Spetacle conference Look, Imagine, Listen, Feel. Casa Daros, december 2014. Photo: Jessica Gogan


Beatriz Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1989. She has attended three public universities, including studying literature at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) twice; she has not concluded any of her studies, but plans to pursue a Master’s degree. She has worked as an English teacher since she was 18 and is a translator and writer of short texts. Since early 2014 she has been studying at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts and participated in the Contemporary Laboratory held at Casa Daros that same year. Also in 2014, she participated in her first group exhibition at Parque Lage. Besides writing, she photographs and produces abstract images combining water and powdered materials. Recently, she developed the project Alberta Lapin ( fruit of the Contemporary Laboratory.

Bia Jabor is an artist and art educator. She received her BA in Education with specialization in Fine Arts from FAAP (Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado) in São Paulo. Since 2008 she has been manager of art and education at Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro. From 2004 to 2008 she was director of the Division of Art Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói and prior to that she was a member of their education team. In 2007 she coordinated the educational program of the Telecommunications Museum and cultural space Oi Futuro in Rio de Janeiro. She has more than 15 years experience in the area of museum education including coordinating projects for temporary exhibitions, developing educational research and materials for teachers, and mediation training.

Chloé Le Prunennec is a visual artist, writer, filmmaker, and tattoo artist. Born in Paris in 1991, she graduated in Animation in 2012 and soon after traveled to South America (including Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay) and began writing a travel blog called Les Chiens du Mexique Noirs. She came to Brazil in 2014 and worked on writing and illustrating the book Estrelas Cadentes, shortly before her first solo exhibition in Florianópolis. She works as a production assistant and tattoo artist at Fox Tattoo studio.

Clara Gerchman is director of the Rubens Gerchman Institute (IRG). She holds an MBA in Management and Cultural Production with an emphasis on creative economy from the Getulio Vargas Foundation. She studied Architecture and Urbanism and graduated in Social Communication (Advertising) from PUC-Rio.

Claudia Zaldivar is an art historian and expert on cultural policies and has been director of the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Chile since 2011. Between 2002 and 2010 she directed the Galería Gabriela Mistral of the National Council of Culture and Arts, Chile. She has organized important exhibitions such as: Juan Downey: Instalaciones, Dibujos y Videos, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (1995); JAAR / SCL / 2006, Sala de Arte Telefónica – Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile (2006), together with the Fundación Telefónica; Chille by Yoshua Okon (2009) and Made in Chile of Josep-María Martín (2010), both in the Galería Gabriela Mistral. She also coordinated major international conferences such as Arte y Política, together with Nelly Richard and Pablo Oyarzun (2004), and Utopia (s) Culture Division, Ministry of Education, Santiago (1993), among others, in addition to editing the series of exhibition catalogs that Galería Gabriela Mistral published during her tenure; she co-edited the publication Arte y Política with Nelly Richard and Pablo Oyarzun, National Council for Culture and Arts, Chile (2005).

Daniel Leão was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1984. He graduated in Cinema Studies from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Social Communication with a focus on the use of sound in documentary film. Since graduation, he has been working as an independent filmmaker as well as developing sound experiments and audiovisual works with artists such as Ivar Rocha and Mariane Monteiro. He is currently working on his first full-length feature film A felicidade às vezes mora aqui (Happiness sometimes lives here) inspired by an eponymous group exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Niterói (MAC). Also, over the past year he has been shooting Lo que seja em tu corazón ainda que em cinco minutos and acting as an audiovisual artistic producer for MAC.

Diana Kolker Carneiro da Cunha is an educator and member of Colectivo E, active in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. She develops transdisciplinary projects, blurring the boundaries between art, education, history, etc. (especially etc.). In partnership with Instituto MESA and Casa Daros, she recently co-coordinated the Contemporary Laboratory: Proposals and Discoveries of What Art Is (or Could Be), an experimental program developed for and with young artists. She has a degree in history from PUC (Rio Grande de Sul) and a graduate diploma in the pedagogy of art from Universidade Federal de Rio Grande de Sul (UFRGS). She collaborated on the program design and supervision of the mediator training for the 9th Mercosul Biennial and on previous editions of the biennial, developing courses for teachers, supervising mediators and as a mediator. She coordinated the Education Action program of the Brazilian Indigenous Centuries project, contributing to the development of the Training Course for Indigenous Mediators, creation of educational materials and Teachers Forum. She has taught history and art in public and private schools in Porto Alegre.

Edson Luiz André de Sousa is a psychoanalyst and professor at the Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology of Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and in the postgraduate programs in Clinical and Cultural Psychoanalysis and Social Psychology at the same university. He received a post-doctorate from the Université Paris VII and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He is a CNPq researcher, analyst member of the Psychoanalytic Association of Porto Alegre (APPOA) and a member of the Society of Utopian Studies. He was a visiting professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, the Institute of Studies Critics in Mexico City and De Paul University in Chicago. Together with Maria Cristina Poli he directs LAPPAP (Research Laboratory of Psychoanalysis, Art and Politics). He is the author of Uma invenção da Utopia (Lumme Editor, São Paulo) and Freud: ciência, arte e política (LPM, Porto Alegre) with Paul Endo.

Gabriela Gusmão is a Rio de Janeiro artist born in 1973 and author of the books Rua dos inventos and Vírgula no infinito. Since 2002 she has been exhibiting her work in group and solo exhibitions in various cities in Brazil and abroad, including Portugal, Spain, USA, Germany, France, and Holland. Her practice focuses on poetic elements of daily life present in the urban universe and in the rhythm of nature’s cycles, using diverse media such as photography, video, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and installations. She has participated in artist residencies, workshops and conferences in Slovenia, Italy, Cyprus, and Turkey and has a Masters in Fine Arts from Transart Institute at the University of Plymouth in England and Urban Environmental Structures from University of São Paulo (FAU/USP). She lives in Nova Friburgo and works in transit.

Graciela Carnevale is an artist and teacher. In the 1960s she was part of The Vanguard Artists’ Group, participating in Tucumán Arde and Experimental Art Cycle. After the dissolution of the group, she abandoned art production. In the 1990s she returned to artistic practice working with different collectives. She created an archive focusing on The Vanguard Artists’ Group. She has participated in exhibitions, projects and encounters in diverse countries. In 2003, she organized with Mauro Machado El Levante, a platform of independent research and production of critical knowledge drawing on situational artistic practices. She is a member of the Conceptualism del Sur network.

Gunilla Lundahl is a cultural journalist and author based in Stockholm whose research interest includes projects focusing on collective living, arts and crafts. Lundahl began her career at the daily newspaper Arbetaren (The Worker) in 1955 and she also worked for Form from 1965 to 1985. She was the editor for Arkitekttidningen for six years in the 1970s, guest editor and employee of the journal Arkitektur during the 1980s and columnist for Hemslöjden in the beginning of the 2000s. As a freelance writer she has written about design, art and architecture and contributed to more than 100 books, anthologies, and catalogues working as writer, co-writer or editor. In the early 1970s Lundahl taught at the Royal Institute of Technology. She was also in charge of important exhibitions such as Modellen (The Model) and Ararat at Moderna Museet; Den naturliga staden (The Natural City) and Kvinnorum (Women’s Space) at the Architecture Museum among others.

Jessica Gogan is an independent curator and educator and director of Instituto MESA, Rio de Janeiro. Recent projects include: Publicness in Art – a series of critical seminars and workshops in three distinct Brazilian regions; Contemporary Laboratory: Proposals and Discoveries of What Art Is (or Could Be) exploring themes of art, pedagogy and politics for young artists with the Latin American art institution Casa Daros in collaboration with Coletivo E; Experimental Nucleus of Education & Art at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, evaluation of the pedagogic project of the 8th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil and the exhibition and residency by Brazilian artist José Rufino at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA, where Gogan was formerly director of education and curator of special projects. She is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Pittsburgh where her research focuses on socially engaged art, curatorship and pedagogy in Brazilian institutional contexts.

João de Albuquerque is a young carioca artist with a degree in Art Education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His training also includes the study of visual arts at Rio de Janeiro State University and the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage where he served as student / monitor in various courses. He was curator of the exhibition Cor at SESC Ramos and has exhibited in places like the Museum of the Republic, School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, School of Industrial Design of Babylon Hill, and the former factory of Bhering, among others. He is currently an artist educator at Casa Daros.

Kate Zeller is director of exhibitions and associate curator in the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked in recent years with artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, Kimsooja, and Wolfgang Laib to create site-specific installations for the School’s Sullivan Galleries. Collaborating with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Zeller curated A Sense of Place, presented as part of the 54th Venice Biennale’s Italian Pavilion. Zeller is assistant editor of Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society and The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists.

Lars Bang Larsen is a writer, curator and art historian based in Copenhagen. He is professeur invite at the Haute École d’Art et de Design in Geneva, and a research fellow at the University of Copenhagen, from where he also holds a PhD in art history. Lars has curated and co-curated exhibitions such as A History of Irritated Material (Raven Row, London 2010), The Society Without Qualities (Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm 2013), and Believe Not Every Spirit, But Try the Spirits (MUMA, Melbourne 2015). His books include The Model: Palle Nielsen’s ‘A Model for a Qualitative Society’ (1968) (MACBA, 2010), and Networks (MIT Press, 2014).

Luan Machado is descended from Indians and blacks. “I dance the dance of the Eastern dead in my body and soul. The theater of my life is the biography of this body. The rest is just a record.”

Luiz Guilherme Vergara is a professor in the Department of Art at the Federal Fluminense University (UFF) and teaches in the graduate programs: Studies in Contemporary Arts and Culture and Territoriality. As curator/director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói (MAC) (2005-2008) he was responsible for curating several exhibitions focusing on the dialogue between the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and contemporary artistic practices, such as Poetics of the Infinite (2005) and Lygia Clark: Poetic Shelter (MAC, 2006) as well as the outreach initiative Art and Environmental Action (MAC, 1998-) working with the favela community Morro do Palácio. In 2013, on returning to MAC, he curated exhibitions of the Brazilian artists Alexandre Dacosta, Suzana Queiroga and Carlos Vergara and co-curated the exhibition Joseph Beuys: Res-Publica: Conclamation for A Global Alternative. His research interests focus on the interface between art, museums and society, and he is co-editor of Revista MESA.

Magnus Bärtås is an artist and writer. In his work he often uses constructed narratives related to places and buildings. By employing literary modes and methods his works privilege the meaning of the local, the situated and the neglected detail. Fundamental to these works are meetings, conversations and storytelling – activities that are closely linked to the biographical genre, but also to the oral dissemination of artworks. His dissertation in artistic research “You Told Me – work stories and video essays,” 2010, is an observation and analysis of certain functions and meanings of narration and narratives in contemporary art. Bärtås is professor of fine art at Konstfack in Stockholm. He has participated in various group exhibitions such as Void of Memory/Platform—98, Seoul; Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet 2006 and 2010, Stockholm; the 4th Bucharest Biennial 2010; and Swedish Conceptual Art, Kalmar Konstmuseum, 2010 and Gävle Konstcentrum made a solo presentation of his work in 2010. His video essay Madame & Little Boy won the first prize at Oberhausen International Film Festival 2010 and has since been screened at a number of film festivals. Together with Fredrik Ekman he has published three books of essays.

Mara Pereira investigates the relationships between education, culture and art, with a focus on critical pedagogy, social agency and transversality. She coordinates the education program at Biblioteca Parque Estadual (RJ). She worked with the Experimental Nucleus of Education and Art at MAM-RJ as activity and content coordinator and educator, and set up and coordinated the education program for Fundação Eva Klabin. She coordinated educational projects at CCBB-RJ and was the educational offer for Arquivo Geral (General Archive), an exhibition held at Centro de Artes Hélio Oiticica. She was chief educator at Museu de Arte do Rio, and educator at Paço Imperial, MAC de Niterói, and CCBB-RJ. She has developed education and visual art projects for the São João de Meriti Municipal Department of Culture, Sport, and Leisure and the Nova Iguaçu Municipal Department of Culture and Tourism. She has a master’s degree in history and art criticism from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, a graduate diploma in the art history and architecture of Brazil from PUC-Rio, and a degree in cultural production from UFF.

Maria Lind is Director of Tensta Konsthall and an independent curator and writer interested in exploring the formats and methodologies connected with the contemporary art institution. She was the director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College from 2008–10. Before that, she was director of lASPIS in Stockholm (2005–07) and Director of the Munich Kunstverein (2002–04). Previous to that she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (from 1997–2001) and in 1998 was co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe’s nomadic biennial of contemporary art. Lind was the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. A compendium of her essays to date, Selected Maria Lind Writing, was published by Sternberg Press in 2010 and she edited Performing the Curatorial: Within and Beyond Art in 2012 also with Sternberg. She has recently been appointed artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale.

Mary Jane Jacob is a curator, professor, and executive director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shifting her workplace from museums to the street, she critically engaged the discourse of public space with landmark exhibitions Places with a Past in Charleston, South Carolina, Culture in Action in Chicago, and Conversations at the Castle in Atlanta. Among her publications are the co-edited books Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art; Learning Mind: Experience into Art; The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists; and Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society.

Michel Schettert was born in Belém do Pará and has been living in Rio de Janeiro for the past 12 years. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communications in 2013 from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Université Lille 3 in France. His artistic practice includes video, photography, dance, and music, with a specific research focus on video dance.

Palle Nielsen is an artist and architect based in Copenhagen. He studied painting at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1967. In the late 60s Nielsen led a series of urban playground interventions in Copenhagen and later went to Stockholm to take part in the activist group Aktion Samtal (Action Dialogue) leading to the groundbreaking project The Model. A Model for a Qualitative Society, at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, October 1968. Nielsen has done research on children’s play in urban space; he has studied pedagogy at the University of Copenhagen and taught the subject. He has been an architecture critic and has built playgrounds as an architect and designed ornamentation for public buildings amongst other large creative projects. In 1998, the critic Lars Bang Larsen brought to light documentation material from The Model (1968) which had been buried for 30 years in Nielsen’s home. Since then, this material has been shown in exhibitions in Europe and distributed through magazines and journals. In 2009 Nielsen donated the material to MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona), where it was recreated visually and with sound; MACBA also published a book on The Model. The work was subsequently exhibited at biennials in São Paulo and Paris. In 2009 Nielsen presented the piece, The Children’s Peace Square in Utrecht and in 2014 recreated The Model at the Arken Museum near Copenhagen.

Raphael Giammattey is a poet, performer, playwright, and actor. He graduated in Tourism in 2014 from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF) and is currently a student in the Postgraduate Program in Studies in Contemporary Arts (PPGCA-UFF) focusing on the area of Critical Studies in the Arts. In 2014 he participated as one of the performers for Tino Sehgal’s seminal work These Associations and currently is part, as an actor-performer, of the Program of Studies in Performative Theatre coordinated by Professor Martha de Mello Ribeiro, also at UFF. In 2013 he completed the course Anthropology and Art: Marginal Aesthetics at the Federal Justice Cultural Center (CCJF). His artistic practice explores the encounters and des-encounters between words and images.

Sabrina Curi is currently development director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói as well as general coordinator of Instituto MESA. Recent projects for the institute include administrative management for the Experimental Nucleus of Education & Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM) (2009–2013) and the education project for the exhibition Hélio Oiticica – Museum is the World at Paço Imperial/Casa França Brasil, 2010. She was Administrative Associate for the company Mundo das Ideias where she managed the restoration project of the urban artist/prophet Gentileza called Rio with Gentileza (2010-2011), and where she also coordinated the launching of five books. She lived in London from 2006–2008 where she was executive producer of the project Brazilian Contemporary Art and coordinator of the program of art, culture and education both at the Brazilian School. She graduated with a degree in Cultural Production from UFF in 2002.

Sergio Cohn is a poet and editor in chief of Azougue Editorial, which he established in 2001. From 1994 to 2004 he edited the literary magazine Azougue. He is the author of the books of poems Lábio dos afogados (São Paulo: Nankin Editorial, 1999), Horizonte de eventos (Rio de Janeiro: Azougue Editorial, 2002), O sonhador insone (Rio de Janeiro: Azougue Editorial, 2006) and Futebol com animais (2013), written with his son. Among other books and magazines, he edits the Encontros collection series at Azougue, featuring guest edited selections of texts and interviews on important Brazilian artists and intellectuals, now comprising more than 20 issues, including Hélio Oiticica, Gilberto Freyre and Mario Pedrosa.