5 Cultural Suggestions — Duarte Sequeira

Every week, UMBIGO invites two people to share their 5 cultural suggestions. What can we do at home? From a book to a podcast, album or film: here are recommendations from artists, curators, gallery owners, cultural activists, friends.

We will share the recipe for what makes us better, and we remain united and positive.

Duarte Sequeira


My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Ottessa Moshfegh
The book I’ve enjoyed reading the most last year. It talks about a chemical “hibernation” of the main character, with whom I don’t know if I sympathize, but I like that. The author Ottessa Moshfegh draws a delirious optimism of pre-9/11 New York. At the beginning of the year, news surfaced telling that Yorgos Lanthimos will turn this book into a film, which makes me super curious.

Cinema Plataform

Is a cinema subscription platform and an excellent alternative to Netflix or HBO. It is Portuguese and has a quality selection.


Vanished into Music
Arthur Russel
An old podcast that I keep coming back to. He is one of the experimental musicians of “beautiful” music that I like the most and this podcast is a kind of meditation for me.


Yellow Magic Orchestra
A few days ago, I had a challenge on Facebook: I had to choose 10 records that influenced my taste in music. One record a day, ten consecutive days. I confess that choosing 10 is very difficult! Just one is an impossible mission. Anyway, here it goes: Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first full-length – homonymous and released in 1978. It’s always good to know that some people who were born in the future!


No Man’s Sky
Some games are works of art and perfect escapist moments for the time we live in. No Man’s Sky puts us on a colourful alien planet where we have to fix our spaceship. Then, further on, it shows us an “infinite” universe, with 18 quintillion planets ready to be explored. It was one of the most anticipated games of 2016 and a lot has happened since. It was deemed a failure upon its release, but it has been improved since then. For those who don’t want to or can’t play, here’s a documentary made by a YouTube channel. It’s so good it could be on Netflix or alike:
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Duarte Sequeira (Braga, 1990) is a gallery owner and MA in contemporary art curatorship from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London. He worked in the _Public Programme_ department of the Whitechapel Gallery between 2017 and 2018, where he collaborated in social projects with artists such as Peter Doig, Rineke Dijkstra, Turner Prize – Coletivo Assemble, among others. In 2017, together with 3 curator friends, he founded the DOW Collective, which, for two years, actively took part in London’s artistic community, collaboratively organizing several exhibitions and performances. Currently, he is the artistic co-director of Forum Arte Braga and the director of Galeria Duarte Sequeira.

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