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FLÂNEUR BY LISBOA

Lisboa, Portugal | September 2015 / August 2016

Flâneur Activities

September 10 2016

FLÂNEUR TALKS, PHOTOBOOK TALKS, ESSAYS' BOOK AND COMMENTED VISIT TO THE EXHIBITIONS IN LISBON

On September 10TH a lot of activities linked to the exhibitions of FLÂNEUR- NEW URBAN NARRATIVES in Lisbon.

Below the program

 

September 10TH at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa 

3PM
FLÂNEUR TALKS
Photographers who participated in the project

 

ANTÓNIO J&Uacut

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FLÂNEUR TALKS, PHOTOBOOK TALKS, ESSAYS' BOOK AND COMMENTED VISIT TO THE EXHIBITIONS IN LISBON

From August 25 2016 to September 18 2016

SONIA HAMZA AND JENS MASMANN'S EXHIBITIONS AT PRINCIPE REAL GARDEN, LISBON.

Príncipe Real Garden is be the place where, between August 25th and September 18th, there’ll be shown the work produced by Jens Masmann (DE) and Sonia Hamza (FR), during their Flâneur Artistic Residencies in Lisbon in June, curated by Nuno Salgado.This exhibition is the first one where the artists in residency worked together. 

Later on there’ll be organised a day of talks and complementary activities at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Rua do Século, 79): Talks with artists involved in the project; Discussion panels on the Photobook while a support for flânerie; Presentation of the essays book result of the Lisbon Conference that marked the starting of the project; visits to the exhibitions.

 

 

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SONIA HAMZA AND JENS MASMANN'S EXHIBITIONS AT PRINCIPE REAL GARDEN, LISBON.

From September 11 2015 to October 05 2015

BLINDWALKS

Blindwalks is a performative drift based on a blindfolded walk in the neighbourhood, accompanied by a guide, while photographing the tour. This activity promotes the interaction of the visiting public with the core ideas of Flâneur.

The first blindwalks of the project was in Lisbon on Septmber 12 and 13, 19 and 20 and  26 and 27 de Setembro at Largo do Intendente, from 6 pm to 10pm.

Performers:

Mariana Gomes
Beatriz Wellemkamp Carretas
Laura Silva
Lara Mesquita
Carolina Dominguez
Bernardo Chatillon
Sofia Fialho
Inês Laranjeiro
Cirila Bossuet

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BLINDWALKS

From September 11 2015 to October 05 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY ATELIER ARROIAR - MERCADO DO FORNO DO TIJOLO

On September 18th at 7pm there was the opening of  the exhibition with works produced during the Msterclass Paths and the Atelier Arroiar.

Photography Atelier – Arroiar, was directed to anyone interested in participating, with or without experience. 

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PHOTOGRAPHY ATELIER ARROIAR   - MERCADO DO FORNO DO TIJOLO

From September 11 2015 to October 05 2015

AUGUSTO BRÁZIO "BANG" and MARTINA CLEARY "AT NIGHT WE DREAM OF TALL SHIPS" in LARGO DO INTENDENTE

The photographers showing work produced during the Flâneur artistic residency are Augusto Brázio (Portugal) and Martina Cleary (Ireland).

Besides Bang!, by Augusto Brázio and At night we dreamed of tall ships, by Martina Cleary was exhibited in Largo do Intendente.

Augusto Brázio created the series Bang! based on the life and wanderings around the suburbs of Lisbon,  where he lives. Bang! is the first chapter of a trilogy.
Describing his work as documental, Augusto Brázio, sees the suburbs of the city as his humus and base, from which he draws slices of reality to create fictional chapters. Bang! is a piece of work that emerged from a template that the artist has been developing for some time. In Bang! Augusto Brázio reveals to us a hard and d

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AUGUSTO BRÁZIO

From May 12 2015 to May 13 2015

Flâneur – New Urban Narratives International Conference

The Conference “Flâneur – New urban narratives”, organized by Procur.arte and the research centres CIAC/UAlg, DINÂMIA’CET – IUL/ ISCTE – IUL and IHA/FSCH-UNL, took place at the Teatro São Luiz in Lisbon on the 12th and 13th of May 2015.

This conference constituted one of the key moments of the European project “Flâneur” – an International art project which encourages photographers and writers to explore the urban territory with a new approach to enable a fresh look on the dynamics of European cities and their geographic and social landscapes.

Launching this initiative, the conference promoted discussion between academics, artists and curators and will be articulated in three discussion panels. It was open to the public and to the participation

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Flâneur – New Urban Narratives International Conference

From September 11 2015 to October 05 2015

SHARED CITIES

Procur.arte teamed up with Porto City Hall to bring to Portugal the exhibition Shared Cities.

A show celebrating the 20 best projects presented to the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014, a prize organized by CCCB (Barcelona) in colaboration with Architecture Foundation (London), o Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki), o Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana), Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), ...

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SHARED CITIES

From September 11 2015 to October 05 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS PERCURSOS

Among the parallel activities that accompanied the Flâneur exhibition in Lisbon,  a masterclass directed by Alexandre Almeida and by Nelson d'Aires.

The Masterclasse was aimed at new photographers and local residents of the exhibition area. They encourage the creation of photographic narratives of the city or the neighbourhood, from an insider’s point of view.

The works produced during the Masterclass Paths and the Atelier Arroiar were exhibited at Mercado do Forno do Tijolo from Friday 18th untill October 3rd.


 

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PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS PERCURSOS

Jens Masmann

Et in Arcadia ego

Yesterday’s dreams about tomorrow are today’s reality.

The future looked bright, at least better than the past.

Paradise can be seen as the nal, desired future.
Urban utopias are an attempt to bring society close to that nal future.
They are to be implemented by setting up structures and patterns.
Those structures and patterns are formal and physical, as well as intellectual and conceptual.
But people accepting given urban patterns and structures are the exception, not the rule.
The interesting point is, whether their interaction is creative or destructive. So people, by their dealing with an environment either reinvent or destroy older urban structures.
In the second half of the twentieth century every decade tried to shape Lisboa’s urban life in a new way, from the early sixties, when architecture delicately showed the design of a modern society, up to the eighties, when the kitsch paradise of consumption society reached the city, and the nineties, when the Expo introduced international cool.
Lisboa is a city with oating density: Extremely tight areas are followed by empty, waste places, where the city is fading into abstraction. People somehow seem to accept those vacuum areas. They are like a buffer between different urban blueprints. Sometimes they are used in an informal manner, sometimes they are just blind spots.

When walking the streets of Lisboa, I probed the traces of the past decades with my camera, in order to nd out what happened on the way from utopia to reality.

After meeting Sonia and seeing her inspiring work, which is about patterns and structures as well – but going into a different scale – it became clear soon, that mixing our two concepts would add the missing parts to each others work – so we just did.

 


 

Jens Masmann studied photography at the Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign in Munich, Germany, which was founded in 1900.
For his nal exam in 1995 he worked on the topic of fading socialist urban structures at Berlin Alexanderplatz.
After attaining his degree he moved to London and continued the preoccupation with his main topic, the megacity.
The London body of work was exhibited in Berlin, Frankfurt and other german cities and is now part of the Commerzbank art collection.
In 2014 Jens Masmann cofounded the selfpublishing artist ́s platform Million Books and attended several international photobook festivals since then. Photobooks now are the core medium for his work. Since 2014 Jens Masmann has been lecturer for photography at the University of applied Sciences of Augsburg, giving international courses.

 

 

Augusto Brázio

 

Bang!

Augusto Brázio created the series “Bang!” based on the life and wanderings around the suburbs of Lisbon, where he lives. “Bang!” is the first chapter of a trilogy.

Describing his work as documental, Augusto Brázio, sees the suburbs of the city as his humus and base, from which he draws slices of reality to create fictional chapters. “Bang!” is a piece of work that emerged from a template that the artist has been developing for some time. In “Bang!” Augusto Brázio reveals to us a hard and dark night. A night made of sex, religion, and shows. But also a suburb with a fading identity, just like any other suburb in any other part of the world.

Martina Cleary

 

At Night We Dreamed of Tall Ships

The city is like a great vessel with sails hoisted high every morning from each window. Flames of colour infused with sunlight against the clear blue of July sky, filled with swallows and air so warm it reaches out like a touch. People pass, wave upon wave, each in their own silent thought. Who would want to ever leave this state of wandering.

An immersion in the vivid moment of all that arrives and departs. The undertow of loss and longing, washed in like memory, caught in a hidden glance.

In responding to the invite to be a flâneur of Lisbon, I was interested in the constancy of the city as a fixed place, and the unique relationship of this city to a long history of navigation, of travelling out into the unknown. In Lisbon I walked a line between the land and the sea, because this place is both.

Sonia Hamza

The dice are thrown

When I visit a city for the  first time, it’s like reading a novel. I need to familiarize myself with the characters and scenery. I hate to know about a place before I experience it myself. I am a gamer.

I try to open all my senses to listen to the City and its people. My attention is attracted by details.
It’s like I can’t look at the whole, but I have to approach piece by piece. What in the end creates an entity in an own way, like a completely new place which could be anywhere, real or just in imagination.
I love to shift people in my parallel world. Similar but different. Distorted reality. A sort of Alice in Wonderland, I guess.
Lisbon was a wonderful host. It offered me all its poetry through its colors, its textures, its people.
All the efforts – physical, because of Lisbon ́s special geography, as well as intellectual due to communication and grasping the rules – to get its treasures made me feel special at the end of the day when the harvest was good and I could get a magic picture. As an evidence.

Every evening, Jens and I had the chance to tell each other about the treasures found during the day. So a lonesome work became a game which naturally made us mix our visions. It was so interesting to realize that such different techniques, such different approaches of dealing with the subject of a City, could be mixed enriching our work with an other dimension.

Next step was to play with the concept of Flâneur exhibition cubes.
The last characters of our experience will be the future visitors. We hope we will succeed to share our pleasure in being part of Lisbon for a while.

 

 


 

Sonia Hamza is a French Moroccan photographer and artist born in Paris in 1975. She rst attended classes at the ENSAA Duperré in Paris and joined the Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design in London. After a career in fashion design, she completed her training through internships and digital photography and tapissier-licier and launches into creations that mix photography, computer graphics and textile work: artist books, embroidered portraits, series of photographic triptychs. In 2011, she performs an artist residency at 59Rivoli in Paris where she held her rst exhibition. Since then she shows her photos in France and abroad during portfolio reviews. Latest shows: the 7th Yangon Photo Festival, Myanmar, les Cuizines in Chelles & Le Silo in Chateau-Thierry (France), several SlideLuck shows. She received the rst prize for The best portfolio review award 2015 Triennial Hamburg, Germany.

Lisboa

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with a population of 552,700[ within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km². Its urban area extends beyond the city's administrative limits with a population of around 2.7 million people, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union. About 2.8 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (which represents approximately 27% of the country's population). It is continental Europe's westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost areas of its metro area is the westernmost point of Continental Europe.

Lisbon is recognised as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism. It is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe's Atlantic coast. Lisbon Portela Airport serves over 18 million passengers annually, as of 2014, and the motorway network and the high-speed rail system of Alfa Pendular link the main cities of Portugal. The city is the 7th-most-visited city in Southern Europe, after Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Athens and Milan, with 1,740,000 tourists in 2009. The Lisbon region contributes with the highest GDP PPP per capita of any other region in Portugal. It also ranks as the 10th highest GDP of metropolitan areas in the EU amounting to 110 billion euros and thus €39,375 per capita, 40% higher than the average European Union's GDP per capita. The city occupies 32nd place of highest gross earnings in the world. Most of the headquarters of multinationals in the country are located in the Lisbon area. It is also the political centre of the country, as seat of Government and residence of the Head of State.

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon's status as the capital of Portugal has never been granted or confirmed officially – by statute or in written form. Its position as the capital has formed through constitutional convention, making its position as de facto capital a part of the Constitution of Portugal.

Procur.arte is a cultural association based in Lisbon. Since 2005 it works for the development and dissemination of creative industries, through the creation of critic and constructive projects in the fields of arts, culture, creativity and innovation. The association invests in the decentralization and democratization of culture as means of developing and forming audiences, so that they are capable of reflecting about the contemporary world, through the practice and enjoyment of arts.

Procur.arte focuses its activity on the development of mechanisms that enable the development of communication platforms between national and international cultural agents, promoting networking, intercultural dialogue and enhancing the economy of culture. The association invests in the creation, development and production of multidisciplinary works that claim a dynamic research and innovation, with a particular focus on the work of emerging artists. The last project, “Entre Margens” (entremargens.org), reflects our strategic objectives. Procur.arte created and developed the project Flaneur

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