This work articulates into twenty-one audiovisual narratives that investigate the spatial properties of the public protests in the city of Ioannina during the last 12 years, namely the period of the multiple crises in Greece and globally. Initially, a corpus of sound abstracts has been compiled, including human, body, and verbal sounds, bangs, beats, and rhythms, drawn from recordings of urban mass movements. Then, the sound snapshots were combined with distinct representations of the towns’ cultural landscape to form a new condition of unexpected happenings that stimulate and feed into our memory. A new experiential urban landscape is produced by activating and feeding the collective memory, thus highlighting the vivid and dialectic relationship between the social activism and the urban ‘body’ both in its diachronic and synchronic dimensions. The ‘’Whispers 21’’ compose and recompose a constellation of citizens’ social actions, conflicts, and claims of rights for the city and through the city of Ioannina.
Spiros Papadopoulos is an architect and media artist. He is Professor of Architecture and Time-Based Media at the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly (UTH) and the Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Communication and Audiovisual Documentation (LECAD-UTH). His research interests focus on interactive environments, audiovisual culture and ICTs in education. He is actively involved in audiovisual media and multimodal design in the fields of architecture and visual arts, researching the interdisciplinary interaction among contemporary urban design issues and new technologies. His work has been presented at several exhibitions, documentary festivals and international conferences.