Architectures of Image, Images of Architecture
26.03 – 09.04.202
Curator: Frederico Vicente
Architectures of image/ Images of architecture is a dialogue and debate between audio-visual professionals, who discuss a physical feed of photographs reminiscent of social media in informal conversations. The background is a design exercise, a mood board of voids and gaps on a grid subject to purely subjective criteria. An archive under construction is created, containing photographs illustrating national contemporary architectural production (or architecture on national territory). We brought together Instagrammers, amateur photographers and architects, establishing an overview of how architecture is conveyed to non-architects, clients and users.
The relationship between architecture and photography is nothing new. In Atlas Mnemosyne, Aby Warburg (1866-1929) presented an anachronistic vision of the history of civilisation. Visual knowledge or knowledge through images, and successive correlations between images. Images that are artistic manifestations of the world, whose architecture is one of the models. As a social network, Instagram (2010) combines these two algorithms: reflections on the image and iconographic archiving (digital memory).
Instagram made it possible to communicate architecture to a far wider audience. Twelve years on, it has proven to be less of a social network with filters and nostalgic memories and more of an archive of contemporary culture.
Unlike the work of a photographer, who visits a building with the aim of documenting it for a commission, photography enthusiasts feed hashtags, looking for the best angle: the aesthetic relationships, scale, colour and clarity of the decoration. Both practices involve framing. An image conveying the building, capable of creating engagement and allowing it to be seen, clicked on, liked and shared. Recognition is measured by a scattered set of factors, which are lost in an instant as thumbs scroll up and down.
This new interaction between photography and architecture raises a number of questions. How can we communicate architecture in a 1:1 or 4:5 format? Are illusions of imagined, manipulable, created architectures legitimate? What buildings can be found in these digital utopias? Is there an Instagrammable architecture? Is Instagram responsible for a two-dimensional experience of space? What is the importance of architecture in these fictional scenarios? Can we see ourselves in these places? Do architects mediate the conversation between space and image (or do they allow themselves to get caught up in the artifice of promotion)? Equally, the image wall provokes discussion of architecture as icon, which takes part of the spotlight.
Participants: Adriano Mura; Alexandre Coelho Lima; Ana Catarina Silva; Ana Filipa Paisano; Ana Gil; António Fonseca; António Sardo; Bruno Gonçalves; Bruno Silva; Carolina Fernandes; Dinis Santos; Diogo Oleiro; Diogo Oliveira; Fábio Peixoto; Filipe SJ; Giordano Delazeri; Gonçalo Castro; Gonçalo Duarte Pacheco; Gonçalo Gomes; Joana Anjos; Joana Barrelas; João Meneses; João Oliveira; Joy Teixeira; Laura Deus; Madalena Menezes; Manuel Louro; Marcos Moreira; Margarida Pinto; Margarida Reis Pereira; Marta Ferreira; Matilde Aleixo; Miguel; Pedro Brum Silveira; Pedro Dias; Philippe Simões; Raul Cabrera; Rita Neves; Rodolfo Ferro; Susana Café; Yago Barbosa.
Text and Photos: Frederico Vicente
Support: DG Artes/Ministry of Culture and Criatório, Ágora – Cultura e Desporto, E.M.