Rui Soares Costa

Drawings with the motto of “science is rigor” to commemorate the 25 years since the creation of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Portugal, 1995-2020, along with the impetus given to research and innovation activities in creative industries during the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union in 2021


On the occasion of the high-level Round Table on “citizen's driven creative industries research and innovation for Europe: launching the Lisbon Manifesto”, Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva, in Lisbon, on June 17, 2021.


These are drawings that compress time into lines that attempt to be straight. The imperfection of these lines comes from the hand that works as a seismometer. The drawing series explores two concepts: science as transversal to society and the blade that separates knowledge from ignorance. From the motto of “science is rigor” these drawings seek to symbolise minutia, precision, dedication, time, focus and the incessant search for the truth that characterises scientific knowledge.


About the artist:


Rui Soares Costa (b. 1981) studied Painting at Ar.Co while training and researching in Social Psychology between Portugal and the US. His research wondered about the cognitive processes involved in person memory and the importance of temporal order in the way people make sense about others.

From 2013 onward Rui has been working exclusively as a visual artist, and exhibiting since 2016. His current research and practice revolve around the perception of time by manipulating its suspension, distension and compression. Rui works closely with contemporary music and his exhibitions always have original soundtracks. Rui has established a close collaboration with the musician and multimedia artist André Gonçalves.

In 2016 he started Bull’s Eye - Artist in Residence Program at his studio in Olho de Boi, in Almada in the south bank of Lisbon. More than thirty artists from across the world, most of them international, have participated so far. Rui's work is part of collections in Germany, India, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland as well as the Berardo collection (PT), José Costa Rodrigues collection (PT) and Art fairs collection (ES). He is represented by Salgadeiras Gallery in Lisbon and sala 117 Gallery in Porto. Lives and works between Lisbon and Olho de Boi.

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