monday to friday 09:00—12:30 / 14:00—17:30 saturday/ sunday/ holliday 15:00—18:00
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Paços do Concelho Building Alfredo Cunha Street 4450-009 Matosinhos

Museum of Vibrant Matter

Casa do Design hosts one of the major events of Porto Design Biennale 2021: an exhibition and a set of workshops, that ask us to pay attention to all living things and aim to encourage citizens and designers to build new practices and relations towards the future.

The Museum of Vibrant Matter, curated by Alastair Fuad-Luke, asks us to pay attention and attune to our local biological, technical and hybrid materialities as an act of care towards ourselves, other living things, our soils, water and geology. Encourages us to adopt radical, yet humble, attitudes beyond anthropo-supremacy so we can collectively design preferable material futures that regenerate us, our communities and our terrestrial/aquatic/marine habitats. The exhibition draws on cultural memories and new material experiments to re-activate our sensorial knowledge and other knowledge about our local materials. Material memories and new experiments will be exhibited, demonstrating material practices and co-constructing a living Archive of Vibrant Matter with designers, local experts and citizens. This event comprises three workshops, that will explore different material environments in the local territory, collect/gather matter or material samples, experiment with making materials and artefacts, and enter new records into the Archive of Vibrant Matter. Porto Design Biennale, this year dedicated to the theme Alter-Realities: Drawing the Present, is promoted by Porto e Matosinhos municipalities, and organised by esad–idea. WORKSHOPS — River | 19–20 June | Quinta da Bonjóia, Porto Caring through waters – learning with water for the common good Alastair Fuad-Luke (UK/OT) and Tiago Patatas (PT) – in Portuguese and English Mobilizing different ways of knowing, participants will explore what multispecies modes of coexistence can be amplified by the transformative powers of water. [registration] — Land | 24–26 June | Casa do Design, Matosinhos Captivating the fibresphere – turning textile fibers into matter again Alexandra Fruhstorfer (AT) and Seçil Uğur Yavuz (IT/TK) – in English Gathering toxic micro-fibres of plastic from homes and sites across the cities of Porto and Matosinhos participants will convert these back into matter that should not be exploited further. [registration] — Sea | 6–8 July | Museu da Quinta de Santiago, Matosinhos Laminaria Prophesea – designing with seaweeds Julia Lohmann (DE) and Violaine Buet (FR) – in English Combining ocean literacy and a boat trip with material explorations of algae, participants will develop a new ritual to honour our maritime kin. [registration — canceled due to pandemic] Alastair Fuad-Luke is a facilitator, educator, researcher, writer and activist exploring and challenging how design is applied to societal, ecological, economic, political and educational issues. From July 2016 to March 2021 Alastair was full professor of Design Research at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy and from 2011–2014 was professor of Emerging Design Practices at Aalto ARTS, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland where, during the World Design Capital 2012, he worked with Lahti Regional Development to develop a co-design eco-system for the city. He contributed to several European Union projects, including Eco-innovera — Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation (SHIFT), 2012–2016; and Leonardo Da Vinci — Design Education and Sustainability (DEEDS), 2006–2008. Present consultancy projects include reviewer for 4Cs, From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. He collaborates with diverse communities; his latest project is muu-baa, a network for agri-cultural explorations. His books include Field Explorations (forthcoming, 2021), Agents of Alternatives (2015, contributing co-editor), Design Activism (2009) and The Eco-Design Handbook (2002, 2005 and 2009).
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Porto Design Biennale

Câmara Municipal do Porto, Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos
esad—idea, Research in Design and Art
Luísa Salgueiro (president), Rui Moreira (vice-president), Sérgio Afonso
Executive Director
Magda Seifert
Diogo Vilar
Advisory Board
Andrew Howard, Bárbara Coutinho, Fernando Brízio, José Bártolo, Magda Seifert, Maria Milano, Mariana Pestana, Nuno Faria
General Curator
Alastair Fuad-Luke
Curatorial Team
Alberto Altés, Ana Jara, André Cruz, Carlo Ratti, Fran Edgerley, Inês Marques, Olivia Page
Assistant Curator
Raquel Pais (assistant curator); Joana Couceiro (assistant curator to the colloquia)
France, Guest Country
Caroline Naphegyi, Sam Baron (curators); Isabel Abreu (assistant curator)
Sofia Meira (diretor); Eleonora Fedi (exhibition project management); Alexandre Barbosa, Alexandre Costa, Carlos Rocha, Filipe Pinto, José Castro (exhibition project ), Sara Pinheiro, Sara Botelho (project management)
Design & New Media
João Martino (consulting); 1234 / Irina Pereira, João Castro, Miguel Almeida, Serafim Mendes (art direction, graphic design, morion design); Inês Nepomuceno, Susana Martins, João Queirós, Susana Xavier, Nuno Maio (graphic design); Rafael Gonçalves (new media director); Pedro Meireis (new media developer)
Image & Sound
Carlos Amaral (video director); Rui Caldas (sound director); Bruno Mesquita, Renato Cruz Santos (photography); Bruno Mesquita (video)
Editions & Store
Andreia Faria (editorial coordination); Margarida Antunes (publications and store)
Educational Service
Cláudia Pinhão, Ana Sofia Cardoso
Communication & Press
Inês Catarina Pinto (communication and social media); Sara Cunha (press office)
Daniela Real (chef), Andreia Campos

Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos

Luísa Salgueiro
Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Culture
Fernando Rocha
Project Coordination
Clarisse Castro, Maria José Rodrigues, Maria José Mesquita, Bárbara Araújo

Casa do Design

Bárbara Araújo
Visitors Reception
Alexandra Gomes, Armanda Ribeiro, Carla Pereira, Cristina Pereira, Liliana Bandeira, Maria Luís Gomes
Educational Service
Ana Jesus, Ana Paula Costa, Fátima Parada, Fernanda Pinho, Rita Corte Ferreira, Rute Alves, Teresa Ribeiro + esad—idea

Museum of Vibrant Matter

Alastair Fuad-Luke
Assistant Curator
Raquel Pais
Research Assistant
Tiago Patatas
Commissioned Designers
Álbio Nascimento, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Eugenia Morpurgo, Julia Lohmann, Kathi Stertzig, Seçil Uğur Yavuz, Tiago Patatas, Violaine Buet
Graphic Design
1234 / Irina Pereira, João Castro, Miguel Almeida, Serafim Mendes
Exhibition Design
Miguel Flor, Cristina Hora
Assembly Coordination
Sofia Meira, Eleonora Fedi
Multimedia Consultant
Alexandre Costa
Video and Sound
Ana Pinto, Bruno Mesquita
Assembly Assistants
Filipe Pinto, José Castro, Carlos Rocha, Alexandre Barbosa, Diogo Oliveira
Altice Portugal, Ana Marta Marcelino da Cruz Ramos Coutinho, Ana Rita de Sousa Alves Peixoto, Angela Beneton Crosato, Burel Factory, CIIMAR, Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental, Centro de Materiais da Universidade do Porto, Constança Pupo Correia Seabra Cardoso, Cooperativa de Produção dos Operários Pedreiros Portuenses, Débora Borges, Erminda Santos, Helena Sant'Ovaia, Ilídio Serôdio, Inês Gonçalves da Silva, Isabel Azevedo, Lipor, Museu Municipal de Castro Daire, Marisa Graça, Paulo Alves, Sofia, Duque Lemos, Sofia Vaz, Vera Lúcia dos Santos Sousa