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Participation in European Project: Capture Culture training course

Capture Culture training course took place 9-18th November 2013 in Dresden, Germany. Its aim was to bring together architects, photographers, video makers, historians and/or art pedagogues, from Bulgaria-Sofia, Croatia-Zagreb, France-Toulouse, Germany-Dresden, Greece-Thessaloniki, Italy-Naples and Turkey-Hakkari, in order to make a historical, architectural and cultural research of an old building, abandoned for years and fallen into disuse and disrepair.

Moreover, Capture Culture training course aspired to propose innovative and useful ways to reuse the buildings researched, in order to turn them into creative economy centers where creative young people, artists and professionals could work together and contribute to society’s cultural, economic and creative activities.

Through photography and filming, the photographer and video maker of each group recorded all stages of the teams’ research. By making a research on the historical background and the present situation of the buildings, the historians gathered information about the origins and history of the buildings, the recent owners, the condition and the use of the buildings from the time they were built until their last use. The architects provided mapping and sketches of the buildings. In cooperation with photographers they presented the current condition but also the interior and exterior of the buildings.

The first days of the project the participant teams, young students, junior and experienced professionals, professors and academics from different disciplines presented their research; an architectural and historical analysis, photo and video projection. Then, all participants had the opportunity to visit Schloss Übigau (Übigau castle) and attend the presentation of Mr. Jörg Möser, a German architect who had studied and worked on the case of Schloss Übigau. Participants were provided with information about the building’s architecture, its use and present situation but also about its history. The next step was to work in mixed nationality groups on the case study of Schloss Übigau in order to determine ways to reclaim and reuse the Übigau castle, Übigau village, the shipyard which is next to the castle and the riverbanks of the Elbe river as well. The participants interacted with locals, worked together in small groups, exchanged and shared their viewpoints and experiences and studied the possibilities of reusing the Übigau castle and the surrounding area. Finally, there was a photo exhibition at Raskolnikow gallery.

YET presented its work (short movie, photography, presentation on the building and its reuse proposal) on the “Gallery of Agios Minas (Saint Minas), a rather unique case of a monastery turned into a commercial mall. Our work depicts on the rich history (from 16th century) and uses of the Monastery and Gallery during various city changes in time. The training course was a very fruitful and effective meeting, which brought a lot of fresh ideas and visions for the future of such forgotten buildings.


YET team members:
Tsoulis Vassilis – YET Coordinator
Chekimoglou Evaggelos – Historical analysis
Roupa Efrosyni – Historical analysis
Bourlidou Anastasia – Architectural research
Draganis Vassilis – Video making
Stathopoulos Thanasis – Photography
Pertsinidi Myrto – Coordination


Capture Culture was financed by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.


Bulgaria: Center for Informal Education and Cultural Activities ALOS
Croatia: One new message
France: Association Bajo el Mar
Greece: Young Entrepreneurs of Thessaloniki – YET
Italy: Banshee Archaeological Resources
Turkey: Hakkari Üniversitesi Projeler Birimi


Α short movie about the project by Association Bajo el Mar


The completion of our project would not be possible without the support and cooperation of the School Buildings Organisation – SBO, owner company of the Gallery of Saint Minas.


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