UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS – Theory and Practice of Art



The first edition of the international conference “UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS – Theory and Practice of Art” will be held in May 2010 in the city of Porto, Portugal. Organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto (FBAUP), this conference aims at establishing an intellectual platform to discuss fluidity of contemporary art practice through a series of interdisciplinary interventions. Held in school of arts, UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS is also meant at being a connection axis between different contexts by interconnecting and mixing different forms and approaches.

The 2010 edition of UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS will have three main topics for debate — UNTANGLE: The Future Past of Media Art; UNSUSPICIOUS: The Politics of Aesthetics; UNCUT: Time-Based Art — which are at the core of today’s problems of art practice. At the same time, those topics will also be addressed so that they will contribute to the conceptual definition of the recent multimedia/intermedia branch in FBAUP courses.

The conferences will be held in an old cinema of Porto city center (Cinema Passos Manuel), which is only a five minute walk from the Faculty of Fine Arts, and they will be divided into two categories: Talks and Conversations. The first ones — a more conventional format – will take place in the afternoon, and Conversations — a more hybrid format — will take place in the evening.

A simultaneous program will include exhibitions, workshops, screenings or concerts in different places in the city center and at the Faculty of Fine Arts.

After the conference a book will be published – UNNEEDED TEXTS / Vol. one – including both the papers presented and further relevant documentation on the event. A call for papers to be included in this book is now open. Papers will be blind-peer reviewed by a panel of international referees. The book will be fully published in English in print and electronic format.


More info:


Cordination: Fernando José Pereira e Miguel Leal - org@unneeded.fba.up.pt

Office: Ana Reis - areis@unneeded.virose.pt

Submissions (texts) - texts@unneeded.virose.pt

Registration - registration@unneeded.virose.pt




The previous registration for the conference can be made directly at FBAUP's Office or by e-mail.
If made by e-mail the registration fee (in euros) must transfered to the following bank account:

NIB: 003507480000126103068
IBAN: PT50003507480000126103068

Please indicate the word UNNEEDED and your name when transferring the money.
The registration form and the bank receipt should then be sent to

Registration until April, 15: UP community - 25 euros | all the others - 35 euros
Registration after April, 15: UP community - 35 euros | all the others - 45 euros

The registration gives access to all the 1o conferences and also to the activities included in the simultaneous programme, except for the workshops.

More information:

UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS - Practice and Theory of Art
Part One | Porto, 10th-15th May 2010