"The Wrong House Project" in Óbidos


16 September 2019, 11:30am

The exhibition "The Wrong House Project" in Óbidos is an interactive exhibition where participants are asked to make a draw of what they imagined the "wrong house" is. This project started in New York in February 2019 and it´s inspired by the text of the writer Gonçalo M. Tavares, "Sobre o erro e o risco".

More about the Project |

Each Spring Semester, the School of Visual Arts rewards its Junior year Honors program students with a trip to a foreign destination. In 2017, the program had the pleasure of accompanying the students to Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, we were fortunate enough to be introduced to the acclaimed Portuguese philosopher and fiction writer Gonçalo M. Tavares. In his writing studio, Tavares engaged us in a project he was working on, a treatise on the “wrong house.” He asked the group to quickly make drawings of what we imagined the “wrong house” to be, something that he was doing with his students at the university where he teaches. These drawings would be analyzed, commented on, and used in his research for a new book. A lively conversation ensued, and our meeting with Gonçalo was one of the highlights of our trip. The positive reaction of the students indicated that the scope of this project made it one that could easily be expanded to our larger student body in New York. Tavares agreed; we created a form for the drawings to be made on, and a small sample of the work we received is reproduced in the exhibition catalog. This exhibition, numbering over 300 pieces, is a collection, to date, of “wrong house” drawings by students, faculty, and friends of the School of Visual Arts.

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