DATESStart: Monday 22 July, 2019
Finish: Wednesday 31 July, 2019
Athens Summer School 2019
STORE Summer Schools are collaborative two week workshops in architecture, art and design. Each year, we bring students together on experimental design and construction projects to create large scale installations and ambitious public performances.
Last year, the inaugural Athens Summer School was a two week workshop focussed on challenging the notion of the ‘plateia’, or public square, in contemporary Athens. Together in our group of 10 students and tutors, we created a number of bespoke concrete fragments which were the base for our own ‘micro plateia’. The process was inspired by the pioneering work of Dimitris Pikionis – specifically his ascent to the Acropolis, which is a assemblage, or collage of bricks, tiles and other fragmented pieces, carefully inlaid into the pathways.
This year, we are setting out with the bold intention of crafting a new public performance space in Votanikos, Athens. We will work closely with two new partners, Scrap Coop, who will offer us their large workshop space and a local dance school, who will ‘activate’ our new space with a site-specific performance at the end of the workshop.
Throughout the ten day intensive workshop, we will hold regular design critiques, as well as photography and portfolio tutorials, offering valuable opportunities for critical reflection on the work both of the collective design team and individual work input. It is our intention that students should leave the Summer School with the capacity to independently initiate and develop socially engaged design projects.
Who should attend
This course is open to students of all ages and with varying levels of experience. It will be of particular benefit to students interested in studying art, architecture or design at university level but also those currently enrolled in further education. Equally the course will provide an introduction to ambitious beginners with no design background.
STORE’s ethos of design through making ensures accessibility to those without extensive experience. Each and every student will be challenged imaginatively and creatively by set themes and by the scale of activities undertaken.
The school will run from 9:30am to 5pm every day from Monday 22nd to the following Wednesday 31st July, with an evening event on the final day (31st July). Students are expected to provide their own lunch and to arrange their own transportation to and from the workshop site, at Scrap Coop in Votanikos.
We will provide all general workshop/construction materials, but students should bring a sketchbook and drawing materials.