EUROPE is one of the three axes of the Art and Critical Studies research group of Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo
Coordinator: Eduarda Neves
Europe has been a subject of complex debates in which some artists have been called upon to participate, questioning either the political organization of post-World War II, recent political decisions, or the artistic mapping based on strategies of global geopolitics. Taking Europe's multiple representations as our starting point, we aim at undertaking research on the critical approaches that configure some of the present debates, with particular focus on the contemporary art field.
Arnaldo Araújo Research Centre (CEAA) is a R&D unit based at Escola Superior Artística do Porto which develops research in the area of Art Studies, specifically in the territories of Theory, Criticism and History.
Originally set up as part of ESAP’s internal structure, in 2007 CEAA became a fully recognized research unit, funded by FCT (Portuguese Government Foundation for Science and Technology, uRD 4041).
Currently it is organized into three research groups and one common research line. Research groups: (1) Architectural Studies; (2) Film Studies Art; (3) Art and Critical Studies. Research line: Common Place.
The Art and Critical Studies Research Group, conducts investigation on contemporary art practices, with special focus on visual arts and in its intersections with other epistemological fields.
The multidisciplinary scope of the research is our guiding principle, in the same way as its time horizon is subtracted to chronological categories and conventions.
To optimize dialogue between researchers, critics, curators, artists and structures in the art field, to promote theoretical-critical production, applied research and exhibition practice are amongst the objectives to be given privilege.
Current main research axes: (1) Europe, (2) Film in Contemporary Art, (3) South-South Trajectories.