# Minutes from meeting 26/07/19
Khora basement minutes
26 July 2019
In attendance: Sofia, Tom, Hussain, Ivan, Zina, Billie, Mari, Alicia, Dimitris, Asani, Nestos, Stefanos, Anastasis, Giorgos, Nuno, Gomidas, Emma, Jawed, Calum
1) Welcome and introductions
2) About Khora
Emma and Nuno provided info on Khora, its history and current activities.
Basement at Aiginis 9 is a space for co-working and creativity – with one room allocated as a sound lab / music studio.
3) Practical Things
We’re currently working on securing the space: getting windows fitted, etc.
We now have three sets of keys for the basement, but need to develop a plan for access to the space (ideally 24/7). RFIDs would be useful for this.
We have an internet connection, but need to improve signal across all floors (Stefanos knows how to do this).
We are also bringing furniture to the basement.
Need to spend some time cleaning and painting.
Need to respect the quiet hours! Soundproofing is a priority – we have some foam panels from the old Khora building at Asklipiou, but we need to do more. Jawed offered to do any building and carpentry work, and Dimitris can do treatment of the space. There’s a risk that this could be quite expensive, so we need to figure out how to soundproof the studio space and make a budget for this.
We might also have overheating issues, so may need a cooling system.
Asani has a car that we can use.
4) Activity Ideas
Ivan mentioned an Improv Mondays group, and proposed that we could do something similar. Also that it would be good to meet regularly to discuss creative activities.
Emma talked about having the other small room in the basement as a writing space – to be used for a book project for ‘Are You Syrious?’ and other projects.
Dimitris could run workshops on modular synthesis.
Tom can run workshops on location (field) recording – producing and editing. He is currently doing this at Communitism.
Zina also works with soundscape recordings.
Nuno proposed that we use opensource software for projects, and that this could be a general ethos for the space.
Sofia suggested a project of working with broken instruments and creating some kind of broken orchestra.
The United African Women’s Organisation (who have a space on the 1st floor) do music and dance.
The big room in the basement can be a general meeting and workshop space. We can get a projector in for this.
We need to start doing things, and some concrete tasks to get going. This means both the practicalities of fixing up the space, and beginning some creative projects. General plan of ‘let’s do everything at the same time’.
5) Fundraising and Equipment
We have been working on an application for Reverb Gives (up to $5000) – just waiting for a letter of recommendation to complete the application.
We also have a donation from a member of a cycling group – Thighs of Steel – from 2017, allocated for music-related things. This is to cover the costs of moving a piano to the Khora café building at Spetson (and tuning it), but we probably have a few hundred £ for equipment. We are currently negotiating this.
Tom will bring an electric guitar, a synth, and a drum machine to the basement.
Hussain has a friend who is selling an amplifier.
Dimitris has access to cheap equipment.
6) Establishing a Working Group
Everyone is invited to join the Khora assembly
Need a system of regular communication. We took email addresses and Ivan volunteered to make a mailing list.
We discussed which platform to use for everyday communications. Not everyone uses (or trusts) FB and WhatsApp. Signal and Matrix as alternatives.
We can continue to use HackPad for the minutes of group meetings, and to create a needs list.
We set a meeting time of Thursdays at 7pm.
We need to think of a name – current suggestion: ‘Sofia’s Friends’.
# Website update
Made a quick site (will change it with your feedback)
and a discourse forum for our communication
(discourse supports mailing list interface for people who prefer email)
pls register at,
temporary whatsapp group for coordination: https://chat.whatsapp.com/K0DKNPUziyJ2BuK37tgypw
# Khora open (sound?) lab (?)
#### Πρώτη ανοιχτή συνάντηση, Παρασκευή 26/7, 19:30
#### 1st open meeting, Friday 26 July, 19:30
*Αιγίνης 9, Κυψέλη (υπόγειο)
Aiginis 9, Kypseli (basement)*
Φτιάχνουμε ένα ανοιχτό-συνεργατικό εργαστήριο στο υπόγειο του νέου χώρου της Χώρας, όπου ελπίζουμε να χωρέσουμε ήχο, σκονισμένους υπολογιστές, ημιτελείς κατασκευές και σπασμένα σάζια. Όλοι οι καλοί χωράνε, πρώτη συνάντηση για συνδιαμόρφωση του εγχειρήματος αυτή την Παρασκευή 26/7 στις 7μιση εκεί.
Η Χώρα είναι μια αυτο-οργανωμένη συλλογικότητα εθελοντών που προέρχονται από διαφορετικές χώρες και πολιτισμικές καταβολές που λειτουργεί στην Αθήνα από το 2016, αλληλέγγυα στους εκτοπισμένους ανθρώπους.
We are opening a new collaborative workshop space at the basement of the new building of Khora, where we hope to fit sound, dusty computers, unfinished makings and broken sazes. All souls are welcome, first meeting to co-modulate (?!) the project this Friday 26/7, 7:30pm at the basement.
Khora is a self-organised collective of volunteers from various countries and cultural backgrounds that operates in Athens since 2016, in solidarity with displaced people.
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نحن سنفتتح مكان جديد لورشة عمل تعاونية في الطابق السفلي من مبنى خورا الجديد، حيث نأمل بتكييف الأصوات وأجهزة الكمبيوتر المُغبرة والمصنوعات غير المكتملة وآلات الساز المتكسرة. جميع النفوس مرحبٌ بها، أول إجتماع للمشاركة في تعديل الأصوات (؟!) المشروع يوم الجمعة ٧/٢٦ في الساعة ٧:٣٠ مساءً في الطابق السفلي.
خورا هي مجموعة من المتطوعين من مختلف البلدان والخلفيات الثقافية والمنظمين ذاتياً والتي تعمل في أثينا تضامنا مع النازحين منذ عام ٢٠١٦.</div>