quinta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2019

The Knowledge Illusion

"Individual humans know embarrassingly little about the world, and as history progressed, they came to know less and less. A hunter-gatherer in the Stone Age knew how to make her own clothes, how to start a fire, how to hunt rabbits and how to escape lions. We think we know far more today, but as individuals, we actually know far less. We rely on the expertise of others for almost all our needs. In one humbling experiment, people were asked to evaluate how well they understood the workings of an ordinary zip. Most people confidently replied that they understood them very well – after all, they use zips all the time. They were then asked to describe in as much detail as possible all the steps involved in the zip’s operation. Most had no idea. This is what Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach have termed ‘the knowledge illusion’. We think we know a lot, even though individually we know very little, because we treat knowledge in the minds of others as if it were our own. 

This is not necessarily bad. Our reliance on groupthink has made us masters of the world, and the knowledge illusion enables us to go through life without being caught in an impossible effort to understand everything ourselves. From an evolutionary perspective, trusting in the knowledge of others has worked extremely well for Homo sapiens.

Yet like many other human traits that made sense in past ages but cause trouble in the modern age, the knowledge illusion has its downside. The world is becoming ever more complex, and people fail to realise just how ignorant they are of what’s going on. Consequently some who know next to nothing about meteorology or biology nevertheless propose policies regarding climate change and genetically modified crops, while others hold extremely strong views about what should be done in Iraq or Ukraine without being able to locate these countries on a map. People rarely appreciate their ignorance, because they lock themselves inside an echo chamber of likeminded friends and self-confirming newsfeeds, where their beliefs are constantly reinforced and seldom challenged."

Yuval Noah Harari

quarta-feira, 27 de novembro de 2019

From Everyone To Everyone

“It’s important that young artists are questioning the status quo and thinking outside the box. Who wrote the laws that art belongs inside galleries and must be seen in silence? Why not on the street where everyone can do it?”

Lady Pink (legendary graffiti writer)

terça-feira, 5 de novembro de 2019

segunda-feira, 28 de outubro de 2019

O nome e nada mais

"[...] escreveu o nome, não escreverá mais, fica o nome para se saber que o dono daquele nome não escreveu mais do que o nome, nem uma palavra mais, e depois, a diferentes horas, cada um dos outros, com o mesmo gesto da mão grossa e escura, afastou o caderno e houve uns que o fecharam, outros não, deixaram-no aberto para que o nome fosse a primeira coisa a ser vista quando os viessem buscar, e nada mais."

José Saramago, Levantado do chão, Lisboa: Editorial Caminho, 1980, p. 157.

sábado, 21 de setembro de 2019

quarta-feira, 18 de setembro de 2019

The Butterfly Effect #3

Desenho sobre papel livre de ácido; 200 g/m²;  21 cm x 29,7 cm (formato A4).

Drawing on acid-free paper; 115 lbs; 8,3 in x 11,7 in (A4 format).

terça-feira, 17 de setembro de 2019

Não vão sós

"Aqueles que passam por nós, não vão sós, não nos deixam sós. Deixam um pouco de si, levam um pouco de nós."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

sábado, 14 de setembro de 2019

quinta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2019

Serra do Gerês

Ruínas perdidas na serra e um pouco de tinta sobre o intangível.

We found unexpected ruins in the mountain surrounded by whispering trees.

quarta-feira, 28 de agosto de 2019

Never Forever

« And on the pedestal, these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works ye Mighty, and despair!”
No thing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’— »

Percy Bysshe Shelley (Ozymandias, in Rosalind and Helen, 1819)

sábado, 24 de agosto de 2019

Happy Birthday!!! (Refreshed and Stronger)

Tal como anunciamos, a primeira intervenção neste spot decorreu por volta de 2011. Voltamos a visitá-lo há exatamente três anos e, a propósito da sua aparição no Google Street View, novamente há um ano.
Hoje vemo-lo renovado com a alegria estival de 2019.

As mentioned before, we hit this spot for the first time around 2011. Once again, we talked about it exactly three years ago and again last year.
Now this painting has been updated with a new drawing and fresh bright paint.

sexta-feira, 23 de agosto de 2019

Sexism: Working Twice As Hard

"Running around underground as a female was hugely dangerous. I had to disguise myself as a guy and try not to stand out... The police would threaten us if we were female. There was sexism from the guys who didn’t want to believe that I was doing my own work. I had to paint with different groups of writers to prove myself. Like any woman, I had to work twice as hard to get equal treatment."

Lady Pink (legendary graffiti writer)

quinta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2019

Stand For Truth

"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against."

Malcolm X

terça-feira, 20 de agosto de 2019

A Rebellious Way

“I see my early street-writing as a rebellious way to visually express myself artistically, a form of communication with the public. Graffiti contributed to my life in that I was able to become a free human being with a free spirit. It taught me many life lessons and helped me through difficult times.”

Mickey (legendary female graffiti artist from the Netherlands)

sexta-feira, 16 de agosto de 2019

quarta-feira, 14 de agosto de 2019


We found quite touching that this painting is still alive in São João do Estoril. It was done in ancient times and even appeared in Google Street View and, before that, in a post in the summer of 2009.
It endures thanks to the city's inhabitants. Love you all!

terça-feira, 13 de agosto de 2019

segunda-feira, 12 de agosto de 2019

domingo, 11 de agosto de 2019

Submissão consentida

« Surgira uma séria disputa entre o cavalo e o javali; então, o cavalo foi a um caçador e pediu ajuda para se vingar. O caçador concordou, mas disse: “Se deseja derrotar o javali, você deve permitir que eu ponha esta peça de ferro entre as suas mandíbulas, para que possa guiá-lo com estas rédeas, e que coloque esta sela nas suas costas, para que possa me manter firme enquanto seguimos o inimigo.” O cavalo aceitou as condições e o caçador logo o selou e bridou. Assim, com a ajuda do caçador, o cavalo logo venceu o javali, e então disse: “Agora, desça e retire essas coisas da minha boca e das minhas costas.” “Não tão rápido, amigo”, disse o caçador. “Eu o tenho sob minhas rédeas e esporas, e por enquanto prefiro mantê-lo assim.” »

“O javali, o cavalo e o caçador”, Fábulas de Esopo

sexta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2019

Unblocking The Holes

De tempos em tempos mencionamos a importância de manter os estênceis limpos para melhor conservá-los. 
Após uso persistente, as áreas vazadas podem entupir-se e requerer uma limpeza meticulosa. No final, pode ser surpreendente a quantidade de partículas removidas.

From time to time we talk about how important it is to keep stencils cleaned
When stencil holes get blocked, repairing is needed. So we industriously cut small details in order to allow the paint to flow.
In the end, we were astonished by the considerable amout of scraps we had to sweep.

quinta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2019

sexta-feira, 2 de agosto de 2019


"G&SA [Graffiti & Street Art] unauthorized practices are social and place attached contextual creations, simple unplanned actions or complex chain of actions (including the strategy for taking the picture) as a process where the tangible piece is only one of the many elements."

Pedro Soares Neves

quarta-feira, 31 de julho de 2019

Marx and His Lazy Readers

"The problem is that Marx has smatterings of arguments about the instability of capitalism strewn about all four volumes of capital, and few readers have taken the time to compile and assess his claims. One of his arguments, made in Volume III and quite modern, indeed, is this:

The ultimate reason for all real crises [recessions/depressions] always remains the poverty and restricted consumption of the masses as opposed to the drive of capitalist production to [produce as much output as possible.] (p. 484)
This idea is now central to all modern mainstream theories, and interestingly, it is an insight into capitalist processes that is gathering considerable current attention. Many economists, including prominent ones in the U.S., are beginning to fear that the increasing inequality in the distribution of world income is creating just such a "restricted consumption of the masses." Such economists suspect that consequent underconsumption could bring the world economy into a serious depression, if not worse."

Charles Sackrey & Geoff Schneider

terça-feira, 30 de julho de 2019

The End of History

«The Marxist realm of freedom is, in effect, the four-hour working day: that is, a society so productive that man's labor in the morning can satisfy all of his natural needs and those of his family and fellows, leaving him the afternoon and evening to be a hunter, or a poet, or a critic. In a way, real-world communist societies like the Soviet Union or the forme r German Democratic Republic achieved this realm of freedom, since few people put in more than four hours of honest work a day. But the remainder of their time was seldom spent writing poems or criticism, since this could promptly land them in jail; it was spent waiting on line, drinking, or scheming for the opportunity to take a vacation in a crowded sanitarium on a polluted beach. But if the "necessary labor time" required to satisfy basic physical needs was four hours on average for workers in socialist societies, it was on the orde r of an hour or two for corresponding capitalist societies, and the six or seven hours of "surplus labor" time that rounded out the working day did not go only into the pockets of capitalists, but allowed workers to buy cars and washing machines, barbecues and campers. Whethe r this constituted a "realm of freedom" in any meaningful sense was another matter, but an American worker was far more fully liberated from the "realm of necessity" than his Soviet counterpart.»

Francis Fukuyama (The End of History and the Last Man, 1992)

segunda-feira, 29 de julho de 2019

The Butterfly Effect #2

Desenho sobre papel livre de ácido; 200 g/m²;  21 cm x 29,7 cm (formato A4).

Drawing on acid-free paper; 115 lbs; 8,3 in x 11,7 in (A4 format).

sexta-feira, 26 de julho de 2019

Paz podre

"A erosão da relação que devia ser organicamente tranquila, harmónica, justa e bela, não pode ser atribuída a greves, lutas sindicais e conflitos sociais. Muito pelo contrário. Greves, lutas sindicais e conflitos sociais, como estudamos através da história social do trabalho, são responsáveis por impor níveis decentes de civilização e cultura."

Raquel Varela (historiadora)

quinta-feira, 25 de julho de 2019

Salgueiro Maia completaria 75

A Revolução dos Cravos completa hoje 45 anos e 3 meses.

No mês em que nasceu Salgueiro Maia (1 de julho de 1944), o herói revolucionário entretanto falecido, posicionamo-nos no Largo do Carmo. Neste lugar emblemático protagonizaram-se momentos-chave no 25 de abril de 1974.

Ao fundo, a poucos metros, temos o histórico quartel da Guarda Nacional Republicana.

quarta-feira, 24 de julho de 2019

terça-feira, 23 de julho de 2019

Costah, The One and Only

Eis o nosso amigo Costah, um dos mais extraordinários artistas portugueses (talvez a História da Arte um dia lhe faça a merecida referência)!

A recente ação conjunta, que acima se vê, sobre uma superfície lisboeta, recordou saudosos tempos antigos sempre presentes, que na altura resultaram numa colaboração mútua que chegou a ser publicada em livro.

sábado, 20 de julho de 2019

Personal and Free

"Graffiti is a form of communication that is both personal and free of everyday social restraints."

Jane Gadsby