Wallpeople is an ephemeral collaborative art project that takes place simultaneously on a number of cities worldwide. Here in Porto the June 7th event happened downtown at Rua das Flores, and I was there to film it.

A small important tweak

I've been rather neglectful of my website lately, to the point where its homepage consisted only of automated backups of my Twitter and Instagram accounts. Which would be okay if all I cared about was that the site somehow got updated, but instead I actually started to find it grating, as if I just came home and found the living room machine-efficiently reorganized by a swarm of those vaccuum cleaner robots: sofa propped up tall in order to minimize its footprint, my record collection used as floor tiling, books as a huge Christmas tree-like pile for easier retrieval or burning. 

The thing is, when you aggregate (or, euphemistically, 'machine curate') too much, your voice is lost. I came to check on my site and realized how 'spammy' it looked. Ugh. So I made one important tweak: this site now defaults to a Weblog (remember those?) page stripped of all automation, so I actually had something of a more active role in getting it there ('active' meaning that I run a script that syncs my latest Tumblr post, but still). The ugly automated but useful (at least for me) Aggregator of Nearly Everything Worth Saving to My Own Server still lives at the Stream, where the Weblog may drown under a — well, a stream of stuff I write, share or photograph on my phone while unaware of the aesthetic consequences for my own website.

Reza Farazmand’s Poorly Drawn Lines is my absolute favourite webcomic at the moment. Here’s a very tiny sample of its brilliance.

My friend and videography partner Joana Vieira da Costa recently spent a few weeks in Beijing. Here’s a video she shot while there, using exclusively a ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm portrait lens.

I had no idea the Chinese (or at least the citizens of Beijing) had a sense of public space similar to the Spaniards. Just look at how they make themselves at home in the streets a night: we Portuguese could learn a thing or two.

It took months but finally all RU+A initiatives are complete as we organizers finally got the funds to rent the scaffolding we needed for the artists to finish the giant Don Quixote mural. So here is our final video, looking back at all the events and street art interventions. Mission accomplished!

Lapa - Landscape I Mar 24th

Lapa - Detail I Mar 24th

Lapa - Houses Mar 24th

Lapa - Street III Mar 24th

Lapa - Street II Mar 24th

Lapa - Street I Mar 24th

Lapa - Window Mar 24th

Lapa - Landscape II Mar 24th

Lapa - Detail II Mar 24th

This weekend I went with some friends to explore the forgotten back alleys of the Lapa area, here in Porto. There's a common perception it is dangerously favela-like, however we confirmed that it is just a myth — a useful myth, perhaps, as it keeps tourism away from what we found to be best view of the city.

An interesting read on Jozsef Fejes’ progressive attempts to create an interesting image in which all of 16.777.216 colors possible in 24-bit RGB appear only once.