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The 1821 Greek Revolution Comes to Life on Public Buildings

1821 Greek Revolution
Projection on the Missolonghi Minicipal Gallery. Credit: TUC TIE Lab/Facebook

The 1821 Greek Revolution came alive throughout the country on Saturday night through the projection mapping technique as part of the celebrations of 200 years since the Greek War of Independence.

The particular emblematic action of the “Greece 2021” Committee is entitled “Desire for Freedom”.

A visual narrative of the 1821 Greek Revolution through works of art will be projected on the facade of selected buildings in 18 cities, with the predominant building being the Greek Parliament.

Apart from the history of the Greek War of Independence, the screenings are also connected with elements of the recent history of each city. This is the largest projection mapping project ever done in Greece.

Production of the visual material of the 1821 Greek Revolution and its adaptation on the buildings was done by the Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory (TUC TIE Lab) of the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete.

The cities in which the action will take place are: Athens (Greek Parliament building), Alexandroupolis (Zarifios Pedagogical Academy), Heraklion (Crete Region building);

Thessaloniki (Royal Theater), Ioannina (Courthouse), Kalamata (Eikari Art Center), Corfu (Old Town Hall), Lamia (Municipal Theater), Larissa (Club of Guard Officers), Missolonghi (Municipal Gallery);

Naoussa (City Hall), Nafplio (City Hall), Piraeus (Piraeus Municipal Theater), Syros (Apollo Theater), Tripolis (Courthouse), Chania (Mikis Theodorakis Theater) and Chios (Castle Wall).

The screenings are 18 minutes long and are repeated continuously from 9.30 pm to 11.30 pm. In addition to the projection on the selected building, there will be a light show in the surrounding areas, which will be connected to the projection in the building.

Live streaming of the projections is available in the “Greece 2021” Committee website

Greece 2021 Committee

The objective of the Committee Greece2021, is to organize a comprehensive layout of projects and events which will aim at reintroducing Greece, from the beginning of its contemporary history to today, in this course of 200 years.

The committee highlights the achievements accomplished, emphasizes Greece’s potential, remembers the struggles and suffering that defined the country’s modern era.

Also, he purpose of the committee is to plan all the celebration events for the 200 years since the 1821 Greek Revolution.

The Greece 2021 Committee has created a catalog of all the projects and events planned by foundations, universities, local governing bodies, and other institutions for the year. Even in the cases where the committee has no immediate involvement.

The Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory

The impressive projection mapping of the 1821 Greek Revolution event entitled “Desire for Freedom” is the work of the Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory (TUC TIE Lab). It is a project commissioned by “Greece 2021”.

The TUC TIE Lab was founded in 2011 on the basis of researching and developing methodologies, software, mechanisms and know-how for designing and fabricating paradigms of transformable intelligent environments.

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