The Online Presence of Golden Dawn and the Athenian Realities It Brings Forward


  • 1pm

  • Adam House, Adam House Lecture Theatre
    3 Chambers Street
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1HT

The aim of this seminar is to look at the strategic use of the World Wide Web by Golden Dawn in order to create affect, emotion, and personalised perspectives and therefore to promote their explicitly fascist political ideas. Videos of low resolution seem to have a very powerful reality effect upon their viewers, placing them at the centre of the action: from videos carefully presented as if they were filmed by amateurs, to rough, unedited televised spectacles and to noisy, impromptu scenes that could happen to anyone. This seminar discusses the use of new technologies in the creation of “situatedness” and it examines the worlds that such stories bring forward, and which are often obscured by the mass media: the world of the immigrant who is chased by Golden Dawn; the world of the refugee, whose presence in the country is often opposed; the world of the Golden Dawn supporter, who is made to believe that the immigrant and the refugee, among others, are responsible for the country’s recession. Isabelle Stengers’ “cosmopolitical proposal” will frame this discussion: such worlds are multi-faceted, divergent, and contradictory, and a common world will have to be constructed anew, slowly, and against all the established classifications. Alongside, a multi-faceted, divergent, and contradictory city of Athens emerges through these mediated perspectives, a city that calls for an “other,” situated rather than abstract, architecture. How we can respond to such multiple realities that compose a “city in crisis” through design today?

Speaker: Aikaterini Antonopoulou

Aikaterini is the Simpson Postdoctoral Fellow in Architecture at The University of Edinburgh, where she also teaches architectural design and theory. Her research examines the role and agency of new technologies and digital cultures in the context of crisis Athens, Greece. She holds a Diploma in Architecture from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2006), an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from the University of Edinburgh (2008), and a PhD in Architecture by Newcastle University (2013).

 

Part of the 2017/2018 ESALA Research Seminar Series. Free and open to all.