The hidden Thebes
social sculpture project
The hidden Thebes festival
The Sphinx festival is an independent and ambitious artistic proposal seeking to lay the groundwork for a " new city", which is made possible through a change in the emotional map of the city's inhabitants. The change will come through a vertical dive into time and place, in search of culture's reservoirs, which will be the starting point for creating a new identity, in sync with the ontological-existential bases of humankind, conditions of creation and freedom, who are now asleep.
Sphinx is an artistic project in the urban and social space of a city, where artists of different specialties from around the world, writers, scientists and audiences, create, by interacting with the mnemonic elements of the city and by proposing solutions for the "founding of a city of tomorrow ", that is, the space in which we want to live in - a concept of "social sculpture".
The Festival consists of a group of artistic mainly activities that integrate the perception of art - with social practice, trying to bring art into the life of the city as well as life into art, reversing the idleness , social apathy and inertia that cause rdecay inthe present time , trying to to unite the actions of the restless citizens in order to bring forth tothrough various interactions a change in the future of the city. The Festival itself is treated as a "social sculpting" experiment, aiming to awaken human consciousness an in today's decline.
We consider this versatile project as a holistic approach towards the artwork, a work that concerns the very society and the city, where, coordinated and within a general context, multiple "plastic" events occur. The artist's creativity is no longer an isolated work of art but a holistic design of this grand act based on four axes: artists - citizens (as creators of society and history), real space - virtual space (internet).