UrbanDig_Omonia (2016-2017) was a 12 month program of research, artistic and place-making activities in the main square of Athens focusing on its diminishing public space.  It involved a growing voluntary community of artists, researchers, shop-owners and local users researching on "What makes Omonia a square? What could make Omonia a better square for the people who use it and the market around it?  What is the importance of its public space?"   Researching these questions entails combined artistic/research and place-making local interventions open to all.  The results of the process, apart from the open archive and the UrbanDig_Omonia community itself are: 


- "The Village" App, approprating Omonia as a square, with input coming from its users.  A collaboration with volunteer artists, Company New Heroes / NL and with the support of I.F. Kostopoulos Foundation   
- "Omonia Station | Ensconsed in the square" A site-specific performance, part of Athens and Epidaurus Festival inspired by the needs of its people, leaving a trace on the green and the colors of its public space
- A series of songs inspired by the stories told by local shop owners about Omonia
- A series of public space activities and tours on, around the square and inside Athens Bienalle's "Bagkeion" 

- A study on Omonia's resilience for the 100RC Office of Athens Municipality

- An activity as part of ATA (Alternative Tours of Athens)'s participatory design of Xouthou street field into a public garden.  A collaboration with Ideas Factory / BG & Caritas Hellas as part of Tandem Europe Program 

 

Watch a full documentary on UrbanDig Omonia (part a - GR language) 

June 17, 2019

The UrbanDig_Omonia program was an example of Urban Public Art in the article by Elena Hamalidi, assistant professor of art history at the Ionian University. The article titled "Public (?) Art in the Urban Area. Some thoughts about the Greek example with emphasis on th...

July 1, 2017

A site-specific performance on and around the central square of Athens, a festive finale of UrbanDig_Omonia program inspired by its findings.  Six people taking you around their Omonia, each on a different route, a different dream, but with the same immediate mission:...

May 28, 2017

Do you want to walk in somone else's shoes?

5 heroes are waiting to guide you in Omonia, through their stories!

Experience an invisible side of Omonia, walk around the square, the metro station, the galleries and the market, accompanied by the voices of its people. Are y...

May 24, 2017

We are proud to announce the launch of the digital app "The Village Omonia"!

After several months of reasearch and a fruitful collaboration with the Dutch Company New Heroes, commited Greek Artists and Omonia's hospitable people, "The Village Omonia" is here to suggest...

April 28, 2017

Sketch: Marina Mersiadou

UrbanDig project and the Dutch Company New Heroes invited young artists to participate in a free sketch workshop, between 21 and 23 of April. The workshop’s aim was to introduce the methodology behind the artistic digital application "The Villag...

February 18, 2017

Following up the post-valentine fiesta of last Wednesday , our lovely tent will be for one more time on Omonia square to build  a place for creation , amusement  and discussion around the subject of how do we imagine an ideal square.

At 10 p.m we will draw mas...

February 15, 2017

What is a square, if not a meeting point?

Omonia, according to the dominant narrations, is a "transit place" - nevertheless, at the same time, is a meeting point for "Omonia's regulars" - mostly immigrants. Based on this aspect, we decided to claim visibility for Omonia...

February 15, 2017

UrbanDig Project, in an attempt to dig even deeper and understand the needs of Omonia square's users, initiated a week of interviews and behavioral mapping, between 4 and 12 of February.

What is that people like in Omonia and what should change?

Starting point? An open...

February 1, 2017

 Photo: Margarita Pita from the project "Hotel Transit" - a collaboration between UrbanDig Project and Ideas Factory Association (BG) for Tandem Europe.

UrbanDig Project is about to dig even deeper, in order to understand the needs of Omonia square's users.

What is that...

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