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Medi@terra 2001 Press Release

Medi@terra 2001

International Art and Technology Festival

De-Globalizing / Re-Globalizing

14 September - 15 October 2001

Lavrion-Athens >> Sofia >> Belgrade >> Maribor >> Frankfurt

What is Medi@terra .01 ?


Medi@terra .01 Festival

is among the cultural events which are organised in the context of the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens

The annual Medi@terra Festival, now in its fourth edition, is changing form. Under the title De-Globalizing / Re-Globalizing, the Festival is travelling from the South to the North in the form of a microMuseum.

Medi@terra, having developed an intense activity around digital culture and the questions and perspectives that it poses on global level, has been included among the events which are organised on the opportunity of the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens. Its inclusion in the Cultural Olympiad for the years 2001 – 2004 has recently been announced.

Medi@terra supports and puts into practice the view of a continuously evolving festival, both in terms of its form and ideas. As such, it invites all those with an interest in research and experimentation around the new conditions that are now being shaped to take part in its new effort: a moving Festival that will start off from Greece, travel through the Balkans and end up in Germany.

This movement will be made through a microMuseum: a small, adaptable structure which, with the use of new technology, is able to contain a large number of works of art, views, proposals and presentations, as well as systems and areas friendly for communication and meetings. The works that will travel with the microMuseum experiment with the new platforms for the production and exhibition of a modern art work through different creative media. The microMuseum is based on the logic of the kiosk that one finds mainly in Greece (peripteron), making a simultaneous reference to the concept of the 'small museum,' an idea which began in the 16th century and has been popular among artists nowadays.

In each host city, the events of Medi@terra will be set up within and around the microMuseum: CD-ROM art, net art, computer art, digital photography, interactive objects and “hand luggage-sized” installations, sonic environments and electronic music, screenings, an archive with printed matter, texts in digital form, audio-visual propositions and presentations as well as cultural events organised by the artists and art centres of each city. A debate on the subject of the other side of globalisation will round off the activities of the Festival.

An art centre in each city-stop will undertake the setting up and realisation of the microMuseum in collaboration with its various associates, and will participate as a co-organiser in the preparations and making of decisions. In addition, each centre will be able to take part in Medi@terra's journey as a member of the “Pilot Operating Net” via the Internet, which will allow to follow the path of the microMuseum and participate in its events from a distance, from every point on the globe. The “Pilot Operating Net” is initiated by the network of centres which co-organise the festival, while all the centres, members of the network can observe, guide, disseminate information and participate with work and activities in the unfolding events of the journey.

The microMuseum will start from the city of Lavrion, famous since antiquity for its quarries that supported the Hellenic Democracy of the Golden Age, whilst in the 19th century the first industrial unit of mining was established there.

Thus, the city of Lavrion on September 14,15 & 16 will be the starting point of the festival's and microMuseum's route. The port, the "Technology Park", the "Siderourgeion” - Lavrion Municipal Congress Hall, areas of meeting and action, as well as workshop groups, performances with new technologies, panel discussions, exhibitions, concerts and dance performances, lighting set designs and sonic installations create a live mosaic in which performers and viewers will be part of a field of action and interaction.

Medi@terra will continue its journey through the cities of Sofia – Bulgaria, Belgrade –Serbia, Maribor – Slovenia, ending up at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt (October 9 – 15) where the honoured country this year is Greece. At its last stop, the microMuseum will present, along with all the things experienced on the journey, material with information (videos, photographs, texts, etc.) which has been collected and processed by the participants - escorts throughout the duration of the journey.


Medi@terra .01 pre-festival events take place in Athens:

Audio Ballerinas & Electronic Guys (GE) Performers that wear electro-acoustic clothes interact with the sounds of the Athenian environment and the public, producing sound art by noise and talks of the people.

The Rolling Coffee Table (GR/USA) Performer Sia Kyriakakos walks around central squares wearing a “rolling coffee table” all around her. She talks with the people giving around information on the Medi@terra festival, while treating them Greek coffee.

10:30 – 13:30

Closed workshop in the framework of the ‘Adriatic – Ionion Initiative’ with participants from the following countries: Greece, Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy. Experts on the field of contemporary culture as well as representatives of the Ministries of Culture of the countries mentioned above, will be discussing on subjects, such as:

-Globalization – The countries-members of the ‘Adriatic – Ionion Initiative’

-Contemporary “artscapes” of the region

-Cultural Heritage and Globalization. Measures and procedures for preserving the cultural heritage of the countries of the Adriatic and Ionion region.

-Cultural particularities of the Adriatic and Ionion region


Audio Ballerinas & Electronic Guys (GE) Open air performance

[Port of Lavrion]


Opening of the microMuseum

Lectures by the organizers of the event [Ministry of Culture, Hellenic Cultural Heritage SA – Cultural Olympiad 2001-2004, Lavrion Municipal Development Enterprise].

Reception to follow.

[Technology Park]

17:00 – 18:00

Short Lectures – Presentations by all the co-organizing institutions of Medi@terra .01.

Presentation of the journey and the events to take place in the co-organizing countries.

[“Sidirourgion” Lavrion Municipal Congress Hall]

18:00 – 20:00

Panel: the results of the closed workshop in the framework of the ‘Adriatic - Ionion Initiative’

[“Siderourgeion” Lavrion Municipal Congress Hall]

20:00 – 21:00

Opening of the Photography Exhibition under the title “Lavrion: the history of a city”.

Reception to follow.

[“Siderourgeion” Lavrion Municipal Congress Hall]

20:30 – 01:00

Multimedia Show and Concerts.

A vast area of Lavrion, which includes the premises of the Technology Park (former French Mining Company), the old industrial building of the Greek Mining Company, the contemporary power plant and an adjacent beach, gets transformed into a multimedia scenery by special lightning projects, sonic and image installations. In this special environment concerts from two world known European groups will take place:

ELBOW (Gr. Britain) as the main music group of the manifestations, first time ever in Greece.

Noise Makers Fife's (Belgium) in a spectacular multi-media performance with electronic sound, dance, projections, light and sound creations, featuring an amazing spectacle.

The music part of the manifestations will be supported by well-known Greek groups,

"Τronix ΙΙ": Antonis Livieratos along with Stathis Joannou and Marios Sarakinos live-electronics show.

Universal Trilogy: well known for their impressive performances, they will present their new album PLUS(+) .

2 by bukowski: they search, narrate, they reveal miracles. Its not about compromising, any way.

Yorgos Mantas, known as dj “Blend”: he is mixing different styles - down-tempo, future jazz, deep techno, combining elements of cinema atmosphere with electronic sounds, dub ambience, ethnic and drum n bass.

17:30 – 19:00

Debate on the subject “Art and Globalization” with well-known international participants.

19:00 – 20:30

Debate on the subject “Space and Globalization” with well-known international participants.

[“Siderourgeion” Lavrion Municipal Congress Hall]

21:00 – 22:30 & 23:00 – 00:30

Documentary film on the history of the city of Lavrion.

[Open Air Lavrion Municipal Cinema Hall]



Medi@terra .01 – Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany

September 18 - October 15 2001


Departure of the microMuseum from Lavrion along with the its participants-escorts

Arrival at Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. Medi@terra.01 manifestations

Stop at Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Medi@terra.01 manifestations


Stop at the city of Maribor, Slovenia. Medi@terra.01 manifestations

Last stop at Frankfurt at the International Book Fair. Culmination of the manifestations of Medi@terra.01.


Co-ordination of the Medi@terra.01 Festival: Daphne Dragona

Communication: maria panayides artproductions



Fournos Center
168 Mavromihali str, 11 472 Athens Greece
Tel. +30.10.6460 748, 6420 451, Fax +30.10.6470 069

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Medi@terra 2001 International Art and Technology Festival

Organized by:

Co-organized by:


Manthos Santorineos, Artistic Director of Medi@terra & Director of Fournos

Dodo Santorineou, Co-Director of Fournos and Medi@terra

Maria X, Co-Director of Fournos and Medi@terra

Maria Roussou, Head of the Virtual Reality Department, Foundation of the Hellenic World

Dimos Dimitriou, Artist

Dimitris Kamarotos, Composer-Musicologist

Zoe Kazazaki, Head of the International Organizations Department, Hellenic Ministry of Culture

Maria Theodorou, Adviser of the Hellenic Cultural Heritage SA, Cultural Olympiad 2001 - 2004

Andreas Nefeloudis, Director of the Lavrion Municipal Development Enterprise


Manthos Santorineos, Artistic Director of Medi@terra & Director of Fournos

Maria X, Co-Director of Fournos and Medi@terra

Maria Roussou, Head of the Virtual Reality Department, Foundation of the Hellenic World

Dimos Dimitriou, Artist

Dimitris Kamarotos, Composer-Musicologist

Pierre Bongiovanni, Director of the CICV Pierre Schaeffer, France

Peter Tomaz Dobrila, Director of the KIBLA Multimedia Lab, Slovenia

Alfred Rotert, Co-Director of the European Media Art Festival of Osnabruck, Germany

Dimitrina Sevova & Alain Kessi, Curators, together with Emil Miraztchiev, of Communication Front / project for electronic and media art and theory /

Rosen Petkov, President of Student Computer Art Society & Director of the ComputerSpace Festival, Bulgaria