‘Zoom in’ Atelier on Art and Craft in Athens

12th & 13th April, “Zoom In”
An Atelier investigating relations between ‘Dance and Craft’ organised by The Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center, Athens

Τhe notion of craft has been reappraised, in recent years, both in the artistic and the academic context. According to sociologist Richard Sennett, craftsmanship –understood as the skill of making, and the belonging to a community- can act as an antidote to some of our most urgent European and global challenges.

How can this fusion between the arts and the crafts nourish, redirect, remodel or challenge artistic, curatorial and pedagogical practices?

The Duncan House in Athens is deeply engaged with the notion of craftsmanship, since it was built by the Duncan family in 1903, as a utopian eco-community embracing both craft and art practices (weaving, ceramics, sandal making, painting or poetry), all of them in an on-going dialogue with everyday life and the art of dance.

The EDN Atelier will re-establish a bond with this history and will examine the relation between the performing arts and craft, as well as the social and political connotations this relation can have today.

The Atelier invites artists from the performance arts, pedagogues and cultural workers to “explore observe and experience a range of materials, techniques and methods of craft” and to “share and reflect on the insights that crafts can initiate” through a series of workshops and lectures/performances.

Underlying the whole atelier, will be the notion of bringing a community of local and international artists and craftsmen/women together to experience, reflect and inspire each other’s practices. The Atelier is part of a larger project, ‘Zoom In’, investigating the notions of ‘craft’ and ‘micro-scale’ within the artistic, socio-political and educational frame. ‘Zoom In’, within a period of two years, will initiate, host and interconnect various small scale projects having the potential to reflect on ways of reshaping a more sustainable living environment.

Photo: Sebastien Seixas