Architectures of Love and Correspondence
Wild Care will approach responsibility and matters of care in spatial practices, exploring architectures of encounter, attention and care. The exhibition will gather and present a selection of stories of love, correspondence and engagement that share an ethics of care for both the possible and the impossible, and are powered by an entropic force that resists managerial ruling and cynical withdrawal.
Inspired by Jack Halberstam’s understanding of ‘the wild’ as a resistant ontology and as an “uneven space of aesthetic power”, the exhibition will assemble stories of practices that contribute to increasing the sheer amount of care and love in/on the planet, resisting cynicism and toxic irresponsibility.
Combining critical, fictional, situated, and performative perspectives, the stories will address the interplays of matter/care, as nouns and verbs, understanding care as a doing, as a situated ethics and as a politics of architecture, and exploring the fragile power of the anarchic share: an active listening, a generous gifting, an open encounter.
Wild Care aims to rewire our understandings of care by rethinking ‘the wild’ as a mode of un-knowing and a renewal of our capacity for amazement and bewilderment in the hold of a body-to-body relation to the world and the relays of forms of life beyond the human.
The exhibition showcases ‘stories’ through texts of various kinds, lengths and registers, accompanied by images that capture some of their core dimensions. Main stories are printed on long, vertical panels which hang at eye-height in the main room of the exhibition. Complementary to these core-stories, there are other complementary images and texts organized above and below them, laterally conceived as immaterial and material side stories, respectively.
Hashtags are included alongside most of the presented content in order to further situated the stories within the landscape of ‘wild things’ that the project aims to sketch.
Additionally, the exhibition offers a selection of films and clips, both as precise instances of the kind of ‘caring wildness’ that some of the stories are driven by, and as expansions beyond the limits set by our own project, contributing to creating a diverse and unstable understanding of ‘wildness’ and ‘wild care’.
The exhibition is complemented with a program of parallel encounters with some of the participants in the stories gathered for the exhibition, as well as a selection of guests engaged in thinking or working with ‘wild things’. These encounters are open conversations between the guests and the curators around ‘wild care’. There will be a ‘wild talk’ every Thursday throughout the duration of the exhibition, which will be possible to follow live on the Porto Design Biennale Youtube Channel. These will be held with Pedro Costa, Sofia Neuparth, Marco Casagrande, Aida Sánchez de Serdio, Jack Halberstam and Tomi Hilsee, in that order.
- Wild Talks | Pedro Costa
June, 17th – 17h30
Cinema Trindade, Porto
We read Pedro’s work in the so-called Fontainhas Trilogy as an incredible form of situated attention and endurance as well as an instance of spatial ‘intravention’, which puts the lives of people and inhabitants first, and engages patiently and lovingly with their flow. His films offer perhaps the stories most accurately matching the concept of ‘wild care’ that we are striving to explore, with a slow development of friendships and situated understanding that grounds and constitutes his filmic work in the area. Our encounter with Pedro aims to focus on the work around the Fontainhas Trilogy, and his views on love, care, delay and correspondence as modes of engagement, not only in the process of making films but in relation to life at large.
- Wild Talks | Sofia Neuparth
June, 25h – 18h00
Sofia Neuparth is a dancer, researcher and choreographer from Lisbon, who is the founder and director of CEM – Centro em Movimento, a living space of creation research and education on dance and movement. In this conversation, we talked about Pedras, the story from Sofia Neuparth that is present at the Wild Care exhibition. The story is about people and places, about what it means “to be with” in a city and how we can immerse ourselves on love and caring, but also in the fear of the unknown. Sofia also explores the meaning behind the project “Journeys to the In-Between” – a series of walks and open talks which takes so-called Greater Lisbon as a field of research, looking for the unexpected, contact zones between different homogenized urban realities.
- Wild Talks | Marco Casagrande
July, 1st – 18h00
Marco has been working for many years in spatial projects at the edges of architecture, art, pedagogy and cultural anthropology, always imbued by a careful engagement in and with the environments and situations he works with alongside a wild/open approach and a profound respect for the magic the process of making and construction. We are excited to discuss the power of ‘the wild’ with him, both through his astonishing work and his reflections and views on the propositions of the exhibition. Our talk with him will be primarily focused on his experiences and stories in relation to two main projects: a small, ephemeral nomad sauna; and the larger and longer lasting ‘Ruin Academy’, both involving various ‘wild’ dimensions as well as pedagogical threads.
- Wild Talks | Jack Halberstam
July, 8th – 18h00
Apart from beautifully ground-breaking and completely ‘wild’, Jack’s work is one of the primary references for the exhibition and has inspired and informed previous interventions and threads of work leading to it. It is therefore both an honour and an exciting adventure to get to share a while with him to discuss wild things, destitution, unmaking, unlearning, as well as the relations these things might have with architectures of love and correspondence. It’s astonishing we are able to carry out this encounter in real life, physically meeting in Porto in spite of the ongoing insistence on so-called ‘social distance’ and its erosion of intimacy and togetherness.
- Wild Talks | Aida Sánchez de Serdio
July, 15th – 18h00
Aida’s work of decades has operated along the edges of collaboration and friction, often in relation to the development of critical pedagogies and modes of learning-with others deeply engaged with specific and situated conditions, and largely associated with artistic practices and processes. There is wild core in all her work that we are truly inspired by and we just want to talk with her and get to know more. She has just published a book on non-affirmative art pedagogies that invokes ‘imperfection’ and uncertainty as crucial vectors in her understanding of learning-with and that we are very excited to discuss further as well as getting to hear about her views on the concept of ‘wild care’ we are proposing.
- Wild Talks | Tomi Hilsee
July, 22th – 18h00
Tomi has been engaged with architecture, design, history, collaborative occupation and a myriad of wild projects involving caring and loving with/others. They recently led an experimental project to initiate and develop ‘the tower of love’, an unfolding timber construction of rescued materials destined to hold ‘us’ and enable various forms of learning and intimacy. We are excited to meet and talk about modes of making, wild care, collaboration, the limits of architecture and the violence of spatial domination. We hope there is also time for some reflections on memory, loss and mourning, as well as to discuss some of the propositions embedded within the ‘Wild Care’ project.