Filipa Tomaz | workshop
"Circa Diem" (Latin expression meaning ‘approximately one day’ from which derives the term Circadian rhythm: the period of time over which the biological cycle is based, influenced by the variations of light, temperature, tides and winds between Day and Night).
With the gaze set onto the relation of the embankments, between the riverside fronts, the scenery of Lisbon and Almada with the Tagus as its stage, we define the frame of a field of view and take-in the slowness of the day in the flowing of light over landscape.
We will approach the material and immaterial aspects of the composition of a landscape narrative, exploring scenic representations, in a series of Dioramas (Shadow Boxes) of panoramic views that, while lit, allude to the Circadian rhythm.
We start by setting the physical support, the sequential plans that represent the outlines of natural escarpments and of the built city - of architecture subject to territory and geography. Then we introduce luminous variations that model the landscape and the passage of time in Day and Night cycle, exposing the slowness of observational processes and of the taking-in of one’s surroundings.
This will be a hands-on workshop, to take place over the course of two mornings, in which we will confront hand drawn tracing and vectorial representation with open-source illustration software; run a paper cutting plotter machine, outline electronic circuits and set a simple routine in an introduction to programming with a simple open-source language. Finally we will assemble the shadow boxes with all its components. The set of dioramas will then be on display for the duration of the festival.
For the remainder of the weekend we will run two simpler activities in which we will lit-up a postcard of a river view, and make a pop-up from a postcard that also lights up using basic electronic circuits made with copper tape. These activities are thought for youngsters and are also open to families.