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Working with the Community

Greg Haji Joannides | Visual Artist | Fellow 'START - Create Cultural Change'

Working with communities

Alte Mu is a place that supports creative minds to kick-start their ideas. One of these is Greg Haji Joannides from Greece. He is a Fellow from the capacity building and fellowship program „START – Create Cultural Change“. For six weeks he visits Alten Mu and wants to learn about the working community concept here.

The visual artist Greg lives on the Greek Island Nisyros. He applied for the START program, to develop his idea of a platform to keep waste within the island and make it sustainable through cultural activities, including workshops, visual and applied arts, new architectural material, design, printing, etc. „On the island is no water. Everything comes in plastic bottles and that is a lot of trash“, so Greg. He joined the START program as a way of developing his ability to bring together and motivate the entire Nisyros society to create a new living environment through waste recycling and upcycling. Among all participating host institutions, Alte Mu was his first choice.

Impact and impulses

Alte Mu is one of 30 german cultural institutions that offers greek fellows in the program „START – Create Cultural Change“ the chance to qualify in international cultural management. „The concept of the START programm matches totally with our concept of C-20“, says Marius Wittmann, coordinator of C-20 institute for transformative Utopia. „Developing own ideas and, if compatible, connect to the vision of Alte Mu is the main idea of C-20. By participating in the START program we help creative minds to develop their projects and in return we get a lot of cultural exchange and new impulses.“ The projekt Nisyrio has an interdisciplinary approach just like the Alte Mu. That´s why both project will hopefully benefit from each other.

A community that works

Greg is mostly interested in the community at Alte Mu. „My first impression was that this place was far more than I expected“, so Greg. „I wasn´t aware of the whole community concept here. So many groups exist here und decide together. Alte Mu is a mechanism that‘s working.“ For the next weeks Greg wants to implement a micro-project. An event around a 3d-printer that prints art objects to the sound waves of an traditional song from his home island Nisyros. Also a video projection will be part of the art event. There will be an 24 hours installation at the Alte Mu Container on 31th october and the next day, on 1st of november will be an installation and sound at the Alte Mu Tower.

More information:

START is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.

Check for more information: www.startgreece.net