After a busy September full of new exhibitions, it’s time for even more events. What I recommend, is to follow and visit various art festivals in the city. Besides the one which I mention below, check out Temps d'Images Lisboa, which is dedicated to performative and visual arts in an experimental and interdisciplinary way. Secondly, doclisboa a film festival with the aim to search for a freedom in film and explore the new problems that cinematic image implies.
Exhibition: 8.ª Abertura de Ateliês de Artistas
Artists: Various Artists
Venue: Various Locations
Dates: 13th to the 15th of October, 2017
Between 13th and 15th of October there will be an amazing opportunity to visit artists studios in Lisbon. It’s eight edition of the event, which is called 8.ª Abertura de Ateliês de Artistas and there are more than eighty participants opening their ateliers in order to introduce visitors to what they do. It will be great opportunity for research about Portuguese artists of all mediums, styles and age. Also, perfect occasion to learn more about not touristic spots and neighborhoods of the capital.
Sottile sfumatura di rumore is a solo exhibition by João Ferro Martins, one of my favourite Portuguese artists. In this project he transformed the gallery space into a film set, full of unpredictable objects, making connections between them and his previous artworks. Visiting it is like a game, a puzzle for the viewer, what happened here or what will happen in the future? The works reflect a rich universe and the disquieting formal exploration that Ferro Martins pursues in sci-fi, technique, notions of performance and art history in a production that points generically to cinematographic practice.
In Oval Gallery of MAAT visitors can find a new sound and video installation by American artist, Bill Fontana, which was created especially for Lisbon. The exhibition space is built of seven projections with dynamic sound and a livestreaming video component. Fontana used sonority from the 25th of April Bridge which crosses the Tagus river (iconic symbols of Lisbon) and amplified them until they acquired a musical quality.