FICTION PRACTICE: PROTOTYPING THE OTHERWORLDLY, 2019
Edited by Mariana Pestana
Published by Onomatopee

“In the contemporary political context, the concepts of post-truth and post-factual politics emerged out of politicians mixing actual facts with non-actual information or emotional statements to a point where actual and fictional stories become indistinguishable to citizens. From the speculative practices of banks to the psychographic uses of big data by companies such as Cambridge Analytica or the use of deceiving graphic design by the Vote Leave campaign in the UK, fiction seems to have acquired a permanent space in contemporary politics and economics. How is design complicit in fictional societal exercises?”



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THE FUTURE STARTS HERE, 2018
Edited by Mariana Pestana, Rory Hyde
and Kieran Long
Published by V&A Press


“Together, social robots form a new kind of species, created with the purpose of interacting with humans and taking care of their emotional and social needs. The popularity of social robots like Paro, Kuri, Pepper and Jibo evidences a demand for affect, and their promise to provide it is a liability. Thus far, robots were brought to life with the only function of serving human needs. Robots are already replacing humans at work, and soon robots will replace humans at love, as they learn to care and give affect. As workers, robots are likely to demand rights, in exchange for their contributions. As friends, theyare likely to demand compassion.”



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THE REAL AND OTHER FICTIONS:
ON RE-ENACTMENT, 2013
Edited by Mariana Pestana


“The common guiding principle of this edited book is the productive relationship between past and present that occurs during the acts of remembering and repeating that a re-enactment implies. The concept of re-enactment is explored here from various perspectives, from performance studies to psychoanalysis and architecture. There are two main ideas that run through them: the first is that re-enacting challenges the linear conception of time because in re-enactments time can be revisited, time is transitive, negotiable. The second is that re-enacting defies notions of historical and authorial authenticity, accuracy or fidelity.”


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A CASA DELES / THEIR HOUSE, 2014
Edited by Mariana Pestana & Pedro Lino
“Encontros improváveis entre estéticas rurais e super-urbanas. Padrões de azulejaria complementares contrastam com caixilharia dourada. Iconografia religiosa protege a casa. A escassez de meios proporciona uma criatividade indispensável, porque prática, mas que se desenvolve de tal forma, com tal dedicação, que se apresenta poética.”


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BUILT SPECULATIONS, 2011
Edited and published by Mariana Pestana
“A curatorial project proposing an alternative glossary to characterize and describe the built environment. The glossary establishes a bridge between the apparent objectivity of the built environment and the potential richness of its fictional dimensions.”

︎ “Arte e Arquitectura, Afinidades Críticas” in Arte Aplicada ao Lugar (Art on Site), edited by Filipa Frois e Hugo Reis. Viana do Castelo: Comunidade Intermunicipal do Alto Minho / CIM Alto Minho, 2019.
︎ “Eco Visionaries: Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene,” in Eco Visionaries: Art and Architecture
After the Anthropocene
, ed. by Pedro Gadanho. London: Hatje Cantz, 2019.


︎“Scales of Plausibility” in Studio Future – Future Fictions in Art and Design, ed. by Jan Boelen, Ils Huygens e Heini Lehtinen. London: Z33, MIT Press and Blackdog Pu­blishing, 2018 “Like Scarlett O’Hara looking out into the horizon knowing that tomorrow is another day, we too seem to go through the uncertainty that prevails in our everyday with a strange hope that things will change. But the succession of events that have taken up global politics in the last few months and years turned the world into a bleak place where alternatives seem far away utopian destinations. It is therefore urgent not only to imagine but also to enact possibilities for organization and resistance under the contemporary status quo. Cultural institutions seem the last resort of freethinking, so what’s their role in shaping alternative futures?”

︎ “Building alternative possible worlds” in This is Temporary: how transient projects are redefining architecture, ed. by Cate St. Hill. London: RIBA, 2016
“By adding fictional layers to the normality of the everyday, temporary architecture has the potential to distribute imaginative power, raise critical awareness and foment desire for a world otherwise. In its tenuous brevity and despite the fragility of its existence, temporary architecture holds an immense potential: it does not only make us aware of the real but also reminds us that reality can be changed.”

︎ “El futuro no era esto” in ICON Design, El Pais, n.5, April 2019.
︎ “O Futuro é Longe de Silicon Valley” in Jornal Arquitectos n.259, April 2019.