Critical displaying, Exploratório, esad—idea

RAAAF, Still Life, 2019
(4 plates 5.30 × 3.30 m, length of movement through the space 70×17m)
Installation at Het Hem, a one-time munitions factory for the Dutch army, Zaandam, Amsterdam.
Photo by José Miguel Rodrigues

October 27
Workshop: Critical displaying

14:30 – 16:30
Nr of participants: 25
Accessibility for wheelchair users: NO
Address: Rua Brito Capelo 243, 4050-073 Matosinhos

Art is at risk as one of the few places where speculative thought and disinterested contemplation can occur. In this session, we will analyse the idea, which has intensified and become widespread, of establishing limits and, ultimately, censorship in art. Should slavery, racism, sexuality and other fractious themes be banned from museums? Can we condemn a work of art because it disturbs or offends us? Is it possible to impose limits on the artist’s work? “Art cannot be tamed”, wrote Jeanette Winterson in Art Objects (1995), “although our responses to it can be”, she added, saying that our responses are conditioned from the moment we start school. Based on concrete examples, we will discuss how curatorship, exhibition design and their devices can act as intermediaries in the conflicts caused by cultures and time. The Critical Displaying workshop will rehearse practical responses to the problem of censorship in art, a process that will naturally raise more questions: a dialogue between theory and practice with the assumption of moderating conflicts in the museum context, a public space that exists to be free and unbound from canons.

Mediation and Discussion

Joana Couceiro has a degree in architecture from the University of Coimbra (2005) and a PhD from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (2018). Her thesis, “Chiado and Style, the importance of the notion of style in the construction of Siza’s Chiado”, was a finalist in the Arquia/tesis 2021 Biennial Thesis Competition. She has been dedicated to research, architectural practice, publishing and curating. Between 2013 and 2020, she was an assistant and guest lecturer in the History of Modern Architecture at FAUP. She is co-founder of the publisher Circo de Ideias (2008/2018) and, in 2019, curator of Open House Porto. She regularly writes scientific articles, prefaces and critical essays on antique and contemporary architecture. She co-authors the books of the “Casas com nome” architecture collection. Currently, she is a researcher at esad—idea and a collaborator at CEAU-Faup, where she is co-IR of Siza Barroco project, funded by FCT.

Eleonora Fedi is an interior designer. With a degree from the Politecnico di Milano (2012) and a master’s from ESAD Matosinhos (2015), she currently collaborates with esad—idea, Research in Design and Art, as a researcher and designer responsible for the exhibition projects included in the Casa do Design Programme. She has also been a member of the Porto Design Biennale team since the first edition, in 2019. Since 2021, she has been teaching Culture of Living and Project subjects in the Interior Design course at ESAD, Matosinhos. In her research, teaching and design practice, she explores the intersection and balance between moment and process by creating meaningful temporary spatial experiences and an urgent design awareness that seeks to understand materials and resources concerning their production processes.

How to get there

Rua Brito Capelo 243, 4050-073 Matosinhos.

Transport provided by ICAMT Porto
Meeting Point at 14:00 entrance Palácio de Cristal
Drop off Mercado STCP metro station, Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco, Matosinhos.
Then Walk for 4 minutes.

From the Bus stop Palácio 
Last stop Lota
Then walk 4 minutes
Total 42 minutes

At the end of the visit, please go to Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos for the closing remarks and cocktail – Rua de Alfredo Cunha, 4050-073 Matosinhos.
Return provided by ICAMT Porto at 19.45 to Hotel Tuela.