Ectopia was initially established within the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência camus – a leading European biomedical research institute in 2007. Its objective has been the facilitation of artistic residencies in research institutes. As its activities began including many other research institutes it was decided to move Ectopia to a location independente of any institute. In collaboration with the Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular and Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis in Porto, Ectopia curated two exhibitions in 2007 e 2008 (Hybrid) accompanied by conferences that brought to Portugal some of the most influential artists, critics, curators and scientists that have explored the intersection between art and science.
The Verbeke Foundation, founded by art collectors Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, is a private art site which first opened doors to the general public on June 1st of 2007. As a ‘refuge of arts’ the domain offers chances to young / less renowned artists and holds an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. Culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand in the Verbeke Foundation.
With 12 hectares (29.7 acres) of scenic area and 20,000 m² (4,9 acres) covered spaces, the Foundation is one of the largest private initiatives for contemporary art throughout Europe. The warehouses of the former Verbeke transport agency were transformed into unique exposition halls. One of the buildings was furnished to exhibit Verbeke’s extraordinary collection of collages and assemblages.
The Verbeke Foundation is subject to a continuous growth process. Artists have the ability to reside, larger and smaller exhibitions relieve each other… the Verbeke Foundation resembles a living organism and so looks different one day to another.
The name MEIAC (standing in Spanish for Extremadura and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art) properly identifies its location, its contents and its vocational reference background, at the same time being a reaction to the foundational will that led to the creation of this Museum: the immediate gathering of a widespread heritage, the creation of a cross-border cultural relationship with Portugal and the reinforcement of those links that for historical reasons this region shares with Latin America.
The goals of the creation of MEIAC fit into the general purpose of cultivating development and spreading artistic activity in a region that until now did not have any centre of specialised formation; to facilitate its reintegration in a circuit open to cultural relationships and interchange with other similar centres, and endow the Autonomous Community of Extremadura with an unprecedented heritage of works of contemporary art, since there had not been in Extremadura any public or private collections of true meaning and value.
The collection, the exhibitions and the activities in the Museum are oriented towards its declared Ibero-American identity. In order to elaborate the project of the Museum, a Committee was constituted in 1994. The committe was formed by Antonio Franco Domínguez, Antonio Bonet Correa, Fernando Huici March, Fernando Castro Flórez, Rosa Olivares Zurilla, Bernardo Pinto de Almeida, Miguel Logroño Leza, Luís Alonso Fernández, Miguel Rojas Mix, María del Mar Lozano Bartolozzi, Javier Cano Ramos, José Antonio Galea Fernández, Pedro Barquero Moreno and José María Soriano Llamazares.
Universidade de Évora
The University of Évora was founded in 1559 and for two centuries it distinguished itself for its role in the education of the elites and the missionaries of the Kingdom. Restored as a public University in 1973, it has aimed at meeting the new requirements of society. It is specially oriented toward the education of human resources who want to achieve a higher position by merit and good service to the community. The University of Évora has established itself through the high quality of its teaching, associated with perennial values such as mutual respect, desire for knowledge, intellectual honesty and freedom of thought.
Mundo Montado is a Responsible Tourism company located in the Southwest Alentejo, a unique and stunning rural environment in Portugal. We conduct guided tours and nature tourism in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.
We suggest visits to historic villages, archaeological sites, the mediterranean windmills, the earthbuilding Estates and cottages known as taipa to let know the history, traditional architecture and the culture of the Baixo Alentejo.
Our visitors can contact and participate in activities in the countryside and enjoy the direct contact with the community, gastronomy and its everyday practices, such as the Cork harvesting, the olive oil production, the regional wine cellars, the honey and medronho brandy. We also promote the Alentejo’s pork, the dairies and the wool from the sheep shearing to the traditional weaving.
We organize tastings of regional products, craft shows, traditional arts and crafts workshops (pottery, weaving, Cork, tiles …) without forgetting the traditional music. We also recommend outdoor activities, we recommend selected itineraries that reveal the autochthonous flora and fauna. For the more active, we recommend horse riding, kayaking and sport fishing.
We organize and coordinate Events and incentives for small groups seeking a rural, authentic environment and contact with nature.
INCUBATOR Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science and Ecology is a physical and theoretical hub, a new art/science laboratory at The University of Windsor. Founded in 2009, it functions both as an apparatus in which environmental conditions can be controlled towards the assisted proliferation of life, but also as a site that supports the proliferation of new ideas – new artistic practices. Physically and metaphorically INCUBATOR serves as site for innovative productive and performative imaginings of biotechnology as a technology of the body – a complex ecology – that implicates each of us intellectually and biologically in the continued propagation of the life sciences.
Director: Jennifer Willet
Fluxmedia / Fluxnetwork is a research-creation network located at Concordia University in Montreal. The network is made up of artists, scholars, graduate students and research labs engaged with interdisciplinary research across art and the life sciences, including biology, digital and electronic media art, art/sci and transdisciplinary art practices. Research projects initiated through Fluxmedia explore how emerging technologies and biomedia intersect with new modes of artistic practice and cultural theory. Fluxmedia is a space of exploration, working with science and art techniques to reflect on the socio-political, aesthetic, ethical and environmental dimensions implicated through the use of new bioimaging and visualization technologies.
Director: Tagny Duff