SCREEN Festival Pre-edition


The SCREEN moving image art festival, part of the LOOP Platform from Barcelona, articulates projects among 16 different cities throughout the northern hemisphere. It holds an active network that brings together cultural institutions, art galleries, artists, and universities, and has attracted around 200,000 people to its events and exhibitions during the 11th edition in Barcelona.

Demetrio Portugal was part of the strategic team that planned interventions in São Paulo – SCREEN Occupies Art Palácio, Rio de Janeiro – interaction with Multiplicidade Festival, and Paraty – interaction with Paraty em Foco Festival. The goal was to introduce the SCREEN Festival in Brazil and promote the idea of partnership among festivals and the integration with the city as a SCREEN. These were the main features of the project that aimed to address the changes we are experiencing today in São Paulo, as well as in other cities around the globe.

About São Paulo Intervention:


The video art work invites the audience to immerse themselves in the imaginative window of cinema. Its narrative offers a poetic, familiar, and yet fantastic perspective on memory, environmental change, and creation. This black and white film, with its absence of dialogue and its musical score, connects the history of cinema, the city, and ourselves.

Art Palacio main room:
The Nonon Creatures Art Group was invited to create the scenographic intervention, and they developed all the lightweight design objects, beanbags, and other materials. By proposing the use of waste from the City Hall’s deposit, they raised questions about abandonment and reuse within the City Hall’s internal processes.

Click here to learn more about the Art Palacio Project

The intervention in São Paulo occurred in an abandoned historic cinema owned by the City of São Paulo called Art Palacio, and focused on the theme of environmental and structural changes in the city linked to art and cinema. The protagonists of this intervention were the ancient history of the theater and Hans Op de Beeck’s video art piece, “Staging Silence.”

The building itself holds indices of the cinema and the city of São Paulo’s changes since the 1930s. Therefore, the art-education intervention group Lab.Experimental guided the audience so they could have contact with the historical dimensions of Art Palácio.

Immersed in 70 years of urban and cinema industry changes, the audience was invited to enter the dark room, an empty space of 1,200 m2, with only a few chairs and puffs in front of an 11x6m screen showing Op de Beeck’s “Staging Silence” film piece


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