Strange Cities

Athens / NYC Visualising Athens Unseen

20th April – 31st July 2015
Hosted by the Onassis Cultural Centre & Curated by Double Decker

Kit Miles was one of a number of rising new designers invited to create an aesthetic response to the brief:

Imagine you’ve never seen Athens. With only a limited non-visual spectrum of references for a guide, how would you picture it? “

Each artist opened an inspiration box full of non-visual clues: jasmine-scented poetry by Seferis, Petros Markaris’ reflections on Athens through its old electric train line, a vintage popular song, contemporary music, and a field-recorded soundtrack of the city. Even a recipe for stuffed tomatoes so beloved by Athenians. No visual research was allowed. 

“We re-imagined one of our existing wallpaper designs, treating it as if it were a pixelated classical column bound for the future. We wanted to reflect the multiplicity and complex layers of Athens, both perceptual and actual, and create a scene reflecting history, time and the future.”
– Kit Miles Studio

The resulting exhibition: Strange Cities: Athens, hosted by the Onassis Cultural Centre and curated by Double Decker, shows how 20 carefully selected prize-winning international artists and designers, with backgrounds in painting, photography and textile design rose to this challenge.

As one observer commented:

“‘Strange Cities: Athens’ is the child of an idiosyncratic process and of a specific set of artistic sensibilities: the mouthwatering fruit of an experiment in synaestetics performed by some of the most exciting new artists working today.”

After a period in Athens, from 20th April to 31st July 2015, the exhibition will be travelling to New York.