experimentadesign Biennale EXD

Events and Programs — Artistic Co-Director, Co-Founder
Lisboa, Portugal, 1999

Co-creator of the experimentadesign Biennale EXD, dedicated to design, architecture and contemporary creativity.

Having its first edition in 1999, in Lisbon, the experimentadesign Biennale – or EXD – was an international platform dedicated to the promotion of contemporary culture through debate, reflection and sharing of knowledge.

Focusing on design, architecture and project culture, EXD catapulted Portugal into the circuit of great international cultural events. Between 1999 and 2017, the event presented contents in the areas of industrial design, architecture, communication design, film, set design, photography, multimedia, sound design, light design, video and the visual arts.

The Biennale was conceived by Guta Moura Guedes, Marco Sousa Santos and José Viana, and evolved thanks to the national and international teams that were involved and the several partnerships that were established throughout the years. EXD had João Paulo Feliciano and Pedro Gadanho as artistic co-directors, Mário Carneiro as an executive director and Teresa Oliveira as a financial director.

For 9 editions – one of them in Amsterdam (2008), and the last one including Lisbon, Porto and Matosinhos (2017) -, the EXD programme disseminated knowledge to specialized audiences and the general public alike, stimulating critical debate and underlining the importance of culture as a transversal vector of development.

During 18 years and 9 editions, the EXD Biennale received a total of 1.135.107 visitors, averaging 116.123 per edition. It invited 1.833 national and international participants from 48 countries.

The experimenta book, launched in 2017, registers all the EXD editions.