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What is the Archive?

“What is the Archive?”, a series of meetings organized by the Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa, aims to question the concept and practices of contemporary archiving in the context of their current destabilization by profound changes brought by the new media.


Até Sat, 25 March 2017
All Day

Closed on Tuesdays, January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25


Modern Collection – Multi-Use Room
R. Dr. Nicolau Bettencourt, Lisbon
(+351) 217 823 474
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Free entrance

Throughout 2017 and 2018, several laboratories will be organized as spaces of reflection where, each time, this same question will be posed from different perspectives and fields of work.

In the first of these moments of reflection, developed in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the question will be launched from the field of the Arts. Laboratory I: Art/Archive will take place from 23 – 25 March at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Modern Collection Building, and will be attended by artists, curators, philosophers, programmers, historians and researchers.




Thursday 23 March, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Working table 1: What is the Archive? Epistemological and ontological approaches
Presentation of works by José Luís Neto and Pedro Lagoa, followed by a discussion with Ana Bigotte Vieira, António Guerreiro, João Oliveira Duarte and Maria Filomena Molder


Friday 24 March, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Working table 2: What can the Archive do? Appropriation and reconfiguration of archives
Presentation of works by Daniel Barroca and Filipa César, followed by a discussion with José Manuel Costa, Nuno Faria and Patrícia Leal


Saturday 25 March, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Round table: Symptomatology – the Archive and its relationship with the Arts
A look at the relationship between art and the archive, with presentations by Ana Janeiro, Anabela Bravo, Antonia Gaeta, Catarina Simão, Célia Ferreira, Elisa Noronha, Filipa Guimarães, Isabel Costa, Magna Ferreira, Maria Ganem, Miguel Bonneville, Rui Dias Monteiro, Rui Mourão, Sandra Camacho and Stefanie Baumann


Saturday 25 March, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Working table 3: When is there an Archive? Institutional tension in the construction of the archive
Presentation of works by André Amálio and André Guedes, followed by a discussion with Ana Gandum, Delfim Sardo and Liliana Coutinho