Bacterial Art Starts a Debate on Money and International Borders

We have been told over and over that bacteria are everywhere around us, especially on your smartphone screen. But most of us haven’t stopped to reflect on the fact — and consequences — of bacteria being all over our money. A scientific study by the New York University called the Dirty Money Project revealed in 2014 the presence of 3,000…

O Campo da Consciência

Uma homenagem a Alfred Gell. Foi na realidade este precocemente desaparecido antropólogo que me levou a confiar sem hesitar numa artista que acabara de conhecer depois de uma troca de emails. Quer no pensamento fora da caixa que aportou ao primeiro painel que a Web Summit dedicou à cultura artística contemporânea, quer no êxito da colaboração entre…

Montemor, pequenas utopias são possíveis

Em Montemor-o-Novo, uma pequenina cidade alentejana com menos de 12 mil habitantes, a 100 Km de Lisboa, existe uma comunidade cultural provavelmente única em Portugal. Os seus principais polos de atração são O Espaço do Tempo, centro coreográfico nascido no ano 2000, e dirigido por Rui Horta, situado no antigo Convento da Saudação, em pleno…

Oficinas do Convento

Twenty years of an amazing cultural work by a collective of artists living in Montemor-o-Novo (Portugal). Oficinas do Convento, a place where experimental art meets its human inner source and reconnects itself with Mother Earth. What an inspiring journey!      

Artists, beware!

This is something new Contemporary artists, beware of angry independent people! Anti-Gentrification Activists Protest Laura Owens Exhibition at the Whitney Museum An alliance of activists from Los Angeles and New York highlighted the role of the artist and her dealer, Gavin Brown, in artwashing the gentrification of working-class neighborhoods.   Benjamin Sutton: What is it about…

Boom 2018

Beyond digital? Up to a point, yes! The hippies are back, but with a twist. Science and politics did not solve our major problem as a civilization: how can we escape from an extinction caused by our own conspicuous consumerism and exponential growth? Boom festival has been said to be a Burning Man without frontiers. Agostinho da…

Silvestre Pestana: Poemas avatar

A new literacy is needed. Pioneering artist Silvestre Pestana is looking for mobile phones as a new tabula rasa, to begin new learning curves for the youngest. “I am beginning the deliberate production of a poetic, through social media, addressed to the Portuguese digital natives, who are failing in the examinations of the Portuguese nuclear…

Three women talking about art @ Web Summit 2017

Zoë Henry, Maria Lopes and Crimson Rose @ Web Summit 2017. The presence of artist Maria Lopes in this panel discussion is a happy outcome of the collaboration between The New Art Fest and Web Summit.

Art in society

Left Hand Rotation Alfama is Marching, 2017 A documentary of Left Hand Rotation for the project ALFAMA É MARCHA. Months before the beginning of the Popular Saints begin the trials of the popular march in Alfama neighbors of all the generations submerge in the preparations. A sense of belonging permeates every alley in a neighborhood…

Bem-vindo René Bértholo!

René Bertholo, 2002. O futuro começou há muito tempo. Gostaria de convidar o René, lá do éter para onde partiu em 2005, a regressar, se não em corpo, em obra. Um artista e uma obra virtual que acabo de incluir no The New Art Fest ’17. Bem-vindo René! René Bertholo, “Um Argentino no Deserto”, CD…

Björk and the ninth album

  “When I DJ, I’ll be crying over the most beautiful Bollywood vocals in the universe, and then I’ll play the most brutal, banging techno set for half an hour straight,” says Björk. “I’ve always had this taste. I like things that are pretty, and I like things that are very brutal.” (…) For Björk,…

Nashin Mahtani—CogniCity

#test @petabencana #banjir #flood Heavy rush of water causes bridge to collapse in BayWalk Plaza #Jakarta #testonly pic.twitter.com/jELBCfzfBz — Nashin Mahtani (@nashin_mahtani) August 25, 2017 #test @petabencana #banjir #flood water at 1.2m high on Innovation Road. Cars submerged, unable to move #testonly pic.twitter.com/2HeVsMrwa9 — Nashin Mahtani (@nashin_mahtani) August 25, 2017 #test @petabencana #banjir #flood Emergency…