Invisible Cities

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Invisible Cities

Time: April 19, 2011 at 8pm to May 6, 2011 at 12pm
Location: The Art Foundation
Street: 5 Normanou street
City/Town: Athens
Website or Map: http://www.theartfoundation.g…
Phone: 0030 210 3238757
Event Country: greece
Organized By: Zac
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2011

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"What is a city for us today? I think I have written something like the last love poem for the cities, at a time when it becomes increasingly difficult to experience them. The crisis of a very large city is the opposite side of the crisis of nature." Italo Calvino 1983

The Chinese Emperor, Kublai Khan, asks Marco Polo, the young traveler from Venice, to visit his vast empire and return to describe all of the cities he visited. Khan carefully listens to Polo’s narratives (although he cannot be sure if they are inaccurate or false) as Polo's descriptions seem to identify and explore all those concealed and neglected aspects of cities. Cities are places of exchange of words, desires, memories, wishes, signs of a language...


The 14 artists of razzmatazz art company interpret Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" as images, expecting the viewer to discover, to construe. Each room in TAF’s courtyard represents one of the 9 sections of the book. They attempt to identify and map all the elements and parameters which explore the "city" as a concept and as an experience. 

The tenth room is where Polo meets the Emperor.


"Invisible Cities" functions as a tour guide for the public. While exploring the room-cities, each member of the audience creates his/her own path: personal meetings, sounds, installations, all images that Marco Polo used to describe to Kublai Khan the cities of his empire. Each city is an ideal destination for the traveler and the explorer who know how to use their senses.



concept/art direction: Zaharoula Ioannou


Lydia Kontogiorgi, Mariza Pagkaki, Nadia Lakhani, Yael Sherill Mohilever, Douglas Williams, Sapfo Pantzaki, Doris Hakim, Vassilis Chatzimakris, Grace Laubacher, Ioanna Nassiopoulou, Dimitris Bogdanos, Andreas Pashias

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