Micro Atelier de Arquitectura e Arte? More than one name, it’s a practice. A practice sometimes fixed in one place, sometimes portable/nomadic; sometimes continuous and sometimes intermittent. This idea of ‘micro’ has both of precarious as of autonomous. On the one hand, a practice that operates from a single person (or a micro working structure), sometimes shared by collaborations and co-authorships; on the other, the irregular work that leads to other practices, away from architecture, landscape or art practice, but that support and allow its continuity. Nevertheless, apart from these constraints, in this particular case the autonomy also led to the desire for a more expanded and hybrid practice that gravitates between the private and the public; between small and large scale, between the permanent and the ephemeral; between art, landscape and architecture.  

‘Micro Atelier de Arquitectura e Arte’ is a research and experimentation platform made from different working contexts. Through the introduction of concepts like ‘movement’, ‘activation’, ‘transformation’, ‘occupation’, ‘ownership’, ‘mapping’ or ‘awareness’, the projects explore different ways to trigger other spatial situations, visibility over specific hidden conditions, and performative engagement processes. The recurrence to artistic research, studio experimentations, or temporary projects reinforces the need to adapt and test different approaches.

miguel costa [maarqa], artist/architect and invited assistant professor at FBAUP (Fine Arts Faculty, University of Porto). PhD in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology (ISA — University of Lisbon); Master’s degree in Art and Design for the Public Space (FBAUP). Integrated researcher at i2ADS Research Institute of Art, Design and Society (FBAUP) and associate member at CEAA – Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo. Works individually or in collaboration under the name ‘maarqa — micro atelier de arquitectura e arte‘. His practice is developed through interconnected strategies between art, landscape and architecture. Since 2019 he has been carrying out artistic research work on the relationship between colonial botany and the landscapes of everyday places — abandoned, devalued, or unused urban spaces [among plants]. Has been distributing his professional activities between small interventions and mapping processes on the urban landscape; artistic research; and teaching. 1.all posts; 2.publishing & writing; 3.mapping & cartography; 4.lectures & talks; 5.exhibitions; 6.teaching; 7.works & projects.

More info:
[integrated researcher] i2ADS Institute of Research in Art, Design and Society, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP).
[researcher/associate member] CEAA Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo.
[invited researcher] European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), Working Group 1: Contexts (2019-2023).
[i2ADS researcher/team member] Project YES, Young European Sculpture (International Research Project, ERASMUS+; 2022-2025).
[i2ADS researcher/team member] Project Yucunet (International Research Project, ERASMUS+; 2021-2024).
[researcher/team member] The Spatial Cluster (experimental research cluster).
[advisory team member] Ibericas+.
[partner/associate member] Parabola Crítica (cultural association and independent publisher).

Contact: miguel costa | maarqa, micro atelier de arquitectura e arte | Porto, Portugal | Instagram: @maarqa_visual_fieldnotes

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International Workshop | May 6-10, 2024 | FBAUP, Porto. Workshop Read more
Transcrição das leituras performativas sobre exploração e extração (leituras simultâneas Read more
Masterclass organized and conducted as part of the exhibition “Speculative Read more
Objectos especulativos sobre vegetação e perturbação [exposição individual]Curadoria de Inês Read more
Miguel Costa (2023). “Entre plantas daninhas: observações e experimentações sobre Read more
Leituras Performativas sobre exploração e extração (leituras simultâneas realizadas no Read more
Conversas realizadas no âmbito do evento “Saídas de Emergência #1: Read more
[Performative Lecture] Among useful and useless plants — everyday landscapes Read more
Share Screen, remote strategies on specific places: exercises with students Read more
Essay written from the ongoing artistic research project — a Read more
Short-talk: Entre plantas daninhas — observações e experimentações sobre uma Read more
Unplanned is a printed publication dedicated to the invisible, and Read more
miguel costa [maarqa]— “from bad airs — geographies of breathing, Read more
miguel costa [maarqa]— “lesser landscapes, narratives of dispersion and exclusion”. Read more
Mecanismos de desenho: observações sobre o processo de trabalho de Read more
Restriction and Imagination, short talks on work methods and processes Read more
[Workshop] Performing Places: critical cartography on local narratives and urban Read more
[Talking with Toni Gironès] The landscapes in Toni Gironès’s architecture Read more
Simultaneidade e acumulação profissional em Arquitectura [EN: Simultaneity and professional Read more
Miguel Costa (2018). Ways of engaging. Re-assessing effects of the Read more