Space Transcribers

PT/EN

May 2019

PLACE / DISPLACE

Maia Bienal of Contemporary Art ‘19

Place/Displace proposes to make visible and foster a more profound debate on multiple scale issues applied to concepts of consumption, value, exchange, displacement, spatial and temporal movements.
 

For the 2019 edition of the Maia Contemporary Art Biennial, the team of curators led by Andreia Garcia, and by Diogo Aguiar and Javier Peña Ibáñez, decided to decentralize the Biennial by deploying maritime containers in several geographical points in the municipality of Maia to receive multiple artistic interventions. Space Transcribers were invited to intervene in the container located in the Praça do Exército Libertador, in Pedras Rubras, Maia, Portugal, where the weekly market is held.

Markets are and have always been an integral part of the contemporary city. More or less informal, markets are places of encounter, exhibition and exchange. They are spaces of a volatile and temporary nature, assembled and disassembled, bringing together the sale of products and objects, placed in or displaced, from places where they are implanted. On the one hand, these objects are placed in markets to be displayed and sold to a specific local customer. On the other, these objects are often displaced from their origin or geographical origins of production. In the interstice between placing and displacing the market's objects, narratives and socio-spatial relationships are hidden or unknown.

As a response to the Biennial's curatorial team's invitation, we produced the project Place/Displace, an installation suggested directly by the program - the market - and by the specific site of intervention - the square. The installation is structured around a set of exposed objects negotiated, bought and sent, from different geographical points of the globe to the exhibition space.

Over two months, three activities were developed parallel to the exhibition: (Un)Weaving the Market Stories; Weaving the Market Geographies; and Debate and Auction in the Market. The activities were used as performative and pedagogic acts. They aimed to incite debate on issues related to the exchange, consumption and displacement of objects.

 

CONCEPTION AND ASSEMBLY

Belen Zevallos
Daniel Duarte Pereira
Fernando P. Ferreira
João Maia
Sara Ferreira
 

Audiovisual installation,
Exhibition of multiple objects
 

DATA

May to July, 2019
 

LUGAR

Pedras Rubras, Maia, Portugal
 

Installation carried out within the scope of the Maia ’19 Contemporary Art Biennial with general curatorship by Andreia Garcia and co-curatorship in the disciplinary axis of architecture by Diogo Aguiar Javier Peña Ibáñez.

 

Datasheet

PLACE/DISPLACE
Maia Biennial of Contemporary Art ‘19

Feira de Pedras Rubras, Maia
May to July, 2019
 

Audiovisual installation,
exhibition of multiple objects
 

Promotors
Maia City Council — Department of Culture
 

PROGRAMME DEVELOPED IN THE CONTEXT
Celebrations of the 500 years — Foral da Maia
 

CHIEF CURATOR
Andreia Garcia
 

CO-CURATORS OF THE DISCIPLINARY AXIS OF ARCHITECTURE
Diogo Aguiar
Javier Peña Ibáñez
 

CONCEPTION AND ASSEMBLY OF THE PLACE/DISPLACE INSTALLATION
Belen Zevallos
Daniel Duarte Pereira
Fernando P. Ferreira
João Silva e Maia
Sara Ferreira
 

INSTALLATION PARTICIPANTS
Amélie Fontaine, Lille, France
Ana Patrícia Gomes e Luís Lima, Wien, Austria
Belen Zevallos, Heidelberg, Germany
Cidália Silva Ferreira, Alcobaça, Portugal
Daniel Duarte Pereira, Braga, Portugal
David Robles, Mexico City, Mexico
Fernando P. Ferreira, London, UK
Karel Van Oordt Montalvo, Delft, Holand
Luis Ardila, Karlsruhe, Germany
Nuno Morais, Paris, France
Sara Ferreira, Serpa, Portugal
 

VIDEO EDIT SUPPORT
Daniel Macedo
 

PARALLEL PROGRAM
(UN)WEAVING THE MARKET STORIES
June 6th 2019
WEAVING THE MARKET GEOGRAPHIES
June 11th 2019
DEBATE AND AUCTION IN THE MARKET
July 4th 2019
 

Coordination of activities
Fernando P. Ferreira
Belen Zevallos
 

Participants
Students of the LAV — Visual Arts Studies of the University of Minho
Marketers of Pedras Rubras’ Market
 

Support
Association of Former Students of the Primary School of Pedras Rubras
 

Acknowledgements
Karel Von Oordt Montalvo
Mónica Faria
Natacha Antão
Nuno Pedrosa
Pedro Sousa Faria