Alexandra Pirici, Parthenon Marbles, ongoing action 2017, commissioned by Future Climates and Kadist.
Alexandra Pirici, Parthenon Marbles, ongoing action 2017, commissioned by Future Climates and Kadist.

Future Climates – The School of Redistribution

In this story, Gallery Assistant at State of Concept in Athens (one of the Tandem Europe participating organisations) Maria Adela Konomi shares insights from Future Climates, a platform initiated by Antonia Alampi and iLiana Fokianaki that aims to propose viable futures for independent cultural practice.

Workshops and lectures at the School of Redistribution, courtesy of State of Concept 2017
Workshops and lectures at the School of Redistribution, courtesy of State of Concept 2017

In March 2017, Future Climates¬†was launched in Athens at State of Concept with “The School of Redistribution”, a three-month long exhibition, research and public programme, and a newly commissioned performance: all dressed as a school.
Conceived as a dialogue across contexts, methodologies and practices, the School of Redistribution wanted to investigate the economic conditions that determine and define the work of small-scale organisations of contemporary art and culture in Athens. It revolved around a central question: how to transform the increasingly precarious existence of small-scale organizations and independent art workers into a more sustainable one, both in terms of economy and work ethics?

The School of Redistribution - Opening Public Programme, State of Concept 2017
The School of Redistribution - Opening Public Programme, State of Concept 2017

The research programme started on 27 March, including field work, visits to Athens-based organisations, workshops and lectures by international and Greek independent and institutionally affiliated art workers, public programmes, and writing. Twelve participants from Spain, Italy, Argentina, USA, Greece and The United Kingdom were selected via an international open call, and through these closed workshops and lectures they were provided with the tools to be able to address issues of precarity in terms of cultural work and to be able to present their work in a more coherent manner.

The main aim of this first chapter of Future Climates is to draw on the collective knowledge and experience of its participants to not only address but also speculatively propose alternatives for future scenarios of practice.

You can learn more about Future Climates by visiting the State of Concept website.