City of contradictory Utopias: Curatorial Perspectives
A utopian sense of time and space has characterised São Paulo’s rapid vertical and horizontal development up through the twentieth century, becoming capital of commerce and power and hosting a boom in artistic and cultural expressions. The rapid development governed by public politics and furthered by technological optimism however reveals its fragility in environments of hostility, oppression, speculation and growing inequality.
The same vivid spirit has infused the media arts with intense, sparking, animated, exciting, dynamic, shocking, and vibrant energies amounting in artists’ expressions with for example urban video projection and mapping, light scenarios, audio-visual performance, and sense-intense immersive environments. In the domain of the arts however, we find different modes of space-time occupation, for example when art “stretches” or “shortens” our experience of time, makes visible invisible temporalities in our world that we sense but may not normally ‘see’, or when the art introduces other time-space experiences that reflect other cultures, societies or contemporaneities.
Lectures and talks by:
Tanya Toft Ag, Daniela Arriado, Marco Artigas, Lucas Bambozzi, Giselle Beiguelman, Arthur Cordeiro, Demetrio Portugal, Rodrigo Gontijo, Nathalia Lavigne, Patrícia Moran, Marília Pasculli, Didiana Prata, Fernando Velázquez, VJ Spetto (United VJs).
UMAA – São Paulo Advisors:
The UMAA São Paulo | Feb 2018 program is co-organised with AVXLab and VerveCultural. It is realised in collaboration with Goethe-Institut São Paulo, University of São Paulo and FAU – Architecture and Urbanism College, Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, OUTROS Laboratória para Outros Urbanismos, Da Haus, Red Bull Station, Screen City Biennial, and Connecting Cities; and co-funded by Danish Arts Foundation and OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway.