ψυχὴ στὸ Λαιμό IV (*) - open museum 2nd - 10th August 2015
modernity and tradition
the eight-day research workshop in literary and visual arts & theory “ψυχὴ στὸ Λαιμό” (psihί sto laimό) was launched for the fourth consecutive year in the surroundings of the Prespes Natural Reserve in northwest Greece at the cross-border with Albania and FYROM. held under the auspices of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts / School of Fine Arts of the University of Western Macedonia was carried out with the co-organization of the Regional Unit of Florina and the Municipality of Prespes.
invited speakers from various disciplines; participating artists; students; intellectuals; individuals with a kin interest; participated in a theoretical and practical daily program with a view to exploring and understanding the (apparent?) contrast between modernity and tradition.
lecture and discussion meetings were held in the Town Council Hall of the Municipality of Prespes in Lemos while practical work was made in site; the open museum; the local library and/or points of interest to the participants.
the old “Cannery of Prespa” is an abandoned industrial building left in decay since the 70’s and occasionally used by incoming immigrants in the early 90’s and of shepherds in the more resent years. In 2013 the use of the building was granted to the School of Fine Arts in Florina and has thenceforth operated as an open museum. the artists' intervention to the building with installation; construction; performance or other means has given the space a character of an ongoing alteration.
the bond of the open museum to the annual workshop event “ψυχὴ στὸ Λαιμό”, leads every year the participating artists and guests of the workshop to work and act in the old building. this year, Greek artists worked together with artists from Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Russia, all members of the group “Directional Forces” of the University UEL (University of East London).
(*) “ψυχὴ στὸ Λαιμό” (psihί sto laimό) literally means “soul in the Neck”.
a wordplay with the word Λαιμός(Laimὸs). Lemos is the town were Municipality of Prespes is based and takes its name from the neck shaped land between the neighboring Prespa lakes.