Art and Technology: Engineering the Past in "Desire for Freedom"

Art and Technology: Engineering the Past in "Desire for Freedom"

The Greek Revolution "came to life" on buildings of 18 cities throughout Greece.

A unique, multi-faceted, audiovisual narrative of the struggle of 1821 was a major event of the Greece 2021 Committee.

On Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, 2021, the Greek Revolution "came to life" throughout Greece. Desire for Freedom was screened on the facades of prominent buildings, such as the Hellenic Parliament in Athens, the Zarifeios Pedagogical Academy in Alexandroupolis, and the Porta Maggiore, or main entrance, of the Castle in Chios, using projection mapping techniques.

Desire for Freedom is a symbolic narrative depicting the history of the Greek Revolution until the establishment of the modern Greek State. It follows the events and the people that played a crucial role in the uprising that led to the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, including material related to the first National Assemblies, Philhellenism, and the London Protocol of Independence. 

The narrative is creatively composed of thematic elements selected from more than 300 paintings and engravings and uses a unique animation methodology called “visual layering” to add depth, movement, and sound. Furthermore, the projection of the artistic narrative was adapted to the particular architectural characteristics of each building, taking into consideration its dimensions as well as the openings, materials, surface textures, lighting conditions, and so on. The projections were further enhanced with an original music score as well as an ambient light installation.

Alongside the projection mapping event, Desire for Freedom is also featured in an augmented reality application that enables residents of and visitors to the participating 18 cities to experience the projection video mapping using their mobile phones or tablets. 

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Photo Credit: "Greece 2021" Committee / TUC TIE Lab

The Desire for Freedom project was created and designed by the Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory (TUC TIE Lab) of the Technical University of Crete, a research facility with a large portfolio of applied projects that bring together architecture, technology, education, and art. Marianthi Liapi, architect MSc and Fulbright Alumna, is the Lab’s Research Program Director and the Project Manager responsible for the creation and application of this bicentennial celebration artwork, together with a 41-member research team.

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Marianthi Liapi together with Theodoros Espiritou (center), DfF art director, and Kostis Oungrinis (right), TUC professor/DfF scientific director

For more information on the June event visit the Greece 2021 website at

Check out the Desire for Freedom trailer:

Photo Credits: TUC TIE Lab