Performance / final presentation AiR CSL 2018  © Miguel Gaspar 2019

AiR Carpintarias 2018

Artist Residencie with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s support


Through an Open Call, the north-american artist Miriam Simun (USA, 1984) was the selected artist among 51 international candidates.

Applications for AiR Carpintarias 2018 opened in September as an international program for a three months artist residencie in visual arts in Lisbon, at Carpintarias de São Lázaro.

The Open Call was very successful, having had 51 submissions from all around the world, with the independent juri highlighting the quality of both candidates and proposals.

Miriam Simun’s project focused on the way people interact and relate to each other in the city, the environment that connects them, their intertwined reality.
Simun wanted to discuss and to enlighten, through movement, questions like:
How do human beings have to develop to better adapt to a new material, social, ecological and communitarian future?

Miriam Simun’s final work and research resulted in a performance, in colaboration with three dancers, presented at the lower floor of Carpintarias, on the 8th and 9th of March 2019.

Find here more informance about the performance 

This residence was supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Grants and Programme’s Service with its first “Grant Gulbenkian / Carpintarias de São Lázaro” in 2018.

AiR Carpintarias 2018 also received accomodation support by HANGAR - Artistic Research Center, Lisboa



  Artist Miriam Simun’s portrait  © Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

Miriam Simun was born in Palo Alto, CA, EUA, in 1984. Miriam Simun works at the intersection of ecology, technology and the body. She works in multiple formats including video, performance, installation, and communal sensorial experiences. Trained as an ethnographer, she spends time in communities of experts ranging from biomedical engineers to botanists; hunters to human pollinators; octopuses to breastfeeding mothers. Taking on the role of ‘artist-as-fieldworker,’ much of her process is rooted in lived experience, forefronting corporeal and sensorial ways of learning, listening and knowing.
Simun studied Sociology at London School of Economics and  Interactive Telecommunications Program in the University of New York.
Her work has been presented numerous times, in places such as New Museum in New York, US; Museum of Arts and Design, NY, US; DeutscheBank Kunsthalle, Berlin, DE;  The Contemporary, Baltimore; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, US; Fine Arts Museum, Split, HR; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, US; the Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, CN; and Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, US.

Among other prizes, the artist received the Creative Capital Award, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts awards.
From her multiple artist residencies there’s Headlands Center for the Arts Residency (2018), OMI International Arts Center’s (2016) and  Santa Fe Art Institute’s Food Justice Residency (2015). Her work has been recognized internationally in publications including the BBC, The New York Times, The New Yorker, CBC, MTV, Forbes, Art21 and ARTNew.
In New York, she is represented by Helena Anrather Art Gallery.

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