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31 May 2019
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International conference: On the Surface

The program of this conference comprises three roundtables on which photography is explored as a significant research instrument for building critical and innovative views on architecture as an extended field of knowledge that operates within larger systems, with cultural, artistic, technical, and historical dimensions. The focus of this 5th edition on the publicness of urban space, aims to question how different dimensions of the public sphere may be meaningfully understood or reframed through different lenses and perspectives. At the heart of this debate is the contemporary discussion that the image of the city is in itself modified within the very process of change according to specific sensorial and cognitive conditions, for example, to understand better how other dimensions or diverse data as geographic information of urban environments at very fine scales or resolutions (for example, trajectories data about human activities) combine with architectural formal and spatial aspects of legibility as Kevin Lynch´s five elements or others alike and influence the legibility or imageability of contemporary cities. All these interconnections and combinations can be explored in order to infer how they may originate the possibility of establishing new spatial connections in an expanded territory of cosmopolitan interaction. Within this broader discussion, each roundtable will address the following issues, among other questions posed by the invited authors.



09:30 Opening Session

Pedro Gadanho (MAAT)
José Miguel Rodrigues (FAUP)
Olívia da Silva (ESMAD)
Pedro Leão Neto (FAUP)


10:00 Opening keynote speaker:
Marco Iuliano (30’)


10:45 Panel #1 - Visual Spaces of Change through Digital Images
Keynote speaker: Beate Gütschow (30´)
Moderated by Pedro Leão Neto


45 - 55' debate | Participants:
Beate Gütschow
Katarina Andjelkovic: Visually reinventing architecture in the pre-cinematic scenario of Idris Khan’s photographs (12´)
Zeca Osorio: Images in Dispute: Olympic Rio and Vila Autódromo (12´)


Along the lunch-break (1,30 min), photography works of the scopio Photoweek and the project Visual Spaces of Change (VSC) will be displayed


14:30 Panel #2 - Reframing the Public Space through Artistic and Documentary Photography on Architecture
Keynote speaker: Bas Princen (30´)
Moderated by Iñaki Bergera


45 - 55' debate | Participants:

Bas Princen
Ana Miriam: Clareira: towards a phenomenological perspective in the representation of architectural space (12´)
Apostolos Kyriazis: Behavioral mapping of Abu Dhabi’s public spaces: Urban research photography and cultural clashes (12´)
Cristina Gastón: Atlas Interactive. Visual Register or Urban Architecture (12´)


16:30 PANEL #3 - Architecture and Urban Space in the History of Photography
Keynote speaker: Gloria Moure (30´)
Moderated by Pedro Gadanho


45 - 55' debate | Participants:

Gloria Moure
Ana Amado & Andrés Patiño: The invisible villages. Up-to-date Images of Settlement in Spain (12´)
Mariana von Hartenthal: Bodies in Brasília: from candangos to rock bands (12´)

SUN Haode: A visual technological enthusiasm: industrial urban spectacle: study on “Tenth Anniversary” commemorative photographic albums of China (12´)
18:30 Closing keynote speaker Paolo Rosselli (20´)






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