National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens


05/03/2011 - 25/03/2011


Codes of Disobedience & Dysfunctionality

Media Lounge

05/03/2011 – 25/03/2011

The National Museum of Contemporary Art in the framework of its collaboration with the University Research Institute of Applied Communication (U.R.I.A.C) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens presents from the 5th nuntil the 25th of March 2011 the project Codes of Disobedience & Dysfunctionality realised by artist Martin Rieser and an interdisciplinary team of students, researchers and artists. The project will be based on the outcome of a preceding workshop, organised by the University Research Institute of Applied Communication of the University of Athens. The workshop is part of the action “Global Gateway” and of the EU funded program “Civil Society Dialogue – Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture” in which U.R.I.A.C participates.


“Codes of Disobedience & Dysfunctionality” proposes a different trail and a new narrative for the city of Athens and its contemporary transformations. Inspired by the posters and the graffiti of the city and taking advantage of the possibilities given by mobile communication technologies (GPS, QR codes etc) and the internet, Martin Rieser and the workshop team will aim to connect the urban surroundings of Athens to opinions and statements of its inhabitants regarding the challenges imposed by the current social, political, and financial circumstances. Anger, disobedience, opposition, dysfunctionality. The features of the contemporary metropolis in the midst of a period of crisis will be the main focus of the project. Can the new possibilities offered by technology really capture the needs and the atmosphere of a city like Athens? Can they embrace life itself?

From the 5th of March onwards, in the premises of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, on the internet and at the centre of the city (in the streets of Skoufa – Navarinou – Tzavela), the museum visitors and inhabitants of Athens, will be invited to follow the project’s trail and discover the spots where parts of the narrative are hidden. Special QR codes will be placed in selected locations of the city and by scanning them with a mobile phone, access to the audiovisual material created during the workshop will be given. Combining elements of installation art, urban intervention, gaming and performance, “Codes of Disobedience & Disfunctionality” reflects Rieser’s long term practice on art and technology.

Professor Martin Rieser is joint research Professor between the Institute of Creative Technologies and the Faculty of Art and Design at De Montfort University.  He has always been fascinated by the possibility of creating fragmentary narrative structures and interactive stories using new technology. As an artist and researcher this has led him into his current explorations using mobile and locative technologies and large-scale interactive video experiences. Professor Rieser’s art practice in mobile and internet art and interactive narrative installations have been seen around the world including China, Australia , USA  and Greece, France, Austria, and Italy.

On Sunday March 6th, at 11 am the artist will present the project to the audience at the museum.  Τhe presentation will be held in English.

Concept, workshop and project development:
Martin Rieser

Interdisciplinary workshop team:
Elena Antonopoulou, Efi Avrami, Nikos Belomatis, Darie Budeanu, Dimitris Delinikolas, Aggelos Evagelidis, Eleni Giannari, Zaharias Ioannidis, Nikos Kaimakamis, Aimilia Karamouzi, Achilleas Kentonis, Vaggelis Kolotsios, Evi Korkofigka, Tatiana Mihailidou, Maria Papacharalambous, Dimitris Psyhogios, Maria Saridaki, Maria Vasileiou

Empedia locative walk implementation: Phill Sparks
Video development and user evaluations: Jackie Calderwood

Scientific advisor: Dimitris Charitos
Curatorial advisor & coordinator: Daphne Dragona