“Today on the 19th of June, 2015 we are occupying Green Park, a space deserted and left empty for years by the Greek state, in order to activate it with our own means. Almost 4 years after the occupation of the Empros theatre in 2011 we propose a 10 day programme of cultural and political intervention in the here and now of Athens. The activation of Green Park is an action without a particular temporal horizon and understands itself outside of the logics of ownership. This occupation is not defined by a particular ideology or interest but rather comes about as a result of the encounters born out the experiments and struggles of the last few years. Thus, we re-claim friendship and its political importance and ramifications outside of ideological validations. We propose friendship as a model for organizational formations and autonomous instituting and as a practice that exceeds neoliberal demands.

This action is one made of fluid and flexible modes of organization that refuse the enclosures of formal political representation. It attempts to explore collectively forms of critical artistic and theoretical production and their relationship to the public and to dominant social narratives. It seeks to rethink the need for and nature of participation. It seeks to remain imperfect and incomplete. It seeks to recuperate the demand for lightness, humor, self-depreciation and joyous critique. It remains an open process.

The activation of the historic Green Park cafe in the Pedion tou Areos, one the the two central parks of Athens, emphasizes the need for shared refreshment and recreation; the need for politics and joy to emerge in places we wouldn’t expect. In this incomplete collective experiment made possible from within a condition of intimacy without rules and all the while within a condition of conscientious responsibility we ask our fellow city dwellers to explore a broken unfamiliar place as a site for possible joy in the here and now of our city.

More information for the 10-day programme here