Open Call Talks


27 Sep

Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa - Auditório Lagoa Henriques

Talks about ideas selected from the Open Call PLUNC

“PONTOS” is an (im)possible attempt of approach between margins by means of intersecting visions. It is a process of alterity between two symmetrically opposed perspectives ((two poems written by two persons on each bank of the river), in a gradual endeavor of (self)reflection (a permutational poem aided by computer software) which will result in a continuous transmutation by an audience (a combinatorial text open to mutation by means of tactility). On one side, margin A, always more beautiful when seen from margin B; on the other side, margin B, offering a privileged space for the contemplation of its antipode, albeit its paradoxical non existence. “What is the vision of the person that I can't see but that I know it is on the other side?” “With whose eyes would I describe my margin, from a side that I sense being impossible to reach for myself?” By trying to build a bridge, no more than a connection between points, “PONTOS” represents the experiment of being another, by means of words, always playing with the (im)possibility of fulfilling it.

Inspired by different urban landscapes CitySkin application (currently implemented for IOS) uses mobile computation to measure and visualize travels inside the city. The journey is expressed in a visual map whose design follows mapping, data visualization and digital art critique. CitySkin computation emulates time measurements that rely on direct observation of elements. Using mobile cameras as metaphor of the eye, and giving direct relation with geographic space, by GPS location recording, CitySkin’s mapping intertwines location and time.
The graphic map information results on impressions taken on an up to 60-minute journey. Each minute a photo is taken and its location recorded (which may or not be printed in the white stripe by user choice). The difference between position A and B defines velocity and this value determines each photo final length. Simultaneously, CitySkin application presents an accessible instrument that creates relational information, and therefore empowers the user as a data visualization producer. Ultimately, CitySkin outputted skin, presents an useful and playful information map, which gives visibility to invisible patterns present in the quotidian path, intertwining personal content with the public experience.
CitySkin is a project from Isabel Paiva and Tiago Fernandes.

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Code Name: OSCAR [Organização Socio-Corporativa Auto-Reguladora / Open Source Cluster of Armed Resources] is a virtual artwork in progress, consists of a website and a Facebook page and was created for the exhibition unplace art network: places- between places (19 June to 19 November 2015), curated by António Pinto Ribeiro and Rita Xavier Monteiro under the Unplace project for the Gulbenkian Next Future Programme. The website [] presents a bureaucratic fabric, as an irony to this type of organization. A Facebook page [] plays the activity of an agent in the process of an investigation. In order to reflect on the mediation by the network communication and its control structures, OSCAR plays with apparent dichotomies – intimacy-exposure, reality-fiction, local-global, proximity-distance - inviting the Facebook user to monitor and participate in a research narrative and eventually change his course.