Everywhere Is the Polytechnic School
During the second national lockdown in Greece in November 2020, the Greek government decided to prohibit by law any public gathering of more than four people in any public space in order to obstruct possible demonstrations that would take place on 17th November, a date that constitutes the national commemoration in Greece of the major anti-dictatorship protest that took place in November 1973 in Athens. The epicentre was the Athens Polytechnic, and the protest largely contributed to the fall of the dictatorship some months later in 1974. The law that the Greek government chose to reactivate on this occasion has not been activated since the time of the dictatorship. As a creative response to this unprecedented restriction of a significant and undisputable political right, SAW made a video that turned the historical motto of the student radio station of the protest in 1973, ‘Edo Polytechneio’ (Here is the Polytechnic School), to ‘Pantou Polytechneio’ (Everywhere is the Polytechnic School) in an attempt to extend the celebration beyond the specific site of the Athens Polytechnic in the centre of the city, and to denote that democracy is, and will continue to be, celebrated and fought for everywhere and on all occasions.