The project presents a different way of ‘reading’ the city of Athens through the experience of motion and the notion of reflection. Starting from a personal record of reflective images and videos that imprint the relations between the bodies, the city itself and the observer, we study the user’s relation with the surface and their special extensions in the city, with the user’s glance as our guide. We regard the reflective surfaces as city screens that project it’s dynamics as it is done in cinema, meaning the reenactment and the conception of the city through a surface in between us and reality. In our research we define the optical conditions that come from the relation between the observer and the surface, through the observer’s movement, both in city scale and in a smaller one. We consider his active part to be a principal for finding and observing the projected images and by extension their ‘inhabitation’.
The fragmentary study of motion resulted in the understanding of the observer’s whole course, as well as of the way in which the aforementioned conditions co-exist and form his relation to the city.
The inhabitation of space depends on the practice of inhabiting it’s images, those that the space projects, as well as those on which it is projected. Nowadays, the expeditious sequence of events and actions in the city result in the ‘modern’ observer’s scanning of the images projected by the city without particular focus. The observer’s consideration as a ‘walker’, as defined by De Certeau, gives us a new dimension in the way the space of the city is activated and reinterpreted. The city itself does not just receive the observer’s glance, it is a monitor filled with infinite glances, thus including the observer in a larger group, giving new significance to the city’s setting. The information from the reflective images combined with the experience of motion offer a different ‘reading’ of the city of Athens and it works as a space producing mechanism.