Date: July 16th – December 31st 2017
Schedule: 7am – 9pm
Location: Palácio Belmonte Cultural Club Cafe
Address: Pateo Dom Fradique, 14 – 1100-624 Lisboa
Contacts: +351 218816600 _ firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist/Author: Anita Ackermann
Title: Alchemy of a Day
Curated by: Maria Mendonça and Frederic Coustols
Guest Curator: Mario Caeiro
Assistants: Irene Anglada Espadaler, Diogo Sousa, Gonçalo Silva, Mariana Vinheiras
Special Thanks: Sérgio Vicente / FBAUL
Partners: Palácio Belmonte Cultural Club, DaST, WOA-Way of Arts
Sponsors: Palacio Belmonte Lisboa lda, DaST
Lightcraft is back to Castelo in Lisbon. Palácio Belmonte is happy to present the work of two international artists for whom Light is a most crucial research topic and creative challenge – Anita Ackermann and Gisoo Kim.
Curated by the hosts Frederic Coustols and Maria Mendonça with guest curator and researcher Mário Caeiro (ESAD.CR/LIDA), two complementary moments establish a rare breed of a dialogical situation. This is where several instances meet: the public and the intimate, the everyday and the aesthetic encounter, the ancient and the contemporary.
Outside, German artist Anita Ackermann presents a site-specific work. Inside Gisoo Kim, a Korean, shows a series of photographs in the Palácio Belmonte Cultural Club Cafe. Both stand for highly original and deeply knowledged takes on installation and sculpture, photography and drawing, physics and poetry, proposing through this programme a mode of seeing where Light becomes what (it) is: a medium to make other dimensions of Human experience visible.
A crystalline star is in alignment with the angles of the sunlight, weaving a delicate carpet of reflections. The installation is made of reflecting elements, distributing by means of a specific folding technique the light of the place in a dynamic way.
The work is intented to stimulate an unexpected set of relations, such as with the continuous flux of people, the passing of the hours and the spatial context – a particularly appealing portal in the core of the Old Town of Lisbon.
The crowd crosses through the tunnel engaging with their mouvement in the surrounding atmosphere. The historial resonances transforms into a lived semblance of the idea of walking through the Light. The mouvement brings together a mystical dimension with the physical tekné.
A crystalline star is in alignment with the angles of the afternoon sunlight, weaving a delicate carpet of reflections. The installation is made of handmade reflecting elements, distributing by means of a specific folding technique the light of the place in a dynamic way. The work is intented to stimulate an unexpected set of relations, such as with the continuous flux of people, the passing of the hours and the static presence of a vernacular image of Jesus which has been in the site for centuries. The idea is to let the public experience and explore such special spatial context, a particularly appealing portal in the core of the Old Town of Lisbon.
A series of inspirations drove the spirit of the artist, leading her to articulate a complex web of ideas and images. The dazzling ceiling of the Diamond Hall in Tehran, the scientifical-religious play with the Light of the sun in the Egyptian Abu Simbel temple, the geometric laws of Light as reflected through prisms… all this in a highly participated way: the crowd crosses the tunnel engaging with their mouvement in the surrounding atmosphere. The above mentioned historial resonances transform into a lived semblance of the idea of walking accross Light. The mouvement brings together a mystical dimension with the physical tekné.
Anita Ackermann, based in Berlin, Germany.
2014 / MA/ Diploma, “In the Light of Movement”; University of the Arts Berlin, UDK; Karsten Konrad/ Fine Art, Prof. G. Diel/ Institut für transmediale Gestaltung, Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski/ Institut für zeitbasierte Medien;
2010 / BA. Communication in Social and Economic Contexts, “Diverse Time Concepts- What is time” University of the Arts Berlin, UDK; Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski/ Institute for Time Based Media, Prof. Thomas Düllo/ Institute for Theory and Practice of Communication.
Shadows of the Sun, Studio U Berlin, Germany;
Epicycles: In Eternal Movement, Public Space: Elementary School Courtyard, Torun, Poland;
InTension, ArtBridge Contemporary at LageEgal, Berlin, Germany;
Contemporary Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey;
Evening Rise Tallinn, Dominiklaste Kloostri Muuseum Talllinn, Estland;
Jardins Efémeros, Museu Nacional Grão Vasco, Portugal;
Artist Talk at the conference „Luz da Cidade“Portugal / Part of the Unesco International Year of Light;
BlauBlauBlau, Trierer Kunstverein und Tuchfabrik e.V.;
ZERO Dynamo Ausstellung, Begleitprogramm Martin Gropius Bau, Akademie der Künste, Berlin;
Ultraviolet, Solo-Exhibition, Vesselroom Project, Berlin;
Artist Talk at Vesselroom Preoject Berlin “Embodied Vision“;
CTM UnTune, Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin;
Artist Talk Goldsmith / London (Andy Weir) „What We See, Sees Us“;
Artist Talk at the Design Faculty (Prof. Gabi Schillig), University of Applied Science Duesseldorf;
In the light of movement, L‘Atelier Project Space, Berlin;
After the last shot, Pop Up Gallery International, Berlin;
Rotation, Reflection, Repetition, Repetition. Mota Italic Gallery, Berlin;
“URBANE CODES”, Galerie M, Berlin;
DAAD Fellowship Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada;
Black Holes and Other Transformations, Concourse Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver BC. Canada;
Uranus Jupiter Conjunction, HBC Berlin, Germany.
2011 – 2014 / Tutor / Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski / Institue for Time Based Media / Mediatheory, UdK Berlin;
2010 – 2011 / Tutor / Prof. Timothee Ingen-Housz / Institue for Time Based Media / Mediatheory/ Animationfilm, UdK Berlin;
2009 – 2010 / Tutor / Prof. Barbara Kirchner / Audiovisual Studies, UdK Berlin.
Mário Caeiro is a lecturer, a curator and a researcher in the field of urban culture and public art. Director of urban events such as Lisbon Capital of Nothing [2001-2002], Luzboa [2004, 2006] and Vicente [yearly, since 2011], is since 2009 the curator and artistic director of the Bella Skyway Festival in Poland. Other urban projects: Cosmic Underground , Lux Matrix Tallinn , LightCurve  and LightCraft Belmonte . Teaches at ESAD.cr since 2004, where he’s a member of the research unit LIDA – Laboratório de Investigação em Design e Artes. Named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in 2005. PhD in Visual Arts and Intermedia by Universidade Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) in 2012, also graduated in Communication Design (ESBAL) and Comparative Literary Studies (FCSH-UNL), holding a Master in German Studies (FCSH-UNL) and a post-graduation in Urban Design (CPD/FBAUL/Universidade de Barcelona]. In 2014 published Arte na Cidade – História Contemporânea [Art in the City – Contemporary History]. Cooperates regularly with the magazine Smart Cities.