Organization: Belmonte Cultural Club
Direction: Frédéric Coustols e Maria Mendonça
Concept and authorship of texts: Mário Caeiro
Curators: Frédéric Coustols, Maria Mendonça and Mário Caeiro
Partners: DaST, WOA-Way of Arts, Castelnau des Fieumarcon
LIGHTCRAFT is developed in the framework of the International Year of Light. It is curated by Frédéric Coustols, Maria Mendonça and Mário Caeiro.
2019.01.25 > 2020.01.25 / by Joachim Slugocki
2019.01.25 > 2020.01.25 / by KASJO Studio
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.
Put another way, there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it – from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons – are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.
LIGHTCRAFT arrives unconspicuously to its third edition. Step by step, a delicate and simultaneously problematizing approximation to the arts of Light is defining a specific territory of revelations. It is as if the Palace would be charting ‘Lights to Come’, uncovering yet another trait of its drive for Contemporaneity.
Let’s face it. This doesn’t happen everyday. Neither every year for that matter. Belmonte is a turnpike of creative visions and artistic experiments, but it is exceptionally rewarding to host an artist duo who is shining their light in countless Festivals worldwide. Joachim Slugocki and Kasia Malejka started this cooperative urban intervention aesthetic almost a decade ago in their hometown – Torun – in fact, in the second edition of the Light Festival SKYWAY. Now, Palácio Belmonte is proudly hosting possibly the last work of this series, just before the duo moves into other directions.
A few words contextualizing this years’ programme. These artists’ works are always realised in direct response to the architecture they interrupt and comment. Their precise and conceptually clear model for interpelating the place is paradoxically both the sign of an alien presence and an easily recognisable geometric order expanding the character of the very space. Colour is part of the language – a psychedelic palette revealing a disturbing, yet mesmerising aspect of artificial illumination. In the end, the performance of perception is triggered by the drawing composition. The spectator’s vision becomes the informal and playful resonance of these moving strings’ material life.
SPECTRAL is the name of this new work by Kasjo Studio, a large place-specific project for the Belmonte Patio, the iconic urban gem located in Castelo. It is accompanied by the presentation of 16 small-scale paintings in the Cultural Café and a nano-scale intervention at a door (n. 16 – what a wonderful coincidence) leading to the tunnel. This latter work consists in a line of green light that, hitting the dark floor, disperses in all directions. Fluorescent dots of light. We may then try to understand what this light is made of (Painting? Video?), but soon what’s at stake is our will and capacity to enter a new world of abstract events, Kasjo’s cosmos. This is an art courting the weight of the world only to tear it apart like an holographic incision.
Date: January 25th > March 25th 2019
Opening schedule: January 25th at 5pm
Exhibition schedule: 10am > 7pm
Location: Belmonte Cultural Club Cafe
Address: Pateo Dom Fradique, 14 – 1100-624 Lisboa
Contacts: +351 218816600 _ email@example.com
Artists/Authors: KASJO Studio / Joachim Slugocki and Katarzyna Malejka
Art Piece [in patio]: “Spectral” by KASJO Studio
Art Piece [in cafe]: “Clones” by Joachim Slugocki
Curated by: Maria Mendonça and Frederic Coustols
Guest Curator: Mario Caeiro
Partners: Belmonte Cultural Club, DaST, WOA-Way of Arts
Sponsors: Palacio Belmonte, DaST
KASJO Studio is the effect of collaboration between two young, Polish artists. In addition to their collaborative work, Katarzyna Malejka works with new media while Joachim Slugocki works as a painter. What connected them was the fascination for the medium of light, which they so amazingly utilize in their works. Kasjo studio speaks the language of abstraction. Looking for the landscapes of the future, the artists don’t use the omnipresent technologies or simulations.
Their modular, site-specific installations explore the cityscape by adding a painter’s narration to its elements. Immersive and light interventions are a proposal of new architecture, which despite its closeness to material world remains so elusive. Joachim Sługocki (b. 1984) – a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Torun. He mainly deals with widely understood painting and this medium is the most important within his work. Joachim is also interested in site-spe- cific installations and video-recording. An essential part of his works is to seek contemplative elements and visual-spatial references. Katarzyna Malejka (b. 1985) – graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus Uni- versity, Toruń. Defended her diploma in professor Marian Stępak’s workroom. Currently working on a doctoral project entitled “Light as a Territory and Medium of Migration”. Malejka takes advantage of new media while seeking her own, intimate forms of artistic state- ment. She is interested in the issues of the leaky nature of the world and its unstable perception. The area of realisations stretches from minimalist interferences into architecture to large format site-spe- cific installations. Since 2013, she has been a co-creator of the Grupa nad Wisłą [Group over the Vistula River], in which a team of artists, curators and rese- archers works on new forms of edu- cation and transmission of knowledge about art. She works in the graphic collective NooNoo, which creates utilitarian products for the culture