PLUS is an international artistic platform that articulates, encourages and connects programs focusing on creative processes, hybrid experimentation and expanded applications. It is based on the desire of encounters between and with artists, collaborators and partners from different regions and territories in the world, and is based in Munich (Germany), Lyon (France) and São Paulo (Brazil).

Since 2008, the projects developed by plattformPLUS are multifaceted: residencies, laboratories, conferences, festivals, artistic mediations and specified formats. Thus, it acts through articulation practices, activating strategies to build experiences and generate intersections that can gather and connect members, provoke debates, open dialogues and make visible the convergences found and produced from these experiences.

plattformPLUS is also a polycentric interface based on concepts, visions, narratives and technologies crossed by possible utopias, in order to form new ports, spaces and worlds in which something new can emerge or transform itself.

PLUS is composed by the programs vehiculoSUR, PlusAfroT, FactFestival, residenzPLUS, Lab_PLUS_Musik and Térrea.Lab, and coordinated and articulated by the artists Mario Lopes, Maëlys Meyer and Ana Paula Mathias.

Our act of articulation

Articulation is the act or effect of articulation. To understand the importance of this form of action, it is necessary to explore its semantic contents, going in search of the verb, of the word that, grammatically, is explained as that with which the existence of an action, a state, or a quality attributed to the subject of the prayer is affirmed. Here, therefore, we are interested in highlighting the act of articulation, whose primary meaning is ‘to unite through the joints’. Anatomically, the joints unite different parts of the body, making us one thing, one body. Exploring other senses of the word, we learn that articulation is also ‘to join forming chains, ‘to link, to unite, and in this way, we come closer to the objective here proposed, which is to articulate whole bodies, forming chains that unite and are able to express differences – and similarities – that can compose a new body. To articulate is also “to establish contact between two or more people for the realization of something” and “to establish the bases of something”. By uniting all these senses, it becomes clear what the articulators of this project are aiming at: to unite people, to bring them together for the realization of something and, by knowing these people, to establish the bases of something new as it will always be a creation, so it is new. It’s about transcending individuality and taking into account the sensations that people awaken in each other, but this all needs to be organized (and organizing is one more sense of “articulating”). It is not, however, about an organization that determines tasks, but that perceives individuals and, therefore, is able to articulate them, unite them in a productive way. This is the task of “the one who articulates”, of the articulator.

Thus, for us, the act of articulation is an act of idealization, conception and realization that starts from the fundamental idea of articulating bodies, spaces, ideas and people. In our search, this act consists of creating spaces of interference and allowing the encounter, sharing, conflict, reflection, displacement and construction of narratives of urgencies, in a desire to build spaces of collectivity, residencies of coexistence, entangled localities and mobile formats of sharing practices and responsibilities. The articulator draws a specific profile for a project, elaborates a research, traces the cartography, listens, finds people and situations and, with other articulators, assumes conceptual and aesthetic choices, organizes, programs, coordinates and makes ferment a process, in the sense of creating relationships between contents and bridges, always from an initial question. 

Taking up the anatomical terminology of “articulation” as an “organic device through which two or more bones remain in contact”, we reaffirm our role, situated in this intermediate state, as a point of union that continuously guarantees great mobility to all the connected parts of the body.