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Ferreira, I., Aparício, M. I., Madrazo, L., Fonseca, N., Pereira, P., Pinto, R. An Empty Space, A Virtual Place: Cultural Life and Creative Solutions In Besieged Cities. Proceediings of the AMPS Conference “Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design”, Series 24.1, 16-18 June, 2021

A-Place activities were  planned to be carried out in the sociophysical

territory,  embedded in public spaces, and with the involvement of multiple

social groups. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 at the start of the project led to

reconsideration both the programme of activities, and some basic tenets on which the project was based: place, public space, community building, co-creation. In fact, the notion of public space, as circumscribed to physical space, was challenged, as public space was extended through digital media. As reaction to the pandemic situation we created “A Confined Place”, a programme of activities dealing with the perception and representation

of places using mixed media (photography, video, graphics, and texts) that were fully developed and disseminated online. In this unexpected context, spaces for creation and exhibition became equally virtual ones, all around the world, with artists intensifying the development of their creativity using digital media and disseminating their artwork through the web.


The paper is available in the conference proceedings.