Core Circle


A BOOK AFFAIR is a Radio Athènes and Goethe-Institut project. The term is used to describe a situation in which one is reading a short casual fun book, while attempting to read a much longer more complex book. In this spirit, we are creating a temporary library/stage which will be open to the public for the run of several months (May-November 2018). Within this period we are inviting Greek and international publishers, authors, editors and artists to present their work in lectures,talks, performances, and book signings. The selection spans art, critical theory, philosophy, fashion, literature, psychoanalysis, architecture and design, a mix of ‘fun books’ and more ‘complex reading’. The link between editors, artists, publishers, writers, choreographers and theorists involved in A BOOK AFFAIR is contemporary art and reading as a state / activity that involves not only the mind but also the body, in creating meaning and a new poetics. Reading as a methodological and transformational bridge. A BOOK AFFAIR is an experiment that approaches the library as a space of inter-textuality, creation, un-creation, and recreation-to borrow some concepts that Michel Foucault evokes in his essay “Fantasia of the Library” (1977). Radio Athènes is transformed by Berlin based architect Etienne Descloux into a ‘stage’ as well as a ‘vessel’ for the collection of objects, books and works of art that will be presented as the project evolves. With the support of Outset Greece.