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17th of November

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2022

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Porto & Vila Real
11. Mariana Vilanova SA

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The promise of a perfect memory, so desired over the centuries, is now within our reach, brought by digital technology, as Viktor Mayer-Schonberger tells us. We keep records of our different information daily on mobile devices and are increasingly dependent on them, as we remember less about the information and more about where we can find it. We have an idea that digital is immaterial and that is why we will have almost eternal access to information, but the digital world depends on electronic components made with rare metals present in the earth's soil, which can make this access ephemeral and unsustainable.

"Finite landscapes or memories of a place where I did not go" shows in visual records of the Alvão Natural Park together with three-dimensional representations of the same places. The portrait of this protected natural area, which may be at risk of transformation, confronts us with the materiality of our digital memories, which from the outset we consider eternal and immaterial. When navigating through these landscapes, we are also navigating through the memories of those who accompanied and recorded it, reminding us that digital technology is not just a human product, but a precondition of our existence.

Bio

Artist who lives and works in the city of Porto. Through photography, video or multimedia installations, she has been presenting works that bring us closer to the themes and challenges of the 21st century, such as the impact of advances in technology on human beings and on the planet. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto and in 2021 she completed her Masters in Multimedia (FEUP) with the work Evoking a Simulated Past (Gnration).

She has exhibited regularly since 2016, highlighting the works Hiato, with Francisco Oliveira (Festival Semibreve, Mosteiro de Tibães, 2020), War and the End of Empathy (Galeria Municipal do Porto, 2019); and with individual exhibitions on Solastalgia (Galeria Ócio, 2022) “We never get tired of trees” (Galeria Ocupa, 2022), and Before and After Us as the third moment of the Imaginário Futuro Passado project (Galeria RAMPA, 2021). In 2019, she won the Sonae Media Art award with her work Systems Synthesis, as a member of the berru collective, which she was a member of until 2020.

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