Workshop in Athens 2020 with Michael Grieve

The workshop will take place 17-21 February 2020. There will be a maximum of 14 students.

The fee is 450€, current Ostkreuz students pay 400€.

For more information and to  apply please use office(at)ostkreuzschule.de

This workshop is designed to encourage participants to understand and interpret the meaning of the poetics of space, and utilise photography to capture the essence of ordinary space via the creative imagination.

Day 1: Introductory lecture on the meaning and interpretations of Gaston Bachelard’s ‘The Poetics of Space’, a look at examples of psychogeographic works by artists, film-makers and photographers. A group discussion on possible project strategies from students.

Day 2: In the morning students will articulate more clearly strategies to begin projects. Discussion on problem solving and then projects begin in relevant Athenian spaces.

Day 3: Meeting in the morning for group critique and then shooting.

Day 4: Individual tutorials in the morning and then shooting.

Day 5: Editing work and preparation for screenings in the evening.




These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.‘ Gaston Bachelard quoting the poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
‘The Poetics of Space’ is a seminal text, published in 1958 by the French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard. It is a journey and lyrical exploration of the intimacy of the home and of interior spaces, of how our perceptions of these spaces shape our thoughts, memories and dreams.

The city of Athens is the vibrant back drop for this workshop, an urban metropolis with a very particular aesthetic of eclectic architecture, from the modernity of brutalism, traditional dwellings, derelict spaces, old hotels and empty industrial buildings, can serve as phenomenological inspirations to represent the poetics of space.

The outcome will be to produce a body of work and make a presentation to a public audience on the final evening.

The Workshop will take place in a studio situated in the Neos Kosmos, district of central Athens.

Students need to provide their own accommodation.

photo © Michael Grieve