On 15-17th of August 2013, approximately 600 people came together in the mountainous village of Arsos in Cyprus, to participate in a new co-design and socio-material assembly that went by the name of Xarkis.
In this framework structure, Xarkis festival consisted of 14 daytime activities including workshops, inductions, presentations and a cohesive music program.
The infrastructure was based on six everyday crucial contexts: economic mobility, health, food, ad hocism, culture and heritage, all under notions of sustainability.
Workshop processes were ranging from distillation of herbs, to creating sculptures with hay, mud brick and limited use of manufactured goods. Match making processes were also encouraged during the festival, like a collaboration between a traditional food producer and a contemporary product designer to make bread and use it as a symbolic glue for vernacular products.
To certify that the current skills could be made assets in the design process, meant to transform the participants’ profile: Instead of perceiving them as bearers of needs and problems, the idea was to view them as active and collaborative co-designers and co-producers that can enrich the process, by bearing exceptionally valuable knowledge and ideas for solutions.
Anastasia Prokopi Taki
“Symbiosis”: Preparation of bread using prozimi
– With Sophia Charalambous
Νew media (Sculpture & Character Design)
– With Nicholas Hasapopoulos & Constantinos Kouyialis
Distillation of Herbs
– With Christos Kayias
Crafty Graphic Making
– With Despina Kannaourou
Constructing the Traditional Cypriot Flute
– With Charalambos Charalambous
Real Life Design
– With Mairead Gillespie
Traditional Ceramic Architecture (with clay bricks)
– With Andreas Fasoulides
Laughter Yoga: Joy Boosting
– With Elina Papa
– Wth Draw collective
Unleashing Personal Confidence
– With Andria Evagorou and Little Box Theatre