IMPROMPTU : STOREFRONT
João Ó & Rita Machado
exhibition September 2021
Travessa Inácio Baptista nr 14
Macau, S.A.R. China
INFRA # MACAU
Since the arrival of the Portuguese Macau has always been a hub to build a new intercontinental infrastructure, to establish a relationship between two different cultures, China and Europe.
The start of this cooperation was the reason to make the peninsula bigger and more important by land reclamation projects and making ports and even an airport in the sea. One can feel this power and it is also visible on maps.
In this installation I use infrastructure elements from Macau, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and connect it to Portugal and the Netherlands to focus on relationships that exists for hundreds of years by a still expanding infrastructural network.
Ephemera Public Space Cooperative
Zoom Webinar organizer
Architecture Association of Macau
Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Hong Kong and Macau SARs
Institute of European Studies of Macau
Impromptu Storefront (installation)
AAM premise (on site + zoom webinar)
Artbiz Asia Forum (TBC, mid November)
They propose a kind of architecture that is mindful of the territory’s current situation, aiming at the expansion of improbable public spaces with the involvement of the local community as critical participants in the urban space, using installations, events, and urban art as references.
Their work has been exhibited internationally, including as a representative of Macau at the Venice Biennale and the Architecture Biennale in 2009 and 2014 respectively.