Femanoid at the Belém Library, in Lisbon, Portugal
10 May - 9 June 2023
I am presenting a series of drawings from my larger art project Femanoids at the Belem Library, a public library housed in an 18th century palace with a reading room named by Ana de Castro Osório (1872-1935), a Portuguese writer, republican and feminist. 11 femanoids joyfully speculate on the situation of women, historically subject to structural processes of dehumanization.
Admission is free
More info at Belém Library and Bibliotecas Municipais de Lisboa
Jury at FLAD’s Drawing Award
I am member of the jury (first stage) of the 3rd edition of the Drawing Award promoted by the Luso-American Development Foundation. This is a wonderful encouragement for mature artists living in Portugal that take drawing as a fundamental aspect of their practice.
More info at FLAD
Jury at VIARTES
I am member of the jury of the VIARTES International Public Art Contest, organized by Via Catarina in Porto, Portugal. It is a challenge addressed to artists, designers and/or architects to temporarily intervene in the facade of a historical building in one of the most popular streets of this beautiful city.
More info at Público
Participating in the Cross Media Arts International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
10 February 2023
I am co-presenting the essay “Quando eu Grito Quem me Ouve: About Cyberfeminism and Cyberscreams” in Session 2: Identities, where the panelists will be discussing ways of collaboration for the common good.
Check the program
Jury at Master Thesis Public Exams, France
23 January 2023
I will be member of the Jury of 4 projects developed at the Master of Fine Arts in Transdisciplinary New Media at Paris College of Art, France. Projects themes vary between “Virtual Influencers”, “AR in Museums”, “Hacktivism” and “Machine-made Art”.
I was invited to be part of the scientific committee of papireto, the open access scientific journal of the Department of Communication and Art Didactics of the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, Italy. The first number is out, read it here.
My screenshot in the cover of O Tripeiro, Portugal
I was invited by Francisco Laranjo to do a cover for the century-old magazine O Tripeiro, published by the Comercial Association of Porto, in Portugal. There are various layers in this screenshot, some related to the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP) were I taught for several years, and met amazing artists, students and peers — some of the “New Tripeiros” of Porto.
Table of Contents
Text for Carla Rebelo’s exhibition at CAAA, Guimarães, Portugal
3 September 2022
Artist Carla Rebelo is having her solo show The City of Weavers at CAAA Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, in Guimarães, with recent textile and site-specific work. I wrote the text “The Textile Heritage in Guimarães and Site-specific Sculpture by Carla Rebelo” that you may read at the venue or here. You can visit the exhibition until 30 October 2022.
Admission is free
Carla Rebelo Website | CAAA Website
Emergent Matters – R&D project
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, the main Portuguese Governmental institution funding R&D projects, released the results of its 2022 call in all scientific domains, and the project EMERGENT MATTERS: A proposal for a Collection of Art of the Advanced Artistic Research in Portugal conducted by Helena Elias (IR) and I (Co-IR) will be funded, starting January 2023. Stay tuned!
More info here
Text for Carla Rebelo’s exhibition at Sput&nik The Window, Porto, Portugal
23 July 2022
Artist Carla Rebelo is having her solo show Tangent Orbits, an environment built with her latest floating sculptures. I wrote the text that you may read at the venue or here. You may visit the show until September 3.
Admissions by appointment only.
Carla Rebelo | Sput&nik The Window
CFP: International Conference Public Art As a Bridge Over Troubled Places
22 May 2022
Please consider joining the International Conference Public Art As a Bridge Over Troubled Places, of which I am part of the scientific committee, taking place 17-18 November 2022 at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in the beautiful city of Porto.
Submit abstract here
Critical review on my book by artist Miguel Ferrão
1 March 2022
My book Transformar Arte Funcional em Objeto Museal was subject to Miguel Ferrão’s attention and reflection. It’s a great review published in MIDAS special number “Cultural Policies and Museums”.
Join the field trip to Jorge Vieira’s public art, Portugal
26 February 2022
I will be joining the field trip to Jorge Vieira’s public art in the cities of Lisboa, Beja, Aljustrel and Grândola, including a tour to Museu Jorge Vieira-Casa das Artes (Beja) org. by the Museu do Neo-Realismo (MNR) in the context of the exhibition Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner. This field trip will be guided by me, Paula Loura Batista, co-curator of the show, sculptor Noémia Cruz, and Raquel Henriques da Silva, the Scientific Director of MNR.
Moderating Lauren Bridges’ talk at Data&Us
9 February 2022
Lauren Bridges’ talk, The Carceral Effect of Smart Home Security, will focus on the recent home video security systems that have become “smart”. Using the case study of an Amazon branch – Ring which promises to create a “safety ring around its house” – this conversation examines the ways in which a seemingly benign technology transforms when connected to the internet, bundled in the cloud, shared on social media, and made accessible to authorities. Bridges, is a critical data studies researcher developing her Ph.D. research at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
The talk starts at 6.30pm GMT.
Forthcoming Series of Talks: Data&Us
January – December 2022
Together with Ana Viseu (IADE-UE; ICNOVA), Cristina Ponte (ICNOVA) and Paulo Nuno Vicente (ICNOVA) I am organizing a series of talks on Data and #privacy #ethics #childhood #AI #surveillance #security #(in)justice.
Sponsors: IADE-Universidade Europeia & ICNOVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Exhibition catalogue Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner is out
I am happy to share with you that the exhibition catalogue Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner organized by Leonor de Oliveira and Paula Loura Baptista, that includes my essay “How Jorge Vieira’s Sculpture Found Public Space between 1980 and 2000”, is now available at the Museu do Neo-Realismo (MNR) bookshop. You can visit the exhibition until February 27 2022.
Admission is free
Democimeira – Visões Úteis debut, Porto, Portugal
I have been collaborating with Visões Úteis theater company in their “demo summit” project. Directed by Carlos Costa and Jorge Palinhos, the project promotes several meetings between inhabitants of Campanhã neighbourhood, in Porto, and their political representatives (at local, national, and european level), around several board games. Together we developed an artistic framework for these meetings problematizing the inexhaustible game of representations and representatives. This project proposes a challenging intersection between art, politics, and citizenship.
Video – Documentary
More info at Público
Wikipedia in Portuguese celebrations
8 May 2021
Join me and my Wiki-Portuguese speaking friends to celebrate the 20 years of Wikipedia in Portuguese! Below you may find the links for the full program and to access each session of the event.
More info at Meta-Wiki.
Transforming Functional Art into Museum Object – book launch
6 April 2021
Join me in for this event! I am introducing my book together with Lúcia Almeida Matos, Director of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, Jorge Ferreira, Chief Editor at Caleidoscópio Editora, and Rita Jerónimo, Deputy Director at DGPC.
My book is part of the Museum Studies Collection, a publishing initiative of Direção Geral do Património Cultural in partnership with Caleidoscópio publisher. The collection aims to fill the gap on the lack of significant publications in Portuguese in the fields of Museums and Museology, mostly long-term studies on the history of Portuguese museums. My book focus on the study of the exhibition of Functional Art in museums of art.
More info at Património Cultural