and the 'Large City'
DOORS was a collaborative Internet-based art project initiated in 2003 when Internet laboratories were installed
in three local high schools in border villages in Macedonia, Greece and Albania and secondary school children
were introduced to the power of wireless communication and digital technology. Using cell phones donated by
Motorola, children in the villages of Ljubojno, Goricë e Vogël (original Slav name Dolna Gorica) and Άγιος
Γερμανός (Agios Germanos; original Slav name German) in the remote villages photographed local doors to
document the disappearing local architecture.
These children share common borders and similar cultural and historical pasts, their lives forever intertwined
and mutually affected by the geographic proximity and the economic conditions in which they live.
The also offered an opportunity for individual excellence and initiative in a team setting, as all of the
participating children participated in the selection of the doors to be photographed and the final photographs to
be used for the virtual exhibit.
In its initial stages, Doors was funded by Schools Online, a US-based non-profit organization committed to the
idea of “connecting children on the Internet, one school at the time.” In 2004, The Video Professor Inc.,
Mobimak and The Dominic Foundation joined as sponsors of Doors.
These companies’ commitment to the world community and their leadership in building a better world for
future generations will ring especially true for these children living in one of the most remote, and cut-off from
the modern world. Through “the doors of the Internet”, these children were introduced to
the digital world.