On January 7th, Galeria Zé dos Bois receives philosopher and writer Olivier Schefer for a conference entitled Geology of the images, stories of landscape, related with the exhibition Primeiras Impressões de uma Paisagem [First Impressions of a Landscape], by João Nisa, currently on view at the gallery. The exhibition consists of a video installation made from material filmed inside the Águas Livres Aqueduct, on the outskirts of Lisbon, using one of its segments as a series of camera obscura devices. Olivier Schefer will propose a historical framework for the exhibition of João Nisa in the light of a few examples of painted and filmed landscapes. The intervention, in English language, will be followed by a discussion with the artist.
Conference by Olivier Schefer about the exhibition ‘Primeiras Impressões de uma Paisagem’, followed by a discussion with João Nisa
Olivier Schefer is a philosopher and writer. He teaches Aesthetics at the University of
Paris 1 Sorbonne. A specialist in German Romanticism, he translated and edited
several posthumous manuscripts by Novalis. In his work, Schefer questions the
aesthetic of Romanticism and its contemporary resonances, the figures of the
somnambulist and the revenant in cinema and literature, and the problematic of ruins
and entropy. He is the author of theoretical fictions, but also of novels and texts for
catalogues of contemporary artists. His most recent book focuses on the work of the
American artist Robert Smithson (Sur Robert Smithson. Variations dialectiques, La
Lettre volée, November 2021).