Strolling Happiness, 2016

Strolling Happiness, 2016. A collaboration with Campus Novel for OMONOIA, AB5-6, Athens Biennale 2015-2017

During the 19th and 20th century the concept of happiness was linked to the collective request “to change the world”. In the postmodern context both the notions of world and happiness shifted towards a series of dispersed significations that introduce a reflective approach. Erotic joy, aesthetic pleasure, political enthusiasm, scientific bliss. The world is composed of fragmentary affections that tend to occupy space constituting territories of events. The project Strolling Happiness weaves personal happy narratives into the urban fabric of Athens through travelling. A group of explorers will collect happy places through aleatory street encounters over a time span of three days. The explorers will visit the collected happy places, activating with their journeys temporary dialogic platforms for the exchange of affective knowledge. Through different means of representation and documentation, the participants will gather and process traces of happy sites. At the end of the workshop, a collective display of ephemeral cartographies will address multiple fictional projections of true happiness.



In my artistic practice and research over the last five years, I have been looking at socio-cultural entanglements between affectivity and materiality, within the fields of the imaginative and of critical thinking. My aim is to explore the blurring of social normative boundaries through the fostering of individual and collective imagination. Central interests span the agency of naming concrete space after affectivity (often after happiness), embodied notions of utopia and mental time travel. The relations of a people to a landscape and to the epistemic dynamics and structures taking place within it, are central for me.


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