The Pathway to the Light as It Goes along the Light

João Biscainho (Curator)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


The exhibition “The Pathway to the Light as It Goes along the Light”, title taken from a 1980 poem by Alberto de Lacerda, calligraphed that same year by Vieira da Silva, opens a new space in the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Galeria Millennium bcp.
This exhibition presents a selection of works of modern and contemporary art that awaken in the viewer an awareness of the aesthetic experience and the perceptive act as a brain construction.
“The Pathway to the Light as It Goes along the Light” unfolds into two lines of research. One works on the different forms of spatial representation and composition as notation strategies for mental, sound or literary spaces, but also as prototypes of the notion of virtual reality. The other expands the more traditional languages ​​of representation, based on knowledge of neurosciences, presenting works that induce the viewer to certain mental states or sensations. In other cases, it is the artists and spectators who substantiate the works from their own electrical brain activity as poetic, sound or visual language.

Represented artists:

Brion Gysin; Ian Sommerville; Silvestre Pestana; Maria Helena Vieira da Silva; Bernhard Leitner; Henrique Risques Pereira; Fernando Lemos; Jorge Pinheiro; Paulo Bruscky; Char Davies; Varela Pécurto; Alvin Lucier; Hélder Rodrigues; Emanuel Dimas Pimenta; Manuel D’Assumpção; Suzanne Dikker e Matthias Oostrik.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2021


  • Art Exhibitions
  • Contemporary art
  • Neuroaesthetics
  • Neurosciences
  • Modern art


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