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Porto Design Biennale: Open Call for Satellite Projects (Portugal)

A man is abseiling down an incredibly long concrete pipe. Below him is a spherical floating robot thing, like a space probe.

The upcoming edition of Porto Design Biennale will take place from 19 October - 3 December 2023 in the cities of Porto and Matosinhos, Portugal. The event will feature a range of exhibitions, installations, and projects, all curated by Fernando Brízio, exploring the theme ‘Being Water: How we flow together and shape each other’.

As part of this year’s event, the organisers have announced an Open Call for Satellite Projects, inviting designers and cultural agents to submit their proposals related to the theme. This is an opportunity for artists to show their work and express critical interpretations of the general theme through debates, workshops, exhibitions, publications, interventions, and collaborations.

The event proposes a transdisciplinary laboratory platform of observation, reflection, creativity, and learning, which will act simultaneously in the visible and invisible, organic and inorganic, and ephemeral spectra of water. The platform-laboratory is ‘hydrated’ through six proposals, namely ‘Promethean Beasts: Shapes of the human’, ‘Magical Reality: Living with the un/known’, ‘Bodies of Water: Where water becomes common - vegetable matter, meat, mineral’, ‘Dynamic Landscapes: Dancing margins, borders that don’t exist’, ‘Flying Rivers: Rethinking the sources, uses, and representations of water’, and ‘Affective Geologies: The living history of a recipe’.

Up to ten selected projects will receive monetary support, with grants of 3000, 6000, and 9000 EUR available according to the nature, relevance, and dimensions of the project, to cover full or partial implementation.


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