City at a Time of Crisis

 

 

Tracing and researching crisis-ridden urban public spaces

in Athens, Greece.

Videos

Video

A series of videos produced for this project by Ross Domoney.

02
Apr2014

¿Cómo llega una crisis financiera global a penetrar los espacios cotidianos de una ciudad? Nuestro documental final de 35' traza las múltiples transformaciones del espacio publico Ateniense afectado por la crisis y los que lo atraviesan.

Futuro Suspendido se divide en tres secciones. 'Privatizado' explora el impacto de los proyectos de privatización en masa que precedieron las Olimpiadas de 2004, situándolos en el contexto de las actuales planes de privatización. "Desvalorado" mira a los espacios de inmigrantes en la ciudad que son cada vez más reducidos y como esto llega a desvalorizar sus vidas como resultado. "Militarizado" demuestra cómo, ante la crisis, la desvalorización se convierte en una condición generalizada.

A través de su recorrido cinematográfico del Atenas de hoy, "Futuro Suspendido" sigue la trayectoria del complejo autoritario-financiera y cómo esto a reducido el espacio público de la ciudad, lo que alimentó la desesperación social y la ira en cambio.

Futuro Suspendido es parte de un proyecto de investigación de crisis-scape.net. El equipo se consiste de Christos Filippidis, Antonis Vradis, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Ross Domoney y Jaya Klara Brekke. La musica para Futuro Suspendido fue compuesto por Giorgos Triantafyllou.

 

El documental esta publicado bajo la licencia de Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND.

 

24
Feb2014

 Πώς διεισδύει η παγκόσμια οικονομική κρίση στους καθημερινούς χώρους της πόλης; Το τελικό μας ντοκυμαντέρ, διάρκειας 35 λεπτών, ιχνηλατεί τις πολλαπλές μεταμορφώσεις του Αθηναϊκού δημόσιου χώρου σήμερα.

Το ντοκυμαντέρ χωρίζεται σε τρία μέρη: το πρώτο μέρος, με τίτλο “Ιδιωτικοποίηση”, διερευνά τις συνδέσεις ανάμεσα στην ανάπτυξη που χαρακτήρισε την περίοδο της Ολυμπιάδας του 2004 και τα σύγχρονα προγράμματα ιδιωτικοποίησης που λαμβάνουν χώρα μέσα στο πλαίσιο της οικονομικής κρίσης. Το δεύτερο μέρος, με τίτλο “Υποτίμηση”, εξετάζει τους τρόπους με τους οποίους συρρικνώνονται, σήμερα, οι αστικοί χώροι για τους/τις μετανάστες/ριες, και την επακόλουθη υποτίμηση της ζωής τους. Το τελευταίο μέρος, με τίτλο “Στρατιωτικοποίηση”, καταδεικνύει πώς με αφετηρία την κρίση, η υποτίμηση μετατρέπεται σε μια γενικευμένη συνθήκη—πώς η άνοδος του οικονομικο-αυταρχικού συμπλέγματος συρρικνώνει το δημόσιο χώρο στην πόλη, τροφοδοτώντας ως αποτέλεσμα την κοινωνική απόγνωση και οργή.

 

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24
Feb2014

How does a global financial crisis permeate the spaces of the everyday in a city? This documentary film traces the multiple transformations of crisis-ridden Athenian public space and those who traverse it.

In three parts, Future Suspended navigates its way through the past and the present of the crisis as it gets inscribed in Athens dwellers' minds, and as it plays out in their everyday lives. The first section, Privatised, explores the legacy of mass privatisation projects that preceded the 2004 Olympics, placing them in the context of present-day privatisation schemes.

Part two, Devalued, examines the ever-shrinking spaces of migrants in the city and the violent devaluation that comes as a result. The final third, Militarised, explains how, at the exact moment when the state recedes from its welfare functions, this devaluation of Athenian lives becomes a generalised condition.

Combining geography, anthropology, urban theory and research with visual research methods and digital design, the project has attempted to read the enormous (and often devastating) social and political change playing out before our eyes through the marks it leaves on spaces of the everyday.

The rise of racism and xenophobia and the establishment of unprecedented policing are viewed through supposedly prosaic urban sites: the Athenian metro, the city's old and new airports, its highways, squares and streets.

 

Future Suspended from Ross Domoney on Vimeo.

 

 

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03
Feb2014

From Olympic spectacle to the dawn of the authoritarian-financial complex. Our final 32 minute-long documentary on Athens will be released online mid-February 2014.


 

07
Oct2013

Στο βίντεο χρησιμοποιείται ελληνική και αγγλική μετάφραση. Για μία σύνοψη του βίντεο στα ελληνικά δείτε παρακάτω.

The neo-Νazi party Golden Dawn has been active in Greece since the mid-1980s. Through the years, GD has attacked migrants, antifascists and homosexuals, often with the tolerance or even the collaboration of parts of the Greek police force. In recent years, the party saw a largely unexplained soaring in its funding, a broad coverage of its activities (whether real or fictitious) by mainstream media and the opening up of more than fifty local branches across Athenian neighborhoods and Greek cities.

02
Sep2013

Many years before the first clouds of the crisis would hover over the greek skies, amidst greek society's most glorious of moments and its most mundane of days, the lives and labour of migrants would be faced with their meticulous devaluation.

 

08
Jul2013

Landscapes of Emergency is a brief glance over the undeclared state of emergency that casts its shadow over the functions and the phenomena of public space in Athens today, at this time of crisis.

08
May2013

Metronome is the first short video in Mass Transient, a research strand of the project The City at a Time of Crisis.


Mass Transient is an ethnographic study of spaces of mass transit in Athens — and beyond: it is a study that seeks to reveal the ever-growing antagonisms and tensions in these quintessential spaces of the everyday, as the crisis deepens. At this historical conjuncture, buses, trolleys and metro carriages become the primary public spaces: on the one hand moving around are the ‘fallen angels’ of the bourgeois dream, and on the other, those swirling through the city are the undocumented, seeking survival. A close, meticulous reading of these spaces can help us understand how the transitory flux of a society in turmoil becomes a galvanized reality; how a transient mass becomes critical.

Produced by Ross Domoney & Antonis Vradis

Directed by Ross Domoney
Research by Antonis Vradis
Cinematography, editing & sound mix by Ross Domoney
Assistant editing by Antonis Vradis

13
Feb2013

On 2nd February 2013 Cheick Ndiaye's body was found on the rail tracks of Thissio metro station in central Athens. A friend, who was a witness states he saw Cheick being pushed to his death by two municipality police officers who were chasing him. Cheick was a migrant from Senegal.

 

 

15
Nov2012

The 7th November was the night the Greek government passed the next round of deeply unpopular austerity measures. Thousands took to the streets to vent their anger. As the crowds grew, the rain hammered down, and the police were soon to violently disperse the crowds. The security forces for the first time in Athens, used water cannons on old and young people alike. Both sides are becoming increasingly prone to violence, as outside forces continue to dictate Greece's sovereignty.

 

 

01
Oct2012

Νέο ντοκιμαντέρ - Αθήνα: Κοινωνική κατάρρευση - Ελληνική υπότιτλοι

In this film, shot by Ross Domoney between May 2010 and June 2012, Dr. Dimitris Dalakoglou explains the ongoing social meltdown taking place in Greece as a consequence of the crisis.

Containing video clips and photos shot on the streets of Athens it paints a portrait of widespread economic hardship endured by a city's inhabitants.

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About Us

City at the Time of Crisis is a research project tracing and researching the effects of the ongoing financial crisis on urban public spaces in Athens, Greece. Read more...