Why do we work on Public Space? Are we working for it or are we using it as a medium for our own endeavours? It’s not about us, it’s not about the art. It’s about reality, really.
Public Space interventions are really in, right now. But why are we doing it? What are our goals, what are our criteria? What is our purpose?
Reality is interesting enough as it is and it’s about that we should be working: bringing reality back to the spotlight. Public intervention should, thus, help create critical thinking about the space we live in, help promote a collective sense of responsibility about our own reality.
By making reality’s processes intelligible as they are – i.e., with no predefined conception of what’s right and wrong about it – everyday users of space (so yeah, everyone) get a chance to reposition themselves in a reality that is so well-known, that it became numb. Whatever we choose to do (or not to do), it should be an actual choice, not the result of a lack of engagement.
Interventions should be a means to an end, not the end itself: it’s about an approach strategy, rather than the material result. It is, in principle, ephemeral. It’s reality that’s permanent.
Orlando Gilberto-Castro and Tiago Ascensão are long term partners. Architects by FAUP (Porto), they've walked different paths that enrich their work around ephemeral installation.
With the strong conviction that reality is worth on its own, ORA aims to return it its value on everyday life and stimulate critical thought about it. This is the fundamental engine of the projects developed over the last few years. From ORA's body of work are highlighted the invitation to teach at SHIFT workshop, held by the Museum of Architecture of Wroclaw, Poland (2017) and the first place on the Internacional Contest Eira Lounge for the 2015 edition of Bons Sons Music Festival, with the installation TECTO. Along with Marta Pereira, they are also authors of ESCORA, selected for CICLO 2014 - Torres Vedras’ Public Space Art Festival.