[INTRODUCTION] Introducing Demonstra DAO

What is the Demonstra Project?
Demonstra is an online platform for artistic research that aims to map, stimulate and disseminate the artistic production of people with disabilities. The project was conceived with the objective of bringing the public closer to studies and artistic practices related to the discussion of the non-normative body in contemporaneity. This approach is made through initiatives that enable the sharing of knowledge regarding the following artistic areas: painting, drawing, performance, video, photography, sculpture, new media and/or interdisciplinary intersections.

This project arose from the investigation that the artist Daniel Moraes has been carrying out in the Master’s Degree in Painting, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Emphasizing the poetic experience of artists with disabilities, his research starts from the personal experience with their own physical deformity and extends to the symptoms and symbols of contemporary artistic “decorporeity”. Deformation/dysfunction, efficiency/deficiency, monstrosity and formlessness are the main concepts that guide his works, researches and artistic projects.

In this same sense, Demonstra claims the importance of an artistic event idealized, produced and inhabited, for the most part, by people with disabilities. This event seeks, above all, to dignify artistic practices around accessibility, in order to place these professionals as protagonists of their production.

Demonstra Goals

Promote cultural accessibility of artists and research related to disability;

Map the production of artists with disabilities;

Encourage artistic projects that discuss issues about dissident corporeality;

Create inclusive communication networks that generate opportunities for artists with disabilities;

Expand knowledge about such artists in order to level opportunities in the artistic field;

Design an accessible and democratic artistic project to all audiences.

Demonstra Project Activities in Progress

Online Artist Residency | Issue #1: Poetics Informs
Open Call: from 10/11/2021 to 12/12/2021
Residence period: 01/27/2022 to 04/07/2022
Virtual Seminar and Exhibition: 04/09/2022

In its first edition, Demonstra proposes an online artistic residency with the theme Poéticas Informes, which seeks artists from Portuguese-speaking countries who deal with the experience of the non-normative body in contemporary times. The project focuses on the development of each artist’s research, offering resources so that everyone can develop their ideas. The residency program aims to stimulate conversations, promoting exchanges between artists, curators, mentors and the general public.

Up to six artists will be selected, whose lines of work lie in the field of painting, drawing, performance, video, photography, sculpture, new media and/or interdisciplinary intersections. Each selected resident will have a support of 500 euros and must participate in all activities that include this residency.

Support: General Directorate of Arts of the Portuguese Republic (DGArtes)

Partners: Archipelago - Contemporary Arts Center (Azores, PT), Walk&Talk (Azores, PT), Vaga (Azores, PT), SP55 (SĂŁo Paulo, BR), Duplex (Lisbon, PT), NowHere (Lisbon, PT), Artemlibras (Fortaleza, BR), Galeria do Lago (Rio de Janeiro, BR), Federal University of ParaĂ­ba (ParaĂ­ba, BR) and AMI (ParaĂ­ba, BR).

Demonstra Social Networks
Demonstra is an online platform for artistic research founded in August 2021. Demonstra’s visual identity was created by Vivoeusébio studio and we have a logo, identity manual and our own website. Demonstra’s social network has approximately 11 thousand followers distributed between Instagram’s and Facebook’s own profiles; and we have a newsletter mailing with more than 300 emails from project partners and supporters.

www.demonstra.pt

https://www.facebook.com/demonstra.pt

instagram: @demonstra.pt

Demonstra Nuclear Team
Direction_ Daniel Moraes
Production_ Yuli Anastassakis
Design_ Vivoeusébio

ROADMAP OF DEMONSTRA_DAO


Demonstra DAO Team
Direction Daniel Moraes @dani danimore.near
Operations Rebecca Johnson @RebeccaJ rejoh.near
Mentoring Juliana Matsumura @JulianaM jmm.near


January 2022

  1. Creation of a catalog/document/manual in pdf with information about the Open Call candidates of the demonstra artist residency. Objective: to catalog/map artists with disabilities for future projects such as publications, exhibitions and various actions
  2. Production of Webinars with specific guests (maximum two per month)
  3. Accessible website restructuring project and implementation
  4. Implementation of a Youtube channel - or other means of disseminating videos - from Demonstra

February 2022

  1. Production of Webinars with specific guests (maximum two per month)
  2. Creation of the pdf catalog of the production of artists in residence
  3. Online exhibition design project

March 2022

  1. Production of Webinars with specific guests (maximum two per month)
  2. Creation of the pdf catalog of the production of artists in residence
  3. Online exhibition design project

April 2022

  1. Seminar Production (Webinars) / guests / In collaboration with Incubadora
  2. Online exhibition design project
  3. Exhibition and seminar catalog design project

Best regards
Demonstra Team

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Demonstra :two_hearts: More than necessary, inevitable!

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Thanks @NatLoyola ! Keep in touch!

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Thank you for this introduction, this looks very promising!

If you haven’t joined yet, we do have the Creatives DAO chat open for everyone with weekly office hours every Monday :slight_smile: Telegram: Contact @CreativeGuilds

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Thanks @tabear for your message! I Will be in contact.

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