Category Archives: Articles and Reports

Acervo da Laje. Trabalhando com a memória

José Eduardo Ferreira Santos é pedagogo (UCSAL), mestre em Psicologia (UFBA), doutor em Saúde Pública (UFBA), pós – doutor em Cultura Contemporânea (PACC – UFRJ), curador do Acervo da Laje. Luigi Galimberti é editor do site

Luigi Galimberti: O que é o Acervo da Laje?

José Eduardo Ferreira Santos: O Acervo da Laje é um espaço de memória estética e artística das periferias de Salvador, na Bahia. Funciona em duas casas no bairro do São João do Cabrito, Plataforma, área caracterizada durante muito tempo como perigosa por conta da pobreza e da violência. Continue reading Acervo da Laje. Trabalhando com a memória


Texto escrito por Azu Nwagbogu para a exposição Foam X African Artists' Foundation, 19 de maio - 16 de julho de 2017, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. The text is also available in English!

“Eis que o povo é um, e todos têm uma mesma língua; e isto é o que começam a fazer; e agora, não haverá restrição para tudo o que eles intentarem fazer.”
Gênesis, capítulo 11, versículo 6

Quando foi a última vez que você viu um protagonista africano, uma pessoa negra em uma narrativa de ficção cujo caráter é aprimorado e inspirador? Talvez em uma história em quadrinhos, ou como James Bond, em uma série de TV conhecida, com certeza alguma coisa no cinema? Enquanto você faz essa busca, apresento aqui três jovens líderes globais africanos que rompem com essa narrativa. Mũchiri Njenga, Kadara Enyeasi e Osborne Macharia estão reformulando nossa realidade contemporânea através de narrativas ficcionais utilizando meios que se valem de lentes. Continue reading Afrofuturismo

Speculations on the Fifth Income

This article by Pedro Victor Brandão is part of the project "Between Crowds and Empires", a multimedia online publication on the collaborative economy. It was firstly published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

During the month of March 2015 I went to Panama along with the critic and curator Beatriz Lemos to develop a research after her invitation to join the Central-American phase of the project Lastro – intercâmbios livres em arte [free exchanges in art].

Researching the history of the country, we learned that Panama was under Spanish rule for almost 300 years (1538-1821). Previously part of the territory of Gran Colombia, in 1903 the United States of America and the Roosevelt administration, in dispute with Colombia, created the country, making the banking group JP Morgan the official fiscal agent of the new country. This was one of Roosevelt’s consolidations of the Monroe Doctrine in Central America. The creation of the country was based purely on commercial interests, including gaining full control of the Inter-Oceanic Canal that was under construction at the time, to be completed in 1914. The country’s image as a tax haven began there. Continue reading Speculations on the Fifth Income

Occupying Public Space in Brazil

Collectives and Bottom-up Initiatives. Learning from the Examples in Brazil. An article by Iva Čukić, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

The aggravation of social inequalities and poverty, and the rise of unemployment and existential uncertainty in Brazil, especially among young people, has driven various groups and individuals to seek niches beyond traditional social structures in the hope of discovering new possibilities and ways of (re-)action in order to achieve their desires and needs. Continue reading Occupying Public Space in Brazil

What Is Lost Is Lost Forever

An article by Sun Siwei 孙思维, as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016. The text was conceived for the discussion “Between Crowds and Empires / 群众和帝国之间” that took place at Goethe-Institut Beijing on 18 June 2016.


Yin and I were in Namsoo’s, a Yunnan restaurant near the Andingmen station, eating mushrooms. It started raining outside again. Continue reading What Is Lost Is Lost Forever

Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property

CTRL – Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property. A New Comprehensive Approach to the Music Market. An article by Margherita D'Andrea and Corrado Gemini as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

Summer 2016: the heat is oppressive as you book your house by the sea on Airbnb. You managed to organise seven special days of holiday.

After having filled all the places in the car with passengers who will share the cost of the journey with you, thanks to BlaBlaCar, you rush to prepare dinner for the Norwegian who’s passing through and will stay in your house next week while you’re away. Continue reading Rethinking Cultural Assets, De-Capitalising Intellectual Property

Digua Shequ 地瓜社区

An Underground Middle Path. How Does a Social Initiative Test Commercial Rule and the Common Good? An article by Chen Yiming 陈奕名 as published in the Transnational Dialogues Journal 2016.

The Digua Shequ 地瓜社区 community centre is a city basement renovation project  in Beijing initiated by Zhou Zishu 周子书. Two floors below the street, the basement was once a bomb shelter designed to withstand wartime air raids, before later becoming residential. Continue reading Digua Shequ 地瓜社区

Cultural Mobility in Brazil

Our friends at Embaixada Cultural have just published a not-to-be-missed guide on cultural mobility funding opportunities for Brazilian artists, cultural professionals, organisations and opportunities for non-Brazilians to develop projects and cultural mobility experiences in Brazil. This very useful resource could be downloaded for free in English or Portuguese (PDFs).

RareKind China

The exhibition RareKind China (Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, 5 Feb – 3 Apr 2016) will showcase the diverse visual identities of graffiti and street artists from China and the UK, who have been invited to create original work that responds to the CFCCA’s 30-year history and the international context of street art. Continue reading RareKind China

The Adventures in Mount Yu V (From Michel Foucault to Our Glorious Future)

by Tu Pei-Shih (杜珮詩)

玉山迷蹤 之五(從米歇爾.傅柯到我們的美好未來)透過拼貼各種史料、網路資訊、經典名著中的知識圖像與歷史文本影像,組成了一個具個人風格的虛構敘事主體—台灣的殖民史。這些大量且多元的歷史知識影像碎屑,不論出自經典或低解析的網路訊息,皆各自乘載其原有的文本指涉,以及對台灣史作為一大主體的描繪。結合這些影像碎屑以形成歷史敘事,我試圖傳達一項訊息:歷史是知識切片總和後的虛構。另方面,作品也隱喻知識與權力的關係:從影片開頭坐在草皮上思考的米歇爾.傅柯,到出現一群台灣早期頒布的國立編譯館教科書插畫中純真且青春洋溢的男孩女孩在森林中冒險為止,敘事皆朝著過去認知中的理型歷史脈絡發展;然而最後,天真的少男少女突如其來遇見一部軍旅車(藝術家黃榮燦的版畫《恐怖的檢查》中的軍旅車),並在槍戰中犧牲,過往被排除在主流知識價值之外的事件(228事件)便成了影片中的高潮。

English text below.
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Il Brasile moderno e contemporaneo: Testi liberi e gratuiti

I seguenti testi, che trattano in parte anche dei protagonisti dell’attuale Padiglione del Brasile alla 56° Biennale di Venezia, sono stati condivisi da Massimo Mazzone (Escuela Moderna/Ateneo Libertario – che ha partecipato alla discussione “Brecha Democrática”, organizzata in collaborazione con European Alternatives, Universidade Nômade e la Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, presso il S.a.L.E Docks a Venezia, 11 ottobre 2015.

Edifici concettuali e architetture: i modelli di rappresentazione della città immaginaria e della città reale

Arte Architettura Territorio vol. 1: Una raccolta di scritti di Vito Acconci, Vito Bucciarelli, Francesco Cellini, Vanni Codeluppi, Antonella Conte ecc.

Arte Architettura Territorio vol. 2 : Nicoletta Braga. Attualità nel corpo della performance. Una riflessione su corpo, natura e spazio urbano

[Cover photo taken at the Brazilian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale by Barbara Szaniecki; artwork by Antonio Manuel]