Portugal Mobility

(H)ojeLuza_Collective Art Work

An event by GenerationXover collective



Public Presentation:


9th of March 2012 . 6:00 pm
Transforma, Praça do Município
Torres Vedras


“From moving structures to those in which we move ourselves in, contemporary poetics present us an array of forms that appeal to the mobility of perspectives and to the multiple variety of interpretations (…) no work of Art is in fact closed, quite the contrary, each one conceals in its external definitude an infinite number of possible “readings”. – Umberto Eco, The Open Work


(H)ojeLuza certainly reflects a vast “mobility of perspectives” for it was formed by the work of the participants involved in the GenerationXOver project, who come from different national, cultural, social and professional backgrounds. This group found in the study of the Portuguese Azulejo an unifying language that enabled them with a significant “openness” to create the installation (Ho)ojeLuza; which, was produced in an extensive series of workshops providing the participants with a socio-cultural learning and interaction that would otherwise be unknown to them. Thus, the diverse and interdisciplinary character of the participants, along with the mixture of structures associated to the Azulejo led to the projection of a collective digital animation that may be visually compared with the “multipolar world of a serial composition”. It was by exploring a strong sense of group work and debating the inherent questions and issues linked to the role of each person’s individuality within a Whole, or, a collective that the work’s pluralistic essence was further achieved. The holistic approach intrinsic to this assessment is echoed in the modules that each partaker chose to work with, and, that not only refer to an individual tessellation – as if each contributor would be endlessly mirrored – but subsequently because the geometric “root” of each tessellation inevitably originates yet another, and thus repeatedly ad infinitum.
The animated projection of this serial “web”, or flux of modular compositions, has as a “screen” an immutable square grid matrix representative of the Portuguese Azulejo panels, henceforth, embodying a “constant” foundation onto which are luminously projected the fluid, ephemeral and permutable “variables” that nevertheless are recurrently cyclical. They correspond to the nature, interests, perspectives, character, feelings, worries, doubts, anxieties and personal lives of those who completed the modules that comprise the collective installation (H)ojeLuza:


Alda Nicolau (PT), Ana Esteves (PT), Ann Delye (BE), Ewout Vanhoecke (BE), Erzsébet Kóti (HU), Hilde Goossens (BE), Hilde Veys (BE), Jenöné Gulyás (HU), João Firmo (PT), Jozefa Knavs (SL), Liesbet Senepart (BE), Linda Chiroli (BE), Luísa Cruz (PT), Manuela Cruz (PT), Mariana Vicente (PT), Marie-Christine Schotte (BE), Mija Locniskar (SL), Réka Livits (HU), Spela Koren (SL), Tamásné Somossy (HU), Trindade Santos (PT), Valentina Locniskar (SL).

Conclusively, (H)ojeLuza ponders some political, poetical, ecological, experimental, satirical, abstract, humorous and social issues using film’s inbuilt temporality, that are emphasised by the use of a maximising and minimising movement, as well as the juxtaposition of the spatial texture of the work in a fractal flow evoking the relevance of human individuality in mankind’s unity.


“The multipolar world of a serial composition (by Arnold Schoenberg or John Cage) – where the non-conditioned spectator by an absolute centre, constitutes himself its own system of relations making it emerge from a sonorous continuum where there are no privileged points, and where all perspectives are equally valid and filled with possibilities – it seems very proximate to the spatiotemporal universe envisioned by Einstein, where “all that which for each one of us constitutes a Past, Present and Future is given to us in block, and all the following set of events (from our illusionary point of view) that constitutes the existence of a material particle, is represented by a line – the line of the universe of that particle… each observer, with the passage of time discovers (so to speak) new space-time portions that appear to him succeeding aspects of the material world, though in reality the set of events that comprise space-time existed prior to being known.” – Umberto Eco, The Open Work.


Written by Margarida Sardinha – Coordinator of the collective work (H)ojeLuza in collaboration with Transform and GenerationXOver Project under the Grundtvig program.
16th of February 2012, Carrascal, Portugal




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