TEXTOS TEÓRICOS

Através do seu trabalho de investigação na academia, membros da ArtCom têm vindo a produzir diversos artigos teóricos sobre temas de interesse para o projecto interdisciplinar a que a associação se propõe, essencialmente nas áreas da crítica de Filme e de Teatro, Arte Digital e Urbanismo.

EDIÇÕES E LANÇAMENTOS

A ArtCom apoia a edição e o lançamento de obras dos seus membros e outras relevantes para os objectivos da associação. Desde 2003 editámos e/ou produzimos o lançamento de obras de teatro, filosofia, teoria do teatro, arquitectura, desenho urbano e urbanismo.  

Sensory Landscapes in Harold Pinter: a Study on Ecocriticism and Symbolist Aesthetics

by Graça P. Corrêa. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2012.  Within the emerging interdisciplinary scope of landscape theory, and taking as its object of study the work written for the stage by contemporary British playwright Harold Pinter, this book is the first sustained in-depth study that relates Pinter’s dramatic images and sensory landscapes to Symbolist theatre and theory, so as to disclose several unexplored ecocritical and micropolitical resonances of his theatre for our times. Ecocritically, Pinter’s landscapes evoke a sense of warning against the end of “nature,” or against the ending of vital connections between human and extra-human realities. Micropolitically, his …

Urban Design and Planning Policy

by Luís Balula. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2010. The rising authority of neo-traditional urban planning and design – either in the United States via New Urbanism or in Europe via the European Urban Renaissance – might provide much needed answers to the failures of modern urbanism to produce sustainable urban environments. Nevertheless, the ethos of Modernist spatial planning seems to be pervasive on current planning processes despite its many flaws. The first part of this book shows how urban design theory – and in particular neo- traditional urban design theory – might inspire and reform current planning practices so as …

The new normal of post-truth

by Luís Balula. A few days after the US presidential election of November 8, 2016, Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as the word of the year, calling the world’s attention to the new concept. However, the concept has been in use for the last twenty five years, first in reference to the media coverage manipulation of the Iran-Contra scandal (Reagan administration) and the first Gulf War (George Bush administration), and later in reference to the misleading statements that led to the invasion of Iraq (George W. Bush administration). The concept has gained particular relevance and became commonplace in the context of …

From Generative to Performing

by Pedro Alves da Veiga. This article proposes generative art as a framework for creating complex multisensory and multimedia experiences, characteristic of performing arts. Generative art is all art that in whole or part is created by means of an autonomous system, i.e. a non-human system that independently determines features of an artwork that would otherwise require decisions made directly by the artist. The artist will usually take on the role of a framework designer, and the system evolves freely within that framework and its defined aesthetic boundaries. If the historic, noncomputer driven predecessors of generative art— especially algorithmic art—much …

Social Order and Subconscious Disorder: The Gothic Aesthetic of David Lynch

by Graça P. Corrêa. From its inception the Gothic mode is structurally and thematically associated with the irrational, the ambiguous, the chaotic, the hidden, and the nightmare. Its fiction is populated by monstrous figures, by hybrids (in animal-human and machine-human combinations), and by other imaginary dwellers of the dark side. It is an aesthetic rooted in the intuition of a paranormal and supernatural realm, of a world that transcends human reason and therefore contests anthropocentric reality. It is therefore not surprising to suggest that US director David Lynch’s filmic oeuvre is aesthetically Gothic, as a few critics have already hinted …

Strategic Planning for Socio-Technical Transitions

by Luís Balula. The world is experiencing an unprecedented rate of urbanization. In China alone each year 10 million people migrate from rural to urban areas, a flow predicted to add up to 350 million new residents in urban areas by 2030 (Balula and Bina 2015). Globally, cities already account for 70% of wealth creation, but also for 60% of total energy consumption, 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, and 70% of global waste (UN Habitat 2015). It is a global imperative to develop urban systems that integrate all aspects of sustainability to promote equity and shared prosperity, together with urban …

Landscapes of Dictatorship in Film: Three Aesthetic and Emotional Modes

by Graça P. Corrêa. Drawing on emotion theory and genre studies, this article analyzes and compares three landscapes of dictatorship in film, namely Fritz Lang’s The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (2001), and Luis Llosa’s The Feast of the Goat (2005), as expressed by distinct aesthetic and emotional modes. The films under examination reflect upon three interrelated dictatorial rules in disparate geographical locations: the escalation of Nazi power and attendant criminal frame of mind in Germany of the early 1930s (Fritz Lang’s); the persecution of Leftwing sympathizers, accompanied by the murder of powerless human beings, …

“Evil” Victims and “Good Villains”: Political Melodrama in Bernardo Santareno’s The Promise

by Graça P. Corrêa. Portuguese dramatist Bernardo Santareno (1924-1980) has been practically ignored by the English-speaking critics and theatre practitioners, most likely because only two of his nineteen plays have been translated into English. One of these is the author’s first drama, The Promise (A Promessa), written during the year he spent aboard a Portuguese fishing boat along the coast of Newfoundland and Greenland, immediately after having graduated from medical school at the University of Coimbra. The play was published in 1957, in an edition sponsored by the author, and produced in November of that same year by Teatro Experimental …

Sustentabilidade Demográfica: Um Tabú Cultural

de Luís Balula. Entre 1346 e 1353, a Peste Negra dizimou cerca de metade da população da Europa. Desde aí, e apesar das diversas guerras, epidemias e fomes que ocorreram ao longo dos seis séculos seguintes, a população humana continuou sempre a crescer. Durante as três últimas gerações, no entanto, esse crescimento tornou-se exponencial. Sobretudo devido aos avanços da medicina e ao aumento da produtividade agrícola, entre outros factores, a partir de 1950 verificou-se uma aceleração massiva do crescimento populacional. Cerca de metade de todas as nações do mundo quadruplicaram a sua população desde 1950. E este enorme ritmo de crescimento traduziu-se também, inevitavelmente, numa …