ACTION 13 : PROVISIONS AND OTHER
Series of actions and installation Dispatch and receipt of parcels from various provincial cities to Athens through the public bus company ΚΤΕL.
The city is a supplied living system. In order to survive, the supply of raw material, energy, water and provisions should be continuous. As the countryside is imported continuously into the metabolistic process of the city, simultaneously the city exports symbols to the countryside, products and services, its urban activities.
The network of Athens, with the countryside results in a huge scale, of urbanization in the country landscape with construction and other related activities. At the same time the country landscape as big (hyper)urban void of cultivated land reproduces and maintains the living landscape of the city which are the active bodies, the residents themselves. The cultural experience that characterizes our relationship with the countryside today is the experience of shipping parcels to the city, especially to Athens, the biggest and thus the most dependent of the cities. Young workers, students, entire families with roots in provinces are supplied regularly from the provisions that maintain the image of pure and authentic products of the “ancestral” land. Thus the networks of roads and the networks of public transportation become the vehicles of this continuous supply with its own anthropomorphic characteristics. With the ephemeral but repeated process οf digestion, our urban bodies become memory agents of the land that penetrates and supports any (hyper)urban activity.
(HYPER) Urban Void was momentarily engaged in this process of urban metabolism. Others from afar shipped out and others inside the city received. The transfer of products and people, which characterizes our time, has also occupied previous activities of the group Urban Void (action at the port of Patras-Journey, Immigration), but it has also affected it directly since some of us nο longer live in Athens or commute.
Others from afar shipped out and others inside the city received. ΚΤΕL buses were the exclusive carriers of transfer of provisions and other goods from the province to Athens. The installation and the action that Urban Void presents is a documentation of process and simultaneously a small celebration of the fusion of the metabolistic network of Athens with the Greek countryside.