Subsuming the Commons for the Commons

with Festival of the Commons 6-7-8 October 2017 Athens School of Fine Arts

The Festival of the Common has invited our networking platform to identify the most incubatable ventures. During the three days of the event, we will be roving throughout the venue offering participants the opportunity to share their venture manifesto and/or perspectives on potential production of the commons with a larger audience. The results will be brought to a peer to peer evaluation process in which the most dynamic commons ventures will be relieved of the pressures of creating alternative economic structures through sponsorship and will be provided with mentoring methodologies.  If our network executives approaches you during the festival offering you the chance to work for love, money, or crypto-tokens, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you don’t want to miss.

Why? Because we want to establish collaborative practices that avoid the tragedy of the commons.

The End of Tourism is Near

with The Island Resignified Lefkada, Greece July 1-15, 2017

Tourism Saved my Life — Lefkada edition

The poster project

Each town a different scene, a different audience, a different interaction, a different reaction….

The Metaxication start-up company was hired to research development opportunities in Lefkada. We evaluated potential places representative of the 1st and 3rd sector economy. It seems evident that the last decades the 1st sector has retreated giving way to the tourism industry. Why are key places from 1st sector no longer vital elements for the local and international communities? Our company’s intention is to understand the reasons why this happened and investigate possible ways of reactivation. We assume that there is use value in the area that is latent and we want to bring it to the surface. To reach this goal, we employed a mixed methodology of meetings with the locals and tourists, exploratory and observative drives, and public space interventions. We met with permanent residents diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, income and profession, to collect data about the area’s past and see also what connotations people attribute to this place today. We triggered discussions around several thematics, such as value, ruins, capital, community building, documentation and memory. What economic conditions resulted in the ruinous state of the buildings. How a place is valorized in relation to memory. What is a monument. Is value as a symbol contradictory to value as an experience ? How can residents, temporary or permanent, can be manipulated for the sake of our objectives? How can collected documents become merits of Metaxication Inc.’s capital ?

These topics will be addressed in more detail in social interventions throughout the island focusing on the ruinous landscapes of capital, memory and monuments, value and valorization, and subsumed documents.

These are some of the responses we had to “The End of Tourism is Near” poster project.

English ex-pat resident in Nidri– “What will the locals do? I just came out for a sunset drink and now I’m frightened”– her husband “I’m frightened, too!”

Restaurant owner Agios Nikitas “There is a problem with that poster……. its too small! you should make it much bigger!”

Husband of woman from Lefkada who comes to island every year “It is because the Greek service is not good enough- if tourism ends it is because of us, we are unorganized.”

Owner of kafenio, mountain village of Kavalos, “If tourism ends I will be more wealthy, I have my goats. I will invest more time in the goats and in agriculture. I am not afraid.” — His sister ” If tourism ends I will die. There is no other way for me to live, its easy and quick.”

Former hotel manager assistant in Lefkada, “According to big hotel owners, bad tourists are those who do not spend money.”

Cleaner at guesthouse in Alexandros, “Tourism saved my life.”

Tourist in Lefkada, Professor of Physics “Tourism alienates, we should stop thinking about money.”

Another expected outcome will be either one or more proposals of future development scenarios in the form of a business plan or [and] a ‘revitalising’ happenings on other Greek islands.

Coming to a tourist destination near you!


WAKE UP NOW: Full disclosure July 1, 2017 Documenta14 sellout

With Women’s Work in Revolt! Feminist Struggle and Insurrectionary Memory

This multi-lingual oral document brings together the voices of about thirty artists, theorists, activists reflecting on feminism as a critique of fascism and imagining the rise of an anti-fascist feminist front. The collective speech-act is a response to the public art project Monument to Revolution by Sanja Iveković.

How often are you offered the opportunity to make money, make a difference, and have fun all on your terms?

Imagine the freedom to live the life of your dreams by starting your own successful art project. That’s the beauty of our model. So many artist have done just that, and have transformed their careers, their lives … themselves. They have created a better work-life balance because they choose when to work and when to play. With the right leadership, tools and effort, you can too.

“There is nothing better….helping others live their dream

“I love meeting people where they are and helping them get where they want to go.”

“My joy of life is back”

We are doing it for the money and the cultural capital.

Join us for a workshop for which we compromised our values, reputation, and relationships for approximately 500 euros.

Is Metaxication a Scam?

With Open Form Athens  June 28 7-10pm

Metaxication Inc. Reveals: what we are and why we do what we do so well.

Athens Subsumption, identifying itself as Metaxication Inc., an established corporation in the field of tracing international flows of capital, will host a focus group discussion around subsumptive process embedded in ‘’touristification” of place. A “creator” of integrated communication between companies & institutions with the most efficient means and established reputation for always bringing the extra value to each project, we work together. As a productive cohort, we will expand upon our current practice to develop marketable identities, enticing consumption of the exotic by offering new-ideals for distribution through social media. Our work/performance/ presentation will evolve the ‘end of tourism’ narrative we are developing for a start-up launch in the island of Lefkada, Greece. Our goal is to harness the shifting power dynamics within the realms of identity, authenticity and visual representation(s). During this process we will share our practices weaving together and connecting threads through the places we have encountered along the way that shape our current trajectory.

Metaxication Inc. reveals a new strategic approach currently in development. Honoring the seminal readymades of Marcel Duchamp, our Subsumption technology is on the cutting edge of the cut and paste frontier. We lower labor time and costs by cut and pasting directly from the corporate world, instantaneously transposing into a different conceptual context, reestablishing value and declaring it to be art. This Start-up business plan fully maximizes our ability to employ “detournement” of the Situationsts and contemporary “culture jamming” with a hackerspace ethos.




April 1, 2017    Identity Issues with Communitism

Contemporary societies undergo several processes of separation, a deterritorialization of communal affiliations that call forth identity-building, invention of heritage through nostalgia, and ideals of uniqueness and authenticity. This is often undertaken through “touristification” of place, as a means to creating a marketable identity, entice consumption of the exotic and in turn create a new self-identity ideal for distribution through social media. Metaxication, Inc. went back in business in our neighbourhood of origin: Metaxourgeio. This time we developed a strategy around the notion of Authentic-tourism, our mission? to create, under the theoretical scope of ‘subsumption’ of course, an edgy and commodifiable identity for the neighbourhood, leaving behind the traditional era of identity, embarking on a new beginning toward 2020 and beyond.


June 4, 2016  Athens School of Fine Arts Performance Festival 

Metaxication Inc., a well-established corporation, is looking for passionate multitasking people holding critical thinking and organisation skills to share views and ideas for the foundation of a start-up company. The executives of Metaxication Inc. will present the corporation´s goals and methodology to potential new employees and investors. Through digital/visual and analogue/performative means as a point of departure, this focus group and strategic planning session are designed to launch future collaborations. We hope to see you there and together create utopian plans.

As Metaxication Inc. is a mock company, the presumed void behind the company’s structure and the impersonation of the executives´ roles, can be potentially perceived as the utopian space, the white screen to project our [the executives´ and the people´s] desires, hopes, visions and dreams that will nourish the future start-up.


September 15-16, 2015   Hybrid City Conference

Have you ever thought, whatever you do, is data? In Metaxication Inc. we love data.

Metaxication Inc. is a well-established incorporation with high standards on the global market. We are a trustworthy and market-friendly business, engaging with innovation, entrepreneurship and professionalism. Understanding that international trade is the exchange of capital, services, information and knowledge beyond territories and borders. New geographies are emerging; special economic zones, spaces of transport, hubs of industrial facilities, which create structures of a global network of exchange.

This network should respond to the logistics of labor, production, transportation and distribution. Hence, the capital flows and the invisible global financial circle grows. data is travelling all over the globe utilizing primary components of evolving logistical cities having an effect in space, time, society, labor and economy. Invisible and visible in the scale of the city to understand the interaction of the market with the components of the city. Structuring and ordering endless amounts of data by the city’s inhabitants and its infrastructure is a way to generate new knowledge about the city. Our goal is to exploit this information making better sense of the value that data can offer. The visualized knowledge becomes a subject for observation influencing future decisions not only for the economy but also for the logistics of the city.


May 23-24, 2015    Athens Digital Arts Festival

For this workshop our “laboratory” was the neighborhood of Metaxourgeio which we  examined through the lens of a “shadow corporation” as a node of international flows of capital and materials which have made this working class district into a hub of global trade.

The laboratory looked at new emerging geographies where public space is transformed to economic zones, places of production, transport hubs and industrial facilities as well as spaces of illegal commercial transactions. Participants explored forgotten/invisible spaces, forming economic heterotopias of production. They will become enmeshed in a temporal network of immateriality by way of a selection of tactile objects that were dissect through a variety of theoretical tools and methodologies.

The shadow corporation “Metaxication Inc” links the workshop activities with the spatiality (Metaxourgeio), materiality (silk in Greek i.e. metaxi) and historiography (trade routes) of capital flows.


January  29, 2015    Transmediale: Capture All

Would a collective “Glossary of Subsumption” be a meaningful way for registering enclosures and subsumptions in our hypermodern present?

The originally marxist term of (real) subsumption is currently circulating anew as it allows for descriptions of capitalist power and enclosure beyond simplistic ideas of coercion, corruption or exploitation. Its idea of capitalism capturing all that is outside existing capitalist valorization and of internalising it by different and historically specific means seems immensely helpful at a time where new post-digital and post-democratic grids of power enclose us anew – and sometimes in new ways. As a term also open to non-marxist semantics – see the notion of ‘subsumption architecture’ describing frameworks for distributed post-cybernetic control – it can prove to be especially helpful when collating different types, formats and layers of power, including current digital re-articulations thereof.

The project kicks off with a presentation under the heading Glossary of Subsumption: Enclosed Athens Disclosed. It will be given by a group of researchers, artists and architects, an open-ended working-group. The aim was to trace old and new subsumptions of urban space. The initial concept, goals and follow-up projects unfold while outlining the fate of an avatar named Andrea/s, a semi-fictitious figure whose lifetime is related to fundamental elements of our general metropolitan story of subsumption such as energy, time, sleep, sounds, landscapes, the extended mind, or the public/private bi-polar. Cluster these with other existing ideas and keywords and  to set up some fleeting ‘methodological devices’ set that will capture conceptual noise and enlist circulating issues and terms throughout the festival. Using analog and digital tools, the goal would ultimately be to collectively build a Glossary of Subsumption and reflect on the possibilities, stakes and potential (social) formats of such an endeavour related to social theory building and the ‘knowledge commons’ to mediate different experiences and concepts of enclosure.