5 Cultural Suggestions — Luísa Especial

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.

Luísa Especial


Nicholas Knight

Created at the end of the 4-month residence as a FLAD scholarship holder, at the AiR 351, in March with the technical support from Heitor Fonseca.


Atlas do Corpo e da Imaginação
Gonçalo M. Tavares

Excerpt of Gonçalo M. Tavares on Teoria do Passo de Balzac, Patologia da Vida Social: “The immobile body has a mysterious charge that the moving body does not. In immobility, there is the possibility of all movements, there is a concentration of thought, but it is a hidden thought, an unrevealed thought”. Atlas do Corpo e da Imaginação Gonçalo M. Tavares, ed. Caminho, 2013, p. 211.

The Elements of Style
William Strunk Jr., E. B. White

A golden rule from William Strunk about the writing process (and not only): “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.” William Strunk Jr., E. B. White, The Elements of Style, ed. Penguin Books, p. 39, with illustrations by Maira Kalman.


A perna esquerda de Tchaikovski

Script and direction by Tiago Rodrigues, interpretation by Barbora Hruskova and music by Mário Laginha. About the memory of a dancer’s body at the end of her career, the movement, its possibilities and impossibilities. It was available on the website of the Companhia Nacional de Bailado.


The sun goes down and it comes up again,

A musical mantra by Command X, 2020.


Soft Boiled
A weekly newsletter by the artist Katarina Poliacikova.

Luísa Especial is curator, researcher and cofounder of AiR 351, of which she is the artistic director.

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