The UrbanDig Project, an artistic/research/community program developed by the not-for-profit organization Ohi Pezoume Performing Arts Company, guest of the MDFF Greece—Athens 2020 (Nov 6—8), has been invited to participate in the New Forms of Presence. The invitation concerned with providing a visual and a written portrait that reflects, to a certain extent, the UrbanDig Project’s collective state of being narrated through its members.
The given frame was formed on the notions of:
The concept revolved around the resilience of the creative spirit during social distancing, the perseverance and core values of the UrbanDig’s collective identity through the personal experience of each of its members within their personal space. An invitation to describe moments, patterns, and thoughts when in isolation, embodying the collective’s traits and values.
Given that the central philosophy of the UrbanDig Project is that art can be the sparkle to start improbable encounters and cooperation among stakeholders of a particular area and beyond, how can creativity keep head above water during a time when the urban space is “unavailable” to narrate its own stories? How can the Personal, Collective, and Common Space be translated into a new spectacle expression where the personal and the collective reside within this “absence of presence”?
How can living at home inspire new dramaturgical compositions expressed via new mediums and forms? How one’s experience manifests through a series of personal semiotics from his/her daily new quarantine routine?
“UrbanDig is a lot; it is mostly the people but also the values, the images, the emotions. If it were a personality, it would have both a lot of virtues as well as vulnerabilities. And this is what renders authentic an existence. The commitment, the solidarity, the interaction, and the engagement with the community, is a composite value – a cornerstone, on which most of our team’s projects are built. This is what I stand by during this era of self-confinement.
This is what I carry with me and experience in my daily life. I also stand by something else: The need for improvisation. The inner force of an individual, longing to experience the various facets and meanings of art within one’s personal space, over and beyond the stage. It is those little invented home-made creations that allow this period to appear more humane. It is these unplanned moments that infuse our days with energy, giving to our soul the necessary uplifting…”__Maria Logiotatidou
Member of the UrbanDig Project team participating in domestic and international projects; member of the coordinating team of Metadeftero Internet Radio, where she deals with the creation and development of the intercultural zone between different countries’ radios via broadcasts exchange. At the same time, she works as a Pharmacist in Athens since 2007.
Video background image: © Eirini Vosgerau, Come to the Market, The consultation of the City of Athens for the new face and features that will house the renovated Municipal Market of Kypseli, included UrbanDig techniques in two activities on 9 and 29 May 2015.