International Conference Lisbon 2013

quarta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2013

Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro. Presentation

Art, Architecture and Public Space

The elusiveness of site, the demand of the social - a journey of terms
The considerable breakthrough taken into effect by site-specific forms of Minimalism and the discourses which supported them in the 60’s is undeniable. They have generated the term site-specificity itself, and it is still surprising the extent to which this term today is still used today. Artists, to whose work the term was first applied, at the time, had moved away from the nearly religious uses of traditional gallery spaces to create and exhibit their work in the great outdoors of cities and wild landscapes. The concept presented the idea of site as an intrinsic part of the work itself, and even work conceived for spaces of exhibition in the traditional sense had in its menu a powerful and unquestioned connection to the architectural setting. For the purpose of this paper, and although this will mean to re-take a few steps back from other moments of reflection on this issue, I would like to propose a more detailed analysis of the term because it has varied meanings and contextualizations that have been, either taken for granted, overlooked or pushed beyond their very limit. This retracing of the term wil lead to the analysis of further research and critique that have put forward other proposals, from context-specific to site-oriented, and I will briefly present some of those critical propositions. The scope of the debate, however, has taken in recent years a new turn that it is crucial to include, referred to as the relational turn, which will allow me to attempt to discuss some problems that processual and relational practice may generate and leave unsolved.

Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro holds a Degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, the European Scenography Master of Arts from Central St Martin's College and Utrecht School of the Arts; Master of Arts Theory and Practice of Public Art & Design at Chelsea College of Art & Design, and a PhD by project at Chelsea College, with the thesis: "Art from place: the expression of cultural memory in the urban environment and in place-specific art interventions". Was invited lecturer at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London, between 1998 and 2006. Has been awarded scholarships from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Contemporary Art Society and The London Institute, and received, as an artist, support from the Direcção Geral das Artes / Instituto das Artes. Collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London for about two years, including the organization of conferences such as “Spaced Out” around the idea of interdisciplinarity between art and architecture. She has had a continuous involvement in interdisciplinary seminars and publishes in international art and art research magazines. Her editorial work has also been continuous with several published books. Professor, since 2004, at the Fine Art Faculty, University of Porto, where she is Director of the Master of Art and Design for the Public Space and Integrated Member of the i2ads - Institute of Research in Art Design and Society. Recently Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro was responsible for the Art and Architecture Programme for Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture.

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