An Athens City Reader

Composed in the space between looking and making, An Athens City Reader draws together imagery and texts that explore subjects of civic life through the lens of two buildings designed and built by unknown structural engineer Yiannis Kontodimas: the vacant Rea Shopping Centre and an apartment building which is also his home.

Throughout 2016 Wright spent time in Athens exploring the city, the legacy of its histories and its current state of economical and political crisis. With newly commissioned texts by Tilly Fowler and Christian Jendreiko, An Athens City Reader considers the narratives we tell about the histories of civilisations and the histories of human beings in their individual and collective identities. 

Published by M HKA Museum
of Contemporary Art Antwerp
and Drop City
Limited Edition of 100
︎ 35€

The text Inside the Golden Cage of the Antistructure was commissioned for this book and performed as one of Christian Jendreiko’s ongoing series of spoken word actions on 5. October at M_HKA.

The text How to begin was commissioned for this book following a number of conversations between Eleanor Wright and Tilly Fowler around public space, society and the book A Pattern Language.

The book is perfect bound, 96 pages in luscious colour, with softcover and PVC dust jacket.

An Athens City Reader is designed by o-p-e-n-a-i-r.eu
with new texts by Tilly Fowler and Christian Jendreiko in English

Published in 2017 by Drop City, Düsseldorf
and M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerpen
in a special edition of 100
Available from Walther König bookstore, Düsseldorf

An Athens City Reader is supported by:
Arts Council of England
The Elephant Trust
among others.

A Pattern Language
2017, dye sublimation print on 100% cotton,
limited edition of 30 cushion covers,
40cm x 40cm

An edition of 30 cushion covers have been produced for the South London Gallery’s shop using a collaboratively designed fabric. Entitled A Pattern Language, this new work has been developed as part of the year-long project The Peckham Experiment:
A Centre for Self-Organisation
. Each cushion is unique and includes the selvedge text detailing designer, title and date.

South London Gallery
workshop series with the
Art Assassins
22 August — 14 November 2017

The Peckham Experiment (1926-1950) was primarily based within the purpose built Pioneer Health Centre on St Mary’s Road in Peckham and sought to change attitudes towards individual and collective wellbeing through the cultivation of health as opposed to the treatment of illness. Following on from the Experiment’s conclusion that the individual and their environment are inseparable, the Art Assassins and artist Eleanor Wright have been developing this new work during a series of workshops at the South London Gallery that draw on its shared locality with the Peckham Experiment.

Stemming from site visits to community run initiatives, introductions to alternative and philosophical building methods and place-making, and urban walks, the group have collectively created a design for printed fabric generated directly from the local built environment. Textiles has always been an essential means of communication for motifs, designs, cultural values and ideas. In this sense, the historical ‘durability’ of textiles is very similar to that of architecture, but instead of monumental remains physically linked to a particular place, we have mobile textile fragments. The newly designed fabric was used to make home textiles for the group and distributed amongst the Peckham community and project partners, further activating the holistic legacy of the Peckham Experiment.