Saturday, October 13, 2012

the "U-A-W?" project




Alkis Hadjiandreou, Panayiotis Michael, Maria Petrides

Urban event

pick nick projects as ‘wild greens’ (an urban event focusing on natural and urban surroundings which encompass the city’s inhabitants).
 notes on ‘wild greens’ -
 - tour walks along a selected path in the city where a horticulturist/botanist speaks about any trees/plants/flowers found on the way. A degree of serendipity is part of this tour’s theme so ‘stumbling’ upon nature, rather than following the order of a park’s path, liberates other experiences otherwise neglected.
-  a horticulturist/botanist from the Department of Environmental Science and Technology, or the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science will act as a guide for this walking tour. Emphasis will be placed on the social and cultural aspects of the life and history of plants/trees/flowers, etc, and on how the inhabitants in this tour respond to them, or not.

-     walking tours will occur twice for a single day

-    conceptual  framework: a kind of zooming into details that we don’t usually pay attention to while walking in the street, or, as a matter of fact, while driving. The idea here is about reclaiming the street by presenting these kinds of existing lives, which actively but silently take part in the natural, social and cultural history of the city. The tour will walk along these different kinds of urban layers. Practicing human awareness on an everyday level by way of the simple act of walking down the street, noticing and smelling flowers and plants, and learning about their history, can lead to other forms of becoming aware on the street, as for example, being inclusive of other people’s backgrounds, especially when foreign to our own experiences.

An outline of a location and time schedule will be sent to you in the following days.



A high definition small microphone will be placed in the “U-A-W?” baggage. The empty space inside the box – revealed by the lights of the exhibition room entering the baggage from the existing side holes – will be video projected on a larger screen. The microphone will collect all sounds, without any filtering, produced by people and activities during the exhibition. This soundscape, titled Microscape, will function as the soundtrack of the video and will be listened to via a pair of headphones (2 pairs will be available). In this sense, the strictly defined space of the box is treated as a canvas invested with multi-rhythmical sounds, noises, talking voices, body movements, suggesting that the city’s principal quality is the place – par excellence – of potential and unexpected encounters.


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The opening of the exhibition is on Wednesday 17 October 2012, at 19:30, Kastelliotissa, Paphos Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus