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Materialidades e Objectualidades

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Carlos Natálio, Júlio Alves and José Bragança de Miranda

Objects Between Us





The objects have an embedded memory in them, a passage of knowledge and gestures, one of the facets of their mobility. But they also gain a subjective trace, the result of the relationship with the subject: memory of moments of interaction and the emotions added to them. These feelings help to make intelligible a certain unfolding of language, a willingness to seek a given mirroring in the object, an objectual alterity. Objects help to make present, something that cinema, as a temporal object, also allows us to understand in a certain way. “Objects Between Us”, by Júlio Alves, encourages us to think about this relationship between objectuality and the potential of cinema. Cinema as a matrix from which it would be possible, more than visualizing this inscribed memory, to propose a space, sometimes paradoxical, where objects and their materiality transcend use and are character, engine, gaze.


© Musa paradisiaca, 2018, Cortesy of Galeria Municipal do Porto.

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Carlos Natálio (Lisbon, 1980) is a Professor at the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal, and a researcher at CITAR – Center for Research in Science and Technology of the Arts. He has a degree in Cinema (ESTC), Law (FDL) and a PhD in Communication Sciences from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is a founding member and editor of the cinephile website À pala de Walsh where he writes regularly in the area of film criticism and contemporary culture. Since 2019, he has worked in the programming area, joining the team of programmers at Festival IndieLisboa. In 2022, at the invitation of Batalha Centro de Cinema, he helped design the programming for the inaugural edition of this institution's Schools Program. He has written extensively in areas such as cinema and education, contemporary cinema, philosophy of cinema and Portuguese cinema. He is the author of various educational materials within the scope of Cinema Education, namely educational notebooks on films by Pedro Costa, Manoel de Oliveira, Yasujir? Ozu, João Salaviza, António Pedro Vasconcelos, among others. He is currently vice-president of AIM – Association of Moving Image Researchers.

Júlio Alves (Lisbon, 1971) is a director. His filmography consists of 15 films divided between fiction, documentary and experimental. His most recent filmography includes Diálogo de Sombras (2021), Arte de Morrer Longe (2020), Chantal + Pedro (2020), Sacavém (2019). All of his films had national and international premieres. He also made advertising films in different European markets. With a PhD in Communication Sciences and a master's degree in Cinematographic Studies, he teaches at the Universidade Lusófona in the Cinema and Media Arts and Photography degrees, and in the Cinema Studies master's degree. He is also a member of the Center for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies (CICANT).

José A. Bragança de Miranda has a PhD in Communication Sciences from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (1990), with a degree in «Theory of Culture» (2000) at the same University, an institution where he was an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences. Since 1992, he has worked as a guest professor at Universidade Lusófona, an institution where he currently serves as Rector. He has taught in the areas of culture theory and contemporary arts, media theory, cyberculture and political theory. He is an investigator at CICANT. He is the author of several books, including Analítica da Actualidade (1994), Política e Modernidade (1997), Traços: Ensaios de Crítica da Cultura (1998), Teoria da Cultura (2002), Corpo e Imagem (2008) or, published in 2023, Constelações: ensaios sobre cultura e técnica na contemporaneidade.

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