Finissage

Finissage

At the end of our month, we began to work on setting up our finissage. We decided to present resources that would serve for reflection on the ambiguity of some of the themes that had been part of our conversations with participants, our research, and were serving as tools for the continuation of our project. Continue reading Finissage

Entre os dias 15 a 19

Entre os dias 15 a 19

A ideia para este “laboratório” seria precisamente deixar tudo em aberto, não tínhamos propriamente nada planeado. A única coisa que sabíamos era que ao fim de um ano de skypes entre Tel Aviv e Lisboa, seria importante estarmos no mesmo espaço fisicamente para o desenvolvimento desta ideia. Sabíamos que queríamos transformar um espaço “white cube” num lugar mais confortável, de forma a podermos ter conversas com os visitantes, mas a forma como iríamos processar as informações estava em aberto. Continue reading Entre os dias 15 a 19

Coleccionismo e Utopias

Coleccionismo e Utopias

Há uma intenção de reunir várias amostras do mundo neste colecção particular, que está a ser desenvolvida há pouco mais de 50 anos. O acto de procurar, analisar, adquirir, categorizar e integrar cada novo objecto nas mais variadas áreas temáticas que compõem esta colecção, que se distribui organicamente pelas prateleiras, paredes e recantos da casa que a acolhe, demonstra uma constante curiosidade pela diversidade natural e cultural do mundo. Continue reading Coleccionismo e Utopias

Some thoughts from Netta

Some thoughts from Netta

When this project began, the main importance for me was that it made people think. It made people take an hour from their day to day to ask some questions about their world and think about their lives. What did they really want from life? What did they want from the place and people around them? Did the place around them enable them to live the way they wanted to live? If yes, why? Did they appreciate it? And if not, was there something they could do to make it more like what they wished for? The question about utopia, an ideal place, a no place, was just a trigger to think, question, and look at the world for a moment. Continue reading Some thoughts from Netta

Art in Utopias

Art in Utopias

The rest of the weekend was a great success and we felt energized by many interesting conversations! We had fascinating conversations about how the art world would look in people’s ideal place. In people’s utopias art would be more presented in many more public spaces and would be more accessible, welcoming, and engaging. We have tried to make our space welcoming (as welcoming as possible within a gallery) and we found this a valuable question — how accessible can art truly be while still within a gallery space? Continue reading Art in Utopias

Day #1

Day #1

On the first day open to the public, conversations about utopias continued until late. There was talk mainly of free movement between countries and of the existence of a global language. There would still be cultural and language diversity, but there would be a common form of communication that would allow for a world without communication barriers. In one of the utopias discussed communication would be simple, in the sense that ideas, concepts, and feelings would be expressed and understood in a clear way; it was felt that better communication would lead to fewer problems in the world. Sign language and Braille would also have a universal form. Continue reading Day #1