Conversas com Valter Ventura

On the 10th and 17th of April, at 6pm, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa hosts two talks with the artist Valter Ventura, about his project Compêndio do Nada 
10th April, 6pm // Conceptual Process and reference map
Valter Ventura will discuss the conceptual and visual process covered in the making of the project Compêndio do Nada, revealing the work and the visual experimentations parallel to the creation  of the works presented. 
17th April, 6 pm // Open Cartography with Catarina Pombo Nabais
Second encounter with Valter Ventura, where the process of elaboration and creation will be extended with the introduction of complementary interpretations which will allow the deepening of interpretative details and their recontextualization in broader fields of knowledge. 
Expanding the philosophical discussion inherent to the concepts of “emptiness” and cartography/territory, the second encounter will have the participation of Catarina Pombo Nabais.  
In language, “to be” and  “to be” (at) are terms difficult to separate. The most ancient questions of philosophy  combine individual knowledge (“who am I?”) with the idea of travelling in a space (“where do I come from?” and “Where am I going to?”). “Nothing” is frightening. We don’t know “it” and have no words to describe “it”, we have no “images” to identify it. It’s the frontier of what we are and the limit of where we are.  
Cartography relieves us. Allows the spaces to be domesticated in a way that we can come and go without losing ourselves, without stop being or being at. That’s why we give names to the territories and everything that they contain. We measure their distances, heights and depths. We map so as not to lose ourselves  and to claim the conquests. 
When I was just a little boy I had my head full of Jonh Waynes and Errol Flynnes. I understood that the dimension of their adventures was proportional to the seas and deserts that they crossed. I laid down above the letters of «Grand Atlas Aguilar», each one with 80 cm, that was just my height by then, and I just looked for empty territories.Recently I rediscovered the illustrations that Henry Holiday made to Lewis Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark” (1876). At certain point in the narrative, the captain tries to calm down his mutinous crowd. Dominated by the despair of being lost at sea, the men are reassured with a map of the oceans. It is – in reality – a blank map. But the certainty with which the captain points to an empty space, while reassuring “we’re here!”, calms the sailors and ends their insubordination. The scene always stuns me. The opposition between fear and science, the possibilities that empty spaces contain, the discourse about “nothing” and the rules that order chaos. 
 I got back now  to the maps of "Gran Atlas Aguiilar" to explore a scientific uncertainty: specific territories delimitated and defined by a line full of parallels and meridians, that between the meshes didn’t catch any kind of usable material to fulfill its purpose: find us.
Respecting the divisions that cartography imposes, I checked one grid full of spaces without references, nonplaces (utopos) that even being nothing, could be everything.
Valter Ventura, February 2013.
 // ABOUT THE  INTERVENERS//  VALTER VENTURA (Lisbon, 1979) graduated in Art History and completed the Advanced Photography Course in Ar.Co. He is a teacher at the Photography Course in IPT, Ar.Co and Atelier de Lisboa. 
The exhibition of his work started in 2005. He works  with José Nuno Lamas. They are represented in the collections of the Center of Modern Art Azeredo Perdigão (Calouste Gulbekian Foundation) and PLMJ Foundation. His work is part of the cycle of exhibitions currently taking place in Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa. 
CATARINA POMBO NABAIS graduated in Philosophy in Faculdade de Letras of Universidade de Lisboa. She made a Ph.D about Gilles Deleuze, in Paris, under the orientation of Jacques Rancière, and since 2007 is a pos-doc researcher in the Center of Philosophy of Universidade de Lisboa, where she directs the investigation of Science and Art and coordinates the project “Cartografias do Território” (Territory Cartographies).    // Free Entry // Facebook Event