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ÁGORA: Encounters between the city and arts: exploring new


The Agora was an open space that existed in several cities of antiquity, having reached its greatest expression in Athens. The most varied encounters took place among citizens who developed various activities, namely politics, philosophy, commerce, arts. The city finds the arts as a means of valuing or protesting. In turn, the arts find the city as a means to strengthen the relationship between artists and to stimulate inspiration and innovation through critical thinking and debate, as in the ancient Agora.

The decline of the ‘modern’ city associated with neoliberalism defies the right to the city. In some cases, responses such as those from the arts are also in themselves threats to the right to the city, contributing to erosion of common sense and collective interest. The main objective of this project is to know how, in the context of crisis, the various resistances and alternatives that they propose take place in the city through the arts and artists. In what way these transformations, favoring social justice and creativity, can promote new urbanities. It is therefore important to understand to what extent artistic dynamics are linked to the tensions between market forces, political powers and the refusal of the neoliberal model, particularly in the metropolis of Lisbon.


  • Ana Moutinho