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Off-Off Lisbon Full Description

This project proposes to study contemporary artistic and cultural practices, as well as representations of urban space which contribute towards new cultural, political and spatial configurations of the contemporary city and, in particular, of Lisbon. Additionally, the project aims to reinvigorate 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 and inclusion, communication and creative expression will emerge. Inspired by the Off-Off-Broadway movement, which exemplifies the interplay between mainstream and alternative, we will pay particular attention to the contribution of different social, ethnic and artistic groups and minorities, as well as emergent, experimental or community-based artistic phenomena. The team will look at how arts practices represent peripheral lived or appropriated spaces and their potential impact on society, how they visualize new ideas about place and community.

The objectives of the project are:

  • to identify and analyse artistic practices and objects which embody the experience of the city of Lisbon or offer a reinterpretation of the urban space;
  • to enable a new understanding and awareness of the impact of public artistic and cultural resources on community cohesion through processes of public participation and consultation;
  • to identify areas of artistic potential, and analyse their historical, political, social and physical facets, in order to devise experimental interventions in that space.

Activities | 2017:

Cycle of  Alternative Urban Conversations

  • Conversation 1 : Anselm Jappe and Luís Maria Baptista/Os Espacialistas, April 26, 2017, FLUL
  • Conversation 2 : Margarida Agostinho and Jay Koh, May 23, 2017, FLUL

Activities | 2016

  • Conferência Narrativas Urbanas Alternativas , (oradores: Giusi Campisi e Luca Bertoldi, Museu Wunderkammer,Trento), 15 de Novembro de 2016, FLUL.
  • Modos de atravessar: urbanidade, sociabilidade e subjectividade, diversidade e proximidade, distância e confronto (oradores: Marta Traquino, Andrea Pavoni, Francesca Negro, Martin Schitter), 8 de Abril de 2016, FLUL

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