Future Suspended: The Legacy of the Athens Olympics (Video)


The City at a Time of Crisis, a collective research project which aims to trace the effects of the financial crisis on public space in Athens and is funded by the U.K. Economic and Social Research Council, has released a new documentary that puts the Greek capital in the spotlight.

The project has attempted to read the enormous and often devastating social and political change by combining geography, anthropology, urban theory and research with visual research methods and digital design.

The rise of racism and xenophobia and the establishment of unprecedented policing are viewed through supposedly prosaic urban sites, like the Athenian metro, the city’s old and new airports, its highways, squares and streets.

In three parts, “Future Suspended” navigates its way through the past and the present of the crisis, tracing the transformations of crisis-ridden Athenian public space and those who traverse it. The first section, “Privatized,” explores the legacy of mass privatization projects that preceded the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, placing them in the context of present-day privatization schemes.

Part two, “Devalued,” examines the ever-shrinking spaces of immigrants in the city and the violent devaluation of their lives that comes as a result. The final part, “Militarized,” explains how, at the exact moment when the state recedes from its welfare functions, this devaluation of Athenian lives becomes a generalized condition.

In the past, the organization had also produced similar projects focusing on the social scene of Greece, like the crowd-sourced map of racist attacks set up for the capital city of Athens and the rest of Greece.

Watch the documentary below:


  1. Another patronizing daily lecture about “racism” and “xenophobia” by the incompetent staff of Greek Reporter. These leftist imbeciles are so busy trying to be cosmopolitan (by parrotting anti-Greek rhetoric they read in foreign media) they have trouble noticing the countless bigots colluding with the Skopians in trying to subtly ethnically erase the Greek people.

    If one wants to know why Greece is a mess, look no further than the pseudo intellectual leftist fools more interested in government handouts and supporting mass illegal immigration into Greece (while other countries deport illegals). They are such immense cowards they can’t even condemn the anti-Greeks that collaborate with Skopian propagandists.

  2. Instead of spending scarce resources funding the Olympics, Greece should once again lead by establishing the first ever Illegal Games. All contestants must either be illegals/migrants/immigrants/refugees or any combination thereof. The venues will be limited to 50/100/500/1000 meter swim from a sinking boat to shore, platform diving off the tops of boats, the 100/500/1000 meter borderline dash, a grueling marathon from a forlorn shoreline to Athens while carrying an member of Amnesty International, pole vaulting over barbed wire fences and lastly unique to this event speed tunneling. Most of these events will be offered as a Triathlon with AK-47 marksmanship.