Kallikratis from Chania contact me at nomad.etzi@gmail.com