trace over [a space in 100 pieces], 2015
an interactive installation, ply wood and ink, 1.4m x 1.8m

In 27 December 1899, George Afentakis (coming from Kimolos island in Cyclades) let a testament of 100.000 gold drachmas for the construction and maintenance of an asylum for the poor, abandoned and shipwrecked elders. The Asylum for the Poor, later called Afentakeio, was designed in 1932 by the architect Georgios Dragasikis and the construction was complete in 1950. In 2013, after 63 consecutive years of operation and 114 years after Afentakis' testament, the board of Afentakeio legacy decided to suspend the operation of the nursing home in Kimolos, because of financial difficulties.

For the interactive installation titled trace over [a space in 100 pieces], the original 1932 Afentakeio nursing home floor plan by Georgios Dragasikis was enlarged and then broken down to 100 pieces. In August 2015, visitors and residents of Kimolos' village were invited to interact by tracing over the deconstructed parts of the terrace plan, on pieces of wood, using pens, pencils and carbon. A total of 100 people participated, capturing their different kinds of line-traces. Finally, the wooden puzzle was re-assembled by visitors and passers-by on the floor of the Watchman bar, in Kimolos.

In the summer of 2016, the same, original floor plan turned into a white on white, cotton, handmade, collective embroidery, size 85 x 70cm. It was complete in three days by residents and artists working together around the village’s square and installed at the "Niko's balcony" tavern.

Starting points, 1 building, 3 sculptures and 1 documentary,
Art Walk, Terra Firma, both exhibitions organized and curated by Andriani Ventouri & Maria Gouveli, Kimolos island, Greece
http://www.eikastikosperipatos.com/, http://www.onassis.org/onassis-magazine/issue-69/Eikastika

Many thanks to the municipality of Kimolos island for the concession of the original floor plan as well as this project's participants and supporters!

ink traces on the pieces of wood, detail, photos by Lea Petrou

assembling the puzzle, photos by Lea Petrou

documenting the tracing process around Kimolos village, photos by Lea Petrou

documenting the embroidery process, Kimolos village, photos by Lea Petrou


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