(Un)Fixing Aloula: Maps, images and paradigms of The Attic (Marble) Landscape

  • Chris French
  • Maria Mitsoula

Abstract

“(Un)fixing Aloula” explores the fragmented landscape of the Open-Air Museum of Quarry Arts in Aloula, Athens. This museum—located in disused marble quarries on Mount Pentelicon and “repaired” by sculptor Nella Golanda and architect Aspasia Kouzoupi—is presented as a “repair-scape”, in which marble remnants were laboriously transformed into a reimagined ground. The “fixing” of this site—the curation of unorganised waste matter into organised material—generated a landscape that is at once restored and yet ruined, a “reciprocal landscape” (following Hutton) in dialogue with Athens and the Attic basin. Through a narration of an encounter with the museum, of a conversation with Golanda and Kouzoupi, and of an imaging of the museum for an exhibition at the Fondation Hellénique, this paper offers a developed reading of the repair-scape as a site of sympoiēsis, and as a site in which our shared image of a city might be continually contested, unfixed.

Published
2022-03-29
How to Cite
French, C., & Mitsoula, M. (2022). (Un)Fixing Aloula: Maps, images and paradigms of The Attic (Marble) Landscape. Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 108-122. https://doi.org/10.24135/ijara.vi.693
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Peer Reviewed