Participation at "LOOKOUT"
ATHENS FIRST AESTHETIC PUBLIC INTERVENTION
OF UNPREDICTABLE SIZE
concept and production:
"e-phos" - Athens festival of film and new media
supported by the Ministry of Culture - Directorate of International Relations and
the Greek National Tourist Organization, in collaboration with the Paralympic Games
Athens 18-27 September 2003
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Lookout: Ôhe buildings of the city of
Athens are transformed
radical artistic intervention is to be attempted from 18 to 27 of September this year, at
the center of Athens. The happening with the understandable title "Lookout,"
makes part of the e-phos festival and aspires to give a different dimension to the facades
of twenty central buildings and make Athenians look out and high into the heart of their
city. The responce to the call for entries was impressive. What is left, now, is to see
Athens being transformed in front of our eyes...
Lookout suggests an artistic intervention by the use of techniques friendly to the
environment, the screenings, to make the citizens of Athens participate in the public
affairs and become aware of the connection between private and public sphere, of the fact
that the one is dependent on the other, as well as of the major contribution of art to
According to the curator of the National Gallery of Art, Manos Stefanides, "art
has always been the most precise indicator of change. Art is everybody's prerogative and
obligation....But in order to Look Out, one has first to Look both Inside and Deeper to
obtain a vision that carries no cliche ."
hundred images projected by a huge PANI static image projector of 70,000 lumen. Surface of
a total area of 1,500 sq.m. covered by photographic works of art. Eighteen public and
private buildings of the capital city. This is what Lookout is all about, according to the
organizers, the International Organization of Digital Culture, who will attempt the huge
Within the frame of the 5th International Festival of Films and New Media, e-phos 2003
(supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Greek Tourism Organization), a
movable unit with a projector and a generator will be visiting every night, from 9pm to
1am, selected buildings.
On their walls, images covering surfaces as high as 25 meters will be projected. These are
the 200 selected pictures that have been elaborated and submitted by artists of
photography, visual arts and amateur image-lovers from Greece and abroad.
Since August 31, the deadline
for participation in the project, there have been submitted 680 participations from Greece
and 47 from abroad (Mexico, Canada, Japan, Europe etc.). The selection was based on the
innovation spirit of the pictures, their high technique level as well as their ability to
transform the buildings. As for the buildings, the selection was based on their
contemporary use, the symbolisms they carry within, their shape, size and location.
programme of the screenings will be published at the web site www.lookout.gr on Thursday,
September 18, while the total of the selected pictures will be screened during the Lookout
party that will take place on Saturday, September 27, at Monastiraki Square, downtown
source: AF, www.cultureguide.gr
10 nights (18-27/9/03), over 600, 000 Athenians enjoyed an alternative Athens -a city full
of color and light. 200 images by 200 amateur and professional creators colored the front
facades of 17 buildings, transforming the city center into a lively work of art. We thank
those who contributed to our effort in changing the appearance of the city, even
Yiannis Skouroyiannis - e-phos
Projection of angelos spartalis's artwork "the end
of the world", digital photo, 2003
Location: corner of Kifisias&Aleksandras Avenues, Athens
Projection day: Friday, September 19, 2003. Photo: www.lookout.gr
Photo: Evi Michala-Papadopoulou
The model and the original photo