In times of crisis (refugee, economic&social), young natives, precariously employed in refugee shelters&NGO’s & migrants, are brought together in Athens, Greece. Although from different backgrounds, both seem to experience “time” in a highly insecure sense: in limbo.
In this context, they are invited, in mixed groups, to participate in a life-size board game&work together towards solutions to issues or problems, exploring commonalities&new relationships, by experiencing time in different ways
NGOs/ International Organizations that deal with migrants’ reception & integration in Athens, Greece
Migrants and precarious youth: those two groups suffering from the worst pitfalls of contemporary democracy- due to the refugee and the financial crisis- are brought together to share their experiences of being in limbo and create a common platform so as to deal with everyday issues of concern.
Through our model, migrants&native populations that remain so far clearly segregated, connect&collaborate towards solving everyday problems related to precarity. We use game&artistic elements to facilitate communication&empathy between participants who have different experiences of being “in limbo”
1.Tackling on the experience of time in everyday life, through play, with both practical&artistic elements:
a) a city-like giant board
b) questions on experiencing time in limbo, that provoke deeper thought
c) practical &”leisure time” activities to explore these issues
d)an interactive live-art performance in the end, so participants reflect more deeply on their common experience
2.Communicating and implementing the game
3.Collecting feedback on the experience and the emerged solutions
Athens is experiencing the overwhelming effects of both financial&refugee crisis: We are young workers&artists in the city often living&working “in limbo”. Through collaborating with migrants, also living precariously, for finding solutions, we become a collective in making the city more inclusive
The game is designed so as to include both migrants stranded in the city and native people working in accommodation centers, reception shelters, NGOs, as well as local stakeholders engaged in refugees’ integration (in mixed groups)
We are open to any kind of constructive feedback: from reshaping or working on specific parts of the proposal to questioning/reflecting on the overall idea