NEW book! The Curatorial : a Philosophy of Curating

The Curatorial : a philosophy of curating

The Curatorial A Philosophy of Curating _ Bloomsbury Academic

Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between ‘curating’ and ‘the curatorial’. If ‘curating’ is a gamut of professional practices for setting up exhibitions, then ‘the curatorial’ explores what takes place on the stage set up, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the curator. It therefore refers not to the staging of an event, but to the event of knowledge itself.

Editor:  Jean-Paul Martinon

Preface:  Irit Rogoff and Jean-Paul Martinon

contributors: Cihat Arinç, Ariella Azoulay, Alfredo Cramerotti, Bridget Crone, Anshuman Dasgupta, Jean-Louis Déotte, Valentina Desideri, Jenny Doussan, Helmut Draxler, Charles Esche, Valeria Graziano, Stefano Harney, Natasa Ilić, Susan Kelly, Adnan Madani, Doreen Mende, Suzana Milevska, Je Yun Moon, Ines Moreira, Stefan Nowotny, Sarah Pierce, Irit Rogoff, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Joshua Simon, Roopesh Sitharan, Nora Sternfeld, Aneta Szyłak, Leire Vergara.

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read, read, read, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, books coming soon

Lisbon Architecture Triennale, books coming soon!

We are eager to read the new 6 books by Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and very proud to be part of one, with an essay on Aftermath and Resonance! our own curatorial project situated on a building burnt by an accidental fire, and then curated as an exhibition.


“The 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale will produce six special edition digital publications. Available online and for all e-readers, the books collectively intend to locate the themes and ideas behind Close, Closer into a broader global context.
The publications, each edited by the Close, Closer curatorial team will replace the traditional printed catalogue. While there will be printed matter, the Lisbon Triennale is pushing forward alternative publishing strategies to establish new formats for communication. These platforms respond to a more open environment for exhibitions and allow the content to be widely disseminated and economically produced.”
Soon available at iBookStore and AmazonKindle.

more info:

scopio _lançamento


A mesa da sessão será moderada por Pedro Leão Neto, director da revista Scopio, e contará com a presença de três dos autores que colaboraram na revista. Num primeiro momento, Nuno Grande fará uma apresentação geral da Scopio. Num segundo momento, a Inês Moreira, responsável pela secção Unframing da Scopio e curadora de arquitectura falará dos seus trabalhos e Mariana Pestana, que foi convidada a participar na Scopio através de uma entrevista que explora ideias e trabalhos de curadoria em arquitectura com a arquitecta residente em Londres, Beatrice Galilee, irá mostrar alguns dos trabalhos de curadoria em que está envolvida. O terceiro momento será o do debate e a sessão terminará com a festa que contará com a presença do programador Paulo Vinhas, responsável pela Matéria Prima e um dos fundadores da editora Crónica Electrónica. 
27 Outubro – 22.00h (Quinta-feira)
Cinema Passos Manuel (Porto)

leituras e práticas contemporâneas

Partilhar a leitura de um livro é uma prática que iniciei em Dezembro de 2008 com um projecto documental intitulado “Leituras em Tempos de Crise” em colaboração com Inês Moreira no petit Cabanon. Foi um projecto itinerante que viajou até Loulé, ao curso experimentald e arte contemporânea “Mobilehome” criado por Nuno Faria, No Algarve, à The Public School de Los Angeles, que ocupou os espaços do Bétonsalonem paris, entre outros.” Leituras e práticas contemporâneas, Uma leitura sobre o contemporâneo a partir do livro A Manual for the 21st Century Art Institution, Just what it is that makes Today´s Institutions So Different, So Appealing? por Sílvia Guerra, Revista Artes e Leilões nº25

camp _a guide to 21st-century space

Camps: A Guide to 21st-Century Space

by Charlie Hailey
MIT Press, 2009
536 pages, 5 3/8 x 8 inches
ISBN: 978 0 262 51287 9

“What is a camp? The ubiquity and diversity of camps calls for a guidebook. This is what Hailey offers, but it is no ordinary one. Not only does he establish a typology of camps, but he also embeds within his narrative a key to camp ideology. Thus we see how camp spaces are informed by politics and transform the ways we think about and make built environments. Hailey describes camps of diverse regions, purposes, and forms, and navigates the inherent paradoxes of zones that are neither temporary nor permanent: camps of choice, including summer camps, protest camps, drift camps (research stations on Arctic ice floes), and LTVA (Long-Term Visitor Area) Camps; strategic camps regulated by power—boot camps, GTMO (the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay), immigrant camps, and others;—and transient spaces of relief and assistance, among them refugee camps, FEMA City, work camps, and Gypsy camps. Today camps are at the center of emerging questions of identity, residency, safety, and mobility. Camp spaces register the struggles, emergencies, and possibilities of global existence as no other space does.” MIT press

[an interview with the author]

petit THINK TANK _exhibiting as going public

_exhibiting as going public

_4 Dez _ Dec 09 : 15 / 17 pm [friday] _Oporto

petit CABANON proposed a two hour conversation revolving around notions of public, exhibiting and publishing. This was the first gathering occurring outside the physical space of pC, the small space we had in the same street which was handed back before summer. We have called “petit THINK TANKs” to a series of long, calm and more or less deep conversations into interdisciplinary questions – these are different from the conversation pieces, or from the gatherings and small exhibitions we have been producing. Recalling what propelled the petit THINK TANKs, these are moments of intense discussion of a question or notion articulating a conjunction of concerns of its intervenients. Although from different disciplines, perspectives and backgrounds, we have been thinking of the extensions of curating, of exhibiting and of research in visual cultures. The 1st one posed a problem of extension: “after the laboratory?” questioning and collectively thinking of the limits of the idea of laboratory as a research model and space. It was transcribed and published as a chapter of a book, and its contributors came from anthropology, biology, visual arts, or critical theory. The second one was encapsulated within a multi-practice environment of architecture and revolved around the limits of the discipline of architecture in which we were trapped: “what can we do?”, was maybe the question raising from that afternoon, which obviously remained unsolved, and even led to a certain tension among those present. As for the third particular session, called “exhibiting as going public”, it was the first one to be open to an audience, due to the nature of the contents it was addressing: the public and publicness of research and exhibiting.

We performed at different levels: firstly staging an encounter with a public. And, more indirectly, addressing the moments of interaction and participation with “the public” or “the audience”, but also, and most especially the conundrum of filtering, and editing, and communication, and translation that occurs when transforming an “incomplete content”, whether academic research, or partial experimentation, or on-going project, into something public. Editing and exhibiting, are activities giving a shape and making public that which is previously unfinished, secretive or simply private. And the politics of going public behind these activities – that most of us share as researchers, writers, teachers or curators – is mirrored by that politics of the encounter with a public, with and audience, and it is conceptualized in more active notions of participation, of relationality or in even deeper notions of communality within the group perceived as the public.

The send-off of this petit THINK TANK was the recent release of the 3rd edited volume of Displayer, by Doreen Mende, a curator, theoretician and editor who produced Dispalyer within the “Program Exhibition Design and Curatorial Practice” Hochschule für Gestaltung / ZKM Karlsruhe. We departed from her presentation and from the audiovisual contribution of Filipa César, a filmed book especially directed for Displayer 3, screened besides us, following us, as part of the conversation. But, instead of a book launch, we tried to expand the notion underlying this volume:

While an academy is an environment which does not request a ‘finished’ product, the space of exhibition depends on something to be shown to a public. (…) In which way can a publication be understood as a space for exhibiting? Under which demands as well as urgencies does a publication expand the conditions of an academy?”.

We invited Susana Caló, a philosopher and editor of Detritos Magazine, who is undertaking her PhD in London, to respond and to expand on the interceptions of going public: the politics of space and the notion of public domain. Susana opened 3 questions that articulated the later discussion: “on singularities and difficulties of the editorial practice” and “on how is a publication actualizing”; “a question of collectiveness and the dissolution of the author” and the difference of an author writing of things, and a writer writing with things; “on the erasure of the author or the artist by that of the collective” and on collectiveness and the fragility of academy research. The conversation proceeded with a presentation of Gabriela V. Pinheiro, an artist whose artwork is devoted to notions of public, who addresses the public from a close relation in which communality and relationality are conceptualized to interpolate participation, and, to more recently posit the art work within the dynamics of the public within an art institution [or a certain vision of institutional critique].

We intend not to be academic on our approach, but to expand the limits of academy and those of going public, as ours guests proposed us.


organization _
petit THINK TANKs are part of petit CABANON
a project by Inês Moreira since 2007

this petit THINK TANK has the support of Reflexus, JUP and FBAUP


beyond _book review


My review of Beyond is published on:

Revista Arquitectura 21, Setembro 2009

[portuguese only]

“Que cenários cria hoje a arquitectura? Como participa e projecta o futuro do contemporâneo? Perante a actualização das visões futuristas do século XX nas construções corporativas um pouco por todo o mundo – das ilhas artificiais e torres de Dubai, aos condomínios em desertos e plataformas de alto mar – e nas recentes instanciações do imaginário da ficção científica em aspectos hiper-banais, e por isso invisíveis, do nosso quotidiano – da contaminação dos solos, aquecimento da atmosfera, às ameaças nucleares e pandemias biológicas – no momento actual a arquitectura parece construir e participar nas utopias e distopias que há um século eram projectadas como especulações ficcionais. Então, quais os limites e as potencialidades da ficção em arquitectura, hoje? Beyond é um volume de pequenas histórias, publicado por SUN architecture publishers e editado por Pedro Gadanho, que vem reintroduzir um espaço literário no campo da arquitectura e problematizar o espaço da escrita especulativa hoje. (…) ” Inês Moreira, Agosto 09


Beyond, Short Stories on the Post-Contemporary

Sun Publishers, 2009 [English edition]

edited by Pedro Gadanho

authors: Gilles Delalex, Michelle Provoost, Knut Birkholz, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Boris Jensen, Silvia Banchini, Luis Falcón, Antonio Scarponi, Bruce Sterling, Lara Schrijver, Kobas Laksa, Shumon Basar, Wes Jones, Superstudio, Aaron Betsky