In the configuration of cities, the materials can be worked in relation with form, function and technology through ways catalysts of our ability to build points of view or, on the opposite, conditioning and alienating our perception, influencing, for example, the time and quality of permanence in spaces. Certain movements and directions taken by the body may be favored by neglecting the possibility of others.
The glass walls powerfully affect the perception of the city to those who walk the streets, be they aware of this fact or not. While windows or facades of buildings, or as surfaces from other architectures of smaller scale, glass walls activate various possibilities of vision levels by linking the inherent physical limit function of the glass and its expressive characteristics. Transparent or not, clean or with inscriptions, a glass wall is a means of framing the city that generates specific performativities, not only on the visual level but also at the level of the entire body.
Taking the glass walls as object of critical observation, this communication proposes, on the one hand, a look at the materialities of urban space understood as processes through time and space and through the boundaries and relationships they establish with the body, and on the other hand, a look into the performativity of this by adapting or reacting to such materialities, almost always unconsciously and intuitively. A reflection about modes of 'urban intervention' which are not properly planned but become visible in the long term, for example, through not expected spatial practices in public space related with the material conditions that contextualize them.
Marta Traquino is artist and researcher in contemporary art. In 2012 she concluded the PhD in Fine Arts - Public Art (FBAUL) with the theoretical and practical thesis "Ser na cidade – urbanidade e prática artística, percepções e acções". Presently, she develops the theoretical and practical post-doctoral research "Para a prática reflexiva de uma ‘arte conversável’ no domínio público” (with FCT support).
Her research is centred on artistic practices which approach Space and Place in urban context. She participates in international conferences whose themes relate Contemporary Art with Social Sciences and Humanities for the critical thinking about cities today. In 2010 her book “A construção do Lugar pela arte contemporânea” was published by Humus Editions. Since 1995 she has been teaching courses and workshops in the practical and theoretical fields of Contemporary Art in several institutions.
Her artistic practice consists of installations and proposals for actions that act as 'ephemeral architectures' which catalyze the perception/relation of the individual to with the 'permanent architectures' where it lies.