A series of intimate explorative encounters that aim to uncover insights on the corporeal, digital and philosophical disjunctures created by COVID19.


Credits: Nithya Iyer


Unfolding over three days at Appleton Box, Alvalade, Notes from Atopia invites participants into solo and small group encounters that aim to dissect, explore and dialogue with the particularities of the pre-during and post-COVID19 world. Participants will be asked to bring in a personal object, recording, text, or memory that holds significance in relation to their experience of the COVID19 phenomena, and be guided by Nithya Iyer through a series of experiential and responsive dialogues in relation to these objects. The resulting insights will be digitally archived (with the permission of the participant) and act as a global cultural resource that articulates this particular period in time.



Solo interactions. 2 hour slots commencing at 10am and concluding at 5pm (10 - 12, 12:30 - 2:30, 3 - 5).


Small group interactions (maximum 3 participants per group). 2.5 hour slots commencing at 10am and concluding at 6:30pm (10 - 12:30, 1 - 3:30, 4 - 6:30)


Solo and small group interactions (maximum 3 participants per group). 2.5 hour slots commencing at 10am and concluding at 6:30pm. (10 - 12:30, 1 - 3:30, 4 - 6:30)


Inspired by the term ‘Atopia’ - to mean placelessness, or a society without borders and no national identity - Notes from Atopia aims to collate symbols, texts and methods of sense-making that emerged in the aftermath of COVID-19 when populations across the world were seemingly united in a suspended digital terrain of self-isolation.
Notes from Atopia specifically aims to engage artists, academics, community leaders, and cultural actors from both the local and international community living in Lisbon to participate in this project.


All sessions require pre-registration.


A note on the amendment of the workshop:

This workshop has been changed from Undefined Dialogues upon the request of Nithya Iyer. It is a reflexive response to the urgent questions posed by COVID19 and the nature of its impacts upon the daily lives of people in Lisbon and across the world, both in the present and to the foreseeable future.
Notes from Atopia is an acknowledgement of the immensity - existentially, corporeally, societally and philosophically - of the changes brought on by COVID19. It acts as one part of a larger body of research undertaken by Nithya Iyer.




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