COUNTER-ARCHITECTURE #1 REALITY/FANTASY
RE- CONSTRUCTING REALITY
Counter-architecture is a collaborative research-project taking place between September of 2020 and January of 2021 — four performative actions, four talks and four debates that will result in a green paper, in the year where Lisbon is the European Green Capital, aimed to think the future of what we call “urbanity”.
Reality / Fantasy
Institutions maintain a kind of fiction of the world, as a narrative, allowing them to survive in a very concrete reality which, paradoxically, does not strictly correspond to that fiction. This is only possible because there is a tension between what should be, as a project, and what is, as a reality. This “should be” emerges as a representation of an orderly institutional world, giving meaning to the particular goals of each institution. The "is" corresponds to the raw and naked reality that Science, at each given moment, allows us to describe. In most cases, we then realize that what we call “sense” is a construction of the power. Architecture is, without a doubt, the scenic background of all this (as a frame, which alternately becomes static or dynamic).
Session #1/4 — Reality / Fantasy
maat: stage 1 and live-streaming
Performative Action with Teatro Praga: Counter-architecture: Reality/Fantasy (w/ english subtitles)
Videoconference with Rania Ghosn/Design Earth: “Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment” (in english)
Debate with Miguel Ferreira Mendes, Pedro Matos Soares, Susana Fonseca, Viriato Soromenho-Marques and Alexandra Paio [moderator] (in portuguese w/ simultaneous translation into English for live-streaming channel)