Research Projects

For years, our in-house research team has been probing into the art and technology industries, including the realms of artists, galleries, museums, art media, art prizes and art fairs; as well as blockchain technology and how it will change the world radically.

 Image: MCA Denver,  Cleon Peterson

Image: MCA Denver, Cleon Peterson

Street art & millennial culture

From the street art that transforms local communities and inspires free spirits, to the fashion crossovers that marry luxurious handcrafts to bold manifestoes, the chemistry between street art and millennial culture is becoming a reflexive mirror of our society. Street artists are leading us to coil the complicated daily happenings into an active inquisition towards our inner selves.

The Baudelairian flaneurs can be surprised by how the creative individuals today interact with the urban landscape and cast their influence massively. The Street Art and Millennial Culture project will bring together a group of thinkers to this devoted and ongoing research. The research will come in a series of publications, symposiums, and social events. 


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Street Art Research Committee


Teresa Lousa

Teresa Lousa is currently Fine Arts faculty in the University of Lisbon. Lousa gained her Ph.D. in Art and Heritage Sciences and M.A. in Theories of Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Her scientific interests are Aesthetics, Theories of Art / Art Sciences, Portuguese and Ibero-American Philosophy and Culture, History of Contemporary Portuguese Art, Street Art, Art Critics, Philosophy of Art. Various articles published in Revista da FBAUL Arte Teoria, na Revista espanhola A Parte Rei e na Online Magazine Casal das Letras.


Luis Menor Ruiz

Luis Menor Ruiz is a Senior Researcher on Public Policy and Street Art. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, M.A. in Public Policy Analysis from UPF-IDEC and M.A. in Art history from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He discovers street art and published articles as Graffiti, Street Art and Culture in the Era of Global City; Street Art and Urban Space: a Problem or an Opportunity For local Governments.

Ágata Sequeira

Ágata SequeiraIs is a senior researcher fellow of Trans_Urb_Arts project, on urban arts – graffiti, street art, and new muralism. Specifically, how urban art has been developing into a specific artworld, and all the implications that derive from that: in terms of urban planning and politics, tourism, the contemporary art world, and its markets, artistic careers. Sequeira earned Ph.D. in sociology from University Institute of Lisbon with the thesis "'The City is the Habitat of Art': Street art and the construction of public space in Lisbon.” She held M.A. and B.A. in Sociology in the same institution, with the thesis on the reception of public art. The main areas of research are sociology and urban ethnography as well as the sociology of art, which is created and displayed in it, the construction of public space and city images, and associative movements and the right to the city.


Margarita Kataga

Μargarita Κataga studied art history at the American College, Deree College, Athens, art theory and criticism at City University and approaches to curating at St. Martin's School of Art, London. She held positions as administrator and communications consultant at various cultural institutions such as Tate Gallery, Jerwood Gallery, Barbican Center, the Athens Concert Hall and the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation. In 2017 she was assigned editorial coordinator for documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, Germany. Since 2000 she has been organizing exhibitions in galleries and alternative spaces in Athens. My area of academic study focuses on urban-aesthetic discourses and on issues regarding new materialism on contemporary art.

Graffiti/Street Art Development 

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