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[ Limits of the Archaeological Territory]
Performance- Site Specific Installation
Aeschylus' Festival, old port of Elefsina, 8/9/2012, Elefsina, Greece
Performed and designed: Ioanna Neophytou, Spyros Charalampopoulos

The site specific installation realised for the parallel actions of the Aeschylus’ Festival in 2012, focused on the limits that contemporary societies have set on the remains of the ancient world and how the industrial development has destroyed what history has left beyond in Elefsina, Greece. The city of Elefsina, and its surrounding area, is one of the biggest industrial districts close to Athens today but in the ancient times it was considered a sacred region, a place where sacramental rituals took place to honour Demetra, the goddess of agriculture, horticulture, grain and harvest. That area now degraded by the industrial surrounding of the city, is full of ancient relics and ruins, buried under the earth. A small place close to the new city of Elefsina was assigned as archaeological territory. The main question that emerged through the actions and the installation was the connection between the new city, the ancient ruins and the industrial district and the way it affects social life, nature and cultural heritage.

The installation consisted of a projection of live actions realised in the previous days in the city of Elefsina and a big handmade map designed on the ground in front of the old port theatre, presenting the connection between the archeological and the industrial territory.