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Art and Space

Code: AE311     Acronym: AE

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Fine Arts/Sculpture

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Fine Arts Department
Course/CS Responsible: Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
AP 24 Official Study Plan 2011 3 - 4,5 64 121,5

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Rute Ribeiro Rosas

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 4,00
Rute Ribeiro Rosas 4,00

Teaching language



Subject’s general context Consolidate and focus on the knowledge acquired by the student in the previous years, in the sphere of sculpture, working specifically the volumes’/volumetries’ construction from space, as consequence of a project’s practice. Promote the confrontation with space as art’s essence, finding out the conceptual differences in the applying and developing of the project’s processes as well as in the implied technical processes. Being acquainted with methodologies and sculpture’s execution processes as a project’s and technical process specific of constructuion/ intervention of/ in space; knowing the means, the materials and the expressive languages involved; denoting availability to experiment and inovate, having the capacity to materialize the enunciated projects, maximizing an individual formal language. Subject’s specific context Being able to interpret and analyse a public space of small or medium scale, and define its characteristics as a place. Knowing to use the means, the processes and the taught content in the developing of artistic projects directed to the place, bearing in mind the physical dimensions as well as the conceptual, contextual (implications of artistic scope and of disciplinary transversality) and temporal dimensions, creating and producing through individual or team work.

Learning outcomes and competences

Have acquired the capacity and respective tools to interpret and analyze a space or a public space for small or medium scale and define its characteristics as place. Learn to use the means, processes and contents taught in the development of artistic projects addressed to the place, taking into account, conceptual, contextual temporal physical dimensions (artistic scope and implications of disciplinary transversality) and creating and producing individual or team.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Doesn't exist.


New approaches to disciplines from the Social Sciences, such as Cultural Studies or Critical Geography, have fostered a territory of reflection that has not been alienated from other disciplines of knowledge, thought and / or practice. The dynamic sense of the notion of space arising from this new interdisciplinarity can not fail to influence the artistic practice interested in investigating the spatiality either by the sculptural path either by the symbolic path or by conceptual or critical motives.

Briefly, Art and Space is based on Space as a structuring element of Plastic Arts, concretely in the relations between Space and Sculpture, between Space and Architecture and other areas of knowledge: Historical, Anthropological and Sociological, in a perspective of cultural contextualization and historical perspective of the diverse notions and approaches of Space and with particular attention to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and its repercussions on current thinking and practices. Scale, size, operability; Space, Place and Composition. Sculpture object; Installation; Site and Non-Site; Place, Territory and Landscape
The curricular unit aims to encourage the investigation of the connections between artistic practice and any of those (or other) approaches to spatiality, articulating with other theoretical-practical curricular units of Atelier or Project, but allowing the development of two-dimensional space analytical tools, three-dimensional or temporal, and looking for specific ways of exploiting those dynamics in the proposed projects.
This curricular unit proposes, therefore, the structuring and development of projects that investigate various notions of space, in meaning and differentiation between, for example: public space and private space, interior space and outer space, positive space and negative space, real space and virtual space, limited space and infinite space, open space and closed space, space / time, permanence / passage.

Mandatory literature

Lefebvre Henri 1901-1991; The^Production of space. ISBN: 0-631-18177-6
Tuan Yi-Fu; Space and place. ISBN: 0-8166-0884-9
Burgin Victor; In / different spaces. ISBN: 0-520-20299-6
Bachelard, Gaston; La^poétique de l.espace
Miles Malcolm; Art, space and the city.. ISBN: 0-415-13943-0
Coles Alex ; Site-specificity. ISBN: 1-901033-12-0
Mitrasinovic Miodrag; Total landscape, the parks, public space.. ISBN: ISBN: 0-7546-4333-6
ULL; Espace sculpture. ISBN: ISBN: 0821-9222
Suderburg Erika; Space, site, intervention.. ISBN: 0-8166-3159-X

Complementary Bibliography

WEISS, A.; Unnatural horizons: paradox and contradition in landscape architecture. New York:., Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. ISBN: 1-56898-139-2

Teaching methods and learning activities

Summary The subject “Art and space” is based on space as essence of art. The discovery of space as artistic quality, in the 20th century’s purity (?), and the historical reorientations to which it led in the passing of all this century, established new relations between space and sculpture, between space and architecture and a new condition for the relation of sculpture with architecture and even other subjects, of which Landscape Architecture stands out. “Art and Space” is naturally drawn to the execution of creative and investigation projects, single or in groups, at the project’s level (in small scale and with previous model) and its natural scale materialization that, when possible, respects the adressed principles under the above mentioned concepts. The technological matters and ambiences will be of free choice, according to the possibilities offered by FBAUP’s atliers.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho escrito 20,00
Trabalho laboratorial 60,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 0,00
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 0,00
Estudo autónomo 0,00
Frequência das aulas 0,00
Trabalho de investigação 0,00
Trabalho laboratorial 0,00
Total: 0,00

Eligibility for exams

The assessment is continuous without loss if combined with other assessment methods, namely of two inserted assessment moments and one final assessment moment (with dates to be defined in the beginning of the semester between the teachers) and the students. The assiduous presence in classes shall assure qualitative and quantitative information at any time, independently of the fixed assessment periods. An attendance register for each student will be made by the teacher. The afore mentioned qualitative and quantitative information is assured through the regular developing of the practical works and of its theoretical reflection framing, as well as its discussion. Final assessment/classification factors: the effective student’s presential participation in the class/atlier; the performance and concretion capacity at a technical level; the capacity to experiment and be open minded towards risk; the quality of the concluded work; the registration of the work developed along the semester in paper and/or digital diary; the investigation and development of theoretical contents.

Calculation formula of final grade

Final classification equal or superiro to 10 (ten). Final evaluation’s calculation Assiduous presence and fulfilling of what is established in the subject’s syllabus.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Students must execute one single exercice, developed in various stages, through the project’s process. To begin their work, the students should start by the finding of the sites they intend to work, through freehand sketching (without other means’ disservice), studying morfologically the place and the circumstances of its future intervention’s proposal. In this phase, the scale to be worked on is reduced in relation to the future project conveived for that public space, which will include the respective description or descriptive memory, enlightening enough so that it might become evident what the object/construction to be produced in actual size will be. The project does not dismiss the model made to scale. The students will elect the technologic ambiences that better adapt to the project’s and/or object’s nature and sensitiveness. The assignment might furthermore promote rupture from traditional means (habits, but also materials) as indispensable factor in the prosecution of originality.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students will be able to choose the development of a single exercise or of several exercises, in which they can work on their sculpturesque practices, be it of Subtractive or Additive and Constructive character, finding out the conceptual differences in the applying of the several technical processes implied, bearing in mind the matter’s and material’s formal vocation, and likewise the concept of scale. In the case of opting for a single exercise, the students should, in that same work, develop questions concerning the matters and materials of subtractive nature or the ones of additive nature, the construction and assemblage concepts. In both cases, the scale notion must be worked on. All pupils will execute a small reflection work/text, which, through their motivations, developed project(s) and obtained outcomes, might evince in which way the subject developed and possibly answered to their expectations.

Classification improvement

By frequency in the following academic year.

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