Second City

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Nashin Mahtani. Jakarta (2017). Courtesy: Petabencana

@ The New Art Fest ’17


Second City—the future of art in society

A collaborative project run by Antonio Cerveira Pinto

“A precise plan (…) cannot be fixed in advance. If it is to be an open, organic plan, it must grow from the hands of the community itself.” Christopher Alexander (1975)

Second City is the second historical stage of evolution of those modern cities brought to us by the Second Industrial Revolution (1870-1940). After having physically networked the world through mechanical transportation, wired telecommunications, clean, functional and densified (vertical) housing, new food conservation technologies, sanitation, pain killers and health drugs, representative democracy and women’s liberation, as well as education and welfare state solidarity, we are now entering a new stage of technological evolution. This frenzy trend has many names: 4th Industrial Revolution, Digital Society 4.0, knowledge revolution (and the great cognitive divide…), cultural dematerialization, ubiquity society, mixed reality, and so far.

Following several discussions since the beginning of 2017, it is time to take this platform into the public realm, so that we can expand the dialogue and attract more thinkers, more artists, more technologists, and a few business angels!

VENUE

This year’s festival will take place at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência (MUHNAC), in Lisbon. Opening: November 10. Closing: November 30


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António Cerveira Pinto
Photo: Mariana Castro, 2017

The curator’s blog

I invite you to explore this blog as an exploratory scrapbook of  The New Art Fest.

You will notice this is not a conventional exhibition. As it deals with offline and online worlds, this festival is also and necessarily an art and a meta-art event. As it happens in an expanded world, where the most money disappeared into fiscal heavens or is being captured by the central banks and governments of the world, this is a new normal show and a penniless one!

Lisbon will be again the physical interface of The New Art Fest. This means that we still have a few good institutional and private friends, as well as artists, technologists, and other cognitive experts, and free thinkers willing to join the party.

This year’s venue will take place in a magnificent 18th Century indoor royal horse arena recuperated for exhibitions and other events in one of the busiest and most visited cultural districts of Lisbon — Bairro Alto. This old noble space designed and built for training horses and swordplay belongs to the National Museum of Science and Natural History, one of The New Art Fest’s generous partner.

We are working hard to make this second edition of the festival palatable. My idea is to build a global community of creative people around this event. To meet this desire I decided to include all artists and exhibitors that participated in last year’s festival in the coming show. This is only possible taking Lisbon as a post-internet city, where material and immaterial beings, representations and objects may converge through electronic devices and interactive platforms.

My idea is to build a global community of post-contemporary creative people around this event. To meet this desire I decided to include all artists and exhibitors that participated in last year’s festival in the coming show. This is only possible taking Lisbon as a post-internet city, where material and immaterial beings, representations and objects may converge through electronic devices and interactive platforms.

The New Art Fest is a post-internet art exhibition learning how to deal with expanded realities and new economic rules.

I wish you would find this idea interesting and cooperate with me and the production team: Ocupart.

Your feedback is most useful to us.

Thank you.


The New Art Fest @ a glance

Section 1

The Vision

There’s a new electronic realm growing in Lisbon: Second City.

We are presently working on its vision.

  • networks (1870-1984) (1984-2030)
  • Internet
  • hybrid media
  • city markers
  • moving and browsing

Section 2

LisboaCidadeAberta

Post-internet Lisbon needs a new map.

Post-internet maps need city markers.

Art Objects in electronic mirrors are closer than they appear!

The New Art Fest welcome material as well as immaterial art exhibits.

TOPICS: post-internet city, electronic city, cloud computing, deep data, deep mapping, immaterial artifacts, mixed reality, hybrids, locative media, knowledge-intensive based art.

Locative media artists were the very first ones to foresee the possibilities of using mobile technologies (including GPS devices and cell phones) to reframe the relationships between people and spaces (Hemment 2004, 2006; Tuters and Varnelis 2006; Rueb 2007) — in Adriana de Souza e Silva and Mimi Sheller. Mobility and Locative Media; Mobile communication in hybrid spaces.

Section 3

The mobile tourist

A sociological exhibition on tourism and digital mobility.

Section 4

Brain gain

Lisbon and the growing expat community. A post-national/post-colonial workshop on multinational and multicultural cooperative practices. Beginning a cognitive map of Lisbon.

Section 5

Programme

  1. LisboaCidadeAberta: art and agency: new indexes, new prototypes, new agents, new patients (applying Alfred Gell’s categorization to post-contemporary art).
  2. LisboaCidadeAberta: gentrification is bad. What about tourism? A positive approach to new mobility patterns.
  3. LisboaCidadeAberta: brain gain is good. There is a new cognitive community working in Lisbon. Let’s meet them!

Section 6

Diagram


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