Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, Vol 3, No 2 (2016)

Where are the limits of Knossos?

Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos
Issued Date: 19 Jan 2017


This text explores the preparation and realization of the experimental workshop Where are the limits of Knossos?, which took place in April 2016 on Lesvos, an island along the border between Greece and Turkey. The workshop sought to form a space and time for people - regardless of citizenship status - to come together through a multi-lingual approach around issues of contemporary archaeology. Beyond food and shelter, many people seeking asylum today in Lesvos, and in Greece generally, live “lives on hold,” and excluded from educational and social participation while in or out of the camps. Aiming to form a possibility to temporarily undo this social exclusion, the workshop attempted to open space to confront and re-work in practice an often-tokenistic treatment of refugees. Where are the limits of Knossos? combined pre-existing digital games of the Knossos iGuide series - translated into Arabic and Farsi – and performative games that played with the group’s language “barrier”. It was the second of the workshop series Archaeological Workouts initiated in Athens, Greece in January 2015.

DOI: 10.1558/jca.v3i2.31869


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