cross section archive is a space for Art & Architecture. Its activities evolve around phenomena that occur in the intersection of those disciplines and explore how historical facts, political structures and everyday circumstances have been interfering with, forming, and directing them.
cross section archive was established in Athens in 2020 by visual artist and filmmaker Maria Lalou (GR) and architect Skafte Aymo-Boot (DK). Their collaboration is based on observations of architectural circumstances and investigations of historical & political facts through their ongoing development since 2012 of the [UN]FINISHED project. That has resulted in a public interface of Art and Architecture with various formats of presentation: art exhibitions, publications, lectures, and open public discourse, in contexts such as The System Project – Amfissa, Fondazione Pistoletto – Biella, Green Park – Athens, Princeton University, ETH - Zurich, and ReMap4 – Athens.
cross section archive takes as the point of departure an investigatory approach that could be defined as a type of contemporary archeology, with a yearly program that elaborates further on a notion of the city as a continuous layering of concealed memories. Proposing an exploration of the politics of urban space, we invite guests / researchers from fields such as literature, politics, social sciences, history, archeology, and philosophy and from the disciplines of art and architecture to contribute to an unfolding of the hidden layers of the contemporary city.
cross section archive’s annual plan consists of a theme illuminated through a specific triptych:
a/ topic: an annual investigation
b/ method: one annual selected guest resident
c/ exposure: exhibition / publication / presentation
cross section archive is a non-profit organisation that aims to produce original discourse by means of cultural activities and articulations that include spatial interventions, performative events, architectural research, filmic documents, publications, artefacts, and text. It runs public programs such as exhibitions, screenings, workshops, lectures, and symposiums.