CAM in Motion: Filipa César

Piso Térreo, 2006

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From September until January, a shipping container located in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's garden will play host to a cycle of films from the CAM Collection, which is divided into three different parts.

In a shipping container installed in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s garden, you can view “Piso Térreo” (2006) by Filipa César. In 2006, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation commissioned Filipa César to make a work focused on the building. The result is a 40-minute video filmed on floor 02, in the corridors of the technical and other work areas, in what seems to be a kind of travelling, taking us through the basement, trapdoors and behind-the-scenes areas that are normally inaccessible. It is filmed at a fixed height of around one metre, from which we are able to progressively access the activities that constitute the basis of the building’s operation: objects, constructions, walls, people and gestures that reveal a concealed and fragmented reality.

Curator: Leonor Nazaré

Cycle of films: Is space real? 

The experience and instinctive interpretation of the spaces that each of us develops – spaces we inhabit, pass through or visit – is far less objective than we might first think: it results from a point of view and an inner disposition and purpose. The three moments of this cycle of films from the CAM Collection take us from real spaces in the Foundation, seen with a new and unexpected look, to spaces of assumed reverie and strangeness, through ways of fictionalising and narrating immersion in a natural space.

  • Spaces in the Foundation: The first part of this cycle takes us directly to spaces in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as the films were made there, and have been acquired in recent years. Films: I gave my love a cherry that had no stone (2016) by Emily Wardill and Piso Térreo (2006) by Filipa César.
  • Fictional approaches to nature: The second part of this cycle includes two films that relate to fictional approaches to nature. Films: Surrendering after Hamish (2004) by Bruno Pacheco and Golden Dawn (2011) by Salomé Lamas.
  • The parallel worlds of the unconscious: The third part of this cycle includes two films that mark the reveries or parallel worlds that exist as we move form the conscious to the unconscious. Films: Hereditas (2006) by Vasco Araújo and Hypnotic Suggestion (1993) by Jane e Louise Wilson.


CAM in Motion is an ‘outdoor’ programme that brings together a series of site-specific interventions by artists and exhibitions with works from the Collection in different spaces in the city of Lisbon and its surroundings. More info


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us through the Information Request form.

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