Interferences: Emerging Urban Cultures introduces other sides to this city we live in, delving into the corners that we rarely see. It looks at the city’s diversity and the strength it represents, shining a light on the people and their stories in a segmented and antagonistic metropolis.
The exhibition sections (Preamble, Against the Muteness of Walls, Coercion, Resistance and Identities, City Design: Common, Us by Us, Network City, The Right to Imagine, Monument) and themes define the programme of events that are also incorporated into the Interferences narrative. It is intended that some of them will contribute with material to the exhibition as part of a dynamic project that develops over the six months in which the exhibition is open to the public.
The exhibition itinerary intersects with the agenda's different moments, with themed sections that are symbolically equivalent. These also function independently and generate dialogues with the exhibition’s core theme: the design of the city and its actors.
The elements on exhibition and the programmed intangible events are there to decode absences. Nothing is definitive here. The exhibition is also organised like a cadavre exquis, setting space aside so that this dialogue can be augmented, through five months of workshops.
Programmed in collaboration with Iminente and coordinated by artists scheduled to contribute to the exhibition and whose fruits may be integrated into it.
The workshops will ensure the visitors’ interaction with the show and its resulting reinterpretation.
Discussion of topics connected to the themed exhibition sections.
Co-programmed with Tristany, the tours will be held inside the exhibition in an informal and almost neighbourhood-like atmosphere. They will invite artists to interact with the various exhibition sections.
A series of performances in different artistic genres (dance, music and theatre) that through the use of the body, portray the various ways of living and thinking that exist in a broader Lisbon.
Iconic documentaries on some of the social tensions brought to the surface are presented at maat’s Studio Room. Screenings will include appearances by the directors and the characters portrayed, allowing a reinterpretation of their historical progress.
11.00 – Informal tour of the exhibition
With the artists and curators
12.00 – Talk “Museums and Community”
with Mariana Duarte, Airton Cesar and Nuno Varela, moderated by Ana Bigotte Vieira.
15.00 – Talk “The Art Market”
With Vera Cortês, Ana Marín and Rodrigo Oliveira, moderated by Pauline Foessel.
16.30 – Screening of "Era Uma Vez Um Arrastão", Diana Andringa and Bruno Cabral, 2005
18.00 – Performance by Real G.U.N.S
As part of Interferences, a collective mural entitled Painel do Mercado do Povo [The People's Market Panel] by the Movimento Democrático dos Artistas Plásticos [Artists for Democracy Movement] made on 10 June 1974 will be reinterpreted. Included in the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Revolution of the Carnations (25 April 1974) beginning in 2022, this project will take place in maat’s gardens and involve 48 artists, comprising some who helped to create the original panel, some featured in the exhibition and others who have carved a prominent place in the Portuguese art scene over the last 48 years of democracy. These artists will be joined by musicians and performers under the programme organised by Festival Iminente.
Informal tour Hinu Digra
Tristany's performance features three extras who tour maat’s space singing the theme “Hinu Digra” in three specific locations of the Interferences exhibition. This activity kicks off the artist's musical itinerary at maat.
Postcolonial City with AFROPORT, talk with Flávio Almada, Apolo de Carvalho, and Iolanda Évora
The revolution and independence formally ended a centuries-long path of Portuguese colonialism. Forty-eight years have passed and the expansion of the city of Lisbon as a European metropolis still reflects colonial discourses and gestures, not only in the maintenance and enhancement of certain iconographies and imaginaries, but also by depriving thousands of its residents of full citizenship.
What diagnosis can we make of the postcolonial city? What resistance is needed? What institutional responsibility is there?
Youth under Siege, talk with Nuno Barbosa, Carla Alves, Nélson Moreira, and Linda Cerdeira
In an ageing metropolis, it is in the peripheral neighbourhoods that we find a contribution to rejuvenation. However, the process of growth of these young people seems trapped by racism and stereotypes, police, judicial, and institutional control, thus making the enjoyment of some basic rights inaccessible: education, decent housing, health, mobility, and cultural expression.
What paths are these for the young people of the periphery? And what other routes can there be?
2021, 75 min
Documentary directed by Miguel Dores.
On 10 June 1995, under the multiple pretext of celebrating the Day of the Race and Sporting's victory in the Portuguese Cup, a bulky group of nationalist and ethnocentric Portuguese take to the streets of Bairro Alto to beat up black people they find along the way. The official result was 11 victims, one of them mortal, whose tragic death in Rua Garret gives its name to the court case – the Alcindo Monteiro case. This is a documentary about a long night, a night the size of a country.
Lukanu Mpasy is a performer, dancer, producer, he started his journey at the age of 9 years old through training in modern dance, hip hop, kuduro and physical theatre inside and outside Portugal. At the moment he develops his work linking dance, performance and video.
Workshop “Invisible Histories”, by Petra Preta and Puçanga
Informal tour "Konstroi outra vex", with Tristany and FONTE
Workshop “The Right to Imagine”, by Royal Skuare
Workshop “Mapping the City”, by António Brito Guterres, Emma Andreetti, Onun Trigueiros
Informal tour of the exhibition
Programmed with Tristany, the tours take place inside the exhibition in a relaxed, almost neighbourhood atmosphere. Performers are invited to interact with the various sections of the exhibition.
Performers: Mava and Valdo
Co-curated by Tristany and the exhibition curators
Talk “Inhabited Designs”, with Ana Rita Alves, Anita Lopes and Julia Nogueira
Moderated by Ana Naomi de Sousa
The talk "Inhabited Design" questions who really designs the city we inhabit, through the life and work experiences of four women living in Lisbon.
Talk “Street and Gallery”, with Maria Imaginário, Obey SKTR and Ricardo Campos
Moderated by Teresa Fradique
“The once considered vandal, the non-artist, is finally allowed in the museum, in the gallery... Hesitant, he feels the weight on his shoulders (...).” (Obey SKTR)
The street as gallery, the gallery in the street or the street in the gallery? The processes of artification and aestheticization of alternative creative practices, namely those that emerge in an urban context, have been widely discussed. In this conversation, we intend to think about the artistic gesture and its institutionalisation as interference. What happens when these two places meet in the face-to-face of their own movements in action? We invite everyone, artists, specialists, and publics to reflect with us about the possible effects, consequences, and impacts that may emerge from this.
Screening of "Outros Bairros", Kiluanje Liberdade, Inês Gonçalves and Vasco Pimentel, 1999
Outros Bairros [Other Neighbourhoods] is a documentary about teenagers of African origin born in Portugal. In the peripheral neighbourhoods of Lisbon, Pedreira dos Húngaros, Fontaínhas, Cova da Moura, Monte da Caparica, Arrentela, among others, there is a new cultural phenomenon led by teenagers of African origin born in Portugal. It is a real explosion of behaviour, largely inspired by black-American cultural models, but which largely resorts to African forms of expression that are still close to us. It is this recent phenomenon of proud affirmation of ethnic identity and the richness of its forms of expression that this film is interested in documenting and questioning. A documentary by Vasco Pimentel, Inês Gonçalves, and Kiluanje Liberdade.
Screening of "Batida apresenta: O Princípio, O Meio, O Fim e o Infinito", Pedro Coquenão
Throughout the month of February 2020, just before the pandemic, Batida took over the Casa Independente, filling its walls with pieces such as Neon Colonialism or Aluzejo [Tile], crossing them with others handpicked from the Museu de Lisboa's collection, such as the original model of the Monument to the Discoveries by Leopoldo de Almeida, watercolours by António Costa Pinheiro or the sculpture of Pretos de São Jorge [São Jorge's Black Men]. Authorship, Curatorship, Remix, Museum Sampling? The air was filled with a Radio installation and the stage with the musical IKOQWE, whose protagonists and authors of the soundtrack emerged for this short film.
In O Princípio, O Meio, O Fim e o Infinito [The Beginning, The Middle, The End and Infinity], themes such as the Monument itself, Racism, Anti-Racism, Colonialism and Neon Colonialism and, inevitably, Mental Health are addressed. The first cut premiered at Indie Lisboa and a new version was later presented at the Monument to the Discoveries, prompting a petition not to show it.
It was also part of the film selection for Womex 2021, in the city of Porto.
Performance by Filipa Bossuet
Filipa Bossuet (b. 1998) is a northern woman who uses painting, photography, and experimental video to portray processes connected with identity, blackness, memory, and healing. She holds a degree in Communication Studies, is currently pursuing a master's degree in Migrations, Inter-ethnicities, and Transnationalism, and is a member of UNA – União Negra das Artes (Black Union of the Arts).
Performance by Herlander
Herlander is a Lisbon-based artist (Performer, Producer, Vocalist...) who is rewriting the rules of the popular music standard with his sound that borders on anti-pop, diving into a genre-less lake, voices that harmonize with each other and particular sounds that sit distinctly in one room. Raised in the neighbourhood of Arrentela, Seixal, Herlander got his opening for music after moving to London to produce his first experimental EP, “199”, where he deals with personal issues of a young man falling in love and having that passion shattered at a crucial stage in the life of any teenager. Following the release of his EP in 2018, Herlander returns, after a 2 year platform hiatus, with a more mature, magnanimous sound and a timbre that is unique to him, spreading across compilations some of his more recent themes, such as “quem diriaiaia”, “if you give it to me what's luv got to do with it?” ... or “don’t get their names out your mouth”, creating a prototype to his second project that is coming up, whose introduction arch was opened in the summer of 2021 with the theme “Gisela”, lead single from the project followed by “Woohooo!!!” as he prepares his debut LP.
Workshop “Represented Memory”, by Filipa Bossuet