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BURILADA — Launch of the Exhibition Catalogue

The programme for the session launching the 'BURILADA | arte-factos para a sobrevivência' exhibition catalogue includes a guided tour of the exhibition by curators Francisco Providencia and Helena Sofia Silva and the presentation of the publication by the authors Cláudia Albino, João Nunes and Rita Filipe.

The BURILADA | arte-factos para a sobrevivência [art-facts for survival] catalogue documents the exhibition of the same name that inaugurated Casa do Design in Matosinhos in June 2016. Under the curatorship of Francisco Providência, a designer and professor at the University of Aveiro, and Helena Sofia Silva, a professor at ESAD/College of Art and Design, it presents a collection of design objects that emerge as reconfiguration agents of material culture in modern-day Portugal. Artefacts linking design and crafts, design and production, according to different geometries and geographies. Artefacts that recover knowledge and identities, revive economies, revalidate materials and rethink functions. Objects whose ambition is to open up the field of possibilities for survival, reconnecting the centre and the periphery, high and low technology, a body that has in modern times seen the hand dissociated from the head. Presented in six core sections — Management, Conservation, Production, Research, Demonstration and Reinvention — they are complemented by the arguments of designers and researchers invited to reflect on the theme. Cláudia Albino (Design e Artesanato na Construção dos Territórios) [Craft and Design in the Construction of the Territories] attributes the necessary new meaning of places to the fusion of the urban and the rural, targeting social, economic and urban regeneration, from the processes of collaborative co-creation between artisan and designer. Rita Filipe (Funcionalismo e Design Cultural e… a Catedral Gótica?) [Functionalism and Cultural Design and... the Gothic Cathedral?], in rejecting the colonialist dimension of modernist narratives, finds in contemporary heterogeneity arguments for expanding uses and reinforcing symbolic narratives. Finding in intentionality the counterpoint to exoticism and functionalist authoritarianism, she proposes the re-foundation of the territory by the cultural significance of the experience centred on the individual. João Nunes (Estratégias e Representações do Mundo Rural Português + Novas Relações Entre o Pensar e o Fazer) [Strategies and Representations of the Rural Portuguese World + New Relationships Between Thinking and Doing] defends a neo-romantic and engaged craftsmanship, which links the ethnographic dimension and analogical techniques with digital manipulation. Imbued with the spirit of the place, the designer becomes a craftsman, manipulating both the actual material of the object and the algorithms of new technological instruments, thus summoning the reconstruction of contemporary rural experiences. Widely illustrated and with graphic design by the Non-verbal Club studio, this publication contributes significantly to research in the field of the relationship between craft and design. — watch the vídeo