"Amoli" is the water ditch that is used to water the farms of Aspropyrgos and it is derived from the verb "Amolao" (to release). The Farmers of Aspropyrgos used to say "Amolao to nero stin Amoli", meaning to fill the ditch with water in order to distribute it to the greater farming area.
International Project | AMOLI II
A Collective Work in Rural | Post-Industrial | Multicultural Community of Aspropyrgos
2nd Part: July – December 2020
The visual and performance artist Emilia Bouriti creates the Art Platform "Syn+ergasia" and organizes for the second year, the international project titled "AMOLI II" which starts in July in the area of Aspropyrgos.
Taking seriously into account the pandemic which caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), AMOLI project will present its actions online. Also, part of these actions will be presented live while fully adhering to the security measures that have been set.
Experiential and visual artworks as well as participatory activities based on the food, the cultivation, the rural landscape as cultural heritage, the post-industrial image of the city, the memory, the multiculturalism, the creative economy and the soft energy technologies- (mild forms of energy) take place with the participation of artists, farmers, scientists, teachers and the public while a research frame will be created for researchers and art theorists.
The successful participation of the local community and the constant cooperation with institutions, scientists and researchers at international level, make the AMOLI a best practice project with a decisive role in the participatory art, in the activation of the society and in the creative economy.
"AMOLI II" project is carried out in collaboration with the Municipality of Aspropyrgos and its Cultural Center, the Laboratory of Soft Energy Applications & Environmental Protection, Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Engineering, University of West Attica, The research group “Pantheon” of Sorbonne, Universite Paris 1, the Agricultural Association of Aspropyrgos, Comunitatea Elena Prahova-Ploiesti, the Brotherhood Cities Association of Aspropyrgos and Ploiesti (Romania), the higher educational institutions as well as the primary and the secondary schools of the Thriasio area.
The International Project "AMOLI II" has its roots in Emilia’s Bouriti research titled "Post-Industrial Rural Paths", which she has been conducting since 2016 in the area of Aspropyrgos. The word “amoli” is used by the Aspropyrgos’ farmers and means the rural channel that carries water for the irrigation of the crop.
Aspropyrgos is a city with rich history and cultural heritage, cultivated from antiquity to the present day. Its industrial and post-industrial history as well as the intense immigration activity has shaped a complex and multicultural landscape that functions as a miniature of Europe's economic and social course. The International Project "AMOLI II" emphasizes on designation the common points among Aspropyrgos and other European cities while, highlights diversity as an element that ought to unite rather than divide.
In 2019, the International Project AMOLI was actualized with the support and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the NEON Organization, the Municipality of Aspropyrgos and communication sponsors were ERT, the Third Programme and the Attica tv.
The outset for 2020 will take place in July.
July 17 & August 2
- Presentation of the art work "Agricultural Traces of Aspropyrgos II" on the farms. The project includes video projections, performances, participatory actions, music and captures the culture of Arvanite farmers and Pontic Greeks as well as their relationship with arable land.
- Presentation & continuation of the construction of a Traditional Seed Repository of Aspropyrgos and Western Attica. This is a project in progress, with the aim of collecting and preserving traditional seeds of Western Attica.
- Creation and promotion of the digital project "Agricultural Memory, a Course of Life". The project consists of interviews with elderly farmers in order to record their culture and their intangible heritage.
Digital recording and presentation of farmers' interviews on their energy needs for energy transition of the rural community to the energy community, protection and sustainability of the rural community, rural landscape and agricultural culture by the Laboratory of Soft Energy Applications & Environmental Protection, Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Engineering, University of West Attica.
- Presentation of the art work "Small agricultural barns| A Collective Memory"
The project includes participatory action of the Arvanite rural community, performance, screenings and reference to the rural architecture as well as outdoor lecture.
- Agricultural walking route "Amoli Walking Route" with the use of mobile application, attempts to discover the rural landscape and its history through the rural "Small agricultural barns".
- Educational activities on "Education and Rural Life". The activities will take place in the farms with the participation of primary and secondary schools of the municipality of Aspropyrgos and higher education by the Laboratory of Soft Energy Applications & Environmental Protection, Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Engineering, University of West Attica.
- The international, research, educational and art workshop titled.
Art | Rural life | Industry | Energy and Multiculturalism will take place with the participation of artists, art historians, scientists, teachers and researchers from Greece and abroad.
- Presentation of the digital project "Art, Energy, Agricultural Life". Collaboration between the artistic platform Syn+ergasia and the Laboratory of Soft Energy Applications & Environmental Protection, Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Engineering, University of West Attica.
- Art exhibition entitled "The Earth, My Food, My City" will take place as part of the events.
"Celebration of City Communities". The first exhibition consists of works by students from the primary schools of Aspropyrgos. The second art exhibition concerns local artists and is carried out in the form of self-organization while presented in the local shops.
Emilia Bouriti is a visual and performance artist with an important academic career. Her artistic work has been successfully presented in art events and institutions in Greece and abroad. She is the founder of the artistic platform “Syn+ergasia” that aims to promote the visual arts, interartistic works and participatory actions, as well as interdisciplinary and educational programs at international level.