**** Workshop: The five-day-workshop will be organized in Tompazis Mansion in Hydra, which is run by the Athens School of Fine Arts as a residency space, between the 31st of March and the 4th of April. The idea is to bring together the researchers for five days of reflection, interaction and collaboration. Each participant will present his or her research so far contributing the overall framework of analysis. Cross-pollination of the approaches and the projects will lead to a more coherent approach and help the production.
**** Symposium: The symposium will take place in the Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece in Athens on the 5th April. It will provide a platform for the presentation of the individual projects as well as of the results of the workshop. At the same time other researchers that are not affiliated to the project but that share some of the methods and the interests of the analysis will present their view on the drachma furthering the breadth of the analysis.
**** Workshop with the Students of the Athens School of Fine Art. A three day workshop with the participation of members of the Drachma Project and the students of the students of the Athens School of Fine Art will be organized under the supervision of Olav Westphalen (tbc) in late April. The results of the workshop will be exhibited in the Exhibition of the Drachma Project in Athens.
**** Exhibition/ Conference/ Publication: The Exhibition of the productions will take place in Athens in autumn. The location of the exhibition is still to be defined. At the same time a a conference and a publication on the Drachma project will be organized.
**** Parallel to the exhibition a series of performances will be curated by Elizabeth Ward. “ The Drachma Project lends itself to exploring the creation of collective memory. Performance is durational, time based, and much like the construction of history our memory of a performance condenses time into a feeling or understanding (or confusion) of what took place during a specific time and place. With the drachma and it’s evolution as a base one can work physically with many different aspects: The geometrical designs of the lithography, the iconographic poses of people and objects, and the flow of currencies between people as movement.”
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Drachma is a research initiative, involving artists and theorists across disciplines, with an interest in the Greek economic reality and the Greek currency as a manifestation of this reality. We are investigating the Drachma as a symbol of economic value, national identity and political power, as they are expressed historically in the imagery of the currency. The iconographic and the symbolic representations of the Drachma, in the concrete syntactic context of notes and coins, provide a specific frame of reference to our analysis of Greece today. Our methodology includes archival research, art, economic theory, political design, psychoanalysis ... Our production will culminate into a symposium, an exhibition, and a publication.