Maria Curraleira Studio
Collaborative multimedia platform dedicated to urban narratives
The proposal of the Studio Maria Curraleira is a pilot project for the creation of a multimedia production studio in Vale de Chelas. As an open local platform, it aims to accompany the digital collection of local narratives that describe the history and the daily life of the former Curraleira neighborhood, thus promoting social cohesion.
Based on a study done in the academic context of ISCTE´s Collaborative Territories course, Frame Colectivo approached the old neighborhood of Curraleira, today better known as Vale de Chelas. Curraleira was one of Lisbon’s illegal settlements that left a mark in the daily life of several generations. Due to serious basic infrastructural problems, this neighborhood was demolished and substituted by several social housing units, which created a profound segregation in terms of territory and identity.
In collaboration with the project Sementes a Crescer (Growing Seeds), Frame Colectivo initiated activities through documentaries, vj-ing events, and short films for online distribution. The Studio aims to encourage the sharing of collective memories about the history of the territory, allowing for self-image and territorial identity management in a participatory and democratic way.
For artistic workshops in public space
Bring art to the street by expanding accessibility, inclusion and reflection in the space we co-inhabit.
About remembering and forgetting
Abstraction, pause, balance, marking, movement, resistance, adaptation. These were some of the key elements defining the conceptualization of the scenography for Paula Diogo´s piece “About remembering and forgetting” dealing with collective and individual memories.
Triste in English from Spanish
Four trapezoidal tables and one vertical structure in wood and aluminum were designed and built to meet the needs of the performance play “Triste in English from Spanish” by portuguese choreographer Sónia Batista.
Gathering and information points in the archaeological site of the Quinta do Almaraz
For the opening of the archeological site in the Quinta do Almaraz in September 2017, Frame was invited to design and create the concept line for the guided tours around a 2 km visit path.
Participatory Science in 2º Torrão
“Will the sea swallow the 2º Torrão? When? How?” Assuming this question as a starting point, presented from the residents of the settlement of 2º Torrão, the participatory scientific project “Novos Decisores Ciêncies” investigates the coastal erosion. Frame Colectivo participated in the 2017 edition proposing the construction of three meeting places.
Pátio in Santos
Invited by O Nosso Km2, Frame Colectivo projected and built a leisure park in the neighborhood of Santos ao Rêgo (Rua Marciano Henriques da Silva). We moved into an empty shop in the ground level of number 32 of the same street, using the space as office and storage.
The short film 767 follows the itinerary of the 767 bus of Carris from Campo Mártires da Pátria to the subway station of Reboleira. We created a darkroom in the back of the fire truck and did the same path behind the bus.
Proposal for the open call CRIAR LISBOA (EGEAC)
We were invited by the project O Banquete (festival to think and eat) to create a set design in public space for an outdoor iteration of the festival with high school students. For the open call CRIAR LISBOA, we developed the project Acute Strawberries for the Miradouro do Monte Agudo (viewpoint), attempting to create a space for dialogue and promoting discussion about healthy eating in the urban context. We proposed the creation of a decontextualized hydroponic strawberry plantation that would offer shade and a new landscape for the viewpoint.
Frame Colectivo was invited by Festival TODOS – Caminhada de Culturas 2015 to organize a series of open-air building workshops. These workshops transformed the garden in Campo Mártires da Pátria into a living room for all to enjoy.
Conversations about inhabiting the city
“Ma propre ville ne serait qu'imagination, elle proviendrait de la folie of my body!(…)Me then I wouldn't exist either!”
- in The city does not exist, Sylvain Berteloot
Pátio in Penha
The curatorial line of this exhibition aimed both at presenting to a broader public the results of the project Performapping
, realized throughout May 2015 in squares, vilas operárias and viewpoints in Penha de França, and to redefine the entrance of the Espaço da Penha as a semi-public community space.
The project Performapping resulted as a series of experimental activities focusing on the research of the socio-cultural urban reality in the parish of Penha de França. Together with a team of activists, anthropologists, and performers, we engaged in various forms of mapping, video art, photography, and installation. Questions of identification, collaboration in the decision-making of public space, and social dynamics between community entities guided the interventions throughout the project.
During our research in the Vale de Santo António area, we set a specific focus on Vila Cândida, a social housing unit from the early 20th century. This complex is located in a difficult topographic setting with great altitude variations. Of particular importance were the entrance situation, defined by two concrete columns and a vacant lot, and a community space that was destroyed by a car accident.
The Other Side of the Wall
The project The Other Side of the Wall raises questions about the stigmatization of the Health Park, former Júlio de Matos Hospital, and about the urban isolation due to the wall built around it. Accepting an invitation by the Coruchéus Public Library to participate in the Dias de Bem Cá Estar, Frame Colectivo, in partnership with Rádio Aurora, focused on developing strategies for the inclusion of the public space of the Health Park in the Alvalade neighborhood.
In collaboration with the Institut Français Portugal and the Goethe-Institut Portugal, Frame Colectivo invited Theatre Fragile to perform the piece AHOI! during three episodes of Pátio Ambulante in September 2014. The productions of this company mix drama with documentary theatre using masks, performative paths, documentary, and fiction. In this context, Street Theatre acts as a facilitator in public space, enabling the meeting of a wide range of people, and transforming urban spaces into a stage.
In search of adequate urban furniture to accompany our activities in public space, we developed a robust prototype with recycled materials that was easy to transport and had high recognition value.
Creating the public library of Trafaria
During a workshop in July 2014, the Association EDA (Ensaios e Diálogos) and the municipalities of Trafaria and Costa da Caparica collaborated to create the furniture for the Trafaria Library. Located in the central square of the small fishing village, the library disposes of a former office space on the first floor next to the local market. Due to the success of the activities, the project expanded to the ground floor reusing an abandoned shop as a cultural space in 2015.
Pátio Dom Fradique
The Pátio Dom Fradique is located in the backyard of a former palace that has direct connection with the Castelo de São Jorge, one of the most touristic areas in Lisbon. It consists of former housing units, now in ruins, through four elevation levels. After changing owners several times, the Pátio Dom Fradique is now property of the Municipality of Lisbon. The old palace has been remodeled into one of the most expensive hotels in the city center.
Vertical Gardens is a proposal for Lisbon’s Participatory Budget 2014 that offers an alternative concept for the many semi-destroyed buildings belonging to the Municipality of Lisbon. Deriving from studies that demonstrate the positive effect of vertical vegetation in the cities and the need for urban requalification, the project focuses on the dismounting part of the already destroyed fronts, leaving only the raw structure of the building, including basic infrastructure like water and electricity systems.
Open Patio was the launching event of Pátio Ambulante. It took place at the Pátio of São João in the Santana hill, in September 2013. This private space was temporarily transformed, opening its doors with a diversified cultural program created in collaboration with the resident population.
During the first edition of Pátio Ambulante, the wish to deepen the knowledge about the patios in Lisbon lead us to create an itinerary throughout the city spanning three months.
It all started in Moabit, Berlin. We focused on the Arminius Markthalle, a market from 1890, and worked from a small office inside the building researching participation methods for its revitalization. We learned so much from the flexibility and the endless possibilities offered by the structural cast iron frames of the market, that we integrated the concept as our guiding principle. Frame Colectivo was born!