Saturday February 26–Friday March 3, 2017

Experimental Education Protocol

ASFA Delphi Annex, 28 Angelou & Eva Sikelianos St., 33054 Delphi

The imminent collapse of this civilization seems all but likely. A new world order of financial frontiers and arrogant governments is creating poisonous patriotism and repression, leading to the obstruction of truth and knowledge. In 1948, Jiddu Krishnamurti stated that throughout the world, education had failed—having produced the two most destructive wars in history. According to him, changing the thought and attitude of the teacher could produce a new culture, a new civilization.

Almost seventy years later however, the approach to education still seems unchanged. On the one hand, a provincial tradition of education in a “good” school environment involves spending time and money in order to learn the soulless technique of memorizing from boring and pedantic educators supposedly teaching creativity. On the other hand, a new generation is learning through the internet, receiving what appears to be a “live” education—the possibility to consume and produce data simultaneously and a methodology in which the boundaries of educator and student are blurred. Even though this might seem favorable at first glance, deeper consideration reveals that surrendering ourselves to the hypnotizing light of the silver screen as our main solace paralyzes our perception. Admittedly, this semi-acceptable option is the karmic boomerang of old-fashioned institutional education, creating a feeling of obsolescence that radically shapes our mental landscape. Anything new becomes instantly old. Initial expectations of a new form of knowledge acquisition have been abandoned, as our brains are about to crash. Occasionally, we need to “delete” everything to start a new thought process. A different kind of un-education could be a tool to handle conflicting times.

Our goal during the workshop in Delphi is to take a step towards our knowledge and free our mind.

The most hopeful minds for our world are the ones that are absolutely free from any political or religious ideals—there is no future in rigid idealism! These liberated minds, unrestricted by conformism and imitation, expertly practice a new form of communicative exchange. In Ancient Greece these were the sibyls, women who were believed to be oracles, spontaneous prophetesses who could predict wars without any prior political knowledge or philosophical predisposition. Their guidance was derived from inhaling the vapors of laurel, Apollo’s sacred tree. Observing birds flying up ahead, the sibyls disclosed exaggerated threats in apocalyptic language. This open and willing eloquence resembles today’s spontaneously generated online culture: sometimes it triumphs freedom of speech but it also falls into the trap of an extreme freedom of choice generating equally extreme confusion and dependence. We are all surrounded by trolling, fake news, abusive anonymity, insensitive provocation, parasitical sexual identities, and a perverse hierarchy of sender and receiver.

Recently, my nearby neighbor Maria Zamanou-Mickelson disclosed to me that she had been a spy in the Second World War. She recounted that as a teenager during the German occupation, she was commissioned by the Greek Secret Service to spy on the movements of German aircrafts from her house. She imparted her reports about the coming attacks to the Greek and Allied forces in the same manner that the Pythia of Delphi read the movements of birds and offered omens and predictions. During my conversations with Maria, this self-taught heroine, I was stunned by how penetrating her perception, how edgy her inborn logic, how solid her gaze were.

Maria Zamanou-Mickelson becomes the focus of our case study for the second edition of the Experimental Education Protocol (#Exedupro) in Delphi. In this symbolic context, ten people from different backgrounds and generations will become Pythias, preparing a task, and keeping their instincts alive in constant intimate contact with each other. The ancient Greek tradition of kite flying to mark the beginning of Lent takes place during the days of our stay. It involves different rituals and traditions from this special region as part of the Clean Monday celebrations.

During the annual meeting of the Experimental Education Protocol, the biography of Maria Zamanou-Mickelson and the location of Delphi will be open to many interpretations, fostering deep, unconscious, and infinite content, beauty, warm relationships, and a fantastic time.

Angelo Plessas


The island of Nisyros in the Dodecanese is the first stop of the project

Andreas Angelidakis: How to make a volcano, anger management workshop

Andreas Angelidakis: #Exedupro, video

Andreas Angelidakis: Head 3d scans workshop

Sepake Angiama: Desire Lines flag, workshop by Sepake Angiama

 

Frederik Exner Carstens: Pumice Talisman

 

Frederik Exner Carstens: Flies

Dora Economou: Hiking Workshop

Agnieszka Gratza: Volcanic Swimming performance around Strongili

The volcanic swim was a live art event that took place on 19 July. Participants were invited to join Agnieszka Gratza for a swim around Strongili – the Round One, also known as ‘little Nisyros’ – a volcanic islet in the midst of the Kos caldera whose shape on a map mirrors that of Nisyros. Its diameter is roughly 1,7 km.

The idea was to ‘take the volcano out for a swim’ by focusing on the image of the rounded Stefano crater in the central moon-like valley on Nisyros while swimming around Strongili. It took roughly an hour to complete the circuit, which began and ended in a round blue clearing in the water.

Frederik Exner Carsens’ talisman – an eye made of pumice stones strung together as if they were rosary beads – came with us for the boat journey. On reaching our destination, we floated it and made a circle around it with our bodies. The swim itself was a way of ‘girdling’ the islet by swimming and sailing around it in the fishing boat.

Agnieszka Gratza: Seascapes

 

Oliver Laric: Brazilian Jui-Jitsu Workshop

Quinn Latimer: Volcano Lovers (Sulfer Bath Reading Sessions)

Arvo Leo: On Flowers -> Honey Bees -> and Humans

Arvo Leo: Outdoor Film Screening of The Private Life of Plants, episode: Flowering

Arvo Leo: Traveling Fossils (Ginkgo Biloba)

Arvo Leo: The Honey Thief  

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Mia Lundstrom: Triangle of virility

 

TALISMAN DIALOGUES

#1 REPRODUCTION

 

Do I need protection

what is there to be afraid of

I am not sure

If anything

Do I need luck

Talismans – a matter of trading

safety, wishes, fantasies

transactions, are they not

Worth protecting is not me

Worth protecting is you

Is the Talisman alive

My mirrored me

Can it breathe

Will you stay, I ask

yet, without a voice

I want my Talisman to be hot,

27 years of age, male

with a sixpack tightly packed

between his chest and crouch

hands steadily anchored to his hips

 

Paolo Thorsen Nagel: innit (composition for bluetooth speaker and volcano)

Angelo Plessas: Talismania, workshop on talisman and amulet making.

 

Angelo Plessas: Relaxation Grades, daily workshops on measuring our relaxation