Eleusis: The Living Museum is an infrastructure programme and a main legacy of the ECoC. A team of experts documents the activities of Eleusis 2021 programme and link them to relevant resources around Europe, thus creating a mapping in may diverse fields (arts, agriculture, civil society,industry etc). These mappings exists in both the digital and the urban spaces through relevant installations, thus creating a brand new image for the city. As already mentioned, the programme is composed as a puzzle, with the participation of artists, citizens, organisations, businesses from Eleusis and Europe. To achieve this, we divided the programme’s configuration process into 4 phases:
Phase A (July 2014-May 2015)
The main pillars of the programme are established through meetings with artists in Greece and Europe, organisations and inhabitants of Eleusis. Around 70 meetings took place during this period. At the same time, a network of affiliated artists was established in February 2015, whose members include important Greek artists who have worked in Eleusis in the past or wish to do so in the future. Members of the network: Vana Xenou, Marios Spiliopoulos, Diochanti, Nikos Navridis, Alexandros Mistriotis, Spyros Andreopoulos, Euripides Laskaridis, Tzeni Argyriou, Iannis Zannos. The network helps the team elaborate the pillars of the programme, offers advice and assists with networking, etc.
Phase B (March 2015-December 2019)
Set up of the Creative Citizens’ Network and the Ideas Workshops, through which residents and local entities can formulate ideas for the artistic programme and start to organize events. Seven Ideas Workshops are currently in operation, and have already implemented two projects, with more under way.
Phase C (December 2015-July 2016)
The period between January and March 2016 will see the publication of an open call for submission of proposals for the artistic programme in Greece and abroad. At the same time, an artistic direction workshop will be taught for residents who wish to contribute to thecuration of the artistic programme. From April to July 2016, the artistic team will process the proposals, with the assistance of the group of residents participating in the workshop, and the network of affiliated artists.
Phase D (July 2016-December 2019)
30% of the programme will be left open, so that new and interesting ideas arising during its course can be added, either from the Ideas Workshops or from individual proposals.