The conference will be accompanied by the realization of the scopio Photoweek, allowing for piloting experimental curatorial actions, designed to stimulate the artistic and cultural Institutions involved in these initiatives to extend their reach to a larger public audience. This event will be curated by international experts under the direction of Pedro Leão Neto, within the context of Visual Spaces of Change research project and scopio Editions.
Scopio Photoweek consists of the exhibition of photographic projects in various public spaces, such as underground stations and open spaces of collective use, seeking to generate a dynamic of interaction with simultaneous exhibitions in museums, alternative spaces of artistic production, cultural institutions and universities. The curation of the scopio Photoweek exhibition at the Museum of Art Architecture and Technology MAAT in conjunction with other instalations located in places outside the scope of conventional spaces of art and culture, seeks to broaden the public reach of the artistic and academic institutions involved by experimenting alternative expository practices in interaction with other cultural and artistic expressions such as theater, dance and cinema.
The Photographic Projects will be organized in four main categories:
i) Transformation of city spaces focusing on communicating how past architecture and city forms relate or confront present architectural programs and public spaces and their contemporary public appropriation;
ii) Transformations of physical spaces easily accessible by citizens, while more or less constrained by socio-spatial factors, including semi-public and quasi-public urban spaces;
iii) Prospective / fictional and / or utopian vision of certain urban spaces and architecture: exploring what programs or characteristics could these spaces or architectures take over in the future; and
iv) the many possible combinations of these with the physical and virtual spaces of information flows, these former conceived as democratic places of political debate, but disembodied from physical locational factors and time constraints.