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Alternative Urban Conversations #2

Date: May 23, 2017
Venue: University of Lisbon | School of Arts and Humanities (Library Bar)
Schedule: 6pm
Portuguese version

Is there place for alternative urban narratives in today’s cities?

The project OFF-OFF Lisbon organises these talk sessions with artists and scholars from different subject areas, with the aim of reflecting on what we can consider an alternative urban narrative in contemporary cities. We intend to encourage a dialogue and discussion of arts practices by framing them within architectural, political and urban contexts and, at the same time, address the built environment in the expectation that new possibilities for social interaction, communication and creative expression will emerge.
Contemporary artistic practices, focusing on the city, are a privileged site for conceiving alternative ways of thinking and theorising about their distinctive spatiality: representation of space, the negotiation of the everyday, social relations and tensions, cultural difference and diversity. We propose to question critically binary oppositions such as centre/periphery, mainstream/alternative, to consider how marginal cultures are appropriated (or not) by mainstream discourses, how peripheral zones influence central positions of the cultural system and vice-versa, ultimately influencing identity formation. These changeable and unstable areas will be the focus of our discussion.
By envisaging the city as a variety of narratives and discourses, these talks intend to ponder upon these variations and movements in the cities, from a multidisciplinary and comparative approach.

Margarida Agostinho talk with Jay Koh

Margarida Agostinho
Faz investigação artística em corpo-escrita. Trabalha no c.e.m desde 2003, tendo começado pela gestão artística que ainda pratica, passando depois a acompanhar processos de investigação nos estudos do corpo e do movimento e orientando encontros de corpo-escrita. Fez formação em psicopedagogia perceptiva, uma vertente do trabalho de fasciaterapia, com Danis Bois a par com a formação no c.e.m e acompanha intensamente o trabalho de investigação em corpo de Sofia Neuparth. Faz parte das equipas de rua que sustenta a realização do Festival Pedras, um festival anual com as pessoas e lugares de Lisboa.

Jay Koh (iFIMA)
Jay Koh, Doctor of Fine Arts, is a cross-disciplinary artist-curator, educator and consultant focused on public participative and socially-engaged art. He has practiced and lectured in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia and elsewhere.
In 1995, he founded international Forum for InterMedia Arts (iFIMA) and in 2000 was joined by Chu Yuan to initiate public, participative and socially engaged art projects, such as the Open Academy program in Hanoi, Hue, Ulaanbaatar and Yangon.
Jay’s book Art-Led Participative Processes: Dialogue & Subjectivity within Performances in the Everyday (University of the Arts Helsinki, 2015; SRID/Gerakbudaya, 2016) discusses holistic and ethical art processes in building relationships and seeking affirmation across sectors and disciplines. Currently, he is based in Southeast Asia and working on his forthcoming books, Performing Politics: Arts & Society and A Reader on Praxis/es: People-Centred and Public Engagement Processes.
Recently, he convened the conference “People-Centred Processes: Arts, Education and Cross-Sector Collaboration” at the Asia Centre in Bangkok and lectures at King Mongkut’s University of Technology (Thonburi Bangkok), Glasgow Sculpture Studios (Scotland), Zurich University of Applied Art and Lucerne School of Art and Design. Presently, Jay Koh collaborates with centers  for art and health, art and pedagogy and arts education at Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

Joint activity between projects Comparing We’s / CITCOM e OFF-OFF Lisbon / THELEME from Center for Comparative Studies.

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