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the concept

The “public phantoms” is a design proposal for an underground installation composed by seven elevating pedestals located in the space of ‘Constitution’ square in Athens, before the House of the Hellenic parliament. The 7 pedestals –the 7 phantoms- have dual function; they are both a memorial and a ‘new-age’ public speaking ‘machine’. In terms of the first one, the seven pedestals represent seven determinant days of fierce protesting when crucial events marked the latest history of Greece; in commemoration of those days and only for those seven days, the pedestals rise to their maximum height forming the illusionary block before the House of the Parliament; a statement to remind people what they were fighting for. The rest of the year these public elements are the dynamic parts of an underground interactive installation of seven podiums operated by the administrators of an online social platform through which people interact claiming an opportunity to go up talk in public. * This is a work of fiction. Characters and incidents are used fictitiously to support my project.

location : constitution square_ House of the greek parliament_ athens, Greece date : december 2012

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satellite image of the civic square before the house of the greek parliament _the seven underground pedestals are centred in the space of the square

plan of the ‘constitution’ square_ spatial analysis of the installation

the underground network of the pedestals

people connect to the pedestals via an online social platform operated by 7 administators

athens _constitution square 4 december 2012 17:00 pm
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the popularity of the issues raised by the online users determines the next public speaker that will rise on one of the pedestals

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more than one speaker may give a public speech at the same time

athens _constitution square 4 december 2012 18:30 pm
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2 days later...

6 December 2008 “ Rioters rampaged through Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki on Sunday, hurling Molotov coctails, burning stores an blocking city streets with flaming barricades after protests against the fatal police shooting of teenager erupted into chaos.” [More riots in Greece over fatal police shooting of teen _source: USA today]

At 21:00 pm of the 6th the 7 pedestals rise up to their maximum height for 24 hours

athens _constitution square 6 december 2012 21:05 pm
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the 7 pedestals unify optically into a block from a strategic viewpoint on ermou street

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athens _constitution square 6 december 2012 21:30 pm
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demonstrators start gathering in the square and soon...

police clashes with the protestors and violent episodes errupt

athens _constitution square 6 december 2012 22:10 pm
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rioters are fighting with the police on the square... at the same time... in the underground routes undercover policemen are dressing up as protesters

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And a new day begins...

soon the 7 pedestals will disappear again until the next time...

athens _constitution square 7 december 2012 08:30 pm
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