This is an artistic residence that seeks to establish dialogues with museological spaces with the aim of creating an exhibition, conferences, educational activities, a publication and an online platform. The field of action is Belém (Lisbon, Portugal) and the artists that make up the residence are Ana Santos, Armanda Duarte, Belén Uriel, Francisco Tropa, Nuno Vicente, Teresa Carepo, and Pedro Paiva + João M. Gusmão.
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Studies of the Labyrinth define a conceptual spectrum that studies the universe of the artistic creation, narrowing ties with very diverse disciplinary areas like the ethnology and its field investigations, the botany and the garden as fictional landscape, the navy, the sea and its legends , and the universe of astronomy consisting of stellar explosions, or planets with three suns. Thus, under the same sky, the one of the contemporary art, open field artistic interventions and dialogue are articulated in a same territory, allowing the formulation of the Labyrinth Studies.
The project finds in Belém, more precisely in the National Museum of Ethnology, in the Tropical Botanic Garden, in the Navy Museum and in the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium, a field of action, of confluence and plurality, of production, knowledge and difference. It is in this sense that promoting the meeting of artists, researchers and places is particularly productive.
The project has complementary dimensions, from research to documentation, and public presentation. The main engine of the project is the previous research, which is understood between theoretical thinking and the creative process in this case the artistic residences. The documentation, arises as a record of the field work, is the creative process, research, conversations and records of encounters, will be the collection, processing and compilation of data. The last moment of the project focuses on public presentation, which assumes a diverse morphology.
This morphology is based on the exhibition time, which results from the artistic residencies, and lasts three and a half months. Throughout these three and a half months there is a program that operates between debates and conferences at the Faculty of Fine Arts, an artistic education program and a publication.