The Village reveals the village within the city. An app, available for smartphones and used as theatrical interactive navigation-tool guides you through stories throughout the city. In every village there is someone who works hard for his village and its progression, and there’s someone who opposes it. There’s someone who will follow and someone who simply observes. There’s always a victim. Someone stands still, an other causes trouble. And in all of that, there’s poetry. As participant of The Village you walk through the city and we help you to zoom in and find it. Meet 5 key figures in the city through your phone.
Anywhere in the world the project The Village always begins with the search for these personalities. In collaboration with local artists and organizations we interview these key figures using a standard format. These stories are then recorded by actors and provided with images by local sketch artists. Stories become fragments that belong to specific locations. This creates a dynamic walk with one focus: the perceptions of 5 different characters reflecting on one and the same place.
Omonoia Square (Πλατεία Ομονοίας) is one of the oldest squares in the city of Athens and an important shopping centre. It is located at the intersection of six main streets and is served by Omonia Metro Station.
All though Omonia used to be the thriving commercial centre of Athens it has decayed in the last decade. It now is considered an ugly and dangerous place and lost much of its function as public space. However, being in the the northern corner of the downtown area and one of the city’s principal traffic hubs it’s still the place where many layers of city life cross, connect and interfere.
Refugees waiting for a pass into Europe, businessmen rushing people in their morning commute, shop owners envisioning of a revival of the square and many, many more stories are to be discovered on this square… Once you’ve revealed this hidden sides, suddenly the square opens up and feels less threatening. Do you climb the wall in the middle? How do you behave?
Wherever The Village is built, it always starts with finding these key personalities. In collaboration with local artists and institutions we interview those people and ask them a standard set of questions. Their stories are recorded by actors and local fine art artists add images. Stories become fragments matching specific locations. This way a dynamic route is formed, focussing on the experiences from five figures reflecting on the same spot. Your participation turns you into an inhabitant of The Village, how are you behaving?
Curious about the village we could reveal in your neighborhood, company, and hospital or festival? Please contact us.