The documentary film Future Suspended traces the multiple transformations of crisis-ridden Athenian public space and those who traverse it. Future Suspended is divided in three sections. ‘Privatised’ explores the legacy of mass privatisation projects that preceded the 2004 Olympics, placing them in the context of present day privatisation schemes. ‘Devalued’ gazes at the ever-shrinking spaces of migrants in the city and the devaluation of their lives that comes as a result. ‘Militarised’ shows how, in face of the crisis, this devaluation turns into a generalised condition.
Through its cinematic traversal of today’s Athens, Future Suspended traces the rise of the authoritarian-financial complex and how this shrinks public space in the city, fuelling social despair and anger in return.*
The screening of the documentary will be followed by a discussion with Manolis Pratsinakis (University of Amsterdam) who will present the findings of his research project ‘Still a Square of Amity?: an enthnography in the centre of Athens’. Manolis Pratsinakis examined the changes that an area in the centre of Athens, currently represented as a no-go area and ‘the dump’ (Skoupidótopos) of Athens and Greece in general, underwent in a period when the financial crisis in Greece was deepening. His research aims to look into this issue by recounting the experiences, fears and hopes of people, both immigrants and natives, focusing on one polykatikía next to Amity Square.
*Future Suspended is part of the research project at crisis-scape.net. The research team consists of Christos Filippidis, Antonis Vradis, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Ross Domoney and Jaya Klara Brekke. All music for Future Suspended was composed by Giorgos Triantafyllou.
Photo credits: Yannis porfyropoulos