Exploratory Practices During the process of my PhD I developed a set of exploratory practices, as minor, situated practices to explore communicative exchanges and enable me to work the concept of miscommunication by thinking about implications for practice. By working in different communicative settings, in different situations and in an open-ended, exploratory way with no preconceived outcome in mind it became possible to follow intuitions, to both question and open new questions. Developed in the early stages of my PhD research, these took place at the Goldsmiths Library, later, Anatolia People Centre in Stoke Newington, and Kolenkit in West Amsterdam, within Cascoland‘s long term project. See below. Other exploratory practices in the form of workshops are presented here.

Exploratory Practice I: at Occupy Goldsmiths Library >>

Exploratory Practices II: at Anatolia People Centre in Stoke Newington, London >>

Exploratory Practice III: at Kolenkit, West Amsterdam >>

Lichtkrant, with Pedro Manuel; One day intervention at Kolenkit on Valentine’s day. With Pedro Manuel, artist in residence at Cascoland >>

Maputo Chairs: Photographing chairs on the streets of Maputo. Above, Av. 24 de Julio, 2009. Waiting area for an outdoor hairdresser. >> 

ZONA# challenged students at the School of Visual Arts (ENAV) in Maputo to intervene in their environment. A first stage contemplated research and interviews on a designated area in downtown Maputo, to then design and implement ideas working from this material. ZONA# had two editions, in 2009 and 2010. Each edition included several projects.

ZONA#1. This project was developed during a 2 weeks period with students at ENAV, School of Visual Arts in Maputo. The focus was on downtown Maputo. The work developed had an impact on the area and initiated a debate around city, public space and social responsibility. We were invited to present and discuss our work at Mozambique’s National Radio and on television channel TVM. >>

ZONA#2. A year later, with the same group of students, we developed interventions in a different area of town, near Rua do Bagamoyo, also in downtown Maputo, during a one month period. >>

Festival Tambo Tambulani TamboCreating a poster for Festival Tambo, a yearly event organised by Tambo Tambulani Tambo and taking place in Pemba, in the North of Mozambique. >>