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Laboratory for Flexible Structures

Laboratory for Flexible Structures



The Laboratory for Flexible Structures is a year-long program discussing management techniques for various cultural initiatives. In a political context where imagining possible futures cannot afford to distance itself from urgent disputes in the present, we’ve attempted to bring together small and mid-scale spaces, initiatives and collectives, whose fragile situation and often silent work indicate other forms of organizing – or of disorganizing, for that matter.

The search for alternate funding options, collective-oriented work, blurring borders between artist and public, creating communities and otherwise expanding our idea of what culture is turns out to be a concerted attempt at creating temporary autonomous zones, sharpening social sensibility and rehearsing other forms of existence. These pockets of experimentation, spread throughout different regions of the world, reinvent waysof being, uses and dynamics of common spaces so that we may be more than mere consumers of services or of pre-formatted collective equipment.

Organization Ana Druwe, Benjamin Seroussi e Marília Loureiro

Editorial Coordination editorial Ana Druwe

Graphic Design Estúdio Margem e Mateus Acioli

Texts Andrea Phillips*, Audre Lorde, Bruno Levorin,

Clara Sacco e Gilberto Vieira, Coletivo Transformação, Kadija de Paula, Ricardo Basbaum*, D-CENT – Vercellone, Vattimo (*

* Text reproduction authorized by project participants.

Photo Murilo Salazar

Copy-edit Isabela Benassi

Translation Pedro Koberle

Printing Meli-Melo Press

Casa do Povo's programming expands the notion of culture, incorporating a large array of activities beyond artistic practices - from health and caring to community issues. The code of colors, filters and tags on the website helps to navigate through this entanglement of people and initiatives. Porous, mutant and critical, the programming allows the institution to structure itself without becoming rigid, to reinvent itself without growing precarious, to internationalize without giving up its local relevance, that is, in order to experiment with other forms of existence.

Regular activities

We strive to offer a lineup of courses that pique interest in the neighborhood and in Casa do Povo’s groups in residence, based on original and accessible practices (for those who offer, those who welcome and those who attend).

Study groups
In dialogue with the institution's axes, the study groups have various operational modes, some focused on internal processes, discussions and readings and others capable of overlapping into public events programming.


Commissioned works
Casa do Povo invites artists to develop new works, adapting its physical structure and guaranteeing the full operational existence of each project held here.

Each publication is understood as an extension of the projects developed and as a part of the events schedule.

Combining processes and results, discourses and actions, artistic and academic work, Casa do Povo promotes encounters based on specific themes according to the urgent issues of the day.

Hosted events

Groups in residence can promote public activities that become part of the events schedule. Deliberately discontinuous and fluid, these activities establish close dialogues with the institution's work axes and help make Casa do Povo larger than it is, overflowing with community life.

Projects and proposals can be sent to for assessment. At the same time, with the intention of encouraging this movement, an annual open call dedicated exclusively to collective practices has been launched.

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Nossa Voz
Nossa Voz

Nossa Voz is a publication by Casa do Povo. Literally “Our Voice,” the newspaper existed alongside the institution from 1947 to 1964, with texts in Yiddish and Portuguese and an editorial profile aligned with left wing ideals. It was shut down by the military dictatorship, which forced editor-in-chief Hersch Schechter and other contributors into exile. Relaunched in 2014, it continues to dialogue with its historical premises while rethinking its editorial directives.

The editorial committee relies on representatives from a wide variety of areas, meeting regularly to discuss issues concerning the city, memory and artistic practices according to the current political situation.

The publication is distributed free of charge and can be obtained at Casa do Povo during hours of operation, at partner institutions and some commercial establishments in the neighborhood of Bom Retiro in São Paulo.

Access recent issues below.

Click here to see old issues of Nossa Voz (1947-1964)