Athens in a poem
Logo design, Branding, Digital
“Athens in a poem” is a platform for the collection of material on urban poetics. It was created in May 2014 by poet and scholar Konstantina Georganta and architect Kanelia Koutsandrea, both of them independent researchers of the narrative of the city.
It intends to aid an ongoing discussion on what created the particular Greek urban experience.
It is a website for the collection and dissemination of material regarding poems about the Athenian urban experience alongside a collection of photos narrating this experience, the relationship of words with space and a more general discussion on spatial theory applied to the experience of living in urban areas in Greece.
The term Poetry derives from a variant of the Greek term, poiesis, "making".
The lyre was a stringed musical instrument played by the ancient Greeks and was probably the most important and well-known instrument in the Greek world.
This logo reflects both the mirage created by a poetic text, where reality is and is not as is and the concept of what is ‘real’ is questioned as a whole, and the play with uniformity mirrored in the poem as a piece of work that is complete in itself.
The lyre has a curve that is opposite to the one we usually find in depictions of it in ancient Greek art – a mirroring of it if you wish - and the elements comprising the logo are so placed to create the effect of visual uniformity without being actually aligned.
Finally, the small wave-like line at the bottom of the logo symbolizes the openness and graceful structure of a poem’s ending that may be the beginning of yet another piece of art in any form.
Urban Poetics includes poems and other material related to the urban experience in Greece (with Athens as the epicentre). Whenever possible, the material will be published in both Greek and English.
Urban Frames is a section looking at urban stories narrated around the history of buildings with a focus on their interplay with memory and lethe.
Poetic Reality is a section with articles about poetic texts (mostly) and their impact on today’s world.
Poetry captured includes lines of poetry as photographed around the walls of cities alongside a discussion of the dynamics that this creates in our everyday lives.
Athens Photos includes photos from all over the city, old and new ones, as well as art depicting the city.
English gathers all posts (poems and texts) that also appear in English.
Videos includes a selection of videos on the making and breaking of memory in Athens.
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