Unfolding over three days at Appleton Box, Alvalade, Notes from Atopia invites participants into solo and small group encounters that aim to dissect, explore and dialogue with the particularities of the pre-, during and post-COVID19 world.
Inspired by the term ‘Atopia’ – to mean placelessness, or a society without borders and no national identity – Notes from Atopia queries the altered landscape of awareness that emerged in the aftermath of COVID-19 when many populations across the world were united in a suspended digital terrain of self-isolation.
Participants were asked to bring in a personal object, image, text, or memory that holds significance in relation to their experience of the COVID19 phenomena. Using a set of procedures grounded in phenomenological theory and adapted through interdisciplinary practices, Nithya Iyer will guide participants through a series of experiential and responsive interactions that aim to engage alternative modes of sense-making. The resulting insights will be digitally archived (with the permission of the participant) and act as a global cultural resource that articulates insights from this particular period in time.
Notes from Atopia is open to digital submissions from participants anywhere in the world. Participants are welcome to register as per below and will be invited to send images and/or text regarding their object or memory. They will subsequently be sent an exercise to undertake in relation to their artefact. These objects will also be included in the digital archive.
Notes from Atopia specifically aims to engage artists, academics, community leaders, and cultural actors from both the local and international community living in Lisbon to participate in this project.
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