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JANUARY, 14 TO 29

Vaivém/To-and-fro Priscila Fernandes

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Public program in partnership between CIAJG and Sismógrafo (Porto)
Creative connection between Porto and Guimarães, based on the work of Priscila Fernandes

“Vaivém” [To-and-Fro] arises from a creative flow shared between Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (Guimarães) and Sismógrafo (Porto), based on the work of artist Priscila Fernandes. The solo exhibitions “Leisure School” and “Make it Bounce”, presented simultaneously in the two cities, serve as a starting point for a public program that deepens reflections present in the artist's work: the notions of leisure and fun as strategies for coping with expectations of work and productivity. The expression “shuttle” emphasizes the pendular movement between the two cities that this program proposes, while at the same time evoking diversions and entertainment.


At CIAJG, the exhibition “Escola de Lazer” (on view from 2 October 2021 to 12 February 2022), curated by Marta Mestre, presents an important body of work by Priscila Fernandes and covers three recent series of painting, installation, video and photography – “Never Touch the Ground ” (2020), “Labour Series” (2020) and “Free. To from Whatever We” (2018). At Sismógrafo, Fernandes presents her most recent work in video format, which gives the exhibition its name – “Make it Bounce” – and the artist's book “The Waterslide of Abstract Art”, edited by Sismógrafo.


Priscila Fernandes' work – installations, painting, photography, books – focuses on the historical, cultural and economic construction of the work/leisure binomial, and its influence on artistic perception and creation. The myths associated with abundance and leisure (for example, the medieval myth of Cocanha), as well as the forms of appropriation of non-work time by capital through the most diverse activities, including the dissemination of consumption, are vectors from the research of the artist. Through a speculative and fictional approach, her work raises concrete questions about the idea of individual and collective freedom, especially in the context of the widespread precariousness of work in our society.

PROGRAMME


friday, january 14

17:00–21:00 @ Sismógrafo, Porto


Exhibition opening “Make it Bounce”

Sismógrafo presents “Make it Bounce”, the most recent video work by Priscila Fernandes. Inspired by Dutch children's television programs, “Make it Bounce” explores the relationship between leisure inventions and the history of modern art.


Book launch “The Waterslide of Abstract Art”

Result of a continuous and endless investigation, “The Waterslide of Abstract Art”, presents us in book format a comparative exercise between leisure and abstract art over more than a century of history; it is a publication edited by Sismógrafo and designed by Macedo Cannatà.




saturday, january 15

Shuttle Porto – Guimarães – Porto

14:30 @ Sismógrafo, Porto

Visit to the exhibition “Make it Bounce”

Viagem de autocarro Porto – Guimarães


16:00 @ CIAJG, Guimarães 

Visit to the exhibition “Leisure School” and talk with the artist


Sismógrafo and CIAJG are mandatory stops on an itinerary of walks and conversations motivated by the artist Priscila Fernandes' exhibitions in both cities. Registration via e-mail: bilheteira@aoficina.pt




monday, january 17

14:30–18:30 @ CIAJG, Guimarães (salas 9, 10 e 11)

“Laboratório Vivo” with the artist Priscila Fernandes


“Laboratório Vivo” [Live Laboratory] is an action that connects guest artists and students from the School of Art and Architecture / University of Minho, with the aim of developing critical thinking and enhancing the exchange of experiences, work processes and artistic paths. This is an action of the “Triangular” project, a partnership between the CIAJG, the CAAA and the School of Art and Architecture / Universidade do Minho. This activity is aimed at students and professors of the University of Minho.




saturday, january 22

16:00–19:00 @ Sismógrafo, Porto

We want to rest – Poster making workshop

By José Oliveira (Rua do Sol Colective)


Starting from a playful activity and a subsequent critical reflection on the idea of leisure, a collective workshop for creating and placing posters begins. The final posters will be the result of reflection on leisure relationships with the development of the idea of immaterial work, the transformation of leisure into merchandise or as a moment of production of added value. The activity will be divided into two moments. At first there will be an optional trip to the Roman baths in Bande. In the second moment, taking place at Sismógrafo, we will start the poster workshop.



saturday, january 29

16:00–16:30 @ CIAJG, Guimarães (room 10)

Activation of the Cronology “The Waterslide of Abstract Art”

A multi-voice reading by Sismógrafo


Work, leisure. What is one? What is the other? How are they related? Each member of Sismógrafo chooses a text that is read aloud. In this sharing, historical moments, places, ways of living and thinking will cross.


17:00–19:00 @ CIAJG, Guimarães (piso 0)

Talk “Art: Immaterial Work, Leisure, Business”

With: Pedro Levi Bismarck (editor of Punkto magazine and architect), Paulo Mendes (curator and artist), Max Fernandes (artist), AAVP – Associação de Artistas Visuais em Portugal (Rita Castro Neves and Daniel Moreira) and Priscila Fernandes (artist). Moderation: Marta Mestre (CIAJG) and Rodrigo Camacho (Sismógrafo)


Depending on the Covid-19 rules, it may be necessary to present a negative test to participate in the activities.


The artist is by definition one who has a passion for work. This socially shared perception contributed to associating artistic work with the vocation and easy performance of a gift, favouring the absence of canonical work relationships. On the other hand, in recent decades, artistic work has been transformed by globalization and the emergence of the digital world, reinforcing its immateriality. Material production does not disappear but loses relevance, and “informational content” gains expression through ideas, trends or identities shared by physically distant communities. Cultural industries, to which many museums and public policies are associated, intensify the circulation of “goods” produced, as well as digital social networks. Can immateriality be read as an emancipatory resistance to the logic of capital? Or is it a symptom of a growing precariousness in the conditions of artistic work? How do artists organize their work and understand the challenges to its expression? What alternative models do you develop to give expression to artistic work? CIAJG and Sismógrafo are cultural entities committed to debating the place of artists in society and promoting balanced cultural and economic exchanges. The conversation will take place in the CIAJG room where the photographs of “Labour Series” are displayed, and brings together artists, researchers and collectives to debate the challenges and specificities of artistic work.

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PROGRAMME


friday, january 14

17:00–21:00 @ Sismógrafo, Porto


Exhibition opening “Make it Bounce”

Sismógrafo presents “Make it Bounce”, the most recent video work by Priscila Fernandes. Inspired by Dutch children's television programs, “Make it Bounce” explores the relationship between leisure inventions and the history of modern art.


Book launch “The Waterslide of Abstract Art”

Result of a continuous and endless investigation, “The Waterslide of Abstract Art”, presents us in book format a comparative exercise between leisure and abstract art over more than a century of history; it is a publication edited by Sismógrafo and designed by Macedo Cannatà.




saturday, january 15

Shuttle Porto – Guimarães – Porto

14:30 @ Sismógrafo, Porto

Visit to the exhibition “Make it Bounce”

Viagem de autocarro Porto – Guimarães


16:00 @ CIAJG, Guimarães 

Visit to the exhibition “Leisure School” and talk with the artist


Sismógrafo and CIAJG are mandatory stops on an itinerary of walks and conversations motivated by the artist Priscila Fernandes' exhibitions in both cities. Registration via e-mail: bilheteira@aoficina.pt




monday, january 17

14:30–18:30 @ CIAJG, Guimarães (salas 9, 10 e 11)

“Laboratório Vivo” with the artist Priscila Fernandes


“Laboratório Vivo” [Live Laboratory] is an action that connects guest artists and students from the School of Art and Architecture / University of Minho, with the aim of developing critical thinking and enhancing the exchange of experiences, work processes and artistic paths. This is an action of the “Triangular” project, a partnership between the CIAJG, the CAAA and the School of Art and Architecture / Universidade do Minho. This activity is aimed at students and professors of the University of Minho.




saturday, january 22

16:00–19:00 @ Sismógrafo, Porto

We want to rest – Poster making workshop

By José Oliveira (Rua do Sol Colective)


Starting from a playful activity and a subsequent critical reflection on the idea of leisure, a collective workshop for creating and placing posters begins. The final posters will be the result of reflection on leisure relationships with the development of the idea of immaterial work, the transformation of leisure into merchandise or as a moment of production of added value. The activity will be divided into two moments. At first there will be an optional trip to the Roman baths in Bande. In the second moment, taking place at Sismógrafo, we will start the poster workshop.



saturday, january 29

16:00–16:30 @ CIAJG, Guimarães (room 10)

Activation of the Cronology “The Waterslide of Abstract Art”

A multi-voice reading by Sismógrafo


Work, leisure. What is one? What is the other? How are they related? Each member of Sismógrafo chooses a text that is read aloud. In this sharing, historical moments, places, ways of living and thinking will cross.


17:00–19:00 @ CIAJG, Guimarães (piso 0)

Talk “Art: Immaterial Work, Leisure, Business”

With: Pedro Levi Bismarck (editor of Punkto magazine and architect), Paulo Mendes (curator and artist), Max Fernandes (artist), AAVP – Associação de Artistas Visuais em Portugal (Rita Castro Neves and Daniel Moreira) and Priscila Fernandes (artist). Moderation: Marta Mestre (CIAJG) and Rodrigo Camacho (Sismógrafo)


Depending on the Covid-19 rules, it may be necessary to present a negative test to participate in the activities.


The artist is by definition one who has a passion for work. This socially shared perception contributed to associating artistic work with the vocation and easy performance of a gift, favouring the absence of canonical work relationships. On the other hand, in recent decades, artistic work has been transformed by globalization and the emergence of the digital world, reinforcing its immateriality. Material production does not disappear but loses relevance, and “informational content” gains expression through ideas, trends or identities shared by physically distant communities. Cultural industries, to which many museums and public policies are associated, intensify the circulation of “goods” produced, as well as digital social networks. Can immateriality be read as an emancipatory resistance to the logic of capital? Or is it a symptom of a growing precariousness in the conditions of artistic work? How do artists organize their work and understand the challenges to its expression? What alternative models do you develop to give expression to artistic work? CIAJG and Sismógrafo are cultural entities committed to debating the place of artists in society and promoting balanced cultural and economic exchanges. The conversation will take place in the CIAJG room where the photographs of “Labour Series” are displayed, and brings together artists, researchers and collectives to debate the challenges and specificities of artistic work.

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