The recent economic crisis in Greece has led to an immense spatial and cultural rearrangement.
This project offers a critical view of the role of de-centralization in Greece and, more specifically, how cultural habits are transported and transformed by it. Ultimately, the project aims to reveal a new hybrid spatial and cultural vernacular through analyzing the experiences of individuals who were forced to leave Athens for a rural location, namely the island of Andros.
Fieldwork was heavily influenced by ethnography and combines detailed interviews and extensive observation in order to understand the memories, experiences, and everyday cultural practices of the interviewees. The interviewees were asked questions relating to forms of cultural practice which have been maintained and which have been 'left behind', with a specific emphasis on how these are supported (or not) by their new built environment. This method identified personal narratives within which particular practices, objects and spaces were revealed. Theories relating to cultural appropriation , 'placelessness', heterotopia, and assimilation informed the analysis of the data and offered a language which had conceptual and interpretive potential for design.
The design component of the project reflects the hybrid character of subjects' lives. In two laser-cut books, selected spatial and cultural details are recorded, effectively collapsing multiple realities to reveal the illusionary and surrealist nature of the subjects' everyday existence. As each book is opened and moved through, its pages affirm a temporal and spatial sequence, within which certain cultural traits are 'carried over' and others are abruptly lost.