YYYYMMDD: QUESTION#0 Would you like to eat with us? Where?


We were invited by Maria to her new soon-to-be-full-of-furniture-but-in-the-meantime-half-empty-studio, to order food and have the opportunity to speak a bit more about her position. It took a while for the food to arrive and we believed the whole thing was somehow lost, but it ended up being brought to us by a brave bike rider that fought the first snowy evening of this winter to get the food to our table. Outside was freezing, but inside the food was warm and delicious.



QUESTION#1 Why did we pick you? What do you think?


MARIA TRABULO:



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QUESTION#2 How would you like to be (re)presented?




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QUESTION#3 Where would you position yourself?




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QUESTION#4 Show us your favourite work you did. / Someone else did.




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QUESTION#5 How do you start your working-process?




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QUESTION#6 Which is/are your material/s?




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QUESTION#7 Show us your network.



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The images used in the conception of this interview are part of my personal archive of found material. This latter is composed of digital images and text that I have gathered over the course of 10 years, based on personal interests and for research purposes within my work.
With each project that I start conclude, or have in process, a folder is created in my computer. In it, all the material collected during the research becomes archived. It includes images, videos, sounds, personal recordings, links, texts, Pdfs, and analog material that I convert to digital. Aside to that, I use my notebook and other mediums to collect and store information and thoughts. Nevertheless, these too eventually become digitally stored.
These archives, are composed of pieces of information that isolated can be perceived as unrelated to the subject I am researching, but that altogether form large scale maps or schemes that contextualize and extend it. Aby Warburg's Atlas Mnemosyne is in this sense an important reference.
The response to YYYYMMDD, followed this same process, presented as images depicting maps of states of mind and opinion, specific in time, on the matters that the questions tackle.
The images utilized all belong to the same sphere, so to speak, my archive. Specific in time, relying on my thoughts and ideas in a certain moment is my process of collecting images and information, and so was the process of developing these answers. Had this interview occurred at a different time of my personal and professional life, and the maps would have looked different and include other material, representing different states of mind in another time.

The maps were color printed on A3 sheets, spread on the walls of my studio, and subsequently, using a hand scanner that I possess, both maps and wall were scanned and made again digital.







Editor's note: the responsibility lies solely in the artist concerning copyrights and credits for the images Maria Trabulo used in the answers to YYYYMMDD's questions.







Maria Trabulo, Porto, Portugal.

Artist and researcher living and working between Porto and Vienna.
Currently conducting a research within the Art&Science program at the Angewandte Kunst Akademie in Vienna, field in which her work has been focused on. Has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Fine Arts in Porto and the Academy of Fine Arts In Iceland. Was in 2012 a founding member of the collectives Expedição and Sintoma, both with activity in Porto and focused in reactivating the artistic practice in the city and the investment in artists, with a program based in the intersection of different generations of local and international artists.
Maria has sustained an active artistic work exhibiting both individually and collectively, since 2010, and has been awarded several times for her work both in Portugal and abroad. Has had participations as an artist in various publications such as Wrong Wrong Magazine, Parasita, and Drawn to Places, among other participations as an artist in festivals, seminars, and talks. Participated as an invited artist in artist residencies in Pizzo Italy, Cologne, Kassel, and Porto. Maria has since 2014 been developing a research on nomadism, technology and art practices with the support of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and the Angewandte Akademie in Vienna.
Additionally, in consequence of her interest in collaborating with others, over the course of her work Maria has developed collaborative pieces with various professionals in the field of arts, music, design, science, architecture, and theatre.
Selected solo and group exhibitions: Ungart Gallery Vienna, Múrias Centeno Gallery Porto, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art Gallery Lisbon, Pavilhão 31 Lisbon, Escritório Espaço Avenida Lisbon, Karat Cologne, Super Tokonoma Kassel, A Ilha Porto, Paços do Concelho Porto, Serralves Museum Library Porto.