MUSEUM OF ART ARCHITECTURE AND TECHNOLOGY – MAAT: HOST OF THE 5TH EDITION OF THE CONFERENCE
ON THE SURFACE
This event is promoted by the internationally famous “Escola do Porto”, and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) is proud to lead 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 and Architecture, FAUP hopes to open up the academic world to society, fostering collaboration among a wide range of cultural and artistic institutions towards common interests and goals.
One of the most internationally relevant spaces for debate, critical thinking and multidisciplinary dialogue in Art, Architecture and Technology, the MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, will be hosting this conference, within an ambitious cultural programme that includes contributions from several contemporary artists, architects and photography experts. The participation and support of MAAT is particularly significant because it is an example of rehabilitation of an important public space along the river Tagus, in the historical district of Belém, offering an intense and diverse curatorial programme designed to raise awareness and public interest in Art, Architecture and Technology. In 2019, MAAT once again offers an ambitious programme, with 18 exhibitions planned throughout the year. 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.
FICTION AND FABRICATION. PHOTOGRAPHY OF ARCHITECTURE AFTER DIGITAL REVOLUTION
Fiction and Fabrication gathers nearly 50 artists who build and manipulate images of architectural objects and spaces. Marking 30 years since Photoshop was invented,
and digital tools invaded photographic production, this exhibition focuses on the imagery of architecture as a central theme to an expanded practice of photography in contemporary art. From the seminal works of Andreas Gurski, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall or Thomas Demand to the fictional creations of Beate Gütschow, Oliver Boberg or Isabel Brison, the show offers
a panorama of architectural photography that evades objective approaches and favours fictionalised takes on reality between cinematic gazes, image deconstruction and more politicised narratives. At a time when digital tools preside over the making of architectural images for media consumption, fictions stemming from the art world appear here as a critical alternative that questions and expands concepts in architecture.