The publication is double, and includes a printed foldable map and an online journal hosted on und-athens.com. The printed map indicates independent and non-profit art spaces, galleries, museums and institutions related to contemporary art in Athens, which are presented in detail in a comprehensive directory together with their contact information, visiting hours etc. On the map itself one will also find landmarks and other points of interest across the city, as well as cafés, restaurants and shops worth visiting. According to Kiriakos Spirou, this concept combines a record of what’s happening in the city today with the utility of a city guide.
We all have visited cities abroad, and one of the first things we do is to go to the big museums. But coming out of the museum we always wonder: Where is the good coffee around here? Which are the restaurants that are not touristy? This practical need has lead us to design a map that on the one hand functions as a classic gallery map, and on the other contains useful practical information that enhances the visitor’s experience in the city.” — Kiriakos Spirou, publisher of Und. Athens
Through Und. Athens I propose walks in the city that you wouldn’t find in a regular travel guide. My intention was to guide visitors to explore the unknown side of the city and at the same time to visit the alternative art spaces in each area. So for example we have a suggested route that begins from Victoria square, takes you for falafels at Vathi Square, goes through the art spaces around the railway station and ends up at the park at Plato’s Academy. It’s a walk worth taking, but even a lot of Athenians have never tried before.” — Kiriakos Spirou, publisher of Und. Athens