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The interplay of crisis and art Passed

Wednesday September 22, 2021 15:00 - 17:00 B

Workshop leader: Evangelia Petridou
Presenters: Anna-Sara Fagerholm, Dimitri Ioannides, Evangelia Petridou, Karina Goransson, Konstantinos Avramidis, Linda Thompson, Robert Soden, Todd Lowery

  • Architecture as a Material Social Record: Drawing an Atlas of Athenian Crises, Konstantinos Avramidis
  • Exploring how crises are visualized in design activism campaigns, Karina Göransson, Anna-Sara Fagerholm, Linda Thompson
  • Art/Science Collaboration as  a Critical Technical Practice in Disaster Research, Robert Soden
  • “Barricades, Blocks, and Borders: Lines of Division and Lines of Communication in Contested Urban Spaces”, Todd Lowery
  • Street Art and the ‘Right to the City’ in a Fragmented Metropolis: The Case of Beirut, Dimitri Ioannides, Evangelia Petridou

Panel description

Since the 1980s, art and culture have, on a global scale, been considered to be a means to economic development and revitalization of distressed urban areas (Comunian, 2009; Florida, 2002a;b; Lloyd, 2006; Zuckin, 1982; 1989), while in the EU they are seen as a way towards territorial cohesion in peripheral rural regions (Petridou and Ioannides, 2014). However, art itself rarely functions as the telos of such arguments; rather it remains a means to some end. In this panel, we seek to further investigate the role of art in (contested) urbanscapes, We build on existing literature (see, for example, Leventis, 2015; Leventis, Ioannides and Petridou, 2015) and invite papers seeking to understand, how art (including street art) may inform, anticipate or reflect changes to the urban landscape and social fabric of the city during times of crisis. Further, we call for investigations into the interplay of art and the contextual factors of space and crisis.


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The case of Newcastle-Gateshead’, Creative Industries Journal,

2: 1, pp. 57–71.

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Geography, 2: 1, pp. 55–71.

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Ioannides, D. , Leventis, P. & Petridou, E. (2016). Urban Resistance Tourism Initiatives in Stressed Cities : The Case of Athens. In: Reinventing the Local in Tourism: Producing, Consuming, and Negotiating Place.A. P. Russo and G. Richards, (eds). Bristol : Channel View Publications, pp. 229-250.

Leventis, P. (2015). Visualizing the Crisis on an Urban Canvas: Two Artists in the Streets of Athens, 2008-2014. Street and Urban Creativity Scientific Journal,1.

Lloyd, R. (2006), Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City,

New York: Routledge.

Petridou, E. and Ioannides, D. (2012), ‘Conducting creativity in the periphery of

Sweden: A bottom-up path towards territorial cohesion’, Creative Industries

Journal 5: 1+2, pp. 119–137, doi: 10.1386/cij.5.1-2.119_1

Zukin, S. (1989), The Culture of Cities, Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Zuckin, S. (1982), Loft Living,New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University


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Evangelia Petridou Workshop leader

Associate Professor
Mid Sweden University

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Anna-Sara Fagerholm Presenter

Senior Lecturer Department of Design
Mid Sweden University

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Dimitri Ioannides Presenter

Chaired Professor of Human Geography
Mid Sweden University

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Evangelia Petridou Presenter

Associate Professor
Mid Sweden University

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Karina Goransson Presenter

Senior Lecturer Graphic Design
Mid Sweden University

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Konstantinos Avramidis Presenter

Lecturer in Architecture
University of Cyprus

Linda Thompson Presenter

Mid Sweden University

Robert Soden Presenter

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Todd Lowery Presenter

Artist and Professor of Fine Arts
Drury University, USA