The Egnatia Road project describes a cooperative action between European artists and local populations along the ancient route from Rome to Constantinople. Focusing on myths and memories of territorial and metaphorical displacement over centuries, it represents a space of resistance realized in narrative and physical action. The process of constructing the road engages artistic activism and local communities in creating a participatory cultural product. Begun as a road trip to the Balkans, the research in history, storytelling, and half-forgotten traditions has resulted in the creation of mobile laboratories and events involving a range of people and experiences. The ongoing intention has been to produce paving stones recording the personal and communal experiences of people along the road. As an exercise in public art, the project has raised new questions and insights into the nature of popular dissent and the role of art in giving it a voice in wider venues and situations.
Art as a Healthy Virus within Social Strategies of Resistance
Constitutive Acts of the Subject in Gezi Park, Istanbul
Christopher Houston and Banu Senay
˙stiklal Avenue was a truly remarkable affair, bringing together thousands of Gezi Park protesters in all their diversity—Muslims, laicists, Kurds, socialists, LGBTs—who sat down together on the street’s paving stones to share food. While Atatürkist humor had