Two-day workshop at Porto Design Biennale
As part of the OCEAN / UNI semester: Culturing the Deep Sea: Towards a common heritage for allkind
November 24 – November 25, 2023

Photo: Helena Sá

Together with the online offering of OCEAN / UNI: Culturing the Deep Sea, we will be developing a two-day in-person workshop at the Porto Design Biennale. On November 24 and 25, we will gather for a hackathon-style intensive workshop led by mentors Patricia Esquete (University of Aveiro) and Alison Neilson (CICS.NOVA, Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Sciences, NOVA University of Lisbon) together with the OCEAN / UNI team. In the two days, we will intensely brainstorm and develop projects that will catalyze community engagement and spread knowledge and care for the Deep Sea, which will ultimately be presented in person and online and will have the potential to be developed in the following months.

On November 25, the program culminates in a public gathering where tutors present the outcomes of each workshop and expand strategies through which art, design and other creative disciplines can help develop and apply empathy beyond literacy towards the seabed. In addition, we will present inspiring videos related to the topic of deep-sea mining and ocean literacy during a film screening event.

We will select via Open Call 10 workshop participants, local and international, to whom we will offer accommodation and a contribution to travel expenses. The in-person workshop will happen in the beautiful locations of Porto Design Biennale at Exploratório in Matosinhos, just a few steps away from the Atlantic Ocean.

 - Participants are expected to have a practice or expertise related to ecology and community involvement, preferably related to water, marine issues and/or extractivism
 - The workshop will be held in English

How to apply
Interested participants can apply via this Google Form until October 19, 2023, at midnight Central European Time with:
 - A motivation letter (500 words)
 - An updated CV (2 pages max)
 - A selected portfolio of up to three projects or a relevant piece of writing 

The in-person workshop will be held in Porto Design Biennale’s Exploratório venue, in the area of Matosinhos, on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25. The participants will be granted accommodation and a flat contribution of € 150 towards travel and expenses.

This workshop is developed as a satellite program for Porto Design Biennale’s 2023 edition, “Being Water”, and is supported by Câmara Municipal do Porto, Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos and esad—idea.