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On occasion of MAAT’s Fiction and Fabrication exhibition, the 5th International Conference ON THE SURFACE: Photography on Architecture (31st May) offers a forum for an interdisciplinary debate on photography and architecture, with a strong editorial component devoted to the publication of original works and ideas at the intersection of these two fields.  The theme chosen for this edition On the Surface is focused in contemporary transformations of the public space: “Visual Spaces of Change: unveiling the publicness of urban space” proposes to debate and explore the potential of Image and Photography as resourceful tools to research, reflect upon and render visible the emergence of new collective experiences in the social space.

VISION

ON THE SURFACE: Photography on Architecture aims to promote international debates on Architecture, Art and Image, with a focus on Documentary and Artistic Photography for addressing crosscutting issues that are shaping contemporary changes in cosmopolitan territories. This conference aims to contribute for greater social interaction among artistic and cultural institutions and academia, extending the action of museums, universities and art venues beyond their traditionally circumscribed spaces of action, stimulating the agents and institutions involved to be more active and open to debate in their approaches to public space. We want to render visible aspects of urban change, as well as how architectures, places and spaces are used and lived, crossing and shifting traditional boundaries for expanding the capacity of institutions to participate in the public domain. In this sense, we aim to contribute for critically thinking architecture as an integrative field of knowledge with historical, cultural, social, economic and political dimensions, and explore photography as a dynamic process of discovery, documentation and reflection that incorporates interpretive, artistic and even fictional aspects of these multiple dimensions.

Approach

This conference challenges authors and researchers on photography and architecture to discuss and use image and photography to understand the city as a living organism, a rich multifaceted space characterized by a variety of experiences and programs, which are a reflection of the knowledge, beliefs, values and customs that characterize different societies. Thus, a central objective of this conference is to discuss in what way image and photography can be used to unveil how architecture expresses the cultural values and identity of our cities and are critical research instruments for understanding and perceiving architecture in meaningful ways, as well as for understanding the past to better grasp the transformations that are increasingly influencing our social practices and place experiences, affecting the modes of citizen participation and cultural interaction. By overlapping and crisscrossing the disciplinary boundaries of Image, Art and Architecture, the borders of these disciplinary fields are challenged for critically thinking through contemporary changes occurring in between physical and virtual dimensions of everyday life. Through the realization of these debates it is intended to contribute to the creation of a space of exploration, discussion and reflection towards new ideas and research paths about the use of photography as an instrument of visual research and communication, as well as about architecture and the public space, with a focus on emerging dynamics of urban transformation.

Institutional

This conference is organized by the Centre of Communication and Spatial Representation (CCRE), integrated in R&D Center of Architecture School of the University of Porto, in partnership with the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) and scopio Editions.
Being this event promoted by the world-known “Escola do Porto”, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) is proud of leading the coordination of the project Visual Spaces of Change, together with the participation of other national and international academic bodies and research institutions involved in this project. By bringing some of the themes of this research project to this 5th edition of ON THE SURFACE: Photography on Architecture, FAUP aims to contribute for opening academia to society, fostering collaboration among a wide range of cultural and artistic institutions towards common interests and goals.
Intertwining the research group CCRE-CEAU-FAUP and Cityscopio Cultural Association, Scopio Editions will be again the official publisher of this conference. Aiming to promote the awareness and reflection upon Architecture and Art, namely documentary photography in regards to its conception as an instrument to question Architecture, City and Territory universe, scopio Editions will be part of this conference through two of its periodical publications: Sophia Journal and scopio Magazine.

The conference will be conducted in English.

Organization

EXECUTIVE COMMITEE 
Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP)
Pedro Gadanho (MAAT)

PROGRAMMING
José Barbedo (FAUP / CEAU)

ORGANISATION AND PRODUCTION
Joana Henriques (MAAT)
José Barbedo (FAUP / CEAU)

COMMUNICATION
Leonor Carrilho (MAAT)
Carolina Medeiros (Communication)

OPENING SESSION
Pedro Gadanho - MAAT
José Miguel Rodrigues - FAUP
Olívia da Silva - ESMAD
Pedro Leão Neto -FAUP

PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES MODERATORS
Moderator Panel #1 - Pedro Leão Neto
Moderator Panel #2 - Iñaki Berguera
Moderator Panel #3 - Sérgio Fazenda

INVITED SPEAKERS
Opening Keynote Speaker - Marco Iuliano
Keynote speaker Panel #1 - Beate Güttschow
Keynote speaker Panel #2 - Bas Princen
Keynote speaker Panel #3 - Gloria Moure
Closing Keynote Speaker - Paolo Rosselli

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
Álvaro Domingues (FAUP/ CEAU)
Ana Francisca de Azevedo (DeGeoUM/Lab2PT)
David Nunes (VSC)
Francisco Ferreira (EAUM - Lab2PT)
Fátima Pombo (UA / DECA / ID+)
Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro (FBAUP)
Isa Clara Neves (Ces)I
Inaki Bergera (Arquitectura Unizar)
Jorge Marum (FAUP/UBI)
João Carlos Ferreira (UFP)
José Barbedo (FAUP / CEAU)
Jorge Figueira (FCT-UC)
José Carneiro (FBAUP)
José Miguel Rodrigues Marta Cruz (FAUP/ CEAU)
José Maças de Carvalho (Colégio das Artes / UC)
Leticia Cabeçadas do Carmo (FAUP / CCRE)
Luís Gonzaga Magalhães (ALGORITMI – U. Minho)
Marco Iuliano (LSA/CAVA)
Margarida Medeiros (FCSH)
Miguel Leal (FBAUP)
Olívia da Silva (IPP – ESMAD)
Pedro Bandeira (EAUM - Lab2PT)
Paulo Catrica (UNL)
Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP / CEAU)
Susana Lourenço Marques (FBAUP)
Susana Ventura (FAUP / CEAU)
Teresa Ferreira (EAUM/ CEAU)
Jorge Marum (CCRE/UBI)
Pedro Gadanho (MAAT)
Nuno Grande ((FCT-UC)

CONFERENCE TEAM
Eduardo Silva (CCRE / CEAU / FAUP)
José Barbedo (CCRE / CEAU / FAUP)
Rita Silva (CITYSCOPIO)

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Né Santelmo

PRINT AND WEBDESIGN
Rita Silva (CITYSCOPIO)

ON THE SURFACE / SCOPIO EDITIONS

COORDINATION
Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP)

EDITORS OF SOPHIA
José Barbedo (FAUP)
Iñaki Bergera (EINA / UNIZAR) 
Marco Iuliano (U. LIVERPOOL, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE)

SCOPIO NEWSPAPER
Eduardo Silva (VSC / AAi2 Lab)
José Barbedo (FAUP)
Rita Silva (AAi2 Lab / scopio Editions)

SCOPIO PHOTOWEEK
Ana Miriam
Edu Silva
Hélder Sousa
Jiôn Kiim & Artur Leão
Leonardo Motta Campos
Marta Ferreira
Sérgio Rolando
Sofia F. Augusto

VISUAL SPACES OF CHANGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECTS 
Ana Miriam
Edu Silva
Hélder Sousa
Jiôn Kiim & Artur Leão
Marta Ferreira
Sérgio Rolando
Sofia F. Augusto

MUSEUM OF ART ARCHITECTURE AND TECHNOLOGY – MAAT: HOST OF THE 5TH EDITION OF THE CONFERENCE
ON THE SURFACE

One of the most internationally relevant spaces for debate, critical thinking and multidisciplinary dialogue in Art, Architecture and Technology, the MAAT is the hoster of this conference, within an ambitious cultural program that counts with contributions of several contemporary artists, architects and photography experts. The participation and support of MAAT is particularly significant: this is Lisbon’s most recent example of revitalization of an important public space along the river Tagus, in Belem’s historical district. Although new to the city, the institution is already a reference, both by its architecture, and its intense and diverse curatorial program, conceived for raising awareness and public interest in dialogues between contemporary art, architecture and technology. In 2019, MAAT once again offers an ambitious programme, with 18 exhibitions planned throughout the year and in  the Winter season the program will be completed with the presentation of the international group show Fiction & Fabrication, which will offer an important panorama of photographic practices in the digital era, with particular focus on architectural representations.

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SCOPIO EDITIONS:
OFFICIAL PUBLISHER OF THE CONFERENCE
ON THE SURFACE

The former editions of ON THE SURFACE proved to be an important forum for debate and reflection about Photography on Architecture, whose work can be accessed through scopio network bookstore or FAUP´s library, also being sold in many bookshops as AEFAUP and others alike.
Thus, the title and sub-title of the fifth edition of ON THE SURFACE: Photography on Architecture is Visual Spaces of Change: Unveiling Publicness of Urban Space, which is the main theme and title for new cycle of scopio Magazine and the fourth number of the peer reviewed journal Sophia.
It is intended that this call of ON THE SURFACE will yield a significant collection of diverse texts and visual narratives, in order to offer a rich reflection through different perspectives on how Documentary and Artistic Photography for Architecture, City and Territory can be used for understanding the set of issues set by the Conference’s panels.