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 collaborations for different working contexts. Through the introduction of concepts like ‘movement’, ‘activation’, ‘transformation’, ‘occupation’, ‘ownership’ or ‘awareness’ the projects explore different ways to trigger other spatial situations and performative engagement processes. The recurrence to artistic research/experimentation or temporary projects reinforces the need to adapt and test different approaches, including reversible and/or low-cost experiences.
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, i2ADS Research Institute of Art, Design and Society (FBAUP). 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.