1840: A collection of 3,696 rare books are carefully stored in wooden boxes to be mailed to the Peloponnese, leaving their permanent home at the attic of Castillon 12, in Paris. This private collection belongs to archaeologist Agathophron Nikolopoulos: his life's work. Following the foundation of the modern Greek state, Nikolopoulos decides to donate his collection to his father's birthplace, Andritsaina. However, Nikolopoulos is injured during packing and succumbs to tetanus, all alone, in Paris. The orphaned books make the voyage to Greece on their own.
1931: Almost half a century later, another devoted book collector, Walter Benjamin, while unpacking his library, writes down: Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories - thoughts that Agathophron himself might have shared had he lived to unpack his collection.
Employing these two stories, the creative platform werkraum brings together professionals based in Athens and
Zurich, active in theatre, architecture, and books, attempting an experiential installation on the hidden treasures of knowledge and their endless journey through time.
This in situ experiential installation unveils a travelling library, bringing together the everyday life in the city of Athens with the actual library exhibited in Andritsaina, a veritable treasure trove hidden in the mountains of the Peloponnese.
As part of the Athens 2018 World Book Capital