Entos Stoas by Natassa Pappa is an attempt to map the exits of the stoas (gallery walkways) located in the commercial triangle of Athens, a chaotic district ideal for inquisitive strolls. The project uses as starting points the exit signs on some of the remaining passage entrances, which reveal an alternative walking network away from traffic, a surreal detail often overlooked.
The guide ‘Into Stoas – Athens Walkthrough’ (Paperkingdom editions) provides a set of 8 postcards, mapping the exits in four different indexical ways, in order to provide the user with the necessary tools to access the city’s bounty. Avoiding clichés and prefabricated images, it also leaves plenty of white space in every spread, to be filled with the explorer’s walkthrough notations.
The guide initiated a series of creative collaborations, with more yet to come. First, ‘A Future Perfect’ design studio created a set of concrete coasters (‘Into Stoas – Index’), followed by a short video entitled ‘Passage’, a collaboration between artist Theo Prodromidis and photographer Peter Nikoltsos. For the products’ launch, Fixers printed all the walkways in 3d, forming a unique puzzle.