With this contest, it’s intended to reflect on the strength of photography as an inquisitive instrument for architecture, searching for new talents and awareness towards photography and architecture both in Portugal and abroad. Raising a wider appreciation for our architectural, cultural and intellectual inheritance and promote the photography platform scopio Network.
Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries: Territory is the main theme of the current cycle of scopio Magazine.
We are interested in original projects where photography is explored as a significant research instrument for building critical and innovative views on architecture as an extended field of knowledge that operates within larger systems, with cultural, artistic, technical and historical dimensions. The main focus of this issue is on public space transformation and aims to question how different dimensions of the public sphere may be meaningfully understood or reframed through different lenses and perspectives. At the heart of this debate is the contemporary discussion that the image of the city is in itself modified with the very process of change according to specific sensorial and cognitive conditions, originating the possibility of establishing new spatial connections in an expanded territory of cosmopolitan interaction.
VIEWFINDER is used to publish the projects within the contest and, in doing so, it’s offering more autonomy and publication space for its editorial content that reveals new talents and awareness towards photography and architecture, city and territory universes both in Portugal and abroad, recognising that past published photography projects have significantly captured the interest of both specialised and general public and also building new collaborations giving more freedom and responsibility to their Editors with the objective of creating increased synergies with them.
Thus, scopio Magazine International Photography Contests will be linked to scopio Magazines global theme Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries: Territory which is a subject that allows to understand how different disciplines or fields of practice use photography as an instrument of evidence, expression and inquiry, between documentation and art, and also how photography can establish a bridge between these different areas of interest and study. This means exploring the concept over different fields of study and practices with the intent of presenting a broad understanding about these issues linking them to photographic image, art and architecture in order to question our cultures’ values and desires and the specific characteristics of places, buildings and how people appropriate and live in these built spaces.
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