Screening of António Cunha Telles’s ‘Continuar a Viver’ (1975) and João Dias’s ‘As Operações SAAL’ (200

with an introduction by Joaquim Moreno

April 1, 2010

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 East 3rd Street, corner Bowery, New York City

This evening’s event is part of the exhibition ‘Into the Unknown’ on view at Ludlow 38 through April 11. The films by António Cunha Telles and João Dias we are introducing tonight, portray ‘Servico de Apoio Ambulatorio Local’ (Mobile Service for Local Support or SAAL) a radical experiment in participatory architecture in Portugal from the time after the carnation revolution in April 1974.

‘Launched by a sector of the state in several urban areas of the country, it involved architects, engineers, lawyers and other specific intellectuals, students, and above all, urban dwellers from impoverished or run-down neighbourhoods, who organized themselves in local neighbourhood committees in an effort to define and enact new rights and new conditions or urban life centred on housing and on what some of the core actors of the process called the ‘right to place’.
(‘Reinventing democracy: grassroots movements in Portugal’ by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, João Arriscado Nunes)

João Dias is a Portuguese film director author of “As Operações SAAL” which won the MIDAS prize at DocLisboa 2008. He is the author of documentaries and a short fiction film for Dance Company Clara Andermatt and is currently preparing a documentary on tourism in the south of Portugal.

António Cunha Telles is a Portuguese film director and producer with a large number of productions since the early 1960’s.

Joaquim Moreno is a Portuguese architect born in 1973, in Luanda, Angola. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto and has a Master from the Barcelona Technical School of Architecture. He is a doctoral candidate in the Architecture Department at Princeton and is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. Beyond architecture practice, currently suspended for his research program, Moreno was one of the editors of the Portuguese journal InSi(s)tu and the curator, with the philosopher Jose Gil, of the Portuguese representation at the Venice biennial of 2008. Joaquim Moreno lives and works in New York.