Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

An Imaginary Symposium


Who is behind this?

Danae Theodoridou

An Imaginary Symposium


Who is joining forces?





PACT Zollverein


Additional partners who will support and contribute to the project: Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam), Extrapole (Paris), National Theatres of Greece and Northern Greece (Athens and Salonica).

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The project contributes to the emergence of alternative social imaginaries by bringing together ancient Greek ideas of sociability and contemporary technological modes of artificial intelligence in:
-participatory art encounters taking the form of ancient Greek symposia, where people meet to eat and discuss shared concerns;
-an online platform where people interact in real time with an algorithm to produce new social visions.
Both actions address EU citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

Where will your idea take place?

Athens (GR), Thessaloniki (GR), Kortrijk (BE), Terni (IT), Amsterdam (NL), Essen (GE) and online.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The most important but least discussed crisis today in Europe is the crisis of social imagination. This makes us unable to produce new visions for the 21st century. The project works against capitalist policies of 'no alternative' and offers the stage back to people's rich common social imaginaries.

What is your impact?

In a year, two innovative tools for radical social exchange and political action will have been created and used by people's communities in different European countries, contributing to democratic practices and the emergence of sociopolitical alternatives, against a Europe of 'no alternative'.

How do you get there?

Coming from different disciplines (arts, philosophy, journalism) we work in a radical way bringing together ancient Greek ideas and artificial intelligence (an algorithm that randomly creates phrases on social imaginaries). Based on our inheritance while staring at our future, we use language games, thought and movement improvisations, to challenge human imagination and create unexpected live and online encounters as alternative democratic modes of sociability and social imagination.

What is your story?

The last three years, our work focuses on the creation of modes of sociability that cultivate and support common social creativity and imagination. The project is part of this research and offers tools, through art, philosophy and technology, for the emergence of alternative social imaginaries.

Who are you doing it for?

The symposia and online platform created will address/include groups from different backgrounds and ages: international artists and art workers, EU citizens, teenagers and university students, workers of EU institutions, minorities of Muslims and Greeks in Belgium and minorities in other EU cities.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like to receive feedback on all levels of the project, as well as suggestions on suitable social frames to accommodate the Imaginary Symposium in Europe, and technical and creative advise for the way the online platform of the project could work more effectively.



Idea created on Dec. 6, 2017
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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