Projections and Conference



The cycle “The Body is a Projection”, continues in the opening of a space of contact between the current performative practices and their historical antecedents. Its program consists of two sessions dedicated to the American artist Robert Morris with a round table at the end, another session scheduled by the philosopher and art critic Jacinto Lageira, and a two-day seminar centered on performance curatorial practices Art, to be held in February, on dates to be announced. This will be directed by RoseLee Goldberg, director of the “Performa” center in New York, and author of seminal books for the history of Performance Art.


For the American artist Robert Morris, art is a work of the body. Although best known in the field of visual arts for his connection to Minimal Art in the 1960s, or the 1970s’ Process Art, Morris has in his touch with postmodern American dance, a crucial moment for the development of his work. “Four Pieces by Morris” (1993), screened in the first session of this cycle, is a film for which four dances which premiered in the 60’s were reconstituted. The exhibition of this film will be for some the introduction to the work of this artist and, for others, a moment to reconsider receiving their work.

Like these pieces that were conceived 4 decades ago, mediated by a film that was just over 10 years old, we will have the opportunity to accompany Morris in the critical use of art history – of his objects, images and speeches – also entering into the current discussion about repositioning and archiving of performative works.

On the second day we will see a dialogue of images between Morris and the artist Lynda Benglis, with the videos “Exchange” and “Mumble”. Made a few years after the dances that gave rise to “Four Pieces by Morris”, they return and transform images and subjects addressed back then, significant both for the work of Morris and for the appearance of the video as an artistic practice. At the end of this session, there will be a round table where, from the films screened, Robert Morris’ written and film works will be discussed, as well as the performativity in the field of visual arts.

Liliana Coutinho


Four Pieces by Morris | Babette Mangolte
1993, 16mm, B&W, sound, 94 minutes
Courtesy of Babette Mangolte


Mumble | Lynda Benglo
1972, video, B&W, sound, 20 minutes
Distribution Video Data Bank, New York


Exchange | Robert Morris
1973, video, B&W, sound, 36 minutes
Distribution Video Data Bank, New York



Delfim Sardo – Director of the Exhibition Centre of Centro Cultural de Belem
Jacinto Lageira – Philosopher, Art critic, Teaches Art history and Aesthetics at the Université de Paris-I/Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris.
Phillippe-Alain Michaud – “Film Curator” of the Museé National d’Art Moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Liliana Coutinho – Master of Curatorial Studies, by the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.


Piece Touchèe | Martin Arnold
1989, 16mm, B&W, sound, 16 minutes, shown on DVD


Why get the things in the muddle | Hill Gary
1984, video, color, sound, 33 minutes


Waterproof | Daniel Larrieu
1986, video, color, sound, 21 minutes


Monstres (Rep.) | Jan Kopp
2003, DVD, color, sound, 60 minutes

We generally consider that we are most capable of performing certain movements and that we have an evident ability to perform certain acts (producing words, for example). These artists sought to know to what extent these physical and mental possibilities can go, taking up again in other forms the recurrent question of whether man is an unfinished or definitively fulfilled being in his body and language.

Jacinto Lageira


Support Institut Franco-Portugais

Acknowledgements Daniel Larrieu; Fabienne Leclerc/Galerie in Situ, Paris; Jan Kopp/Galerie Grégoire Maisonneuve, Paris; Luís Gigante; Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mme Van Dantzig/Lieurac Production, Paris


Seminar on “Curating Performance” with Roselee Goldberg

Roselee Goldberg is an art historian expert in performance. She is the founder, director and commissioner of PERFORMA Biennial, a professor at the New York University and author of a comprehensive work devoted to performance, where we highlight the works “Laurie Anderson” (New York, Thames & Hudson, 2000) and “Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present” (New York, Thames & Hudson, 1998 and 2001).


Margem Atlântica | Ariel de Bigault
2005, 55 minutes

With: Mariza, José Eduardo Agualusa, Amélia Muge, João Afonso, Zézé and Miguel Hurst, Kalaf, Space Boys, Ângelo Torres, António Pedro Cerdeira, Kika Santos, Tito Paris, Jon Luz e Bullet

World premiere

This film combines several facets of an artistic and cultural movement, modern and mestizo, that runs through Lisbon. The Portuguese capital is a space of a singular human and creative alchemy which, rooted in the Lusophony, surpasses references and classifications.

Authors, actors and musicians guide us through a real and poetic Lisbon route, an authentic script of situations and dialogues, texts and songs, scenarios and images.