CULTURE

An artistic marathon at Fournos

The Fournos Center for Art and Technology kicks off the season with a 35-hour marathon of artistic events starting on Friday at 8 p.m. and running until Sunday at 7 a.m. The action during the «35 Hours» event will be non-stop at 168 Mavromichali Street, with around-the clock displays of alternative artistic media by artists from Greece and abroad. The recently refurbished venue is set to host over 100 artists, actors, musicians, poets, storytellers, dancers and choreographers, digital artists, photographers and performers, who will be doing what they do best, and if this hectic program of events seems daunting to some, the organizers are inviting everyone to bring along their sleeping bags and promise an awakening with art, croissants and the daily papers. «After 10 years on the art scene, Fournos has decided that it is time to change direction, and this mammoth event is just the start,» said Dodo Santorinaiou, head of the center, to Kathimerini. «The first of these changes – which also reflects what is going on more generally on the Greek art scene – is that we will not host as many theatrical productions, even though it is in our best financial interest,» she continued. «We are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and we call upon individual artists and groups of artists who are interested in the digital arts to present their work. Some of them may subsequently have their work included in the annual [email protected] festival. Basically, what we are trying to do is further promote the digital arts.» Busy schedule With or without sleeping bags, visitors to Fournos this weekend are bound to be surprised by the wealth of the program, which has been separated into a number of categories. Among the artists participating are Ioulita Iliopoulou, Nanos Valaoritis and Andreas Pagoulatos, Natalia Dragoumi, Constantinos Rigos, Peris Michailidis and Elena Penga, while through the Internet, visitors will also be on-line with the French CICV Digital Center and Slovenia’s KIBLA.