Joana Rafael is an architect, researcher and lecturer. Her work focuses on (issues of) ecology, human geography and natural sciences, encompassing contemporary culture, media studies, art and technology. She combines architecture as a discipline of thought and design practice, reflecting on the boundaries of buildings, infrastructures and (radiological-)contaminated territories. Engages in speculative thinking and writing to develop a critical distance from anthropocentric understandings and attend to reciprocal relationships between humans and nature. Joana teaches Contextual Studies and Contemporary Culture-related courses. She is a member of CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning) and CEAA (Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo). Joana is a cofounder of REFINERY BOARD.
Site-specific Writing Masterclass & Workshop
PPT - Public Program
held in MAAT – Educational Centre as part of Nuno Cera´s exhibition Distant Lights Public Events
Cities and parts of cities are developed, shaped, and transformed with the help of culture and collective consciousness and, above all, understood or remembered by images that can convey a unique identity, certain style, practice, or meaning. What happens when the thought and praxis of narrating situatedness and specificity of a place enter photographic, literary and writing forms? How can writing engage materially with the analysis of sites, and be able to reconfigure the relationships between spatial theories, poetics, and practices? And carry or give meaning to a collective legacy?
In this writing workshop, we explore narrative techniques and re-imagine an element from Nuno Cera's research and artistic exhibition. The list of participating elements may include: the city of Sines and/or the Central Tejo’s Ashpit 8 room, which houses the exhibition, the photographed elements on display or the photographic medium, but also the plinths, the projection screen, the exhibition sheet and publication, among others.
The aim is to emphasise key ideas or practices that define the chosen element and the spaces it inhabits, while discussing ways of communicating with different audiences through storytelling and narrative. The workshop will develop the spatial qualities of writing based on writing styles, methods of investigation and analysis of the interaction between material and contextual facts whilst putting ideas and objects in dialogue and proposing fictional responses to specific sites.
An orientation session to introduce the subject to the participants is conducted at the exhibition room and a walking workshop. During this workshop, participants are given theoretical input on the main urban theories and will be exposed to techniques and media they can use to narrate their histories and conceptual reflections.
The workshop is ideal for those interested in contemporary cultures of writing.
It will be complemented with a creative writing masterclass.
10.45–11.45: tour of the exhibition Distant Lights with the author Nuno Cera
12.00–13.00: walking seminar
14.00–16.00: writing workshop
Target audience: The workshop is ideal for those interested in contemporary cultures of writing.
Languages: Portuguese and English