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João Mendes Ribeiro
CURATORS' LAB TOWER

Author: João Mendes Ribeiro

Performance space: ASA Factory, Guimarães, Portugal

Theatre company/company produced for: Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture

Month & year of original production: February 2012 to June 2012

Description of items intended for exhibition:
Model
Drawing

Project description:
Curators’ Lab was a platform created during Guimaraes 2012 European Capital of Culture, as a space for cultural programming set in a former factory . The Curators' Lab Tower was designed as a temporary stage architecture around which several performances, exhibitions and editorial projects would occur. The tower was built inside the old factory building, occupying its high ceilinged space as a device playing with structure and movement, scale and materiality. Its wooden structure was thought to work like a space container which, apparently static, would enclose the movement of a staircase. Also, the thickness of its structural elements would allow it to be transformed in a long and continuous bookcase. This tower object, somehow turned into a vertical archive for movements, unveiled different moments along its several levels: a reading space – the table; a space for movement – the staircase; a documentation space – the bookcase; and a place to stay in the top – the balcony.

Artform:
Performance Design
Installation

Designers:
Other creative collaborators: Designers: Catarina Fortuna, Inês Lourenço, Joana Brandão; Structural Engeneering: Artur Feio; Curator: Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro; Co-curator and Programme Coordinator: Lígia Afonso; Programme Assistance: Gisela Díaz and Gisela Leal; Production: A Oficina CIPRL; Executive Production: João Covita and Pedro Silva

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João Mendes Ribeiro - CURATORS' LAB TOWER

Illustration by Daniel Silvestre da Silva
Illustration by Daniel Silvestre da Silva
©Daniel Silvestre da Silva

João Mendes Ribeiro - CURATORS' LAB TOWER

Photography of the structure
Photography of the structure
©do mal o menos

João Mendes Ribeiro - CURATORS' LAB TOWER

LIMAC Exhibition
LIMAC Exhibition
©José Caldeira

João Mendes Ribeiro - CURATORS' LAB TOWER

Embankment Collective Performance I
Embankment Collective Performance I
©Sérgio Rolando

João Mendes Ribeiro - CURATORS' LAB TOWER

Embankment Collective Performance II
Embankment Collective Performance II
©Sérgio Rolando

João Mendes Ribeiro - CURATORS' LAB TOWER

Embankment Collective Performance III
Embankment Collective Performance III
©Sérgio Rolando

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