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Lines Made by Walking: Producing Spaces

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My keynote speech is scheduled for May 19th at 6 pm. 7th Inter-format Symposium Along Lines, at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania.

Abstract: Space doesn’t just exist; it has been produced from a primary matter, nature, argues Henri Lefebvre. It is the result of activity – political products and strategic spaces – that implies economics and technique but goes beyond them. There is not one social space but many.

As GPS technology came of age in the mid 1990s, artists turned to walking as a “symbolic form”, a way to pursue architectural concerns or to explore spatial perception. By the early twenty-first century, the convergence of global networks, online databases and new tools for location-based mapping coincided with the renewal of interest in walking as an art form. Imagining the city (and the world) as a set of crisscrossing paths, practitioners of locative media embedded stories and sounds in the landscape. Instead of “colonizing space” as mapmakers are wont to do, by eliminating the traces of the practices that produced their maps, they developed techniques of spatial annotation to retrieve lost layers of meaning.

“Remaking the world” is often done in smoke-filled cafes. A more effective tactic might be called “applied pedestrianism”: the use of walking, the lines it makes and the experiences it offers, to produce new spaces. Continue reading

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Along Lines: Inter-format Symposium 2017

I have been invited to speak at the 7th Inter-format Symposium Along Lines, by Nida Art Colony on May 19- 22 2017. The symposium “will reflect on the line as a very basic visual element and medium of knowledge. In the geopolitical context, the shoreline and borders of the Curonian spit, a group of artists, philosophers, scientists, archaeologists, dancers and musicians is invited to reflect on the contemporary means/gesture of the line facing fluctuating information, ecological changes and new territories. Using the line as a symbolic/metaphoric as well as analytical instrument the symposium presents different strategies to sketch and connect the world through methods of mapping, walking, drawing, recording, performing, swimming, writing, reading or singing.” Continue reading

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Talk at Anhembi-Morumbi University

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Art, action and participation at the National Museum in Brasilia

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Frank Popper’s title Art, action and participation is the theme of the 15th International Meeting of Art and Technology (# 15.ART) in Brasilia at the Museu Nacional da República. The conference runs from  October 3 – 6, 2016. I’ll be speaking tomorrow at 8:30 am with Gilbertto Prado. The exhibition EmMeio#8.0, curated by Maria Luiza Fragoso, Tania Fraga and Suzete Venturelli, opens tomorrow and runs till October 30.

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AlterMapping : Journée d’étude

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Aesthetics of the Gift – Fresh from the press!

"Aesthetics of the gift" Figures de l'art 28

“Aesthetics of the gift” Figures de l’art n° 28

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