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Myrto Papadogeorgou

2019/20 Thessaloniki

Myrto is an Athenian who lives in Thessaloniki, a city she chose to move to for its livability. She has been working as an audiovisual producer and filmmaker for over 16 years, with most of her focus on civic engagement, sustainability, and social innovation. She has a BSc in Communications & Society (Leicester University, UK), an MA in Documentary Filmmaking (University of Pompeu Fabra, ES) and a Diploma in Digital Filmmaking (NYU SCPS). 

Believing with (an absurd?) certainty that Greek cities can become sustainable, in 2012 she founded City of Errors in Athens; initially a bottom-up initiative, it soon turned into a social enterprise, spreading civic awareness through new media such as the cross-media platform Life in A City Full of Errors.
 
In 2019 Myrto created Drastic, a media company based in Thessaloniki and joined the START fellowship program to develop Civic Visionaries; a project utilizing innovative forms of visual storytelling (including: VR, online video, 3D street art, and interactive online content) to educate responsible citizens in drastically engaging ways. Her ultimate goal is to alter the way Greeks use and abuse public space through innovative new media campaigns that harness the potential of disruptive marketing in the cause of social responsibility.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

Civic Visionaries

Civic Visionaries is a project that aims to promote a change in civic attitudes, through creative cross-media awareness campaigns. Counterbalancing the lack of imagination in our sparse civic education, Civic Visionaries employs innovative forms of visual storytelling like flash mob, virtual reality, 3D projection mapping, online video, 3D street art, and interactive online content, to alert and educate in new engaging ways. Ways that loudly address the problems that make our cities feel inhospitable, but at the same time empower the people and groups who lead the way in solving them.

Host Institution

Rechenzentrum

The Rechenzentrum is a large space for creatives in the center of Potsdam, in the metropolitan area of Berlin. Since September 2015 the former administration building from the early 70s with 5 floors with 5000m² is the home of more than 200 creatives from all fields of the creative branches. The Rechenzentrum has become a driving force in debates of cooperative city development.

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