/ Competition for European Capital of Culture Guimarães 2012.
with Margarida Amial, Francisco Castelo Branco and Sven Neubeck.
Being one of the European Capitals of Culture of 2012 and a historically charged place, Guimaraes seems to us a sensitive opportunity to launch provocations that can instigate further discussion and propel clashes in and about public space. We propose to create a Hoax in order to enter people´s everyday reality, explore the limits of spaces of controversy and, simultaneously, question the political production of a place - resembling Orson Welles when, in 1938, he narrated “War of Worlds” on the radio. Such happening would promise the conversion of a site in the historical center into a shopping mall. To increase the veracity of our project we propose a billboard announcing its future construction. How would people react? Is fear of losing identity the outcome of a bipolar relation with the impacts of globalization? Leaving it open to interpretation and action-reaction effects, these tensions are compressed in one singularity that raises one simple and direct question:
What if tomorrow there was a shopping mall in your castle?
carvas · gomes
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